A Standard Journey: 5 horses, 2 people, and 1 tent
By Jackie Parry
The autobiographical story of one couple’s journey, from here to there, with their 5 “boys” (rescued horses each an ex “Trotter” Standardbred racehorse) traveling along the BNT (The Bicentennial National Trail) in Australia.
I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF A Standard Journey IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
Not your typical adventure story, A STANDARD JOURNEY is the story of two people who make the decision to sell everything they own and begin a journey across Australia with five emotionally wounded horses. They face trials and tribulations; plus cranky, emotional, sometimes child-like and sensitive team-mates (in the five “boys”) and still manage to find time to work on themselves and their own relationship.
I am an insomniac. I rarely sleep more than three or four hours a night. Last night, because I was reading this story, I didn’t sleep at all! I read the whole book in five hours.
A STANDARD JOURNEY is both interesting and charming. As Parry’s tale unwound, as I began to get to know the personalities and characters of both the horses and the humans, I found myself incredibly intrigued and wanted to know more as I turned each page.
As I was reading, each time one of the boys found a way to be impish and/or wicked, I found myself literally laughing out loud…so much so that in the middle of the night my husband woke up more than once to say, “What’s going on”. Sorry dear. I couldn’t help it…
In real life, I’m just a little bit afraid of horses (bitten once as a child)…so, I steer clear of them most of the time. However, there is no doubt they are beautiful creatures and not without their charms—from afar. I found each of the “boys” to be delightful and endearing. Dommie is my favorite!
I also found myself really getting to know both Jackie and Noel (the actual humans in the story) and I really liked them both. Their “stick-to-it-iveness is more than admirable, it’s amazing!
The author’s writing style is both easy to follow and creative enough to keep the reader’s attention. It’s a wonderful story told in a wonderful manner. Parry is genuine and charming.
I will admit, there were times during the night, as I read, that the story seemed to lag just a little; the pace became…slow. Even still, I kept turning those pages.
If I could not find any other reason to like this book—and I found many—I would recommend it on the strength of the hilarious chapter headings alone! BUCKING AND FARTING, TAEKWONDO NINJA HORSES, DRINKING COW POO and many more….just side-splitting!
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a funny chapter heading AND a good story about horses and the people who love them!