Synopses & Reviews
“Richards reflects on how rich life becomes when one travels her own best path. . . . Richards writes more courageously than she perhaps realizes, and each page of this uplifting book will touch a chord in everyone who enjoyed her first book.”-- Booklist
“Charismatic. . . Engaging writing by an honest self-explorer.”-- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Chosen by a Horse:
“An inspired story of what family means, and what the loss of one can do to us, and for us.”—The Boston Globe
“An incredibly moving story, beautifully written and insightful.”—The Roanoke Times
“Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
When Susan Richards adopted an abused horse rescued by the local SPCA, she didn’t know how Lay Me Down’s loving nature would touch her heart—and change her life.
Susan, a writing teacher, had lost her mother at the age of five and been abandoned by her father to uncaring relatives; she had endured an unhappy marriage ending in divorce and had self-medicated for anxiety and repressed anger with alcohol. For more than a decade, she aspired to be published, but it was only with the memoir she wrote to honor Lay Me Down that she achieved this goal.
The book led to a book tour, in the course of which Susan reconnected with family and friends. But even more joyously, at the second reading on her tour she met the man who had sold her his house twenty-four years earlier, a world-famous photographer, Dennis Stock. And they fell in love.
"Far better than a book tour chronicle has any right to be, Richards' follow-up to her bestseller Chosen by a Horse again shows her gift for clarity in description, of both her physical surroundings and the landscapes of her heart and mind. The publicity campaign (and cover photo) focus on Richards's surprise romance with renowned photographer Dennis Stock, who appears at one of her book signings: 'I remember thinking that no one like that would ever be interested in someone like me.' But he was interested, so much so that there's little suspense involved their relationship. While her observations about later-in-life love are spot-on, the heart of Richards' book is how she comes to accept herself as a worthwhile author, despite crushingly low self-esteem. As she travels around the country, reconnecting with folks from her past and addressing small audiences, she reveals an infectious passion for her craft; that Chosen by a Horse turns out to be a phenomenon, and that Stock ends up marrying her, just makes Richards's work of self-discovery sweeter." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When Richards adopted an abused horse rescued by the local SPCA, she didn't know how Lay Me Down's loving nature would touch her heart--and change her life--as she reveals in this sequel to the "New York Times" bestseller, "Chosen by a Horse."
The sequel to The New York Times bestseller Chosen by a Horse, a Book Sense Pick and a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick.
About the Author
Susan Richards is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Chosen by a Horse. She lives in New York with her husband.