By Sara Gruen
Nervousness ideas Annemarie Zimmer's days—the worry that her courting with the guy she loves is starting to be stagnant; the terror that equestrian daughter Eva's goals of Olympic glory will hold her distant from her mom . . . and into harm's method. for 5 months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace together with her prior. but when she can't enable move, the private battles she has gained and the heights she has completed may have all been for naught. it's a time of switch at Maple Brook horse farm, whilst loves needs to be faced head-on and fears needs to be saddled and damaged. however it is an unanticipated tragedy that might so much enormously regulate the delicate global of 1 extraordinary family—even because it flings open gates that experience lengthy constrained them, allowing all of them to ultimately trip headlong and loose.
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I lean forward, speaking urgently. “Eva! Honey. Flying Changes • 25 Please listen to me. ” “I’m not trying to insult you. ” She raises her eyes to mine. “Okay ﬁne. ” I blink at her image in the mirror for a few seconds. “Uh . . okay. Yes. ” “I worked my butt off all winter. I got my grades up. ” “Honey, I . ” I stare at her for a moment, and then drop my head into my hands, wanting to cry. I’m utterly exhausted, and I’ve already run out of arguments, which strikes me as a singularly bad sign.
Ugh,” I say. “Ha,” says Judy through the stall wall. ” “Ugh,” I say again. “Might want to get yourself a shovel. ” Judy and I spend the morning mucking out, scrubbing and reﬁlling buckets, mixing feed, wiping dust and cobwebs from stall windows, dumping the contents of the tractor at the muck heap, topping up the shavings, and ﬁnally watering down and sweeping the aisle. At the end the barn looks much too clean to let the horses back in. It’s kind of like my experience with kitchens. The second you get one clean, it’s time for another meal.
I remove one of the tall yellow tins and get a glass ready. I learned the hard way that one has to be prepared when opening a Boddingtons—the cans contain a ﬂoating thing called something like a sprigget or a widget, but as far as I can tell its purpose in life is to make the beer explode forth and spill over the sides of the can the second you open it. And so I prepare, setting the glass next to the can, sliding my thumbnail under the tab, and leaning so my lips are within slurping distance. Just as the seal breaks and the beer surges forth, the phone rings.