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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite
Playing With Lukas is a heartwarming story of a woman and a horse. Ordinarily I would have written a woman and her horse but that isn’t the way I see this relationship. Karen Murdock doesn’t really own Lukas for they are an equal team, a united team. Karen was first introduced to horses on her uncle’s farm in Virginia when she was only 5 years old. Karen’s home life left much to be desired. At 15 she ran away from home. Trucker, Chuck Grant gave her a ride. He saw something special in her. His family became her new family. She spent the next year taking care of Chuck and Connie’s three children and riding their horse.
She married young, had a daughter and put herself through nursing school. Her career focused on helping the mentally ill. She worked in acute care lock down units.
Karen and her husband Doug owned several horses but her preference would always be for the thoroughbred, she loved their character, resilience, compassion, and cleverness. The training possessed her. I was fascinated by the patience and method of training Karen utilized. After purchasing Mike a horse others had given up on, she began letting him get to know her. She would hum while grooming him. He came to know her sound and would react to her verbal commands. Together Lukas and Karen formed an incredible bond that most would have said was impossible. Karen is an incredible woman and Lukas is an incredible horse.
This is one of those books you do not want to miss. It is well written. It is well edited. It is incredible. The photos of Karen and Lukas bring this book to life. This book is not your typical horse book. The plot is much deeper. This is a book about a horse finding where he belongs and a woman coming to know who she is. Do not miss this book.