Breaking Free  -     By: Lauraine Snelling
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FaithWords / 2007 / Paperback

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After her reckless driving results in the death of her child---and a prison sentence---Maggie finds new purpose in training Thoroughbreds. When she meets Gil and his wheelchair-bound son, Edward, she wonders if she's ready for another relationship. Then Gil's ex-wife threatens the boy's life. Will Maggie help Edward or cling to her newfound freedom? 288 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0446582085
ISBN-13: 9780446582087
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Publisher's Description

Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling crafts a poignant story of hope and restoration for a newly paroled mother rebuilding her life after the loss of her son.Maggie Roberts is starting over
again after her reckless driving led to a 10-year prison sentence and the devastating loss of her son. Having learned to repurpose retired thoroughbred racehorses through an inmate training program, Maggie finds a way to rebuild her life. But it's not until she meets single father Gil Winters and his wheelchair-bound son, Edward, that she finds her calling. In helping Edward with his therapy using
horses, Maggie finds herself coming to life again. But when a shadow from the past returns, Maggie
is forced to choose between her newfound freedom and getting Edward the life-saving help he needs.

Author Bio

Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with a total of 56 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Lauraine's books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists and are frequently featured in the Crossings Book Club. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, live in California and have two grown sons. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.

Publisher's Weekly

This horse-centered romance by inspirational novelist Snelling (A Promise for Ellie) is tedious and not the author's best work. As it opens, Maggie Roberts is serving time in prison for an unnamed crime; although the details aren't spelled out until the end of the novel, most readers will put the pieces together long before. Maggie is enrolled in a new, experimental program that offers prisoners the chance to work with retired racehorses. Before she knows it, Maggie has helped rehabilitate a horse (not so subtly named Breaking Free), and she might be fast-tracked for parole, if only she can secure a job on the outside. Enter Gil Winters. Abandoned by his ex-wife, he's heroically raising a precocious son, Eddie, who, despite suffering from spina bifida, has learned to ride. Gil would buy Eddie his own horse, but he'd need to hire a caretaker for the animal as well. Throw in that Maggie's divorced and Gil is lonely, and the plot isn't hard to predict. Still, the characters have a bit of depth, and the tale of faith, forgiveness and starting over may find a readership with Snelling's many diehard fans. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For the horse lover in all of us!
    June 16, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!!!
  2. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 15, 2009
    Melissa
    Great read. Writing style allowed the reader to create a relationship with the characters. Hard to put the book down.
  3. Janet Petersoon
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 23, 2009
    Janet Petersoon
    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.
  4. Linda Tucker
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 29, 2008
    Linda Tucker
    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
  5. Beth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 10, 2008
    Beth
    I loved this book. It was hard to put down. Once I started it, I just wanted to keep reading. A touching story about redemption!
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