The Carradyne Touch

The Carradyne Touch They are the Caradynes who for over years have bred and trained horses of the finest caliber on Coernanagh But all is not idyllic at hearth and home Catriona the youngest child longs to ride he
  • Title: The Carradyne Touch
  • Author: Anne McCaffrey
  • ISBN: 9780708837177
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • They are the Caradynes, who for over 200 years have bred and trained horses of the finest caliber on Coernanagh But all is not idyllic at hearth and home Catriona, the youngest child, longs to ride her family s big jumpers and show horses Her father Michael, recognizes her gift, but her mother hates the very idea All is in a stalemate until Lady Selina Healy enters theThey are the Caradynes, who for over 200 years have bred and trained horses of the finest caliber on Coernanagh But all is not idyllic at hearth and home Catriona, the youngest child, longs to ride her family s big jumpers and show horses Her father Michael, recognizes her gift, but her mother hates the very idea All is in a stalemate until Lady Selina Healy enters their lives, and provides for Catriona and her father a stunning example of how the reins of power can be held by a glorious, fearless woman.From the Paperback edition.
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    1. Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD Harvard , Colonel USA Army retired , and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent She had two brothers Hugh McCaffrey deceased 1988 , Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein 1947 1952 She married in 1950 and had three children Alec Anthony, b 1952, Todd, b.1956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.Anne McCaffrey s first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967 By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s f novels in the 50s and early 60s It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series The Ship Who Sang and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern that Ms McCaffrey s talents as a story teller are best displayed.She died at the age of 85, after suffering a massive stroke on 21 November 2011.Obituaries Locus, GalleyCat.

    2. This is an odd book, it doesn t really match McCaffrey s other works and it s really a shame she didn t write like it I never had a horse girl phase, but some of my friends did and I always thought it was kind of stupid We lived in a city, most of us would never see a horse let alone ride one This is the first and only horse book I ve ever read and it makes me see why girls go horse crazy The book is set in Ireland in the 70 s, and it has a surprising number of focuses Sure it s about horses, b [...]

    3. Not exactly a review I read this back when I was a teenager One of my aunts gave it to me for Christmas one year I was so disappointed Sure, I loved horses and there was a horse on the cover but this book was the size of a refrigerator Large print Like I was an old woman I was twelve.Needless to say, this book sat on my shelves for years Only growing bigger One summer, when I was probably 15, I had nothing better to do.I picked up this fat ass book and started reading And as I read, I realized i [...]

    4. Dug this up at my mom s house when visiting it s a book I read over and over as a horse crazed girl While McCaffrey is known best for her Pern books, I wish she had published a few like these It s a straightforward story of an Irish family, all involved in horses The story centers around three primary characters, a young girl growing up and facing both personal loss and the triumphs that come after years of hard work and dedication, her father, managing the stable and coping with his abusively [...]

    5. I love this book so much that I own two autographed copies One is so battered from reading and rereading that the pages are coming away from the bindings, the other is my reserve copy for when the first one falls to bits in my hands.I love Caitriona and her family, and no matter that I ve read it a dozen times, the ups and downs of their lives still captivate me so that I m hard pressed to put the book down, even to sleep I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Ireland, horses or peop [...]

    6. This is one of my take to a desert island books I ve loved many of the Anne McCaffrey books, probably read all of the Pern books, loved many of the Pegasus in Flight series and the Ship Who Sang series But if I had to choose just one book by McCaffrey to take with me if I were abandoned on a desert island, it would be this one.

    7. One of those books that kept the hope of love alive when it was all but dead inside me I still love this book of course, I love the Ireland of my youth as well, and this one brings it all together A wonderful read If you like National Velvet, this one will fill your desire

    8. I actually REALLY enjoyed this book proving I can still be just as enthralled with an excellent horse book From ages 6 12, almost everything I read was equestrian related the Thoroughbred series, Marguerite Henry s classics, Black Beauty I read and reread and devoured everything horses being infected with that horse gene that has so many little girls collecting Breyer horses and watching National Velvet over and over again This book took me back to those days McCaffrey has written a charming, th [...]

    9. I m going through a phase of reading novels by authors I used to love When I was younger, I read most of Anne McCaffrey s Sci Fi Fantasy novels and several of her romances but this was one I d missed.On the subject of books dating , this book made me think perhaps I shouldn t consider that books date so much, as that they become a child of their time I think that this book is one of those the Irish attitudes to death, divorce, the division of marital property and spousal abuse that it depicts a [...]

    10. This is a great book, even if it doesn t have anything to do the psychic talent, inter galactic species or dragons This is a book written about something near and dear to Ms McCaffrey s heart horses Told through the eyes of Catriona, we learn a great deal about show jumping and horse training in Ireland.

    11. An old favoriteRereading this for the first time in 20 Years I find it as beautifully written as I did years ago Very different from other Anne McCaffrey titles, but well worth the detour.

    12. Not at all what I expected from Anne McCaffrey neither Sci Fi or Fantasy when I pulled this out of a bargain bin, but I really did enjoy it.

    13. I have read and reread this so many times that my paperback copy is in sad shape a great escape and a rich tale of a family and horses in Ireland

    14. I got this book as a young Dragonriders of Pern fanatic and never read it, in spite of my Irish heritage and passion for horses, which should have made it perfect for me I finally just read it last week, when I was really, really ill.I have to say, I don t usually read these sorts of books any, so I probably wouldn t have picked it up had I not been so sick, but it turned out to be an enjoyable experience The plot is definitely a soap opera, but for a soap opera it s pretty believable, and the m [...]

