Recently I got an email from a woman named Rose Miller asking me to review a book she had written about Tennessee Walking Horses entitled “The Horse that Wouldn’t Trot”. This is right up my alley as two of my favorite subjects- books and horses. To really excite me though, a book has to be well written with a good story line. I want to lose myself in the storyline. I want to laugh out loud, and I want to feel the emotion emanating from the pages. Did I get all of that with Rose’s book? Oh yea, I did.

People often tell me, as we compare notes about “been there and done that” that I should write a book about my life. “Really?” I say, always surprised. I’ve just been…living. Nothing special, I think, but people always tell me that my life has been packed with drama. THAT, I’ll have to admit, is truly so. Rose Miller has me on the drama hands down. Rose is a bit older than me so she’s had more time to collect memories, a large portion of which being about horses. As she shares her failures and successes, she talks to the reader about her journey as if she were sitting with you in her kitchen, chatting over a cup of coffee. I laughed out loud at times, and at others, tears were rolling down my cheeks. I found myself speed reading through some of the pages because I didn’t have time to be sitting at my computer reading a book right then but couldn’t bear to get out of my chair without reading what happened next.

Rose’s journey unfolds over decades of a life spent with horses. She takes you back to the time she was a “newbie” making decisions we all have made that, in retrospect, make our hair stand on end as we wonder how we didn’t kill ourselves. Rose’s honest and straightforward approach to her compelling story is endearing and humbling. The detail and humor in which she shares her memories is fascinating. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday. Rose can retell a conversation that took place 30 years ago. I can tell you why though. Some folks are born for story-telling. Rose Miller is one of them. Here is her website. I’d recommend you get yourself a copy.

I’m trying to talk Rose into letting Going Gaited Online Magazine represent her and her book in eBook format so it can be downloaded immediately to our readers. As a matter of fact, I’d like to offer any of Rose’s books. Right now, I’m reading her next offering about mules. It’s called “Mules, Mules and More Mules”. It’s even better than the last book. I have giggled my way through about 25 pages so far and look forward to ending this day with another 25 pages. Rose, you go girl. I can’t wait to read your next one!