One of the first favorite genre's I remember loving to read when I was a child were horse stories. Anything that evoked the love between the horse and his owner was enough to make me wish for a horse of my own. I don't think there were many young girls who didn't wish for a horse when they were younger. Now that same feeling came back when I read Lauraine Snelling's novel, Breaking Free. Breaking Free is a retired ex-racehorse who has been abused and is in need of healing and restoration if that is even possible. Thankfully for Maggie Roberts, who has been serving ten years in prison, this new outreach program of working with horses will be just the thing she needs to find her own personal healing from her past.
As she begins to work with Breaking Free to find a way into his broken spirit, Maggie realizes just how much this horse can sense her own insecurities. As she begins to earn his trust, she realizes that she has formed her own walls to keep others out from hurting her. She never imagined that one moment of coming to the aid of her husband would lead her to be involved in a car accident that would take the life of their own son. Feeling that serving time in prison is the least amount of punishment she deserves, it will take time and the love of a disabled boy and his father to help her come to terms with the mistakes of her past.
Knowing if she can rehabilitate Breaking Free, she will give him a new chance at life. If she can't convince the warden he doesn't present a danger to himself and others, he will be put down. But Maggie soon uncovers the source for the battle raging within Breaking Free's heart and the more time she spends with him the more she grows to love him. Will she ever be able to part with Breaking Free if he is able to be adopted or will she be forced to watch yet another thing that she has come to love break free from her heart?
I received Breaking Free by Lauraine Snelling compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest opinion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is the perfect novel for horse lovers and for those fighting to come to terms with their own ability not to forgive themselves of the mistakes that they have made in the past. It goes to show that second chances are available to all of us, and that coming to terms with the loss and grief is simply part of moving on. God can use even that for His good and His glory. What an exceptional novel that will outlast the time it took me to read this. It is part of my permanent library and one I will highly recommend to anyone who loves an exceptional novel of horses, basset hounds and love! Easily a well earned 5 out of 5 stars!!!
Having had a daughter in the prison system for three years I related to Maggie's character extremely well. I also know how difficult it is for ex-felons to get jobs once they are back in society no matter how severe or minor their offense. The book was very good in relating rehabilitation for prisoners before re-entering society. Maggie was blessed to have this opportunity with the other inmates and how interacting with the Thoroughbreds changed their lives and the value of themselves as a person. Edward was an awesome boy in loving others as Christians should do regardless of the other person's background. Aren't we to "love our neighbor as ourselves"...A very good read. Lorraine Snelling is one of my most favorite Christian authors.
this was great--i think it started slow so i was not into it til about 3rd chap--but it grabbed me then and i finished it in record time for me--i couldnt put it down--great book-i'm so glad DC didnt hurt her-i was worried about that aspect-glad lauraine didnt go there--great read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read all of Lauraine's books and have never been disappointed. I really like the way she wrote this book, not so much centering on a relationship with Maggie and Gil, but on relationships in general. I felt the ending was perfect. Thanks for another great book!
Another great L.S. book. Well written & great story! Especially enjoyed the son Eddie with his determination. Also proves you cannot judge a book by it's cover, meaning being a prisoner & then being released to be watched ever so closely.
I can honestly say this is the best book I've read in a long time. I have more than one book by Lauraine Snelling and I have NEVER been dissapointed! This book is a must for horse lovers and lovers of romance novels alike.... my only complaint is that this book ended too soon! I would love to see more like this!!!
Breaking Free is a must for those that love horses and the story about Maggie and thoroughbred race horses when they are no longer useful. The way the author explains about the behavior of a horse makes one understand them more. We have a therapeutic program in our city so I know the benefit these children receive. I understand what the little boy Eddie was going through and was glad Maggie could go with this horse that she trained and was adopted by Eddie and his father. Great story but the ending should have been a little longer.
This is an excellent book. You are caught up in the characters and emotions from the very start. I also found the concept of using horses with inmates very interesting. I did not know these programs existed and enjoyed learning about them and about horses in general. You are drawn into the story and into the emotions of the main character. A definite must read especially if you are a Lauraine Snelling fan.
What a wonderful book to sit down and relax to. The only bad part was I DID NOT WANT IT TO END. It covers allot of surface about todays life. Wish it was a series. Thanks so much for writing this book.
This story gripped me from the beginning and I read it in two sittings. It was very good except I was disappointed in the ending. It seemed a little simplistic after the complicated situations that preceeded the ending. I would recommend it as a captivating light read.
<I>Breaking Free</I> is a novel that shows forgiveness and restoration is possible given by God to us all. Maggie feels that she is not worthy of this gift. Love of a horse and a special needs child brings out the beat in this woman and leads to her acceptance of forgiveness.
I'm not really a horse person, but I did enjoy reading this story. I like stories when a troubled person and an equally troubled animal find each other and connect. Maggie and Breaking Free's relationship reminded me of the story of Seabiscuit. Reading about Maggie's life in prison was harsh, but I know that in real life it is even worse. I would have liked, however, if we could have found out what happened to the other inmates that she befriended. I did like how the women were allowed to take care of the horses and learn about them. It was touching to read about how they finally had something to be proud of, to know that they are performing good and to have someone look up to them. At first Grant seemed to be the overprotective father, but after learning about his ex-wife, you realize why he acts that way. I liked Eddie very much, although I felt Grant treated him too much like a young kid. His relationship with Maggie is very moving. The only thing I didn't really like was that Maggie was served such a harsh sentence for her "crime." I mean most people do not get drunk after drinking 2 glasses of wine, and the accident didn't really sound like it was her fault, yet she gets so many years in prison for it. Yet celebrities will do worse crimes and stay in jail for less than 2 hours! It just didn't seem too believable, or else Maggie has a really bad lawyer that didn't defend her very well. I feel though that this book is well written. If you are a horse fan you will definitely want to pick it up.
A most enjoyable summer read. Perfect for that youngster who adores horses and also the adult reader will know of the good in people and animals. Given a chance all of God's creatures including people are redeemable.
Running FreeLauraine Snelling, Faith WordsISBN 978-0-446-58208-7In prison for ten years, Maggie Roberts has learned to keep to herself and her emotions under tight control. Up for parole in a few weeks, Maggie is offered the opportunity to work with Thoroughbred race horses in a new prison program. Reluctant at first, her love of horses finally wins out. Working with an abused blood bay gelding, Breaking Free is soon gentled by Maggie's patient touch. But it's not just Breaking Free learning new coping skills. Maggie, too, begins to deal with the guilt of yesterday and embrace the hope for tomorrow. Then Maggie learns a local businessman is set on adopting Breaking Free. Will she have to let go of the one thing keeping her afloat?Running Free immediately registered with me since my daughter is also involved in a Therapeutic Horseback Riding program. Maggie's awakening is well paced and believable, and though the romance felt rushed, it is apparent that a second chance at love is only icing on the cake of Maggie's post-prison life. As she finds her niche again and begins to sort through her grief and shame, she becomes a woman worthy of the title Heroine. Good, solid writing and a fresh storyling. A must read!www.sdionnemoore.com