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Alternate cover edition for ISBN 13: 978-0692878989 What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped gir Alternate cover edition for ISBN 13: 978-0692878989 What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?


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Alternate cover edition for ISBN 13: 978-0692878989 What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped gir Alternate cover edition for ISBN 13: 978-0692878989 What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?

50 review for My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Just One More Book (Kris Miller)

    Born two months premature and weighing in at just three pounds, by the age of three Deanie was still crawling. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the doctor's were certain she would never walk. Deanie's father made a solemn promise, if Deanie couldn't walk, she would learn to ride. And ride she did, straight on to becoming a champion within competitions. Born with strength and determination -- and a father who taught her anything was possible -- Deanie displays unrivaled courage in defying the odds Born two months premature and weighing in at just three pounds, by the age of three Deanie was still crawling. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the doctor's were certain she would never walk. Deanie's father made a solemn promise, if Deanie couldn't walk, she would learn to ride. And ride she did, straight on to becoming a champion within competitions. Born with strength and determination -- and a father who taught her anything was possible -- Deanie displays unrivaled courage in defying the odds stacked against her. An unforgettable read, Deanie's story is truly inspirational. MY LIFE AT SWEETBRIER is the incredible true story of a young girl who achieved her dreams through perseverance and hard work. A children's book that should should be required reading within a classroom. ~ Kris Miller, certified TopShelf Reviewer. TopShelf Magazine does not offer 'paid review services’ and TopShelf Reviewers are not compensated for their reviews.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Keep Calm Novel On

    The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the PDF in exchange for an honest review. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne shares her touching personal journey in the novella, My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses. Deanie was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and she learned not to be defined by C. P. Roadblocks did not stop Deanie. In particular, her determined father helped make her dreams become a reality. The author writes with such integrity and pure honesty. Every parent, educator, caregiver shoul The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the PDF in exchange for an honest review. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne shares her touching personal journey in the novella, My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses. Deanie was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and she learned not to be defined by C. P. Roadblocks did not stop Deanie. In particular, her determined father helped make her dreams become a reality. The author writes with such integrity and pure honesty. Every parent, educator, caregiver should read this well-written memoir. My Life at Sweetbrier will be enjoyed by all. This story would translate beautifully to the big screen. The power of hope is unstoppable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janice Spina

    This is a new edition of this book which has more chapters added and photos of the author's life. A wonderful story of a life full of determination and perseverance. If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read, this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determ This is a new edition of this book which has more chapters added and photos of the author's life. A wonderful story of a life full of determination and perseverance. If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read, this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper. This is quite a feat for this little girl and through her trials and tribulations she teaches children and adults that perseverance pays off. If you want to live your dream then you must work hard even if you at first fail you must keep trying and never give up. By not giving up you will be rewarded with success and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Deanie is a remarkable woman who has inspired me by her example. She is a talented and creative author of five books and continues to pursue her dreams in being a very successful author. I think she is well on her way to success for nothing will keep her from obtaining her goal. This is an excellent story for middle school and high school students to encourage them to pursue their dreams and proving by Deanie's example, that no obstacle is too great.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    “You never know what you can do until you try.” The author & her family’s lifestyle growing up on a horse farm. Sometimes perseverance can take you places you’ve never dreamed of in life. A delight for all ages to read. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written me “You never know what you can do until you try.” The author & her family’s lifestyle growing up on a horse farm. Sometimes perseverance can take you places you’ve never dreamed of in life. A delight for all ages to read. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written memoir book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great horse movie, animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Monday Creek Publishing; paperback book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Mitchell