    15. I love this book I always have, ever since I was a young girl I think I loved it when i was younger because I was so envious of Catriona To be able to be with horses all day every day Now that I m older I appreciate the grown up aspects of the story the love and romance This book reads like a Irish Soap Opera, and I love every minute of it The story takes place in Ireland at the Carradyne estate Michael Carradyne has a horse farm where he breeds, rears, and trains horses He is married to a high [...]

    16. I originally found this book about 8 years ago at a local book outlet that sold books at great discounts The cover is what attracted my attention as I am an avid horse lover despite never having owned a horse nor had the funds to ride for long I have read this time and time again and never get tired of the characters and the storyline For such a short book it really packs in a lot of information and when reading at least in my experience it seems much longer than it really isbut in a good way I [...]

    17. I gave up in high school reading horse booksat s because most of the stories were for young readers and I d read them all The only adult story with horses I knew about was Mary Stewart s Airs Above the Ground So I turned to SciFi and Fantasy and via that found Anne McCaffrey Found The Lady when I was searching for any of Anne s books I hadn t read It was a wonderful story centered mainly about horses with details about riding and training in the Irish style Then there were excellent characters a [...]

    18. I picked this story up because of the horse on the cover I was not disappointed This novel takes up the story of a large farm owner and his daughter The world of hunters is shown pretty accurately while we watch a girl grow from a down trodden child into a young adult with a bit confidence Once her mother passes away her life blossoms a bit with her mother s sharp tongue no longer there to push her back down into self loathing The added layer of a love affair between her father and the lady th [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book, but mostly because I love horses It does assume you know about horses though If you don t know what on the bit means, and you ll be annoyed that the phrase is not defined, then this might not be the book for you But I loved reading all the horse bits, and I liked Catriona, who loves horses even than I did when I was 14.The book also had a fun romance, and some good villains Some of the characters are a bit one dimensional, and things do seem to keep going wrong at ju [...]

    20. Were you once an adolescent horse mad girl Are you currently an adolescent horse mad girl Do you want a fairly uncomplicated books with lots of horses and horsey issues in it Then you re going to love this book You may not always love the main character especially if you are an adult recalling your adolescence She can be frustratingly passive But if you re honest, you ll see reflections of yourself in her worries, in her guilt, and in her mis steps Don t worry of course she never does anything a [...]

    21. If you grew up on the Pullein Thompsons, Follyfoot and the Jill series, you will love this book In a big departure from McCaffrey s usual fare, it s a soapy drama about an Irish family that breeds and trains horses, and while there are some PG 13 adult situations, it contained enough talk about snaffle bits, 13.2 jump offs and other horsey geekiness to make me feel like a pony crazed 9 year old all over again The ending feels a bit rushed, especially the sudden acceleration of Selina s situation [...]

    22. This isn t the kind of sf fantasy novel that Anne McCaffrey is well known for, but that s okay.It s still Anne McCaffrey warm, sincere, intriguing, moral without being heavy handed, and a comfortable balance between character, setting, and plot.It took me over a month to read because not only was I busy traveling, but the story seemed quite slow to start Several times I considered abandoning it, but I am quite glad I didn t The pace picked up, the characters came to life, and the story eventuall [...]

    23. Why is it that mothers are trying to suppress their daughters in so many of Ms McCaffrey s books It s a bit depressing for me Lady is like a fairy godmother in this book She makes the mother look horrible and well, a terrible wife too I would rather be Lady than the mother This story is about a girl who sees that she can do than just be a little girl Her hopes and dreams are nurtured by someone who believes in her potential Every person should have someone like this for them Just as I believe e [...]

    24. Though it isn t McCaffrey s normal sci fi story, it is definitely her style, and I adored it The only thing I wished for, was Too bad there is no sequel There are so many characters ones to feel for, to feel against, and it might have benefited to write out individual s story lines a bit However, such is life, we only see what we know, and the future is a vague thing McCaffrey leaves readers off at a satisfactory spot an end to certain dramas, a hopeful look for the future Any might seem redu [...]

    25. Well kept picturing the movie Quiet Man with John Wayne and Murrine O Hara, thinking red hair and green eyes but the book describes Black Hair and Blue Eyes At first I was going to recommend it for 12 to 14 year old girls to learn them to servive minor or major life problems but the story gets darker Might be to dark for a 12 year old The best thing is Anne knows how to write hold your attention from beginning to end even when you are not interested in horses or women s rights.

    26. Loved this book, but it is not without its faults It is a great horse story The writing style is YA, but the frankness although not explicitness of adultery and wife beating aren t what I think of as YA The plot is hopelessly contrived, and to really tell its story well it needs to be three times as long Nonetheless, I loved it Great read Just not a great book Oh, and set in early 1970 s Ireland not a dragon in sight.

    27. The Lady is set in Ireland in the early 1970s It is the story of Michael Carradyne, owner of Cornanagh Stud trapped in a loveless marriage his daughter Catriona, a girl on the edge of womanhood who must come to terms with her parents conflicting plans for her future and Selena Healy, a wealthy neighbor who has realized too late that her heart belongs to horses and to Cornanagh Overall an enjoyable book about horses and Ireland.

    28. Hoping I can make it through because the plot sounds great I guess ,at my age, in my thirty third year , of my horse crazy life, long ,way too descriptive, juvenile , run on sentences , like this very sentence, that you are trying to decipher , in this book review, are just not my favorite.

    29. I really like this book While ostensibly a book about a girl and her love for horses, I really got attached to the characters I thought the detail was rich and amazing The ending was very satisfying to me That being said I do think the mother was a tad bit over done I would have liked to have felt some sympathy for her as well.

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