I am so happy, so grateful, so utterly delighted that my book is getting such positive feedback and wonderful reviews from readers. I decided to compile some of the reviews and share the words here.
THANK YOU, everyone.
Dear Helen, I just finished reading the chapter on U.C. High Hopes (Shoe) and I am so filled with emotion. Of course, I know this wonderful horse personally; but you have so captured his tenacity and life spirit that I found myself holding my breath as I neared the end of the chapter. While Shoe is a true inspiration for anyone who feels there is no hope in any circumstance, the unsung hero in this saga is his lovely owner, Arlis Bobb, who together with trainer Megan Brauch made the unbelievably difficult decision to save his life. I do not believe anyone else would have decided likewise. Thank you for this wonderful book. Thank you for the beautiful testament of the bond between human and horse. ~Maureen
Hi Helen! I’m reading your book…My Horse, My Heart! It’s so good…your writing is so fun and tender! Caught myself crying numerous times with your gracious appreciation and awe of the horses you’ve known and their history!! Loving it…only a few chapters in and going to get a copy for my awesome Aunt Jackie who is a horse momma. My love of horses comes from her influence and I know she must have had a Morgan in her stalls. Thanks Helen for writing the book- fabulous job! ~Kristin
I’m already 3/4 of the way through the book – it is fantastic! What a great job you did capturing the importance of UCONN’s Morgans to the breed (and brought back lots of memories for me too). 🙂 ~Deb
You are as talented with words as you are with artwork. ~Mary
You have described these horses in a way that makes me feel as though I had known and loved them myself. About to start the chapter on Ringmaster – no doubt I will be quite teary here. Thanks so much for such a wonderful view into the world of UConn Morgan horses. ~Gaye
Horse aficionados will love this book!
By Yellow Texas Rose on August 17, 2013
This book is a treasure for horse lovers and particularly for those who prize Morgan horses. Thoroughly researched, lovingly and skillfully illustrated, this book sheds light on a breed of horses whose history starts with the cavalry and who continue discerning riders today. Scanlon not only provides background and history of the breed, but she also brings to life breeders, trainers and owners, past and present, whose lives were made richer by their experiences with these beautiful horses. I enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing it with my horse-crazy granddaughters.
~Amazon review, 5 stars
A journey familiar to any equestrian, the author presents a frank and sometimes humorous look into the world of the horse and those that care for them through smart, witty prose and stunning signature illustrations. The collection opens with a familiar scene of carefree horses living in their own world (“Celtic Hill”), and then later tugs at the heartstrings with emotive and evocative tales of lessons learned, human compassion, and gentle grace. In her inaugural poetry collection, Scanlon captures moments of truth, joy, humanity, and redemption that are only possible… Because of a Horse. ~Amazon 5-star review
Beautiful tribute to the University of Connecticut Morgan Horses
By New Englander on November 24, 2013
I was so excited to discover this book as I am a graduate of the UConn Animal Science Department. Reading the book and perusing the photographs brought back a lot of memories. I especially appreciate the attention given to UC Ringmaster, who was the top stallion at UConn during my time there. The author writes in an informative and heartfelt manner, and some of the stories brought tears to my eyes! She is also a talented artist and her painting was used for the cover and her drawings are sprinkled throughout the book. ~Amazon review, 5 stars
I received your book a couple of days ago and have read it cover to cover. You did a great job of laying it out like a true research book and layering it with behind the scenes stories, quotes, poems, etc. Well done! ~Patti
I spent New Year’s Day curled up with my brand-spankin’-new copy of your book, which I read cover to cover. I became immersed in a world I know nothing about. While I had to Google a few words, I learned a lot about these magnificent animals and the people who cared for them through triumphs and heartbreaks. What a ride! Thanks for devoting the time to telling such a fine, rich story backed by some excellent research. You are an amazing artist, author, and friend. ~Leslie
The book is pretty darn impressive, Helen. And above all, it took a tremendous amount of patience to write. You had to do so much organizing of data. You preserved history. ~Cathy
One of the things you did extremely well and which I feel adds immeasurable value to the book is to depart at just the right time from the history and lineage to include observations on the horse’s mannerisms and personality that bring him to life for the reader and differentiate him from the other horses. Another, was to include several asides referring to horses in general. Things that most people who have been around horses will identify with and those who don’t know horses will ponder. An example is on page 77. In the context of Sheba the paragraph that begins “Working with horses can be a sad business…” How true. An experienced horsewoman once told me “Mark, they’ll break your heart.” As you so accurately point out, something that beautiful, majestic and powerful can at the same time be so fragile. There must be some lesson to be learned, perhaps about the fragility of life in general. Nice job! And I’m glad you are getting lots of positive feedback, it’s well deserved. ~Mark
Although I am not a UCONN alumni or even a big polo fan, this book was captivating from start to finish. It is clear that the author extensively researched the history of polo at UCONN, showing how truly passionate she is about this sport and the horses and players that make it happen. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and you can’t help but feel as if you are watching these events as if they are unfolding in front of you. You don’t have to be a polo fanatic to enjoy this book. I picked it up and finished it in one day! To be honest, I didn’t even know the rules of polo prior to reading this book. The great thing about this book is that it doesn’t matter if you have a deep understanding of polo or if you are new to the sport; the author makes it easy for all types of readers to enjoy and be captivated by her writing. As I was reading it, I thought about what a great tribute this book was to all of the past and current UCONN polo players and how much it must mean to them to be written about in this book. Helen Scanlon truly did a remarkable job in writing this book. I highly recommend reading this. You won’t be disappointed! ~Amazon 5-star review