    My Life at Sweetbrier Cover Art: Excellent True and wonderful story! The doctors told little Deanie’s parents that she would never walk again. Oh, but her dad would not accept that prognosis! Believe it or not, he wants to try out a new therapeutic treatment… putting her on a little pony! Her little heart beat so fast, as she rode round and round the pony ring, listening to the steady clip-clop of the little hooves. Dad worked so hard with his little disabled child, pushing her, watching her fall My Life at Sweetbrier Cover Art: Excellent True and wonderful story! The doctors told little Deanie’s parents that she would never walk again. Oh, but her dad would not accept that prognosis! Believe it or not, he wants to try out a new therapeutic treatment… putting her on a little pony! Her little heart beat so fast, as she rode round and round the pony ring, listening to the steady clip-clop of the little hooves. Dad worked so hard with his little disabled child, pushing her, watching her fall off her horse day after day. Then, he starts to see the positive changes that this all had made in her life. This little sad, lonely, stressed out girl, no longer felt isolated from the world. Finally, all the hard work starts to pay off. There was finally balance to Deanie’s physical, emotional and mental state, & lots of hope. This author is UNSTOPPABLE !! Buy her books! You will love ‘My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses’ 5 stars+

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gigi Sedlmayer

    First i have to say: To have a daddy as Deanie has, is priceless. Unfortunately not all daddies would do what Deanie's daddy did. So, Deanie's book is the amazing story what he achieved as Deanie was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Growing up with this disease, it's not easy. But with such a help of her Dad? Deanie can do everything, as she did and fulfilled her dream: riding horses, her love, even winning competitions. How could she not have that dream, living on a farm with horses. It was quite a jo First i have to say: To have a daddy as Deanie has, is priceless. Unfortunately not all daddies would do what Deanie's daddy did. So, Deanie's book is the amazing story what he achieved as Deanie was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Growing up with this disease, it's not easy. But with such a help of her Dad? Deanie can do everything, as she did and fulfilled her dream: riding horses, her love, even winning competitions. How could she not have that dream, living on a farm with horses. It was quite a journey and not every time it worked out as Deanie wanted it to be. But with determination and getting up again, after a fall, so never giving up, she finally achieved her dream. A powerful message for never giving up. Well done, Deanie. What an inspiration you are. Thank you that i could read your amazing story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    BB Newman

    Sweetbrier is a marvellously inspirational book. The author narrates the story of her life from birth to her teenage years. Horses were her inspiration in those formative years. She experienced pessimism and negativity that her disability would be a barrier to her aspirations to become a successful horsewoman. Her determination, supported by her close family, particularly her father, drove her to overcome every hurdle that was put in her path. A wonderful story that will give courage and drive to y Sweetbrier is a marvellously inspirational book. The author narrates the story of her life from birth to her teenage years. Horses were her inspiration in those formative years. She experienced pessimism and negativity that her disability would be a barrier to her aspirations to become a successful horsewoman. Her determination, supported by her close family, particularly her father, drove her to overcome every hurdle that was put in her path. A wonderful story that will give courage and drive to young readers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Smith

    I am a bit old for the age group this book is written for, however I did find the story interesting. The author shows how with determination and hard work you can achieve your dreams. This is a great book for young ones.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cherime MacFarlane

    An excellent story that brings home some vital lessons. Never give up. You may need to devise different ways to do something physically challenging, but never stop trying. There is also another lesson, one for parents. Encourage your children and help them find those other ways so they will have the confidence to grow strong even with a disability.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shana Hollowell

    This children’s chapter book is truly an inspiration. The author was born with a disability that impacted her ability to walk. As a young girl growing up on a horse farm, she wished that she could ride and jump and win horse shows. Her Daddy, being her biggest fan, helped her overcome her fears and various horses in her life improved her self-confidence. With a lot of practice and perseverance, she made her dreams come true. This book teaches children about following their dreams no matter what This children’s chapter book is truly an inspiration. The author was born with a disability that impacted her ability to walk. As a young girl growing up on a horse farm, she wished that she could ride and jump and win horse shows. Her Daddy, being her biggest fan, helped her overcome her fears and various horses in her life improved her self-confidence. With a lot of practice and perseverance, she made her dreams come true. This book teaches children about following their dreams no matter what disability, fear, or obstacle they may have. While reading the book, I felt like I was right there with the author cheering her on. I love that she included pictures of herself, her family, and her horses. This is a great book for children about never giving up.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine Meunier

