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5.30.2018

Joey ~ Review

Joey
How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See
by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

Be sure you have a box of tissues nearby before starting moving story. Opening on a scene that will touch even the hardest of hearts Joey's story is one of triumph over adversity. A story of hope, of friendship, and of overcoming.

Joey was a lost horse, one who when his career ended drifted from situation to situation until he ended up in a place where he was neglected. With his future in doubt, he was found in time. But a horse who comes from an abusive situation and is blind is hard to place. But Joey and the new Hope Reins were potentially a perfect fit but could a damaged horse help children who were equally damaged?

I have to say I fell in love with Joey and his pasture companion Speckles (another rescue). But the pain that these two suffered didn't break them. Together they formed a special bond with one another one and with their handlers.  Both Joy and Speckles needed special TLC due to the previous situations that they found themselves in. This is the story of their second chance.

This is a book that will touch the heart of anyone who has a love for animals. And the way children respond to Joey is both moving and heartbreaking. Moving that they were able to connect and heal. Heartbreaking that they had to suffer as they did. Having my own rescue pets (horses too) the synopsis of this book attracted me and the front cover was an instant draw. Who wouldn't love Joey! As I stated before have tissues ready you will need it at times but this is one book you don't want to miss. If you have a book club that leans towards true-life readings this is a perfect selection.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.
At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation—and blind.

Then he came to Hope Reins—a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. By teaching these children to care for rescued animals, the Hope Reins staff were convinced they could reach kids with love and hope and show them that we are never forgotten by God.

But could the financially struggling ranch afford to take care of a blind horse that no one else wanted? Could Joey somehow learn to trust people even though the world had hurt him so badly? And what would happen—to Joey, the kids, and Hope Reins—if they failed?

A true story of friendship destined to become a classic, Joey will touch your heart and reveal the power of finding light in the darkness.



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