Item description for Silver Dreams by Sondra Rice Newman...
Silver Dreams is the story of advertising executive Leigh Meredith, who finds herself jilted and alone on Christmas Eve. Devastated, she deserts the plush boardrooms of Manhattan for life in the Virginia horse country and a job at a weekly newspaper. Fate leads her to rescue an abandoned, one-eyed horse named "Silver Dreams." When she finally rides the gray thoroughbred, she's amazed to discover how fast he can run. But can he race?
For the answer she seeks out trainer Whit Riley, a bitter recluse. Soon, Leigh enters the high stakes world of thoroughbred racing and an explosive relationship with Whit while challenged by a scheming young widow determined to take both Whit and Silver Dreams away from her. Silver Dreams, a rags-to-riches horse, proves to be the catalyst needed for Leigh to open her heart and find love and fulfillment.
Brilliantly captures the world of thoroughbred horses and the people who love them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Jan 10, 2006
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741565 ISBN13 9781931741569
Reviews - What do customers think about Silver Dreams?
Warm love story Mar 12, 2008
Reviewed by Audrey Larson for Rebeccas Reads (3/08)
Leigh Meredith was dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve. Her prestigious and highly-paid job at an advertising agency became stressful and unfulfilling. The glamour of living in New York City had faded, and she felt living there was increasingly dangerous.
Leigh was ready for a change. She quit her job, liquidated everything, climbed into her little Miata and headed south, with no real destination or plan in mind. And so she began the journey into her new life. Landing in a small Virginia horse-country community, Leigh discovers that a simpler life, a modest walk-up apartment, with a new job that pays not much more than minimum wage, and a totally different life from the big city are just what she needs.
Love comes gradually into Leigh's new life when she discovers a skinny, mistreated and injured dapple gray horse named Silver Dreams and buys him for $500. Silver Dreams needs her, and Leigh needs him. They develop an unbreakable bond of love as she nurses him into a beautiful new life.
Mucking out stalls and caring for animals on an older widow's horse farm is a far cry from New York City living, but Leigh feels happier and freer than ever. The friendships she forms are with very different types of people, often country-rough, but true. Bibs McBride, the horse boarding farm owner who introduces Leigh to Silver Dreams, becomes a dear friend and confidant.
Discovering that Silver Dreams has racing blood, as well as great beauty, Leigh finds Whit, a pro who can train him. Both Whit and Leigh have been hurt in the past, are leery of relationships and love, and have their ups-and-downs while training Silver Dreams for racing. Leigh discovers that Whit has a drinking problem and tries to understand what is behind his sometimes distant attitude. For quite some time, she does not understand him at all. But Whit is a pro horse trainer, and she trusts his knowledge and expertise. With great love, care and training, Silver Dreams becomes the true champion he was meant to be.
Leigh has found new friends in her new life, faces different kinds of challenges than she was used to, and learns what real love and happiness are, at last. Sondra Rice Newman based "Silver Dreams" on a dapple gray horse she spotted at a fairground in Arizona. She loves horses, knows them, and her imagination produced "Silver Dreams." It is a nice, warm love story, and pleasant reading.
Silver Dreams Aug 31, 2007
Just when Leigh Meredith thought her life was fulfilled and her career was moving forward as she wanted, her lover Sven tells her he has found someone else. His news forces her to face some facts she'd either ignored or wasn't aware of--mainly, that her life wasn't as satisfying as she'd thought.
An abrupt departure from the city brings her exhausted to Fox Creek in the heart of Virginia's horse country. The peace and loveliness of the area hold her and she begins a new life. However, new beginnings mean loneliness until she finds friends and puts down roots. Those roots begin to grow the day she meets the one-eyed horse called Silver Dreams and a woman named Bibs McBride.
The very talented author Sondra Rice Newman paints with words, life as it is lived around a horse stable. Her description of how the animals act and react will have you believing you've actually walked down a shady aisle with stalls on both sides and velvety noses extended for you to pet. You may find yourself wishing to take riding lessons and trying on helmets and boots.
You'll get to know the weariness that follows a hard day's working in the environment of horses and enjoy every minute of it. So well-drawn are her settings, you'll get calluses on places you've never had them before.
