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Riding Lessons (Annamarie Zimmer, Bk 1)
Riding Lessons - Annamarie Zimmer, Bk 1
Author: Sara Gruen
A stunning new voice in American fiction, Sara Gruen makes a masterful debut with a novel of family, tragedy, rebirth... and the breathtaking love of something wild. — As a world-class equestrienne and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at eighteen, a tragic accident destroyed ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060580278
ISBN-10: 0060580275
Publication Date: 3/2004
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 238 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Riding Lessons (Annamarie Zimmer, Bk 1) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is a charming and well-written story. It's predictable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The book follows a woman, her parents, her daughter and her parents' riding center. It tells a complex and heart-warming story.
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Helpful Score: 6
I started reading this book but stopped after the first few chapters. There were too many terms about horses that I didn't understand and couldn't find in a dictionary, so I didn't really know what the author was talking about. Someone who is a horse afficiado or doesn't care about the definitions of words would probably enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 6
An earlier book by the author of Water for Elephants. This is a much more simple book, but I enjoyed it as I love horses, and show jumping in particular. So any horse lovers out there will particlarly enjoy this.
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Helpful Score: 4
really good book! if you love horses and a book that you cant put down than this is the book for you!
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Helpful Score: 4
I was excited to pick up this book, mostly because of the hype about Water for Elephants. I have to admit that I started skimming about 2/3 of the way through. The protagonist, Annemarie, is often more despicable than sympathetic, and the book was making me cringe. She is utterly incompetent in her personal and professional life. Although, naturally, she finds her way in the end, it was difficult as a reader to struggle along with her. I'll read/skim the sequel, but only because I got both books at once and it's already on my shelf.
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reviewed Riding Lessons (Annamarie Zimmer, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
I loved the description of the main character's love of horses, but many items (cattle tripping?) were not believable.

Annemarie hurls herself through life, retreating and attacking without a single retrospective assessment of her situation.

With this quixotic decision making and shrieking when something happened that she didn't like, I really wanted to shake this immature, egotistical and emotion-driven main character many times and tell her to grow. She didn't.
reviewed Riding Lessons (Annamarie Zimmer, Bk 1) on + 4 more book reviews
Started very well but the last quarter just fell apart it just tried too much and then was very predictable and boring to read. I will not bother to read the follow up . However Gruen's Water for Elephants was grand !.
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I have just finished reading this book and I recommend it highly to anyone with a love for horses and anyone who just loves a good "read." Annemarie's story begins when she is involved in a serious injury just at the peak of what was expected to be a great career as a champion rider. The aftermath of the tragedy sees her turn away from horses and riding completely for many years. A series of life-chaning events puts her back at the ranch where she grew up and learned to love riding. The story of Annemarie and her family shows the tragic results of leaving old wounds unattended and old family hurts not mended. This is a book to be passed around to anyone who loves to read.

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