Angela D. Meyer, author of The Applewood Hill Series, lives in NE with her husband of 25 years and their high school daughter. Their son serves our country in the Marines. Angela enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, connecting with friends and encouraging women to grow in their faith. One of her dream spots to vacation is next to the ocean and someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon.
For the Love of Horses
Joanna Hannigan has made a lot of bad choices in her life, but in Where Healing Starts, she discovers she can no longer run from God’s grace. In the middle of her messed up life, she begins to help others and find healing in the process. One of the avenues she uses to help others is by sharing her love of horses.
Adding horses to the story was an obvious choice for me. My older sister and I were avid fans of the animals when we were growing up. Or perhaps my sister was the greatest fan and I followed along to be just like her. Either way, I collected model horses alongside her, went riding with friends and perused the few and far between horse magazines passed along to us by a friend. It was a shoe in that I would eventually find my way onto the back of a horse.
The first horse I rode was a pony. When I was a bit older I rode a horse taller than me. That horse threw me while climbing a hill. My friends took care of the bumps and scratches then made me get back on and ride. It really does help to get back on the horse. Whether literally or figuratively.
I’ve gone many years without being in the saddle, but when my kids were young I arranged horseback riding lessons one summer. My riding was on the trail. Theirs? Around circles in a coral. Not really what my son was interested in. My daughter almost fell off once, but it didn’t faze her.
I enjoyed thinking about horses as I penned this novel. They are magnificent creatures and there is something inspiring about sitting tall in the saddle with the wind in your hair as you ride. One of these days, I’ll have to climb in the saddle again. In the meantime, I’ll let my imagination take me there.
What has been your experience with horses? Have you taken riding lessons? Have you ever shown a horse? Or do you prefer to keep your distance?
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Where Healing Starts
Release date: September 22, 2016
Joanna, full of bitterness over the past, can no longer ignore the growing storm inside her and is bent on self-destruction as she seeks to ease her pain. But the refuge she seeks is always out of her reach.
Her brother Blake must choose between what has always been safe and what he has always wanted. One mistake after another leads him down a dangerous path.
The one for all, all for one sibling bond can’t help them now. They are both determined to hang onto their anger, never forgetting. Never forgiving. They see no reason to trust God.
After so many years of turmoil, will the Hannigan siblings find refuge in the God who loves them? Or will they get lost along the way?
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I love riding. I miss it a lot, but lack of time and horses causes me to not be able to ride at the moment. 🙁 Maybe one day soon.