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Book Title: a canter of the heart|
The author of the book: E.E. West
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.40 MB
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Edition: D. A. Robinson
Date of issue: December 16th 2013
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Read full description of the books:A Canter of the Heart is a warm-hearted romance set in Australia, based on a true story, and it will stick with you when the reading is done. It is a story about the courage of the main character, Eleanor, in overcoming a difficult hand which life has dealt her: following a devastating childhood illness and a medical mistake, she is left a paraplegic.
The author draws her world cleanly and honestly - all the daily challenges of life in a wheelchair are present, along with her good friends and those other voices in her life which tell her she will never find love because of her disability. These are timeless themes, and dealt with well in the story. Eleanor has spirit, seen both in her studies and in her love of horseback riding which leads her to try out for competitions, even against able-bodied competitors. When she falls, she gets up again. When people tell her she can't succeed, she tries harder. I also enjoyed the positive relationship depicted with her parents, and the setting of the story which moves from Western Australia to Singapore and Seattle.
David, her love-interest, is a naval flight officer with a career that takes him all over the globe - and does not easily allow space for romance. Although Eleanor and her friends at first suspect him of being a sailor with a girl in every port, he treats her well. The romance is head-over-heels, but very short at first - they only have a couple of days together before he has to move out. The heady emotions and the ups and downs of their romance are well drawn by the author, from the anguish of waiting weeks for the next letter or telephone call, to the irritation and frustration that develops when she visits him in Seattle for a month and they realise their time together is growing short.
If there is fault to be found, I felt, it was in the over-use of dialogue and exposition, and also that a great deal of the dialogue is thick with dialect, which at times made the text quite difficult to read. I appreciate the local colour, which is always spot-on, but I felt some readers might struggle with it. I felt this slowed down and detracted from the main storyline, where some judicious authorial pruning would easily see a better flow.
However, I want to reiterate what I said at the start - this is a warm romance, with an unusual, courageous, and ultimately fulfilling storyline, as Eleanor and David overcome the obstacles to love. For this reason I rate this work 5 stars, and thank EE West for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Read information about the authorI've been a resident of the Pacific Northwest for the better part of two
decades, and blithely accept life in the shadows of the nesting grounds
of bald eagles while ensconced amidst the company of wild, damp and
understandably nervous bunnies. I prefer to write at the dining room
table, where the light is better and I can work next to Simon, the
sweetest one hundred and twenty pound Rottweiler that you're ever likely
to meet -- except when he's in the mood to editorialize, which he is
only on rare occasions. I much prefer to write love stories that take
place in warm, sunny and exotic locales as I admire and rate the latest
downpour direct from the Pacific Northwest's over-active convergence
zone, but in my heart I will forever be drawn back to the lucky
country... Australia... and maybe one more lovely canter along an
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