    Children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne recently contacted me about reading and reviewing her latest release, My Life at Sweetbrier A Life Changed by Horses. Now this book is quite different to her other children’s fiction horse books. My Life at Sweetbrier tells Deanie’s story with horses as she grew up. Her life started out in an unexpected way, with having difficulty learning to walk. Eventually the doctors concluded that she wouldn’t be able to walk, due to having cerebral palsy. Read mor Children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne recently contacted me about reading and reviewing her latest release, My Life at Sweetbrier A Life Changed by Horses. Now this book is quite different to her other children’s fiction horse books. My Life at Sweetbrier tells Deanie’s story with horses as she grew up. Her life started out in an unexpected way, with having difficulty learning to walk. Eventually the doctors concluded that she wouldn’t be able to walk, due to having cerebral palsy. Read more at http://equus-blog.com/life-sweetbrier...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Laude

    This was an enjoyable book with a great message for anyone. Although it is written for children, I am well past childhood and enjoyed it a lot. The author was born prematurely and when she was still unable to walk at the age of three, her parents were told that she had Cerebral Palsy and would never be able to walk. However, her Daddy (especially) was determined that Deanie would be able to walk and more. Her parents bought a horse farm named Sweetbrier and there her life truly began. Deanie slowl This was an enjoyable book with a great message for anyone. Although it is written for children, I am well past childhood and enjoyed it a lot. The author was born prematurely and when she was still unable to walk at the age of three, her parents were told that she had Cerebral Palsy and would never be able to walk. However, her Daddy (especially) was determined that Deanie would be able to walk and more. Her parents bought a horse farm named Sweetbrier and there her life truly began. Deanie slowly learned to ride a horse and then eventually became a champion rider and jumper. Her determination and persistence are an inspiration to anyone reading this book. This would be a great book to read or listen to as a family or a good book for young readers to read for themselves. The courage, patience, determination, persistence and positive attitudes shown by Deanie and her family have a great message for all of us. The narrator was perfect for this book and added a lot to it. I was given the chance to listen to this book by the publisher and chose to review it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Theodore Cohen

    A Book About True Grit… Most of us, parent or not, can’t imagine having a child that didn’t crawl until three-years of age, much less one who failed to walk until age four. But that was the early life of author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, who, delivered two months premature, weighed only three pounds at birth. It took years before doctors finally were able to diagnose her condition: cerebral palsy. Fortunately for her, Ms. Humphrys-Dunne’s father, “a determined person” (that’s an understatement!) made A Book About True Grit… Most of us, parent or not, can’t imagine having a child that didn’t crawl until three-years of age, much less one who failed to walk until age four. But that was the early life of author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, who, delivered two months premature, weighed only three pounds at birth. It took years before doctors finally were able to diagnose her condition: cerebral palsy. Fortunately for her, Ms. Humphrys-Dunne’s father, “a determined person” (that’s an understatement!) made the decision that what the doctor said wasn’t going to stand in his daughter’s way: he was going to teach his little girl how to ride a horse! And teach her he did. As chronicled in “My Life at Sweetbrier”—a ‘can do’ story if ever there were on—the reader will learn of the struggles and the tears, the disappointments and setbacks, and finally, the joys and the triumphs that mark those among us with the courage to ‘play the hand we are dealt’ and live life on OUR terms. It’s been said: life isn’t for sissies. Nothing demonstrates this more than what Deanie, with the help of her parents, has accomplished. Critical to the story, as you will learn, is the Humphreys’ farm, Sweetbrier, which includes a sprawling yellow Victorian-style house (built near the end of the 19th century) together with stables and a riding ring. It’s there where Deanie not only learned to ride, but also, to jump horses. Especially rewarding is her story about the jumping contest between Deanie’s pony, Doey, and a horse named Sunny. Whether or not your life has been touched by adversity, you and your children will enjoy this heartwarming story. As well, there isn’t a person I know who couldn’t learn something about overcoming the obstacles thrown in our paths by simply reading the Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s new book. I give it FIVE STARS all the way. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tina Collins

