Item description for Breaking Free by Lauraine Snelling & Pam Ward...
Overview When an accident brought Maggie Roberts unimaginable tragedy, she found herself in prison grieving for the loss of her family and her old life and facing the daunting challenges of threatening fellow inmates. During the course of her ten-year sentence, she coped by keeping to herself and avoiding interacting with others. But in her last few months inside, when given the chance to work with retired Thoroughbred horses, she found a renewed purpose in life. Now she's faced with the transition back into society, starting over yet again and alone in the world. Gil Winters is a single father seeking a new form of therapy for his wheelchair-bound son, Edward. Confined to his own prison of doubt and distrust, he still struggles daily with the memory of being abandoned by first his mother and then his drug-addicted ex-wife. But as he gets to know Maggie during his son's therapy sessions with her horses, the issues of trust and old wounds that haunt both Maggie and Gil begin to fade.
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Studio: Blackstone Audiobooks
Running Time: 570.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.53" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.24 lbs.
Binding MP3 CD
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Blackstone Audiobooks
ISBN 1433202069 ISBN13 9781433202063
Availability 0 units.
More About Lauraine Snelling & Pam Ward
Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.
Lauraine Snelling currently resides in the state of California. Lauraine Snelling was born in 1956.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Breaking Free?
A Good Book Apr 7, 2008
This was my first Lauraine Snelling book. Most of hers I noticed are series and I just didn't want to get into a series but liked the synopsis of this one with the horse therapy. Living in Wyoming horses are a big part of life and having been a piano teacher for 21 years many of my students have been involved with horse programs which teach them so much.
The book is a lot about redemption and forgiveness. There are several interesting characters. Eddie and Maria are just adorable and add so much to the story. I didn't like Gil so much in the beginning but guess he had redeeming qualities. I just felt sorry for Maggie and felt she was a damaged person who yet had a lot of strength. Though this is a Christian author, she writes at least in this book without a lot of preachiness. I read a lot of secular books so I enjoyed that there was not profanity and sexual scenes and just good values.
I felt the "crime" Maggie was sent to prison for was not quite believeable. For one thing 2 glasses of wine would be highly unlikely to put her over the legal alcohol level and anyone could run a stop sign even not having had one glass of wine. She was an upstanding citizen with never one offense against her. I had a hard time believing she would have been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Of course then we wouldn't have had this story and it is fiction! The other thing that bothered me was the romance between Gil and Maggie. He didn't seem to like her and didn't even want her there and was very judgemental and even unkind to her and then all of a sudden, he's in love with her?? H-m-m
IF you can overlook those couple things and just enjoy the story, it is a good book to spend a few hours with.
Breaking Free by Lauraine Snelling Oct 27, 2007
I shared this book with a young man in prison. He enjoyed it and shared it with three other prisoners,who also enjoyed it. Both my husband and I read it originally and thought it worth sharing.
Breaking Free ~ Reviewed Oct 1, 2007
In 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!
Reviewed by: Sandra Dionne Moore http://www.sdionnemoore.com/
Breaking Free teaches us about change and redemption Sep 19, 2007
Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction, contemporary and historical, for adults and young readers. This is the first by a Christian publisher.
Breaking Free is a heartwarming story of love, loss-and second chance for humans and animals.
Maggie Roberts is serving ten years in prison as the result of a tragic accident. The warden is bringing in a program where inmates work with injured or out-of-control horses--to see if the inmates can rehabilitate them-or the horse has to be destroyed. The warden knows that Maggie loved horses as a teen, and she is one of the first to be selected for the program.
Maggie is able to work around a violent horse named Breaking Free. No one can get near this horse and when they do, he hurts them, prompting the warden to order him destroyed. Maggie steps out of her prison "shell" and asks for a chance to work with the horse. She is also able to suggest other inmates to be in the program.
After years of showing no emotion and giving away nothing about their outside lives, these women start to share and care about each other. Many of these women are tough-and show it at every turn.
A parallel story is about 11-year-old Eric, wheelchair bound because of spina bifida, and his divorced father, Gil. This handicapped boy has the energy and joy of life anyone would envy, while his father spends time worrying about his son--especially when Eric is on top of some huge horse in his therapeutic riding class.
Eric wants his own horse-which brings them to the prison's rehabilitation program. The rest, as they say, is history--or Laurine Snelling's wonderful story.
If you like a nice story of love, living live to its fullest--and hope and redemption, this is a most satisfying read. If you love horses, you will really enjoy that added aspect.
Breaking Free is the perfect name because it means so many things for so many different people.
Armchair Interviews says: This is a story well suited for young readers, young adults and adults.
Horse Therapy Aug 27, 2007
Maggie is serving ten years in prison for an accident that killed her son. She soon finds solace in the horse program that allows the inmates to take care of horses that can no longer race. She finds a special kinship to Breaking Free, a spirited horse that is full of anger. Maggie soon learns to tame the horse, to the point where she can ride him. Meanwhile Gil is a single father, whose son Eddie has spina bifida and whose mother abandoned him in favor of drugs. Eddie is confined to his wheelchair and Gil wants to do whatever he can for him. They go see the horses from the prison and ends up buying Breaking Free. Maggie goes along with them to help continue the training. The two are thrown together and must learn to trust again in this new relationship.
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.