If Wishes Were Horses

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ROC, 1998 - Fiction - 85 pages
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Known far and wide for her healing touch, Lady Talarrie Eircelly offers sanctuary for villagers with every manner of ailment - from the heart to the head. But she finds her true mettle tested when her husband is sent into battle, leaving a houseful of children behind - and no cure for their father's absence. With her husband away, Lady Eircelly watches her two oldest, Tracell and Tirza, approach their sixteenth birthdays. While Tirza will receive the gift of a special crystal, even Lady Eircelly cannot give Tracell what he wants and needs most - a new horse. Though Lady Eircelly's magic has its limits, her heart has no bounds. And in the waning months of the twins' childhood, she gives them two unforgettable gifts: the power to find hope in hardship, and the faith to trust in love, the greatest magic of all...

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User Review  - Sarah Mckenna - Goodreads

Very short, all about bearing up in the face of hardship. As a coming-of-age tale it leaves something to be desired, it's a little too gentle on that front. There's no real loss for the protagonists ... Read full review

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User Review  - Irina - Goodreads

A very interesting story with strong and practical characters. There is very little drama in the traditional sense. McCaffrey doesn't take us to the midst of the battle or to the strategist's table ... Read full review

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Anne McCaffrey is the author of Freedom's Landing, Freedom's Choice, and Freedom's Challenge. In 1999 she received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given by the American Library Association, for lifetime achievement. One of science fiction's most beloved writers, Anne lives in Ireland.

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