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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.
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Richards reflects on how rich life becomes when one travels her own best path. Orphaned early in life, Richards struggled to connect with the world until a horse named Lay Me Down taught her how to trust another creature and to love deeply. These hard-learned lessons became her emotional bedrock. As she chronicles her travels across the country to promote her very successful Chosen by a Horse (2006), she is stoically honest about her battles with anxiety and alcoholism. Book tours are far from glamorous, and Richards allows her readers a rare glimpse into what goes through the mind of a nervous author as she wipes sweaty palms on her black trousers on the way to the podium to read. But she does meet her future husband, Dennis Stock, along the way. A talented photojournalist, he gently and determinedly woos her, believing that fate brought them together. 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. --Pamela Crossland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015603302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156033022
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on May 31, 2009
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Any voracious reader as I am, loves the times when a book overtakes them so completely they lose all track of time. This was the case with me for Chosen Forever, Susan Richard's more than worthy sequel to Chosen By A Horse. I hadn't even known there was a sequel until two weeks ago when browsing through the bookstore while my granddaughter played nearby. How happy I was to find this gem! Chosen by a Horse chronicled how a rescue horse named Lay Me Down changed Richards' life. In Chosen Forever, we see how writing the book itself affected her in ways she never imagined. As one who has been an author escort, I found her stories of her book tour a very good example of those I've been on from those with a big throng to those when nobody shows up. But more than that they way Susan reconnected with those from the past during her book tour was very courageous. And meeting the love of her life, who she coincidentally had purchased her farm from 24 years earlier, was the icing on the cake. As I turned the last page at 4:30 AM, I was so glad that Susan had the happily ever after she deserved. She is such a talented writer that I certainly hope she is able to gift her readers with more of her beautiful prose, whether it be in memoir or novel form. I will be first in line to buy it.
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Chosen Forever can be seen as another stanza in Susan Richards's loving ode to her departed horse, Lay Me Down. Once again, Richards has expressed their mutual love beautifully. However, this book goes much farther than the first memoir, because Richards has come much farther as a person. I would think that Chosen Forever was a more difficult book for Richards to write because she had to rely more on herself to fill the emotional void left by Lay Me Down's death. I appreciated her account of her journey to getting published, and how her readings turned out; because she came to value the fallow periods in life as well as the high points.

I couldn't put this book down, because I couldn't help but feel the human drama as Richards gradually let her guard down enough to fall in love(probably for the first time)and marry the serenely mature Dennis Stock. Despite an emotionally tragic childhood, and unfortunate first marriage, Richards discovered that middle age is no reason not to seek or have love in one's life. Furthermore, she teaches that it's OK to be a work in progress. In short, Chosen Forever is an inspiration, and well worth the time.
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Susan Richard's "Chosen By A Horse" ended with real heartbreak. This story picks up where that left off, describing how she was able to turn personal tragedy into emotional healing and triumph. If you liked the first book, you'll love this one. I recommend that "Chosen By A Horse" be read prior to this one. I think "Chosen Forever" would be a bit confusing, and not as interesting, if "Chosen By A Horse" isn't read first.
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I did not buy the first book because of the reviews hat call Richards a whiner and who judged Richards for her choices about Lay Me Down's end of life. I still haven't read it, but I will now. This book was a wonderful, honest read about personal growth. This is why it's good to read biogrophy: the hope that we can learn and improve our own lives based on others' experiences. Yes, there is a lot of not so important detail about the book tour, but it serves as a framework for the searingly honest look at her personal growth. If you are not interested in improving yourself, then maybe you should give this book a miss. But if you have ever suffered, and want to take your pain and learn from it, this is a great book. Can't wait to read the first one. I too read until the wee hours to finish it, it is a page turner from the heart.
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This book was not about a horse. It was about her experience trying to get books published (way too much), family relationships, and about romance (again too much). I think there was, if you added it up, two pages devoted to horses. I was very disappointed because though it was described as a memoir about publishing and relationships, it also said horses. It should have said the three first descriptions and "a tiny bit about horses." I would not recommend this book based on the description since it has a picture of a horse and entitled "Chosen Forever" and would not recommend it to anyone who loves true animal stories. I should return it.
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A freind told me about this book. It was the kind you can't sit it down. Tear jerker. Loved the book. It is the way Susan Richards writes the story. I wish there was more books written like this one. Kudo's to Susan you are the best. Thank You Susan!!!
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I literally devoured this book. Having read "Chosen By A Horse" and "Saddled..." by this author, I couldn't have been more excited to find this book by her. It's the moving account of the author's success in getting "Chosen By A Horse" published, and the unexpected challenges that came with that success; book tours, book signings, traveling to these events and leaving behind her beloved pets, being front and center for the first time in her life. It is achingly honest and forthright about the many twists and turns in her life that brought her to this point. But best of all, we get to read about the unexpected meeting between Susan and Dennis Stock, the man from whom she had purchased her home over two decades earlier, and the unfolding of a courtship of which the author was skeptical and not even sure she wanted. It is about finding love after figuring out who we really are, what we're willing to compromise on, and what are clearly the deal-breakers. It's about kismet, and unmistakeable signs. It's about slowing down, savoring life and paying attention when the miracles are happening. A must read for anyone who has dreams, maybe unspoken even to themselves, and how life will work for your ultimate good if you allow it. This, my friends, is a keeper.
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