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Take Me Home Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, Nancy Herkness’s passion for writing romance began the day her grandmother gave her a Georgette Heyer novel. After graduating from Princeton University with honors in English literature and creative writing, she had successful careers in retail, computer programming, and marketing before finally returning to her first love: writing. The author of A Bridge to Love, Shower of Stars, and Music of the Night, Herkness was named one of 2003’s Best Up and Coming Authors in the Affaire de Coeur’s readers’ poll. She is also a winner of the Golden Leaf Award, the Aspen Gold Award, and the Write Touch Readers’ Award. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two mismatched dogs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It's book one of The Whisper Horse series so I expected a Whisper Horse to be pretty prominent in the story. Again, wrong.
There is a horse, and Claire does actually whisper to it two or three times but blink and you might miss it.
The cover is a bit misleading, actually. It looks like a cosy romance but it actually covers some dark territory. Spousal abuse, suicide, divorce...animal mistreatment, it's got a lot going on. All the elements together have the potential for a good read but it just didn't 'do it' for me. The sex scenes seem a bit heavy too. Not in general, just in context of the story.
The first chapter left me with a bit of a lump in my throat for the poor horse (Wilow) but Willow the Whisper Horse just seems to be in there as a vehicle for Claire to meet (and fall into insta-lust) with Dr Tim the local vet and luckily he insta-lusts right back at her.
The side stories are what kept it interesting for me but even those were mostly glossed over, once mentioned. Claire's sister Holly is having marriage trouble and her story took up a big chunk of plot but her side story wasn't explored as much as it could have been. Paul, Claire's guy pal from her youth just pops in every few chapters to make it seem like there might be a triangle thing going on but his part in the proceedings were pretty weak. Sharon, the stable owner of the 'Whisper Horse' gets even less page time. It all just seems like they're in there as a conveyance for Claire and Dr Tim to meet up, get together, have sex, fall out a bit, make up, have sex....
I probably won't bother with the rest of the series.
The novel follows the lives of Tim and Claire who both decide, after graduation, to move away from home, Sanctuary, and live and work in New York. Both suffer heartbreak and a failed relationship but; their heartbreak is just the start of a long, difficult journey.
Tim returns to Sanctuary to work as a vet and it's here Nancy Herkness has been clever. Tim's profession is used to introduce a unique sub-plot in the form of a sick horse called Willow. Willow is possibly the most important character in the book because the other characters are drawn towards the horse. Their love for Willow is pivotal in what will, or won't, happen in the future. Willow 'listens' and through her patience many important decisions are made. Personally I thought the whole 'horse whispering' element of Take Me Home rescued the novel and gave another depth to the plot most basic 'romances' don't have.
I'm not going to tell you anymore about the plot. I'll just add; Tim has a dark secret to reveal through the course of the story and it could threaten everything.
An enjoyable, light, read which is both interesting and unusual.
Then she meets Willow, a battered and abused ex-racehorse just crying out to be taken care of. And then there's Willow's vet, the strong, protective Dr Tim. Suddenly Sanctuary doesn't seem so bad - and might just live up to its name.
This is a enjoyable read - Claire is fairly sympathetic and Tim is heroic without being domineering. The way he helps Claire deal with Holly's problems is wonderful, even if he is incapable of dealing with his own.
I'll admit the heat of the sex scenes did surprise me a bit - and there are a lot of them, so if closed-door, gentle romance is more your thing, then this probably isn't for you. Personally it didn't bother me, except that the escalation in Claire and Tim's relationship seemed too fast for two apparently cautious people.
The rest of the story rolls along fairly easily, but I didn't feel the emotional intensity that the back cover promised. This is not like a Nicholas Sparks' novel - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Instead it's a heated romance between two naturally caring people who are struggling to find their emotional feet again. It's not a tear-jerker, and I don't think it's a keeper, but it was an enjoyable escape for a couple of evenings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A true romance with a story running alongside is what I expected. The surprise was the very descriptive sex scenes which were not distasteful but vivid.Published 6 months ago by Margaret clarke
This is a delightful romantic story. I felt I was right there in the book. I love horses so this really appealed to me. Great job xxPublished 8 months ago by Mazda
A great read couldn't put it down I would recommend this bookPublished 10 months ago by Mrs. D. Whitfield
Very weak story line. Mostly raunchy sex which became boring. This is my first whisper horse book. Is this the theme for all her books?Published 10 months ago by Mike the Black
Nancy writes good stories, about people and their love for each other and horses.Published 10 months ago by Margaret Hawkins
Very light entertaining reading, you know the plot, a bit like mills and boon, but enjoyed it and would recommendPublished 11 months ago by Carol
Only got to the first few pages and got fed up with the same sentences repeating not put together very wellPublished 11 months ago by little annieh