Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Horsekeeping

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Book Review - Horsekeeping

About the Book
Why would successful urbanites, used to clean, controlled and orderly lives, take on the task of restoring a near collapsing empty barn littered with haphazard and decayed fencing, pastures deep in standing water, and try to turn it into a thriving horse farm?

Initially motivated only by a city dweller’s fantasy and obscure memories of childhood visits to the country, Roxanne Bok oversees the reconstruction of a thirty-seven stall barn and painstakingly discovers something about both large animals and running a small business.

Follow an equine novice as she leads her equally naïve family in an eighteenmonth long adventure of breathing life back into a once great horse farm in rural New England. A thoughtfully detailed memoir, Roxanne Bok learns it all the hard way, from the agony of repeatedly being tossed off a beloved horse, to the thrill of winning a blue ribbon.

For those who love horses, the dream of country life or simply the sight of an otherwise urban family on great rural adventure, here is a tale that plumbs the full range of human emotions but ends with a deepened love of the land and the extraordinary equine creatures that inhabit it.

Proceeds from book sales will be donated to support horse rescue charities.

My Take on the Book
This book transports you into the life on a farm and into the relationships of the family members and those around the family. The book was well written and as you read you are presented with vivid imagery of New England and what once was a great horse farm, which is now being transformed. I also loved the fact that the book takes people out of their element and transforms their lives and themselves into better people through the challenges that they must endure. This book was eye-opening and leaves you with a warm feeling in your heart as you read and sometimes even re-read passages to get the full effect of the experiences being shared.

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