When Horses Had Wings

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Pregnant at 16, Renee Goodchild drops out of school and marries. Now she’s trapped in rural Texas with Kenny, her violent, garbage-collecting husband. A bleak future seems assured until she meets self-appointed relationship guru, Pearly. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465992451
About Diana Estill

Diana Estill is the author of three humor books: Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, and Stilettos No More. In addition to her full-length books, she has written two short essay collections: Crap Chronicles, and her latest, You Can't Change Crazy.

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Review by: Mike Davis on Jan. 06, 2012 :
Though the title is a bit obscure relative to the topic, When Horses Had Wings" is a well written book which follows an old, familiar theme of spousal abuse, poverty, hopelessness, and finally finding a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. There are places where the protagonist misses direction, but she is easy for the reader to relate to. Sprinkled with a bit of adult language, sarcasm and humor, the text is well written and maintains the reader's interest throughout and earns its four stars.

This book was received in eBook format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on Dec. 04, 2011 :
The story of Renee, a young girl who finds herself pregnant and unmarried. Doing the "right" thing she marries at sixteen and lives with her abusive husband and young son. Renee's story tells the trials of a young girl who has everything going against her and how she deals with the struggles of feeling like her life is never going to get any better
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Withers on Dec. 01, 2011 :
I can tell when a book is good because the world around me disappears and I have no clue what is going on while I am reading. This was one of those books. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. There were so many emotions I encountered while I read, especially anger at Kenny. I wanted to strangle him! I grew to adore the main character and the narrator, Renee. Renee marries young when she finds she is pregnant and has to deal with a less-than-perfect life. The message is a good one - be sure to read to the very end! It's worth it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mirrani on Dec. 01, 2011 :
It isn't easy to write a story that people can virtually see before their eyes as if they were watching it unfold right in front of their noses, but with each paragraph When Horses Had Wings unfolded before me in just that way. The writing was so true and believable that there could be no doubt in my mind that the characters were actually somewhere out there in the world, living just as they we written on paper.

Told in the first person, we follow the life of a woman who was a pregnant teen and married the man who fathered the child. Life as a teen parent is harsh enough, but to deal with abuse too, both physical and mental, makes someone very strong indeed, if only they are willing to see the dawn that will come the next day. It may take small steps and many, many years, but eventually the prayers will be answered, and by then you might be surprised at how you feel about the outcome.

This book was beautifully written with little details such as calling a writing pad "canary" instead of "yellow" thrown throughout to enhance the beauty of language and description, making the visuals all the more vivid. Reading When Horses Had Wings put me into the heart and mind of someone who had been abused, had done what she thought was the right thing, and who, through her friends, reached a realization that small steps can make a world of difference. I confess at getting so caught up in this book that I found myself walking around experiencing all of the emotions as if they were my own, even after I had to put the kindle down when life forced itself in the way of my reading all the way through at once, something I found I was quite desperate to do.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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