Good news for thousands of readers who have laughed and cried along with Diana Estill, and have also wondered “When is this woman going to write a novel?”
Here’s the set-up for Diana Estill’s When Horses Had Wings, just $2.99 on Kindle:
Pregnant at 16, Renee Goodchild drops out of school and marries. Now she’s trapped in rural Texas with Kenny, her violent, garbage-collecting husband. A bleak future seems assured until she meets self-appointed relationship guru, Pearly.
“That’s why you don’t let ‘em rule the roost. ’Cause you can’t count on ‘em to be there the next mornin’ when it’s time to crow,” the worldly Pearly advises.
Renee narrates this tale of ruin and redemption where the damaged and downtrodden lead each other to unintended, sometimes heartbreaking, and often bittersweet outcomes. When Horses Had Wings examines the lives of broken people competing for the most basic needs: the primal urge for affection and the eternal search for acceptance
From the reviewers:
While “When Horses Had Wings” is certainly a poignant tale, it is not a depressing, oppressive book. This is largely due in part, I think, to the wonderful prose found in the story. Ms. Estill is a true wordsmith and not only did I enjoy the actual story itself, it was a separate pleasure just to read the words. – Melanie Frazier
My emotions ran the gamut…from anger to sadness to hope, and even laughter at Diana’s wit. An emotionally charged read from the moment I began until I finished in only a few hours. I’ve never been to Texas, but Diana’s words let me taste the dust and feel the heat of long summers in her native state. Without doubt, this is a book I highly recommend. – Karen Rankowitz
As a formerly battered wife, I’ve read all kinds of takes on the bad situations hostile marriages can contain. This book was pretty much right on, with a wonderful first person narrative by Renee, a very young articulate woman, trapped by a teenage pregnancy, no diploma and an angry young husband. If you like Fannie Flagg, Billie Letts, Wally Lamb and Kaye Gibbons, give this new novelist a read. Hope, personal fortitude and perseverance rise to the top here, and I look forward to Ms. Estill’s next fiction work. – Suzanne Deal-Fitzgerald
“When Horses Had Wings” is not written as a memoir, but the voice of Renee is true enough, as the narrator to the story, to make you forget it’s fiction and believe it is real. Sadly, the story is not a new one. Many women and men, boys and girls, really, face the reality of becoming parents too soon, pledging their lives with to one another and then living in failed dreams. Estill writes this story with clarity and honesty which makes the end wholly satisfying. – Judi C.
Prior to becoming an author, Diana worked for many years as a journalist and humor columnist. Her columns have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Road & Travel, and other publications. She has been featured in First Magazine and has appeared on a variety of TV shows and radio programs.
Diana’s debut novel, When Horses Had Wings, was inspired by her life experiences as a former teen mother and high school dropout. After completing her education, she taught GED classes, worked as a consultant to the National Institute for Literacy and American Council on Education, and served as a U.S. delegate to a UNESCO conference.
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