Today at 2 PM EDT, you’re invited to join #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Letts for the virtual launch of her latest book, The Ride of Her Life. It’s the triumphant true story of a Maine farmer named Annie Wilkins who rode across mid-1950s America, with only her horse Tarzan and her dog Depeche Toi, to fulfill her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean.
Elizabeth is well-known for her bestsellers The Perfect Horse, The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis, and The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation.
Now, in The Ride of Her Life, Elizabeth again delights equestrians as she brings Annie and her adventures to vivid life amidst a world that has changed out of (almost) all recognition. Riders will recognize the horse/human bond that comes with depending on your horse through thick and thin, whether the ride of your life is a sport horse, a pleasure horse, or like Annie Wilkins, a treasured companion on the road to reaching your dreams.
Join Today’s Virtual Book Launch
Elizabeth invites all interested readers and riders to the FREE virtual book launch for The Ride of Her Life, today, June 1, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. “I’ll be appearing with very special guest Denny Emerson, the only rider to have won both an international eventing gold medal, at the 1974 World Championships, and a Tevis Cup buckle, for finishing the 100-mile endurance race during its 50th anniversary in 2004.”
Virtual book launch guests will enjoy their wide-ranging conversation. Elizabeth’s deeply researched equestrian stories are rooted in history and horses, while Denny’s thought provoking posts on his Tamarack Hill Farm Facebook page are grounded in his many-decades long career.
This is a FREE virtual event, but registration is required to receive the link and passcode. Visit www.elizabethletts.com to register for your free tickets. The link and passcode will be sent the day of the event to the email used at registration.
You can also purchase your copy of The Ride of Your Life at www.elizabethletts.com as well as request Elizabeth’s book club kit, with everything you need to enjoy reading with friends: discussion questions, bonus material, and recipes for meals, libations, and treats for your canine and equine companions.
Elizabeth happily shares her insights from writing The Ride of Her Life. “I’m really excited about this incredible true story of a woman who is just like you and me – or rather, just like we are on our most fearless days.
“When I set off to write this book, I had no idea that the great pandemic of 2020 was on the horizon… and it turned out that Annie, her spunk, her grit, her grace, her love for her animal companions and her ability to follow her father’s motto – just keep going and you’ll get there – turned out to be exactly what I needed to get me through these trying times.
“I’m just sure you’ll fall in love with Annie too! I can’t wait for you to meet her.”
Available June 1 in book stores and from online retailers, The Ride of Her Life has already received rave reviews such as this from Publisher’s Weekly:
“Letts inspires in this miraculous true story of one woman’s trek from Maine to California on horseback…[her] attention to detail and clear admiration of her ‘funny, quirky, and bold’ subject light up the narrative and make it hard to put down. The Ride of Her Life has it all: bravery, determination, and a whole lot of heart.”
Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials, gave The Ride of Her Life a starred review:
“Penniless, homeless, and given a dire health prognosis at 63, Annie Wilkins set out to do the one thing she’d always wanted to do, see the Pacific Ocean. In late fall 1954, she loaded up her new Morgan horse, Tarzan, and with her faithful dog Depeche Toi, headed south and west away from her home in rural Maine. In this era before cell phones, GPS, and credit cards, Wilkins would rely on her wits or die trying. She battled blizzards and floods, icy bridges and arid deserts, and received acts of kindness from strangers who emerged at just the right moment with a meal, a bed, or a stable for Tarzan.
“This was during the heyday of local journalism and word of Wilkins’ unusual odyssey not only preceded her from town to town but also garnered national attention. In describing the road conditions, towns, and people, including celebrities, Wilkins encountered on her four-thousand-mile journey, Letts creates a nostalgic travelogue and a vibrant history of life in 1950s America. Thanks to deeply sourced research and her own travels along Wilkins’ route, Letts vividly portrays an audacious woman whose optimism, courage, and good humor are to be marveled at and admired. Upbeat and touching, Wilkins’ story is the perfect pandemic escapist read.”
About Elizabeth Letts
Elizabeth Letts was born in Southern California where she spent all of her time on the back of a horse when she wasn’t reading a book. She graduated from Yale with a major in history and then joined the Peace Corps. After her Peace Corps service, she studied at the Yale School of Nursing where she trained as a certified nurse-midwife. She began publishing books while working and raising four children. Her books have been Indie Next, Library Reads and Junior Library Guild selections, and a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Finalist. She’s been honored with the 2017 PEN USA Award for Research Non-Fiction, the Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation, and her books have reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller lists. She lives in southern California and spends her summers in Northern Michigan. She loves nothing more than a good road trip and has driven across the country, coast-to-coast more than 20 times.
Nan Meek Equestrian Marketing
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