28 09 2018

Horse Gentler cover

Now younger readers can saddle up and join Winnie and her family at the Willis Wyoming Ranch!
Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch.

When Winnie’s snobby classmate threatens to stop boarding his champion thoroughbred Princess at the Willis family ranch, Winnie has to come up with a tricky solution to convince him to let her stay. She learns that with God, all things are possible!

This is a very good book.  This will definitely be a Christmas gift to my grand-daughter.  Having not read any of the other books in this series, it was still easy to get into.

You really feel for Winnie.  She loves horses and wants to be like her mother who gentles them.  Mr. Green and his son, Austin, own Princess, who is from a racing line.  Princess is in need of gentling, but Austin wants to ride.  He has no desire to do anything of the preliminaries to becomes friends with Princess.  That’s where Winnie comes in.  She becomes friends with Princess, and the two come to trust one other.  To keep the ranch going, they have to keep Princess around.  Well, I’m not going to tell you the rest of the story.  You need to read all about it to see how this comes out.


Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.



27 04 2018


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.

This book will have you going through many emotions.  It will make you mad, you will be laughing, and you will be crying.  You get to the point that you love Joey and his friend Speckles.  How Speckles helped Joey just warmed my heart.  With this being a true story, it meant that much more.  The faith that everyone has at Hope Reins is remarkable.  The ones who didn’t have faith, ended up getting it, which is even better.  Jennifer Bleakley did an awesome job in bringing out the personalities of all involved, not just Joey.

Jennifer Bleakley

Jennifer Bleakley, who has worked as a child and family grief counselor, earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Florida Southern College and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Jennifer leads a women’s Bible study in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, and speaks to audiences about God’s great grace and his delight in using ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. She writes print and online Bible curriculum for children and is a contributing author for She Believes online Bible studies. Jennifer lives with her husband, two children, and one frisky puppy. Connect with her at

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.