A tale of tenderness and warmth, budding romance and challenges that seem impossible, you'll find it a rewarding and pleasant read like a visit to dear friends. The romance of the horse is alive and well as readers recall their youthful dreams of owning a horse and going to every horse movie made.
Highly recommended as a story well above the ordinary romance. Enjoy. I sure did.
Silver Dreams Jul 15, 2007
Leigh Meredith thought she had it all. A great job, a nice, home, and a pretty good relationship with her boyfriend. But when her boyfriend leaves her for a former lover, Leigh's world comes crashing down. Suddenly she starts to question her ability to love and to thoroughly live. A new life, new friendships, and a one-eyed thoroughbred named Silver Dreams could be the secret to all Leigh has been seeking and the future she wouldn't even have dreamed.
I really enjoyed Silver Dreams. The storyline was solid and completely entertaining with the romantic story adding to the storyline rather than being the actual focus. I also enjoyed the evolving relationship between Leigh and her new friend Bibs. I see Silver Dreams as a complete realistic transformation of Leigh Meredith in every aspect of her life. Very powerful.
Life lessons Feb 13, 2007
Reviewed by Susan Pettrone for Reader Views (1/07)
Though I am not a horse lover, nor even a rider of horses, this book grabbed my attention from the first page and proved to be as much of a winner as its main character Silver Dreams was within its pages. Within the first few sentences we meet Leigh, an up and coming city girl, seemingly happy with her city lifestyle with its delicate crystal goblets and artistically arranged floral arrangements within her busy life. Then, as stories like this so often do, Leigh's life is thrown into a tailspin when her companion of three years returns from a trip to his hometown to announce they are through and he is marrying his high school sweetheart.
Leigh is immediately angry, with confusion and emptiness soon following as well. Selling off or giving away most of her "possessions," packing her red Miata with bits and pieces, Leigh sets off to find a new life away from the one she found so recently upended. Finding herself in Virginia, loving the quiet atmosphere, and slow lifestyle, Leigh takes a job at a small newspaper office and begins anew her life in a way that belies her past as a high-paced woman of the world.
Leigh soon meets "Bibs," a crusty, commonsense woman of the town who boards horses and gives lessons in riding and showmanship. And through Bibs, Leigh also meets "Silver Dream," a horse whom Bib's is seeking to sell and whom Leigh finds herself the owner of, despite his somewhat daunting injury which has caused him to lose an eye. As Leigh finds herself in the company of Bibs more and more, she grows to love and appreciate this no-nonsense woman and the life she leads. As Leigh becomes more comfortable around the horses, she finds herself a natural horsewoman and to her delight, finds Silver Dreams is a racer at heart as well!
Into Leigh's life comes Whit, a man with a past which threatened to beat him down, until he met Leigh and Silver Dreams who give him a new lease on life, and love. Throughout this book, the reader sees many parallels from Leigh's former life and her now, markedly simpler life as well. From the fragile goblets with crystal cupids and fine tablecloth she used only twice a year, to the juice glasses and garage sale finds she now implements in her life, we see that Leigh has changed, from a woman who put great value in material things to a woman who now puts great value in the people and of course, Silver Dreams within her life.
The adventures Leigh, Bibs and Whit are alive within this book and their work with Silver Dreams. It is their own dreams of racing which make this a book that is attractive for both horse lovers and others as well. I must admit, if I had been asked before reading this book through that I'd ever recommend a book about horses, I most likely would have answered in the negative. But after reading this book, I can honestly say that this is a book that will appeal to all ages, and many personalities as well. For it is not just a story about a woman and her horse, it is about life and what Leigh discovers about herself through interacting with Silver Dreams. And there is no better recommendation for any book but to say it teaches a valuable life lesson, and "Silver Dreams" does just that.
Cute, but totally predictable and wildly unrealistic Jan 23, 2007
Very sweet story which is utterly predicatable. An owner with an out of state jock's licence allowed to ride her 2nd race ever in a Grade II race? Yeah, right. And then it wins? Uh huh.
But if you like cute stories with happy endings, then you'll like it. Calling the horse by its full name is irritating (which is why horses like For The Moment are called Fred and not by their show name), and all the "huntin' fishin' shootin'" illustrations of accent even moreso (we know the character is in the south; enough already), but it is a nice lighthearted read.