    My Life At Sweetbrier tells the story of a young lady who, despite her disability (she suffers from cerebral palsy which makes walking hard), achieves her dream to be with horses. As a young child her condition interferes with her physical milestones, from being able to walk herself to getting up when she inevitably falls. Most people would call this process a 'journey' but I prefer to call it a strength and determination to do what you want to do. Yes, it's a strength to continue on, never givin My Life At Sweetbrier tells the story of a young lady who, despite her disability (she suffers from cerebral palsy which makes walking hard), achieves her dream to be with horses. As a young child her condition interferes with her physical milestones, from being able to walk herself to getting up when she inevitably falls. Most people would call this process a 'journey' but I prefer to call it a strength and determination to do what you want to do. Yes, it's a strength to continue on, never giving up although there many times with tears and disappointments. A key component to wanting to ride is a passion for horses to begin with. It can give you additional help to battle on through everything that life and a living creature can throw at you. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne has written such a heart-warming true account of her life with her family and horses. With her family's encouragement and the partnerships she develops with her ponies, she works through the difficulties that come her way. It's hard not to love this novel simply because of the will to succeed of its author. Such an inspiring read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Chesebro

    Do you love horses and stories filled with courage and inspiration? Young, Deanie Humphreys was born a preemie with the debilitating disease called cerebral palsy. At birth, a portion of her brain was damaged. The result was that Deanie had difficulty walking. Now, for most kids, this would be enough to limit their physical activities for life. But Deanie’s father made a huge decision that changed her life. He said, “I’m going to teach you to ride, and you’ll be fine.” That single decision change Do you love horses and stories filled with courage and inspiration? Young, Deanie Humphreys was born a preemie with the debilitating disease called cerebral palsy. At birth, a portion of her brain was damaged. The result was that Deanie had difficulty walking. Now, for most kids, this would be enough to limit their physical activities for life. But Deanie’s father made a huge decision that changed her life. He said, “I’m going to teach you to ride, and you’ll be fine.” That single decision changed Deanie’s life forever. Deanie took her first steps at four years old. With the grit and determination of someone much older than herself, she set out to prove the doctors wrong. And, let me tell you. Deanie’s journey is filled with the hopes and joys that only reaching for your dreams and succeeding can bring. It was the ability to ride a horse that gave Deanie the freedom and normality she craved. "My Life at Sweet Briar: A Life Changed by Horses," is Deanie’s story based on memories and photos from her childhood. The book is written for children of all ages and filled with the kind of stories that everyone can easily relate to. The underlying theme is clear – perseverance pays off - never give up on your dreams. I laughed and cried with the young Deanie, and I felt her pain at not being like the other kids. This is the kind of book you want to read and discuss with your children, talking about empathy for those who are different; while at the same time, encouraging children to not just accept their lot in life. The author writes: “…it is wise to use your challenges to motivate you toward your goals because when you’ve conquered one obstacle, you’ve gained the confidence to tackle your next challenge.” Also, at the back of the book, the author provides a quiz for the reader to pull from their memory the finer points of the story. Answers are provided giving an additional learning opportunity. I loved this sweet story of courage in the face of adversity. It was a poignant retelling of perseverance and motivation to never give up on your dreams. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a real champion and motivator. Her journey will inspire you to reach for the stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deb Hockenberry

    Can you imagine living on a farm with horses but not being able to ride them? What would it be like to sit there, looking out the window, watching your sisters’ ride, and jumped over fences on them? I think it would be horrible! What if you were disabled and one day your doctor says that you’ll never walk? What would your parents say or do? This all happened to author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. She takes us into her world of learning to ride a horse while having a disability. Not only that, but she Can you imagine living on a farm with horses but not being able to ride them? What would it be like to sit there, looking out the window, watching your sisters’ ride, and jumped over fences on them? I think it would be horrible! What if you were disabled and one day your doctor says that you’ll never walk? What would your parents say or do? This all happened to author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. She takes us into her world of learning to ride a horse while having a disability. Not only that, but she tells us how she went on to showing the horses and jump them in horse shows! She has the ribbons to show for it, too! It all started when that doctor said Deanie would never walk. Her dad had other ideas contrary to what the doctor said. Thus, started Deanie’s long journey to the horse shows. It all started with her dad finding her a pony that she could handle and then strengthening her legs so that she could stay up. Then, she learned to walk the horse without falling off; everything up to jumping when she was eighteen. Through the years she’s ridden many horses as she grew and progressed. In this autobiography, the author takes us through all of the up and downs of her life. She tells us of the horses’ barn burning and her mother losing her favorite horse to Deanie finally getting a horse of her own! I was very impressed with this inspirational book and the courageous author who wrote it! I feel it should definitely be in your home library. It will teach your children that they can overcome whatever obstacles life throws in their direction. If you would like to order your own copy of ‘My Life At Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses,’ your can order your copy at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/069287898X/... or Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debra Cox

