MARE'S NEST [NOOK Book]

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From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Lesley Kagen, a wrenchingly funny, poignant, and ultimately uplifting tale about mothers and daughters, horses, and the redemptive power of love.

Annie Bellamy is a woman struggling to come to terms with her painful past. In her daughter, Teddy, she sees the opportunity for redemption. The chance to balance the scales by giving her girl the support and nurturance she feels she didn't ...
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MARE'S NEST

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Overview

From award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, Lesley Kagen, a wrenchingly funny, poignant, and ultimately uplifting tale about mothers and daughters, horses, and the redemptive power of love.

Annie Bellamy is a woman struggling to come to terms with her painful past. In her daughter, Teddy, she sees the opportunity for redemption. The chance to balance the scales by giving her girl the support and nurturance she feels she didn't receive from her own mother. What Annie didn't plan on was Teddy falling head-over-heels in love with horses the same way she had as a youngster. The buying, selling, and showing of horses had led to the bankruptcy and break-up of her family, and perhaps, her mother's death. Annie vows not to allow history to repeat itself. Yet, Teddy's persistence and talent are not easily denied.

Torn between her distressing childhood and her daughter’s passion, concerned about how the astronomical cost of the sport will impact her son, Louie, and husband, Pete, Annie embarks on a journey through the horse world, where she and Teddy are swept up in a "saddle soap opera" that she couldn't have imagined. Crooked trainers, ruthless barn owners, and viciously competitive show moms lie in wait for the unsuspecting twosome. Too late, Annie realizes that her pursuit to make her daughter's dreams come true will end up mirroring her own troubled past unless she finds the courage to stand up to her demons.
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Editorial Reviews

Sara Gruen
"A bittersweet and beautifully rendered story of two young sisters and a summer jam-packed with disillusionment and discovery...Whistling in the Dark shines."
Publisher's Weekly
"The loss of innocence can be as dramatic as the loss of a parent of the discovery that what's perceived to be truth can acutally be a big fat lie as shown in Kagen's compassionate debut, a coming-of-age thriller set in Milwaukee during the summer of 1959. Sally, a girl who wouldn't break a promise even if her life depended on it, makes a charming protagonist."
The Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune
"One of the summer's hot reads."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015925715
  • Publisher: Lesley Kagen
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 380,729
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author

Lesley Kagen is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, a mother of two, an actress, voice-over talent,former restaurateur, and accomplished equestrian. Her previous books include Whistling in the Dark, Land of a Hundred Wonders, Tomorrow River, and Good Graces. She lives in Wisconsin. Visit with her on Facebook, and at her web site www.lesleykagen.com
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  • Posted November 9, 2012

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    First I am going to start by saying that I love Lesley Kagen, as

    First I am going to start by saying that I love Lesley Kagen, as a person and as an author. There is an authenticity to her writing that few can rival. She writes stories that grab your heart and keeps you turning pages. She has a talent that cannot be ignored.

    Kagen opens herself up in her newest novel Mare's Nest. Mare's Nest is based on a true story that captures not only the complexities of mother/daughter relationships, but also a mothers desire to give to her child an experience better than her own. This story is really a universal story about parents undying love for their children. About every parent wanting what is best for their children, trying to avoid making the same mistakes their parents made. The Mare's Nest is simply...love.

    Annie Bellamy is determined to do better than her parent did. Annie saw her childhood ruined by bankruptcy and her parents dissolved marriage, both due to horses. Although Annie loved horses she was going to shelter her daughter from the evils that horse world contains. She was not going to let her daughter Teddy ride. Period. But then Teddy fell in love with horses, just like Annie did years before. Annie tried to hang tough and keep to her no riding policy, but her desire to give her daughter the world quickly dissolved her resolve. Teddy was talented, she was in love with all things horses and was going to ride. If only the story was so trouble-free and happy. With villains, shameful horse practices, disappointments and heartbreaks this novel takes you on a journey of love, friendship and recovery. With Kagen's brilliant voice and great dialogue you find yourself once again engrossed in an amazing, well written story that is both emotional and exciting. Do not pass up reading this 5 STAR novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    A heartwarming, scary, and funny novel based on a true story. I

    A heartwarming, scary, and funny novel based on a true story. It's about mothers and daughter, horses, deception, and ultimately hope.. Fantastic read. Couldn't put it down! Ms. Kagen has done it again!

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    One of the things I really liked about Mares Nest is the way you

    One of the things I really liked about Mares Nest is the way you weave the thread of mental health into the story with such understanding. Every parent has suffered from the doubts and worry about raising their child (whether they admit it or not). I think the reason that so many try to attach a concrete reason to why the tragedy occurred is the total lack of understanding regarding mental illness. What one doesn't know can be scary and the total randomness of the act creates a feeling of helplessness and what isn't understood immediately must be rectified by new laws. Sorry for the random thoughts so I will end by thanking you for yet another insightful book!

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    I really like Lesly Kagen's previous books and am looking forw



    I really like Lesly Kagen's previous books and am looking forward to reading Mare's Next. Lonnie Bell, Minneapolis

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    As a horse lover myself, and one who lives on a horse farm, this

    As a horse lover myself, and one who lives on a horse farm, this novel moved me from the start. Beautifully written, Lesley Kagen delivers a story with such emotion and depth of heart, I read all night long but didn't want it to end. This is one novel you must read!

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