Painted Ponies

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Each Voice Publishing, Mar 17, 2012 - Fiction
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In the course of life, it is often not the big events that define us, but the quite small moments that end up shaping who we are.& ;& ;A boy's life is changed by the simple tradition that bound his widowed mother and the father who is no longer with them.& ;& ;A father comes far too close to losing his son and rethinks his own life.& ;& ;A prisoner finds hope in the face of hopelessness during an unlikely conversation.& ;& ;These are not stories of the major movements in life, but the minor cords which form the songs of our souls.& ;& ;This collection of three short stories is 9473 words.

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Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite
"Painted Ponies" is a collection of three short stories about people in different walks of life that find help, encouragement and hope in ways they never
expected. In the story, 'Take After,' Archie loved his son and expected Will to do as he said, but it wasn’t until an unexpected, almost life-threatening accident happened that Archie’s eyes really opened. It was then that Archie realized how important his roll as a father was. “The prisoner of truth is as constrained, nay more so, than the prisoner of misfortune,” this is a portion of the advice from a surprising conversation in 'The Last Best Hour' that gives hope to a prisoner who is facing hopelessness in the awful place where he is awaiting his hopeful freedom. Why would a carousel be so special to someone that they would have to take a ride on every one they saw? In the story 'Painted Ponies,' Jesse found the answer to this question one special day when his mom showed him a video that Jesse didn’t know existed. Then he understood.
In her book “Painted Ponies,” Tammy Rainey gives readers three stories that are short, fun, quick and easy to read. If you enjoy reading, but just don’t have the time to read an entire book, this is a nice book you should try. It can be read in one sitting, or you can read each story separately, but whatever you do, you will enjoy these stories and find hope, encouragement and contentment as you read. And if you have young adults around, this would be a great read for them as well.

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