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The Lady [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Oct. 12 1988
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 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you like women and horses Sept. 8 2013
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Had to buy a new copy of "The Lady" book even though I had a copy with a different title "The Carradyne Touch". Diddn't they were the same book and was disappointed for I would have loved two great horse booksnot one with two different titles. Jo-Anne Willman, Edmonton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne McCaffrey at her best! Jan. 8 2012
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The Lady - I picked this up because I've read everything else by McCaffrey, literally, and couldn't believe I left this to the last. Amazingly well written, you can tell its about her passions (horses) and home (Ireland). If you are looking for an action tale / fantasy this is not it. This is what McCaffrey's writing is like when not coloured by dragons, spaceships or talking cats. Don't get me wrong - I love them too. But in this book it is so easy to visualize the settings, and the people are so real - none perfect but always easy to relate to. It has become my favorite McCaffrey book and one I'm constantly recommending to friends. I've had to buy it several times as I keep giving my copies away.
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The Lady was my first non-science fiction/fantasy Anne McCaffrey experience, and I was totally hooked! She is truly a great storyteller, and this book had me riveted from the get-go; I found myself rooting for the characters here just as much as any of her Pern or otherwise books. If you`re looking for a good read, pick up The Lady and enjoy Anne just as much as you always have in her other storylines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Read it More Than Once Sept. 14 2000
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The Lady is an incredibly vivid book: the startling beauty of Ireland and the innate grace of the horse are described with an accuracy born of appreciation for both. I too have read this book so many times it no longer has a cover, and it never loses its appeal. This book will make you wish, not only that you rode, but that you rode like an irishman/woman.
Not many authors can write a book for adults, and make the main character a child. Catriona, while only in her pre-teens, captivated my attention because her inner strength was apparent. McCaffrey does not skimp on characterization, even for the lesser figures. I want a sequel to this beautiful book about the relationship between horse and rider, child and family, husband and wife, and man and woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost love Sept. 1 2000
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I read this book a while ago and never forgot it, even though I lost it. I now have found it again and I am ecstatic. I love this book, not only as a horse lover and a McCaffery fan, but because it exposed me to the world of Foxhunting (an equestrian sport, although I do it without the fox, drag scent)which I love. Great Book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long live The Lady! Aug. 3 2000
By "valai"
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The Carradynes ... the father, Captain Michael, his daughter Catriona who is almost 13 and her mother Isabel own a well known stable. To Catriona and Michael their lives seem to revolve around the stable and the horses. Catriona's life is all horses much to her mother's bitter disappointment. Isabel is determined to make Catriona a respectable, ladylike, socially involved, young girl even if that's not what Catriona wants. Michael gets tired of Isabel's ideas and soon the household is an unpleasant place to be, tense and strained. Fate decided to play its hand finally and Mrs. Selina Healy comes onto the scene. Poised, respected, beautiful, elegant, understanding, an accomplished horsewoman, and all that Catriona hopes to become when she grows older. Michael soon comes to apprechiate Selina's skills and Catriona comes to love Selina for all she is. But when Selina faces the truth how will that effect the atmosphere and when Michael comes to face reality what will that bring him? I have read this book so many times that the book is starting to become ragged and think that for anyone over 12 it will be a splendid read!!!
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Anne, Anne, when will you gift us with a sequel to this wonderful story? As a long time lover of and collector of horse stories, I was thrilled to discover this book. It has everything I enjoy in a story...horses, a young girl with big dreams, a couple of lovers with great obstacles to overcome, and a whole background of heartwarming characters, with a few bad guys thrown in to add spice. As I said, Anne, Anne, when can we have a sequel?
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