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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.