If Wishes Were Horses: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man's personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down . . . .

If Wishes Were Horses

Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive, and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife's ...

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Overview

In this unforgettable novel of love, hope, and second chances, a grieving man's personal plan for redemption is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down . . . .

If Wishes Were Horses

Wyatt Blaine desperately seeks a reason to continue. Devastated by the senseless deaths of his wife and son at the hands of a drunk driver, he remains unable to forgive, and to love again. Searching for a sense of peace, he decides to revive his late wife's equine therapy program for troubled teens at the Blaine family ranch. By honoring her memory in this way, he hopes to find the sense of closure that has long eluded him.

But then Wyatt's pastor asks for the impossible—for Wyatt to meet with Gabby Powers, the widow of the man responsible for Wyatt's unbearable sorrow. Wyatt knows Gabby is not to blame for the tragedy, so when she begs him to accept her troubled teenage son, Trevor, into the program, he reluctantly agrees. With some help and guidance from Ram, Wyatt's irascible but lovable father, Wyatt does his best to accept Gabby and Trevor's unsettling presence at the ranch. Even so, Wyatt still feels that he is somehow betraying his late wife's memory rather than honoring it.

But to his great surprise, Wyatt also finds himself drawn to Gabby's warmth, tenderness, and surprising ability to soothe his troubled soul. Day after day, their mutual attraction becomes more intense, more impossible to ignore. But to heal completely, Wyatt and Gabby must first overcome the common tragedy that separates them and learn the true nature of forgiveness. And only by conquering these seeming impossibilities might their hearts become free to love each other . . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Barclay takes the Nicholas Sparks formula out for a limping spin in his melodramatic debut weepy. Wyatt Blaine's happy world crumbles on his 35th birthday when his wife and his son are killed by a drunk driver. Five years later, Wyatt still hasn't recovered from their deaths, and Trevor MacPherson--the 14-year-old son of the man who killed Wyatt's family--is having problems at school and is offered one last chance: participate in the New Beginnings horse therapy program on the Blaine ranch. Blaine is shocked and furious when he finds out who Trevor is, but he allows him into the program. A bigger surprise comes in the form of Trevor's mother, Gabby, who is the most attractive and interesting woman Blaine has met since his wife's death. Barclay clearly knows a great deal about horsemanship, though the contrived romance angle is tough to get past, especially considering how central it is. Wyatt's irascible father provides some relief, but the clunky writing and maudlin aesthetic make this a nonstarter. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062011657
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 77,952
  • File size: 630 KB

Meet the Author

After graduating from Colgate University with a B.A. in economics and a minor in art history, Robert Barclay enjoyed a successful career in business, also serving as chairman of his industry-related consulting group. After selling his business, he devoted his time to writing. His previous novels include If Wishes Were Horses and More Than Words Can Say. He lives with his wife in Florida.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    Great book!!

    I picked this book up over the weekend because the cover and story seemed intriguing and it was a Nicholas Sparks type novel. I read this story in two days and loved it!

    Wyatt and Gabby are bound by tragedy when Gabby's husband drives drunk and kills Wyatt's wife and son. Five years after the accident, Wyatt decides to revive his late wife's program "New Beginnings" which helps troubled teens by combining therapy and horses. Gabby's rebellious fourteen year old son Trevor is accepted into the program causing Gabby, Wyatt and Trevor to deal with the tragedy that intertwines their lives.

    This is a great story. I love the horse part of the storyline. The book is filled with vivid characters like Ram-Wyatt's father, Aunt Lou and Big John and Mercy who work on the ranch and Reverend Jacobson.

    If you love horses or Nicholas Sparks, then I think you'll definitely enjoy this book!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    Ugg...One of the most predictable and uninteresting books I have read!

    I read the reviews and thought- sounds like a good book. Thank God I got it from the library. To have bought it would have been a complete waste. The story was predictable from beginning to end and lacked substance. The writing was juvenile and I found that I could jump paragraphs and not miss a thing because I knew what was coming. Would not recommend but if you do read it - GET IT FROM THE LIBRARY. That way you won't feel financially invested if you get started and don't want to finish.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    readers will enjoy Robert Barclay's engaging tale.

    In Boca Raton Wyatt Blaine asks his wife Krista to buy ice cream for his thirty fifth birthday party celebrated at the ranch of his septuagenarian widow father Ramsey. Soon afterward his brother Morgan informs Wyatt his wife and their son Danny died in a car crash caused by the other driver Jason Powers drunk driving who died leaving behind a widow Gabrielle and a seven years old son Trevor.

