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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Equine Graphics Publishing (May 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887932666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887932660
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rescue Me is a fantastic read. What an awesome concept! A woman and horses all need rescuing - and a hero comes to the rescue! Sharon Miner --HorseBookReviews.blogspot.com

<span>Rescue Me is a fantastic read. What an awesome concept! A woman and horses all need rescuing - and a hero comes to the rescue! Sharon Miner</span> --HorseBookReviews.blogspot.com

<span>Rescue Me is a fantastic read. What an awesome concept! A woman and horses all need rescuing - and a hero comes to the rescue! Sharon Miner</span> --HorseBookReviews.blogspot.com

Sit back and hold on! Toni Leland, at her best, has created a roller-coaster adventure, beginning with Julia riding her beloved Morgan mare during her greatest moment in Grand Champion horse showing. She reveals the horrors of Julia s abusive marriage, her escape from her dangerous husband, and her struggle to survive with a hidden identity . Enter Dillon, the mysterious new man in Julia s life, with his hidden purpose, and Casey, owner of a horse rescue farm... And more! Every page is packed with action, emotion, and surprise! --Janet Lukas, Gray Horse Trading Company

About the Author

Toni Leland's career with horses-both professionally and personally-has spanned over fifty years. Her personal love affair with these creatures has been an ongoing affliction since she was a young girl, and, in the early eighties, she owned and showed some of the horses described in her books.

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Horses, music, and big dreams shaped Toni Leland's pre-writing life, but those same things all found their way into her novels. The subconscious mind is a great thing.

A long period of time passed between Toni's childhood daydreams of galloping across an Oregon field of daisies astride a beautiful stallion, to the wonderful year when an aging retired show horse named Sonny made his way into her life. No matter that he was the ugliest horse alive, he was the dream come true. Those emotions of a horse-crazy little girl never go away, and Leland's story characters reflect that.

Music played a large role in Leland's early years. Classical piano study for ten years, church organist during junior high and high school, participation in the A Cappella choir, and accompanist for several smaller school choral groups paved the way for Toni's tenure as director of The Julie Singers in Holy Loch, Scotland in the early 1980s. Ten years later, she was a proud voice with The Kent Singers in Connecticut.

Big dreams? Leland's aspiration to become either a horse veterinarian or an archaeologist never came to fruition. Marriage and children set those dreams on hold, but in 1984 she had the opportunity to live in Cairo, Egypt and was ultimately able to see and experience the wonders of that ancient land. Of course, Egypt has many Arabian horses and Toni instantly resumed her horse-crazy activities.

Once the horse bug had revived, Leland decided that she would finally have that gorgeous stallion she'd dreamed about so long ago. In fact, she'd have as many horses as she wanted. On her return to the U.S., she began acquiring quality Arabian horses to breed and show. At some point, she became acquainted with Morgan horses, and had to have one of those too. Then a charming palomino Welsh pony mare named Jasmine. (There is no known cure for horse-crazy.)

Toni Leland started writing in earnest at about that same time, combining her graphic design talent with good copywriting, and working with horse owners and stables around the Northeast. Toni designed and produced several breed organization directories over the next few years, as well as a start-up magazine for the miniature horse breed. In 1988, Toni took over publication of the well-known Nutmeg Horse Bulletin, a yearly events calendar for Connecticut and surrounding areas.

Through those years and the ones that followed, Toni Leland has lovingly and carefully created stories involving horses and the people who adore them. Though she no longer owns horses, her insight into the animal, the human elements, and the issues that face the industry are all fodder for her novels. And to think it all started with an imaginary ride on a galloping stallion.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn M. Fisher on May 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Toni Leland describes her books as "Women's Fiction With Kick!" And that's certainly true of her new seventh novel, Rescue Me. The story is about a woman in trouble so serious that you wonder how she can ever get out of it, and has a complex, taut plot with lots of twists and turns, and secrets that explode into more secrets, and suspense so gripping that you read and read to finish the story until your eyes sting. Add to the mix Leland's unforgettable horse characters you really care about and want to know they're all right, complete with horse lore that could only come from a writer who really knows the noble beasts. "Kick!" indeed!

