Study for Battle of Anghiari
Falling for EliFriday, April 20th, 2012 at 1:15 pm
There’s a new book coming next week, May 24th, to be exact, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with friends.
Earlier this spring, Nancy Shulins sent me a review copy of her memoir, Falling for Eli: How I lost Heart, Then Gained Hope, Through the Love of a Singular Horse. Shulins, a gifted Associated Press correspondent, had followed a successful career path. But, exiting her thirties, she was surrounded by other people’s children and none of her own. Years of fertility treatment brought only disappointment and feelings of inadequacy, despite a lovely home and a loving husband.
Enter horses. Turning to riding as a diversion, she stumbled into a fulfilling alternative with the arrival of an off the track Thoroughbred she named Eli. What follows is a delightful account of one more woman who took up horseback riding at midlife, totally unprepared for the new standard of dressage barn life, so unlike her brief childhood encounters of pony rides and trail rides.
A well-written tale, readers will empathize with Shulins as she discovers each new horse’s character, abilities and faults; you will cry with her over the loss of her first mount to founder; and smile as you watch Eli work his way into her heart.
It’s a ways off yet, but Nancy plans to join us at Equine Affaire, November 8th-11th, for a book signing. We hope you can join us for that. (You can order before then and we’ll ask Nancy to sign a book for you and send it if you can’t be there.)
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