by Susan Richards
Finished this book a few days ago but had no time to write. It wasn\’t what I thought at first; I assumed from the cover image and prevalence of equines in the few photos inside that this was another book about horses. After a few pages in I flipped to the front to read the flyleaf text and even more telling, the card catalog subject listings (or whatever that\’s called) on the publication data page- it said authors, biography; nothing about horses. So. There are horses, they are not the spotlight. Instead the book is about how the author experienced the success of her first published book, Chosen by a Horse. How she went on book tour and grew from being frightened at facing an audience of readers (or empty chairs) to feeling confident and even relaxed. How she met up with friends and family not seen in years and had some closure, renewed some relationships, learned some stories of her own past that helped with the healing process. Horses, friends, loving books, meeting readers, travelling around the country, dealing with a few age issues plus anxiety, meeting a man again. In the end it is a story of joy. I liked this book. It\’s a feel-good story, but one that is also painfully honest. Not all roses (do you even want roses?) Very real.
Rating: 3/5 278 pages, 2008
Lis Carey\’s Library
It's so interesting to hear about how writers respond when they are suddenly greatly successful. I always think of that bit in ?Jo's Boys? where Jo's hiding out from her crowds of admirers. 🙂