At the beginning of the novel, Julia Dorsey really does need rescuing. She needs to rescue herself and doesn't know how to do it. The only thing that redeems her life with her cruel, jealous, obsessive husband are riding lessons on Coquette, the Morgan mare she loves: "Julia examined the fine lines and intricate structures of the horse's face, moved as always by the beauty of this animal that had stolen her heart." She has modest hopes to win in the Morgan Grand National and World Championship in Oklahoma City. But she made a disastrous mistake when she married Stephen Dorsey and things get so bad, that the only way she can escape him is to run away, and she forces herself to take that brave step. She is determined to achieve a new life, no matter what it takes. She must change her name, her identity, even her physical appearance. Along with this, she must find a place to live and work as far away from Dorsey as possible. And she must adapt to a constrained life that seems destined to be one of constant hiding and social isolation, in which she constantly fears that searchers will catch up with her and force her back to Dorsey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was better than I expected. I was half afraid it would be fluffy or too romancy, but to my great pleasure, it was a serious and suspenseful read that addressed two very important issues while at the same time offering helpful advice and knowledge on both issues: escaping domestic abuse and the abuse and neglect of horses and how you can help.

Julia is married to very rich, but very abusive man. Stephen treats Julia like a possession and not a very prized one at that. He has jealous rages, beats her, verbally abuses her, monitors her every move and then aplogizes for it all, buying her trinkets or jewels just to begin the cycle all over again. Finally, Julia has enough and in the middle of an Oklahoma horse competition, she takes a tote bag full of necessities, hides behind a pair of sunglasses and boards the nearest bus. The bus takes her Illinois where she starts a new identity, a new job, rents an apartment, and looks over her shoulder constantly.

Julia learns fast that the only way to be safe from her past and Stephen is to keep to herself. It's easier to keep people at arm's length than to constantly fabricate lies to tell them. When a handsome and mysterious man comes into her life tho, Julia begans to doubt her choice. Was running away really the answer or should she have stood up to Stephen and did things legal? Does she want to start a new relationship on a pack of lies or allow this sexy former law enforcement officer, Dillon, into her heart and to possibly help her?

While Julia ponders her choices, Stephen is searching for her, Dillon is chasing trucks full of caskets and counterfeit money, and Julia discovers a horse rescue farm. Some of the situations these horses come from are appalling and they need to do just as much healing as Julia does. Maybe they can heal together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RK Lindh-Wilson on September 5, 2010
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So there I was, curled up in bed thinking I'd just take a "quick peek" at my newly acquired copy of Rescue Me. Twenty chapters later, it was 1:30 a.m. and I was still goggle-eyed awake, ghosting alongside Julia as she choreographed her tenuous escape and rebirth.

I love everything about this book - the synergy of the dual spouse abuse/animal abuse themes, the cliff-hang perils of Julia's escape and self-reinvention, the development of the supporting "cast," the flow of dialogue, the balance between action and contemplation, the conflict and character development, and especially the bell of truth rung over some things we might tend to marginalize as "not-our-concerns." Toni obviously applied meticulous research to all aspects of this piece, from the abuse issues right down to the details involved in acquiring false ID. As a result, she has not only gifted us with a gripping tale peopled with appealing characters and critters, but also taught us a lot along the way. Decidedly a two-thumbs-up! And heartfelt thank you!

More, please. And soon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne Honeywood on January 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I love novels that entertain and teach me something new. Rescue Me does both. I knew little to nothing about horse rescue operations or abused wives, but this book has opened my eyes. As for long-distance trucking ... I didn't even know I was interested in the subject till I read a riveting scene on a snowy highway that had me on the edge of my seat. I'll never look at a tractor-trailer rig the same way again!

The two main characters in this well-drawn story totally captured my imagination and my heart. By the time I got to the end, I felt they were my best friends and I hated to let them go.

A side note: I'm a paper-book dinosaur. I love the look, feel, and smell of printed books. So when I got a Kindle for Christmas, I wasn't too sure about this new-fangled device. Would it deliver the reading experience I demanded in fiction? To test the water, I downloaded Rescue Me ... and within two pages I was hooked. I didn't even realize I wasn't holding a paper book in my hands till it came time to turn the Kindle off.
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