The Longest Trail

A True Story

Non-Fiction - Memoir
332 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2016
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Author Biography

Roni McFadden is the mother of four and grandmother of Sixteen. She grew up in Altadena, CA and now lives in Willits, CA with her husband of 45 years, John.

Little did they know when moving to Northern California that the property they bought and built their house on once was part of the Ridgewood Ranch, home of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit. Shortly after moving Roni began a career with the equine veterinarians that have cared for the horses at the ranch for over 25 years, and through that connection she was able to write and publish her first book. "Josephine~A Tale of Hope and Happy Endings" is a children's book about a great granddaughter of the legendary Seabiscuit who becomes orphaned at four days of age and follows the filly as she is accepted by a surrogate mare.

All proceeds from the sale of "Josephine" go to The Howard Hospital Foundation and the T.R.A.I.L. therapeutic riding program at the Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA.

Roni's association with Josephine and the Ridgewood Ranch enabled her to start her own small publishing company, which she named The Biscuit Press.

Her love of horses and the unusual experiences she had as a teenager working at a pack station in the High Sierras are recorded in the pages of her newest book, "The Longest Trail."

She still works for Redwood Valley Equine. And after 18 years without a horse of her own, she is now the owner of a beautiful leopard appaloosa named Romeo.

One of her greatest pleasures now, as she gets older, is watching her grandchildren grow and thrive. As she nears retirement age she feels there might be a few more books in her!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Longest Trail: A True Story by Roni McFadden is an interesting memoir where the author shares her love for horses and how her love and respect for the animals change her life. Roni's world had turned upside down after her mother's divorce and the only thing that she had left in her life was her horse, Sparol. Her meeting with a cowboy and his guidance shape Roni's evolution from a 14-year-old girl to a strong woman who knows exactly what she wants from life. Set in the 1960s and 1970s in Southern California, the story is filled with adventure, humor, and sadness.

The book conveys a beautiful message that good always triumphs over bad. Readers will definitely be inspired by Roni's growth from an angry and confused teenager to a mature and confident woman. The book also teaches readers how to love a horse, how to ride, and how to heal oneself. The author's story also has spiritual themes and it is encouraging and inspirational to see her evolution and her growth. The author's writing style is vivid and she pulls readers into the book, making the scenes come alive in front of their eyes. The pictures shared in the book bring readers close to the author and the life she led. Readers will be able to relate to and understand many of Roni's life situations.