    Five years later, Gabby and Trevor attend the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, which Wyatt goes to also. To honor Krista, he informs Reverend James Jacobson that he plans to bring back her successful horse therapy New Beginnings Program. James is extremely happy about the program and Wyatt is showing some signs of moving on, but is worried about his reaction when he learns Gabby has signed up troubled Trevor who has failed to move on since his beloved dad died. He blames Krista for his father's death in spite of his mom's efforts to get him to accept the truth. James introduces Gabby to Wyatt, who is irate with the joke. Gabby pleads with him that Trevor needs help that she cannot afford and James reminded him Krista never said no. Wyatt angrily agrees. Gabby realizes that her son and Wyatt are similar. Trevor blames Krista and Wyatt blames Gabby. At the ranch, it is obvious to everyone especially Ramsey that the adults are attracted to one another and her son troubled though happy with the horses, but the deadly car crash keeps them divided.

    The lead couple is a dynamic pairing of star-crossed lovers who share the same tragedy while the support cast is strong enhancing the understanding of the lead couple. Although the psychological horse therapy aspects are not developed very deeply, readers will enjoy Robert Barclay's engaging tale.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Can't finish it

    Failed to engage the reader with the characters~juvenile writing style
    Its awful in so many ways

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    A Great Story of Love and Forgiveness

    Just finished reading Mr. Barclay's wonderful book... I do not read books written by men as a rule but I found his ability to delve into human feelings and translate them to the written page wonderfully refreshing... He made his characters vibrant and one could envision them clearly and share their grief and their pain as well as their love and joy... I thoroughly enjoyed the story which brought together two families as a result of a great tragedy and will look for future books by the author...I compliment the author on a beautifully portrayed love story without being graphic in the details... Rarely do I laugh and cry in the same book but I must confess that in addition to many smiles I shed a few tears in this wonderfully warm and very human story...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    Am I missing something?

    I really don't see what others liked about this book because I thought it was VERY boring. Just thought it was very predictable and lacked in all areas. Disappointed I spent the money. I feel really bad but I simply can't find anything great to say about this book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Young adult. Lacks depth. Predictable.

    Not awful. Not great

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    If Wishes Were Horses

    It had a real good story line, but was really disappointed when he used the name of God and Jesus Christ as profanity. It wasn't just a little but a lot and no other profanity was used. It is sad that you have a hard time finding good books that aren't full of explicit sex or foul language.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Good Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was just an all around good story and though it was fiction, I could actually see it happening. I hope Robert Barclay has more books coming out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Good pick

    Very interesting. Hard to put book down. First book by this author, won't be last.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    awesome

    this book was great, i couldnt put it down!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    What a GREAT book! I could not put it down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    A wonderful story that grabbed me right off.

    A wonderful story that grabbed me right off. Two families dealing with senseless death of loved ones and trying to find love and forgiveness through a program of horse therapy. It shows how we allow the pain we feel to overwhelm us and keeps us unhappy and distant from the ones we love, but gives us hope that we can turn that around.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!

    I started reading this book and, literally, couldn't put it down until I had finished it! I live in south Florida and can actually visit some of the areas mentioned in the book, which made it even easier for me to visualize. I love the idea of championing horse therapy for kids (I could use a little myself at times)and how well the characters are fleshed out. I have a friend in Colorado who had a big horse ranch and we used to go out riding in the huge fields and pastures, so I pictured the Blaine ranch looking similar to this, except there were no alligators in Colorado! I hope the author will seriously think of writing a sequel and delve more deeply into the lives of the characters as the years go on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

    Excellent family saga

    I found "If Wishes Were Horses", by Robert Barclay, to be an excellent family saga. The characters were well developed and believable. The writer described equine therapy in such detail, giving the reader great insight and understanding of how children's health can be significantly improved, and conditions even cured, through this type of therapy. In this complex world, it is nice to read something so uplifting. The novel was an easy read and kept my attention throughout.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    THE AWARDS

    Here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Carmen

    I have a big brown horse! As i give it a carrot after a rife

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Rose

    She skips in and looks around holding carrots in a bag along with an apple in one hand. She takes a bite of the apple and looks at the horse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Alex

    I walk in the barn with some food and such* hey thunder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Hannah

    Cam in with carrots "here you go big boy!"

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