    Life is tough, sometimes. But, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne proves to readers in My Life at Sweetbrier, that if they persevere, anything is possible. The author encourages children to set goals and reach for their dreams, as one day they may even beat the odds, like she did. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, doctors were convinced that Deanie would never be able to walk. Deanie's Daddy refused to accept their opinion and shortly after, made the decision that changed Deanie's life, for Life is tough, sometimes. But, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne proves to readers in My Life at Sweetbrier, that if they persevere, anything is possible. The author encourages children to set goals and reach for their dreams, as one day they may even beat the odds, like she did. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, doctors were convinced that Deanie would never be able to walk. Deanie's Daddy refused to accept their opinion and shortly after, made the decision that changed Deanie's life, for good. He thought that learning to ride would help Deanie's legs get stronger so she could walk. Her determined father helped Deanie not only to learn how to ride and to walk, but to also follow her dream of becoming a champion horseback rider. Ultimately, it's Deanie's fighter spirit that makes her a winner. The writing style is a little repetitive, but from a child's perspective the language is aimed accurately, and it flows well. The fact that the author is very honest and speaks to the reader like a friend, adds to the story's charm. I actually appreciated all the equine terminology, since I know nothing about horse riding. The old black and white photos capturing moments of Deanie's life, help the reader immerse into Sweetbrier, too. I was moved by this inspirational true story. My motto is also, 'Never give up,' and now, I'm certain, it's definitely the right attitude to have in life. Children will be motivated to try their best, definitely recommending it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Prapti Panda

    A pretty motivational book that I personally really enjoyed. There's something that mingles with the words when a writer picks up the pen to write her own story- that magic made this book special. I've loved and ridden horses since I was eight years old, so the pain and yearnings that Deanie experienced felt very real to me. There's just something about riding a horse that makes you feel on top of the world. And I really respect the author's perseverance towards achieving this goal, especially w A pretty motivational book that I personally really enjoyed. There's something that mingles with the words when a writer picks up the pen to write her own story- that magic made this book special. I've loved and ridden horses since I was eight years old, so the pain and yearnings that Deanie experienced felt very real to me. There's just something about riding a horse that makes you feel on top of the world. And I really respect the author's perseverance towards achieving this goal, especially with the help of her father. The only reason I deducted a star from my review is because of the flow of the story- just like the flowing movements of a galloping mare, a story should be neither too fast nor too sluggish to appeal to me. 'My Life at Sweetbrier' is a pretty enjoyable read, but there were places where I sensed repetition and dry stating of facts. And as I am a big fan of straightforwardness, I'll just say that this book could have been edited better to avoid making the story feel a little broken-off at some points. Other than that, I loved the photographs included, I loved the cool horses' names, the competitions and the author's ability to explain every difficult riding term unintrusively. Altogether an enjoyable read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hollie Marsh

