Book Review: Falling for Eli

By Julie Preble, Assistant Editor

This is the story of a woman who came into the horse world after she let got of her dream of becoming a mother.

Author Nancy Shulins takes you through her story of being reintroduced to horses and, eventually, horse ownership–from her first lesson to meeting Eli for the first time (it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight).

The 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding didn’t impress her that first visit to his stall, but his calm demeanor and good personality won her over in the end.

Theirs is a horse-human partnership that every horsewoman can relate to. Shulins writes about all the challenges she faced, like the decision to switch trainers and barns and handling all of Eli’s major medical issues (sorry, no spoilers!).

My favorite part of the story is when Shulins’ friends threw her a “Bridle” Shower, where the horse-themed gifts abounded, right before she purchased Eli.

If you enjoy reading about the horse-human connection, this is a good read for you. I certainly enjoyed it!

Falling for Eli is available at HorseBooksEtc., and will be featured as the MyHorse Books book club October book of the month.

On the back cover:
Nearly twenty years ago, Nancy Shulins let go of one dream?having a child?and worked toward another one: learning to ride and, eventually, having her own horse. In the process, she learned what it means to love another being so much you can’t imagine life without them. Falling for Eli is about learning to break a sweat rather than break down, to try your best even if you’ll never be the best; it’s about learning to stand on your own six feet.

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