Saddle up: The Ride of Her Life

The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America

by Elizabeth Letts


I loved Elizabeth Letts’s earlier book, The Eighty Dollar Champion which I highly recommend. It tells the story of Snowman, the amazing horse bought for virtually nothing by Harry de Leyer. Read the book to find out what kind of horse Snowman turned out to be. The story is a heartwarming one. Personally knowing some members of the family gave this title extra meaning to me. It is a feel good story.

I think that the same can be said for The Ride of Her Life, another story about a person and a horse. This time, our person is sixty-three year old, Annie Wilkins. She lived in Maine, had recently lost her farm and decided to ride ahorse to the West coast. Annie wanted to see the Pacific Ocean before she died. Tarzan, Annie and Annie’s dog thus began an incredible journey in 1950s America.

How did the trip go? Who did they meet? How were people changed by this?

Read the story of this life affirming and changing journey to find out. I highly recommend it.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

From the Publisher

“A poignant, inspiring story…Annie Wilkins will never leave your heart” – Melanie Benjamin
A feel-good story in every way…A quirky, inspiring journey that’s not to be missed. BookPage“This story has it all: bravery, determination, and a whole lot of heart”- Publishers Weekly “Upbeat and touching.” – Booklist; Nature;horses;women's history;history buff gifts;summer reading

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