07 July 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Rescue Me by Toni Leland

When asked to read and review a book by this author, I was drawn several times to this title because of the description. It’s not something you particularly WANT to read about, but it’s reality and it’s close to my heart. You see, my mother is a survivor of domestic violence and we had a horse growing up. So that’s where I’m coming from in this review.

The author does a fabulous job of weaving the plight of a domestic abuse victim with the plight of abused and neglected horses. Being inside of Julia’s head is both intriguing and frightening. The story moves quickly as Julia runs away from that life into a life much different. There’s a little romance, nothing overtly sexual (no heaving bosoms, thank goodness!), and a lot of heart.

The storyline about the horse rescue broke my heart. I guess I knew it happens. People are mean or get in over their head or the horse gets old and is no longer as “fun” or gets too expensive. I suppose the same is true with all pet rescue groups, but with horses, the sheer size and cost I imagine becomes a larger problem. I really did enjoy following Julia’s research and experiences. While I haven’t researched it myself, it rings true of what goes on inside of a rescue group – the constant shortage of funds having top billing.

The book itself is well written. The author does a wonderful job of keeping the story going while not revealing all of the information at once. I liked that each main character had a backstory and she was able to reveal bits and pieces of it at a time.

In typical fashion, I didn’t really care for the ending. I guess I wanted more out of it. Having said that, if I were the author, I’m not sure I would have changed it. Again, it rang true. Abuse victims sometimes overestimate the power of their abuser and underestimate the power of themselves. I also liked that we were left to use our imagination a bit as far as what path(s) the characters may choose next.

This is a good book for those that are looking for something easy to physically read but want to learn a little something in the process. It kept me up until 2am, so I’d say it gets my recommendation.

Description:
Seattle socialite Julia Dorsey has it all—prestige, money, magnificent Morgan horses, and a powerful, brilliant husband. But Julia’s life is a nightmare of abuse and terror, and only an act of courage can save her. Will the price be too high?

When mysterious Heck Dillon enters her life, Julia’s fears return. Who is he? Can she trust him? As Dillon offers her quiet strength and protection, Julia begins to believe in hope for a new future. But the old life still haunts her and, before she can move forward, she must face her past.

Rescue Me touches two serious subjects: horse rescue and domestic violence.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 48

One Response to “Rescue Me by Toni Leland”

  1. Susan Helene Gottfried 9 July 2010 at 10:37 am Permalink

    Hmm. You’ve given me a lot to think about in this review. Nicely done!
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