    I really enjoyed this book and I think it is special... it brings to life Deanie's wonderful upbringing on a horse farm called Sweetbrier, in Connecticut in the US. Although Deanie's upbringing sounds idyllic, Deanie experienced great physical challenges and overcame these in a sport that is demanding, requires strength, bravery, and through developing unique partnerships with her beloved horses. Her doctors prognosis when she was a young girl wasn't good... many families would try and accept th I really enjoyed this book and I think it is special... it brings to life Deanie's wonderful upbringing on a horse farm called Sweetbrier, in Connecticut in the US. Although Deanie's upbringing sounds idyllic, Deanie experienced great physical challenges and overcame these in a sport that is demanding, requires strength, bravery, and through developing unique partnerships with her beloved horses. Her doctors prognosis when she was a young girl wasn't good... many families would try and accept these facts, but Deanie's parents encouraged her to believe she could achieve her dreams and she certainly did! These days Deanie would probably be competing in events for rider's who suffer a disability. Deanie went out against able bodied, talented riders at big competitions and beat the odds. This book is truly inspiring and I couldn't put it down. I think it is a lovely book for children, adults, horse lovers and people that love inspiring true stories. This book also captures history in the equestrian world, and what it was like to live on a horse farm in the 70's in Connecticut, what the competition scene was like - I found that very interesting. Overall this was a touching story and book, that was easy to read and not as easy to forget.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cathrina Constantine

    My Life at Sweetbrier is about a young girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctors told her parents she would never walk. Little did the doctors know about Deanie's father's determination, and he told the doctor where he could go with that opinion. I like that line in the book. My Life at Sweetbrier is filled with Love, Determination, Strength, and Perseverance. A loving family's purpose of helping their baby to overcome her obstacles and reach for the stars. Which she did!!! She not only wa My Life at Sweetbrier is about a young girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctors told her parents she would never walk. Little did the doctors know about Deanie's father's determination, and he told the doctor where he could go with that opinion. I like that line in the book. My Life at Sweetbrier is filled with Love, Determination, Strength, and Perseverance. A loving family's purpose of helping their baby to overcome her obstacles and reach for the stars. Which she did!!! She not only walked, but she learned to ride horses. And Deanie became a Champion!! I loved the sheer fortitude and "never give up attitude" of Deanie and her wonderful family. The part about the fire in the barn and her father risking his life to save all the horses was quite heartfelt. I was saddened by the loss of two horses. Through many trials and problems with Deanie's legs and walking, it never seemed to daunt her as she grew, it simply made her stronger. I loved My Life at Sweetbrier!! And I highly recommend this sweet book!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Ellis

    My Life at Sweetbrier, is author, Deanie Dunne's recounting of life at her childhood home–a horse farm in Connecticut. Deanie was born with cerebral palsy. For most people, that would be enough to deter them from ever riding a horse. But not for Deanie. Thanks to her father's "can do" philosophy, Deanie became a skilled rider, winning many riding competitions. It wasn't without challenges, though. Deanie shares the adversities she had to overcome and offers encouragement for others to do the sam My Life at Sweetbrier, is author, Deanie Dunne's recounting of life at her childhood home–a horse farm in Connecticut. Deanie was born with cerebral palsy. For most people, that would be enough to deter them from ever riding a horse. But not for Deanie. Thanks to her father's "can do" philosophy, Deanie became a skilled rider, winning many riding competitions. It wasn't without challenges, though. Deanie shares the adversities she had to overcome and offers encouragement for others to do the same. Written in a conversational style, readers can feel that Deanie is talking directly to them. Sprinkled throughout the book are photographs of Deanie as a young child and as a teenager with her horses. Young readers, ages 8-12, especially those who love horses, will enjoy this book. The message of perseverance even in the face of obstacles is an important one for everyone to learn. An inspiring book, highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Wright

    My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a beautiful, touching true story about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instilled faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Her parents opened a riding school (Sweetbrier) so that her dad could keep his My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a beautiful, touching true story about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instilled faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Her parents opened a riding school (Sweetbrier) so that her dad could keep his promise to her. Despite her diagnosis, the family sets out on quite a journey in life. I recommend this book for older aged children for a couple of reasons because it is a touching story of determination and it teaches a lesson never to give up, and it also teaches that dreams can come true. -Virginia Wright, Author & Illustrator

