Book Review: Joey by Jennifer Bleakley

Hello Readers!
Today I have a quick book review for ya!
Joey by Jennifer Bleakley
Goodreads Description:

The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.
At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation–and blind.

Then he came to Hope Reins–a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. By teaching these children to care for rescued animals, the Hope Reins staff were convinced they could reach kids with love and hope and show them that we are never forgotten by God.

But could the financially struggling ranch afford to take care of a blind horse that no one else wanted? Could Joey somehow learn to trust people even though the world had hurt him so badly? And what would happen–to Joey, the kids, and Hope Reins–if they failed?

A true story of friendship destined to become a classic, Joey will touch your heart and reveal the power of finding light in the darkness

Author Bio:
Jennifer Marshall Bleakley
Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

Jennifer Bleakley, who has worked as a child and family grief counselor, earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Florida Southern College and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Jennifer leads a women’s Bible study in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, and speaks to audiences about God’s great grace and his delight in using ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things. She writes print and online Bible curriculum for children and is a contributing author for She Believes online Bible studies. Jennifer lives with her husband, two children, and one frisky puppy. Connect with her at jenniferbleakley.com.




Review: While this book had a slow start, it really picked up from the middle on. The horse’s stories and how they came to the ranch were especially sweet and heartwarming. Joey was definitely my favorite horse, he was sweet and trusting and I loved him throughout the book. His and Speckles’ friendship was definitely odd and sweet.

I may have cried a couple times while reading this book, I’ve found that books about any animals tend to be sad, funny, inspirational, or just completely heartbreaking. Sometimes all at once! Joey was definitely no exception. Joey’s and Speckles’ interactions with humans were so sweet (I know I’m using this word a lot) and unique and you can’t help but “aww!” while reading.

I also liked reading about the human characters’ different relationships with God. A lot of people found Christ and healing through this ranch and it was really inspirational. At the end there was a nice photo gallery of Joey and the gang which I adored. All in all I really liked this book. It’s got horses and a great message about hope and trust.

Rating: 4 Stars!

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review

I hope you enjoyed!


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