I ended up enjoying this book. I found the three different voices a bit difficult at first. It took a while to get into a coherent narrative. But it did. Then the story came alive and I was itching to see how it all ended up. Not too soppy, but optimistic nonetheless. While it helps to like horse, which I do, it isn't essential. If you've ever had a bond with a beloved pet, you will understand the importance of such bonds throughout life, and the doorway they provide to healing our human bonds.