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The Horse That Haunts My Heart Paperback – May 22, 2014
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About the Author
Deborah Smith Parker is a writer, poet, essayist, blogger and author of two books.
Her first book, Humanus Astrologicus (2010), goes where no astrologer has gone before, and easily takes the reader along. Parker blends ancient knowledge with modern wit and rhyme. And unlike many astrology books, it has richness both for the person clueless about astrology as well as the seasoned astrologer.
The Horse that Haunts My Heart (2014) is Parker’s recent release. Anyone who ever loved a horse – or wished they had—will be quickly captivated by this coming of age memoir that chronicles the extraordinary relationship Parker developed with her horse, shaped by the poignancy, hilarity and drama that tested relationships undergo –all set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Her other works have appeared in more than 25 different published outlets ranging from "Journal of the American Medical Association" to "The Mountain Astrologer" to "North County Times" to "Nuthouse" to "New Press Literary Quarterly."
Parker grew up bi-lingual, fluent in both prose and poetry, learning from her father at an early age to write clever verse. Later she learned how to use writing to dig deep into the pain and revelations of life. However, whatever topic she writes on or form she writes in, Parker is genetically programmed to incorporate her well-honed wit.
Parker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in English. She lives in North County San Diego with her husband, Jeff, a homeopath and their Cattle Dog, Eli.
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While such treasured times may be found in life by both male and female humans, "The Horse That Haunts My Heart" is, at its soul, very female in nature. One comes to know the author and identify with her. She understands the significance of what is happening to her but then takes it for granted as it becomes familiar. She begins to get older and divests herself of her youth, thinking she might have outgrown her need for the steadfastness of her familiar companion.
The story unwinds with a serious surprise that raises the tale above a simple canticle of lost youth. I cannot and will not spoil the surprise here. To
her credit, Parker the adult comes to fully understand the significance of what happened to her in her youth. I am glad she did not choose to keep her treasure inside. "The Horse That Haunts My Heart" forever captures the endless echoes of those summers when she and Tank rode dangerous mountain trails high on jagged crags, lady and horse pasted against the blue Rocky Mountain skies.
Get this one and read it, you will be glad you did.
Now being a girl who loves horses as much as I am , there is nothing better then seeing your soul mate and falling in love with that four legged wonders. That are called horses. They give you their heart and will do anything for you . The author weaves a wonderful tale full emotion. Her stories are funny and emotional all at the same time. There are moments when you are laughing out loud and the next moment you have tears.
As the author weaves her story, you find that there is more to the story then just horses, it is also about friends and the length someone will go to help them out when something is done to them.
Friends standing up for each other. There is heartbreak and courage in each and everyone of those girls that the author has written about in her book
So if you want a book that has courage of conviction, heartbreak and the love of a great horse. That will stick with you for the rest of your life. This is the book for you. If you love horses this is the book for you . If you like adventure this is the book for you. So check it out
This is a book for young girls who love horses and for grown-ups who have recognized truths as they look back on their lives.
Now the deep stuff. I am glad the author talked about the negative stuff that happened. That is what makes us who we are. I won’t put spoilers here. Just say that it isn’t all ponies and sunshine.
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