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eve Bine-Stock

    The feeling I had from reading this book was the same feeling I had all those many years ago when I read Little House on the Prairie (minus passages about Indians)—and that’s a good thing! The author speaks to us as a friend would. She confides in us the difficulties in maintaining a “can do” attitude, which is actually very encouraging. It’s helpful to know that even people who achieve greatness—as Deanie Dunne has—have had moments of self-doubt. Hers is an inspiring story that kids (and grown-up The feeling I had from reading this book was the same feeling I had all those many years ago when I read Little House on the Prairie (minus passages about Indians)—and that’s a good thing! The author speaks to us as a friend would. She confides in us the difficulties in maintaining a “can do” attitude, which is actually very encouraging. It’s helpful to know that even people who achieve greatness—as Deanie Dunne has—have had moments of self-doubt. Hers is an inspiring story that kids (and grown-ups) would do well to read. The reason I gave this book four stars instead of five was due to a bit of repetition. Other than that, the prose flowed well and was well-written. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Mazor

    Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a champion. Deanie won numerous Championship Horse Shows and nowadays continues to win hearts by sharing her experience and encouraging the young to aim high. Had little Deanie Humphrys been satisfied with just observing her sisters and other girls partake in horse show competitions, no one would have faulted her. After all, Deanie was diagnosed early in life with cerebral palsy and was not even expected to walk. Yet the remarkable Deanie defied her doctors and their pred Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a champion. Deanie won numerous Championship Horse Shows and nowadays continues to win hearts by sharing her experience and encouraging the young to aim high. Had little Deanie Humphrys been satisfied with just observing her sisters and other girls partake in horse show competitions, no one would have faulted her. After all, Deanie was diagnosed early in life with cerebral palsy and was not even expected to walk. Yet the remarkable Deanie defied her doctors and their predictions! Determination, incredible willpower, and perseverance as well as an amazingly supportive family, propelled young Deanie to amazing success. “My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses” is a touching, inspirational, and uplifting true story beautifully told by the heroine herself. Highly recommended for children of all ages.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Lauryn

    A heartfelt, inspiring story, My Life at Sweetbrier moved me, the reader, in a big way. Knowing that the story was based on the author's real-life experience, I expected a tale full of deep emotions but as I turned the pages I felt as though she and I were experiencing those emotions together, as though I was right beside her along her journey. Deanie faces a tremendous challenge from birth, and though she is told she'll never walk, she and her father defy the odds as Deanie fulfills her dream o A heartfelt, inspiring story, My Life at Sweetbrier moved me, the reader, in a big way. Knowing that the story was based on the author's real-life experience, I expected a tale full of deep emotions but as I turned the pages I felt as though she and I were experiencing those emotions together, as though I was right beside her along her journey. Deanie faces a tremendous challenge from birth, and though she is told she'll never walk, she and her father defy the odds as Deanie fulfills her dream of riding horses and even going on to win competitions. I love a story with a happily ever after more than anything. This one brought tears to my eyes! Through every obstacle that she faces, Deanie never gives up. Her story is one full of determination and love and it is truly, truly inspiring!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Shirley

    This beautiful story is about the determination of a young girl with cerebral palsy. The fact that is is based on the author's real life experiences only adds to the heartfelt storyline. It is through trial and error that we find our inner strengths. The relationships with her family and horses are brought to life in this beautiful book. This is a must read for anyone looking for a good read! This beautiful story is about the determination of a young girl with cerebral palsy. The fact that is is based on the author's real life experiences only adds to the heartfelt storyline. It is through trial and error that we find our inner strengths. The relationships with her family and horses are brought to life in this beautiful book. This is a must read for anyone looking for a good read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hays

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Sanders

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nichole Renauld

  31. 5 out of 5

    Yossi Lapid

  32. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  33. 5 out of 5

    Yael Rosenberg

  34. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Bennett

  35. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Cullen

  36. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  37. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  38. 5 out of 5

    Kim Friant

  39. 5 out of 5

    Tracey A. Stark

  40. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Reader

  41. 5 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  42. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  43. 5 out of 5

    Stacia Chappell

  44. 4 out of 5

    DEBORAH SHAW

  45. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Barlow

  46. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer beck

  47. 4 out of 5

    Mary A.

  48. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  49. 5 out of 5

    Sunnie

  50. 4 out of 5

    Robin

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