Chosen Forever

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In the heartwarming sequel to Chosen by a Horse, Susan Richards tells of the continuing gifts brought to her life by her beloved horse, Lay Me Down.

Readers cried with Susan Richards when, at the end of Chosen by a Horse, her beloved mare was laid to rest in the paddock where she had met her herd—Hot Shot, Tempo, and Georgia. Now they will cheer as Susan recounts the further wonders that came into her life as part of Lay Me Down's legacy: a bestselling book, a tour to support ...

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Overview

In the heartwarming sequel to Chosen by a Horse, Susan Richards tells of the continuing gifts brought to her life by her beloved horse, Lay Me Down.

Readers cried with Susan Richards when, at the end of Chosen by a Horse, her beloved mare was laid to rest in the paddock where she had met her herd—Hot Shot, Tempo, and Georgia. Now they will cheer as Susan recounts the further wonders that came into her life as part of Lay Me Down's legacy: a bestselling book, a tour to support that book, the reconnection to friends and family who come to celebrate her success, and love—unexpected, complicated, and true.

And so Chosen Forever works its magic as a sequel of self-discovery, as Susan continues to grow into her new life. Told in charming prose with her familiar and disarming sense of humor, and featuring a new supporting cast of animal characters (a Siamese cat, two pugs, tow Labs, and appearances by horses), this is another moving tale for readers facing their own challenges at recreating their lives. Chosen Forever is the story of what happens the day after all of your dreams come true—how you learn to accept that you deserve to be happy, and how those we love continue to offer us gifts long after they are gone.

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Editorial Reviews

Chronogram
Richards opens her life once again to share her struggles, lessons, and surprising joys. Chosen Forever is a rare thing.
Midwest Book Review
The book is well written, honest and provides the reader with the desire to keep reading. What more could you want in a book? If you plan to buy one book this year, make it this one.
Curled Up With a Good Book
Reading Richards' prose makes you feel like you're listening to a good friend tell you her story, if only that friend would tell you their deepest fears and triumphs. Her descriptions of her pets will make any animal lover smile. And for anyone who thinks they're too old, too damaged or too afraid to take a risk and enter in a relationship with someone, this book is a breath of fresh air.
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Praise for Chosen Forever:

"Charismatic... [Richards'] charming, self-effacing humor keeps the tone light even when she’s examining darker feelings. Engaging writing by an honest self-explorer."—Kirkus

"Richards reflects on how rich life becomes when one travels her own best path.... Richards writes more courageously than she perhaps realizes, and each page of this uplifting book will touch a chord...."—Booklist

"This is an inspirational story of what family means, and what the loss of one can do to us, and for us."—Boston Globe

Chronogram
Richards opens her life once again to share her struggles, lessons, and surprising joys. Chosen Forever is a rare thing.
Chronogram

Richards opens her life once again to share her struggles, lessons, and surprising joys. Chosen Forever is a rare thing.

Curled Up With a Good Book

Reading Richards'' prose makes you feel like you''re listening to a good friend tell you her story, if only that friend would tell you their deepest fears and triumphs. Her descriptions of her pets will make any animal lover smile. And for anyone who thinks they''re too old, too damaged or too afraid to take a risk and enter in a relationship with someone, this book is a breath of fresh air.

Publishers Weekly
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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Kirkus Reviews
Charismatic, albeit meandering memoir about the author's discovery of love and self-acceptance while on a book tour. The book was Chosen by a Horse (2006), an account of Richards's relationship with an abused mare named "Lay Me Down" that finally got this reclusive animal lover and writing teacher into print after years of trying. The tour plucked her from isolation in upstate New York for what became a life-altering journey through small-town bookstores across the Northeast. Richards reconnected with friends and relatives she'd cut off during years of anxiety and low self-esteem, encounters that prompted her to examine the memories surrounding each of them and to grapple with her past. Bolstered by positive reviews and feedback from readers, her confidence grew. She was able to develop relationships and chat with strangers at her readings; she could even, when a self-assured older gentleman crossed her path, overcome her wariness of intimacy. Richards had experienced previous disappointments and was going through menopause, so theirs was not precisely a fairy-tale romance, even though she makes frequent use of the word "fate" when describing it. Self-conscious, cautious and analytical during the process of falling in love, the author fought feelings of being swept away. She shares all of this quite openly with readers in candid, if somewhat undirected prose that explores her fears, her past and her passions. Anxiety often takes the front seat in her narrative, which chronicles a struggle toward self-approval after a lifetime of feeling unwanted. Richards admits to being shy in person, but she's clearly comfortable in the memoir format, which tends to foster an occasionally excessiveamount of self-psychoanalysis. (She's equally at ease talking about her "baggage" or her pets.) Fortunately, her charming, self-effacing humor keeps the tone light even when she's examining darker feelings. Engaging writing by an honest self-explorer. Agent: Helen Zimmermann/The Zimmermann Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156033022
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 324,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

    This one will warm your heart

    When I picked up Susan Richards first book, Chosen By A Horse, I was very touched from the very beginning it literally was one of those books I could not put down.
    The next installment from Susan is equally well written and reminds you of the first book and her beautiful journey with a horse that just happened to her and touched all of us named Lay Me Down. By the end of that first book you realize that even when you are down on your luck something wonderful can bring you back to life.
    Susan has a down to earth touch in telling her stories that literally warms your heart. After being alone for many years and having some wonderful friends she finally finds someone she can share her heart with.
    It unfolds slowly but you always get the feeling that the spirit is there from the beginning.
    I can highly recommend this book if you just need something to pick you up or to have a good cry about if that is what you need.
    One thing I hope is that she will continue to do what she does so well WRITE. I will look for more books in the future and purchase them with the full knowledge that I will love them all.
    Please do yourself a favor, these 2 books will revamp your spirit.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

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    Wonderful Book - I love this author!!!

    I read Chosen By a Horse and right away picked up Chosen Forever then ran right out and bought Saddled and am now reading that!!! I never read three books in a row by the same author. Only one other time have I done that and that was Lorna Barrett's mysteries. These books are wonderful, thoughtful, and very emotional. You end up caring about all the characters in the book and can't wait to find out more. I sure hope she writes more!!!

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    I Loved IT!!

    Another heartwarming memiour. Susan Richards has a way of bringing forth feelings that otherwise remain unaknowledged in all of us. She is so open in her writing about her feelings that is makes it posible to acknowledge our own feelings and fears. The pets in our lives really truely help shape who we are and what we can become. The unconditional love they give us allow us to begin to trust and feel as they hold no judgement. They truely can be the first step in realizing it is ok to love and be loved. I look forward to reading any thing else witten by Ms Richards as her determination and perserverence on the road to being published is inspirational and leaves me wanting more.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    Great read for a horse lover!

    I was taken in from the very beginning of this memoir. It is, in turn, deeply saddening,growing up in such an isolate family, to warm, meeting a man who not only shares her love of books and animals, but the author herself. I was moved at her compassion and being so open to learning from, yes, a horse. How well I know the healing properties of these gentle giants. A love story on so many levels.

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