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If Wishes Were Horses Paperback – 12 Sep 2009


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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Indepenpress Publishing Ltd (12 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906710902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906710903
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,437,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Books have been a part of my life since I can remember. From sitting cross legged on the library floor at the age of four, listening to the librarian take me to a different world through the book she read out to us, to now when I am privileged to be the writer of those wonderful things! Books have entertained me, and sustained me at those times when nothing else could. Quite simply, I love books, I love writing, I love people, and I love life - so being a writer is a dream come true for me.

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A tale of growing up, growing old and letting go.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Tims on 26 Jan. 2010
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I have to confess that this is not the kind of book I would usually pick up. But upon learning that the story was set in surroundings familiar to me, e.g. West Dorset and East Devon I would give it a try. Besides, the author Sallyann Sheridan is known locally for her encouragment/ teaching the art of story telling/writing. So I knew she had to know something about creating a good story. And upon reading this, her first novel, she has proved just that. The story is unusual as the main character is far from a dashing Shoestring or gorgeous blonde heroine. It is about Mrs J.F. who is just an ordinary person, just like us. She has what is in us all. She is protective of those she loves, she is loving, jealous, revengeful, and has the capacity to hate another who brings pain to her family. But where we might fear to tread in avenging those we love, our character feels she has nothing to lose because she has a terminal illness. She feels she has the wherewithal and the reason to carry out the perfect crime and feels justified in putting her plan into action.

I was hooked by this story and found it hard to put down, even at 3am. I recommend this book to those wanting a cracking good read. I await Sallyann's next novel. This is clever stuff, beautifully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Hallsworth on 8 Nov. 2009
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To have an 80 year old woman as the central character is unusual, and in this instant it works; she is a mixture of mischief, toughness, confusion and love. She has the ability to irritate and make you care about her at the same time. Sallyanne manages to capture real family dynamics in this one woman's quest for justice. It is a gentle novel with interesting twists and turns that leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next. This novel was quite special for me as the main action is focused around my local area of Dorset and the detailed descriptions gave me very vivid pictures as the story unfolded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2009
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This is the first novel by Sallyann Sheridan who is already known for her non fiction writing, the theme of which has been encouraging the rest of us to write more usefully and successfully in our own lives.

I met Sallyann last winter when she was celebrating having finished this book and so naturally I was intrigued to see how her first fiction writing would turn out.

I was delighted with this story, it is wonderfully readable, flowing comfortably, immediately drawing the reader into a situation many would find themselves easily identifying with and understanding. Mrs J.F. who at 80 is now approaching the end of her days in a matter of months through terminal illness, has important family scores to settle...

Getting into the mindset of J.F. (there is a reason for using these initials only in my review) Sallyann anchors her storytelling beautifully with cosy domestic detail that is strangely comforting and reassuring - the reader feels at home with her heroine and anxious that she shouldn't really achieve what she feels she must do - however perfect a crime her plan would seem to be. Geographically the book is set around Lyme Regis, I liked the way we moved around that area, enjoying the sights and sounds of such a beautiful place. Food and drink are described attractively throughout, completing the pictures in a real and interesting way.

Written partly in the present and partly in flashback you always know where you are as each chapter begins with the date, place and time. This is a helpful device and works well.

A family drama that has no delusions about the way parents and children interact, hurt and pains which are carried for years; the lioness wanting to defend her cubs long into their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Ford on 22 Oct. 2009
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I know Sallyann Sheridan very well and when she said she was publishing a novel, I thought to myself I really hope I like it because it would be awful to be put on the spot and either be honest and say I didn't think it was very good and upset her, or lie and say it was absolutely wonderful. I have to do neither of those. I read it and genuinely loved it. A heartwarming story with real characters that I could relate to. I am proud of you. Can't wait for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Knee on 12 Nov. 2009
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The story reveals how vulnerable we all are and how we want to protect our family long after they have flown the nest. The crime that was committed and the crime that is about to be committed all intermingled with the emotions of the characters is beautifully intertwined. I highly recommend it. I too read it in a few days as I wanted to know what was going to happen. Now I want to know what happens next?
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