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The Lady [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars captivating, again and again Oct. 2 1997
By A Customer
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It seems almost silly to review a book I've read as many times as I've read The Lady; however, I find myself enjoying each new "read" as much, if not more than I did the very first time I discovered the book and thought I'd share my thoughts.
The cover (at least the American paperback version) does not do this book justice. The artwork gives the impression of a dated romance novel, which this book is not. There's romance yes, but beyond that is the rich beauty and history of Ireland, her people and their passion for horses.
From the very first words, as the reader follows her directions to Cornanagh, Ms. McCaffrey invites you into her world and makes you feel a part of the story. You almost expect to be asked to enjoy a cup of tea.
No character is introduced gratuitiously, each has a purpose and moves the action along. She introducecs a wide variety of flavors to add to the mix; tinkers, aristocrats, farmers and just plain old horsemen. Each have a texture all their own - you almost feel as if you know them.
My poor first copy is so badly worn that I've begun the search for another to replace it - until the much anticipated sequel is written. I recommend The Lady as a change from Ms. McCaffrey's usual genre and eagerly look forward to her next invitation to visit with the Carradynes.
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McCaffrey's foray into mainstream fiction is a departure from her usual fantasy/science fiction worlds, but to a horse lover, it's every bit as successful. I've read my copy of this book so many times that the pages are literally falling out.

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.

The Lady is a horse-lover's dream. When I miss my own horses, I open this book and feel a little less homesick. McCaffrey has created characters so real that I have to fight the urge to look for them when I visit Ireland.

If you're not a lover of horses, this book may not be for you, but if you are, I wholeheartedly recommend it
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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Fan's Review Dec 17 1999
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I have enjoyed ALL of Anne McCaffrey's Sci-Fi's but I have learned that her occasional forays into other genre are refreshing and mind opening. As always her characters are well developed to the point that they seem like old friends and the story is well told and captivating from the first chapter. Even if you only read SF you'll like this book
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