The Lady Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 1988
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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.
About the Author
Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926 November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel "The White Dragon" became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the "New York Times" bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The book's cover does not do it justice. It looks like a Harlequin romance. This story is any horse lover's dream. My paper copy is worn out from so many reads. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a horse enthusiast, and an Anne Mccaffrey fan, I very much enjoyed this book. I also learned quite a bit about the state of women in Ireland - although from 20 years ago.Published 21 months ago by Anna
Had to buy a new copy of "The Lady" book even though I had a copy with a different title "The Carradyne Touch". Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2013 by Amazon Customer
The Lady was my first non-science fiction/fantasy Anne McCaffrey experience, and I was totally hooked! Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Melanie Locke
I love good horse stories, but this was not one in my opinion. Lots and lots of words spent on details that really didn't matter, made the story drag for me, and there wasn't near... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2002 by karenbrat1
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2000
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. Read morePublished on Dec 17 1999 by Roy Henry