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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Richards Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455190737
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When Susan Richards adopted an abused horse rescued by the local SPCA, she didn’t know how Lay Me Down’s loving nature would touch her heart—and change her life.

For more than a decade she had aspired to be a published writer but it was only with the memoir she wrote to honor Lay Me Down that she achieved this goal.

The book led to a book tour in the course of which Susan reconnected with family and friends from who she had cut herself off. She had given up on romance, but at the second reading of her tour she encountered the man who had sold her his house twenty-four years earlier, a world famous photographer, Dennis Stock. Despite her many qualms about age and intimacy, they fell in love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Richards] again shows her gift for clarity in description, of both her physical surroundings and the landscapes of her heart and mind…Her observations about later-in-life love are spot-on.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Richards writes more courageously than she perhaps realizes, and each page of this uplifting book will touch a chord with everyone who enjoyed her first book.”

    Booklist

  • “Charismatic…Her charming, self-effacing humor keeps the tone light…Engaging writing by an honest self-explorer.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/6/2014

    " A very touching book about a woman's love for horses and how in undserstanding another living being can open your eyes to understanding things within your own life. How loving something so much can change your life forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 1/30/2014

    " A follow up to "Chosen by a Horse", about what happens in her life after that book was published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/23/2014

    " Sweet and sad but also so moving. Love when you can see how courage and fear can live in the same house! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faithann | 1/19/2014

    " Although I didn't like it as much as I did Chosen By a Horse, this was still an excellent book and definintely worth reading. I found it intersting to follow her as she went about publishing Chosen By a Horse, going on her book tour, and finding the love of her life. I think the book could have done with a little less of the flash backs. They were needed in some parts, but other parts I found them to be slightly irrelevant to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 1/17/2014

    " Sometimes a book comes to you when you need it. I needed this. The honesty... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollie | 1/15/2014

    " I like Susan Richards because she's almost as anxiety-prone as I am. This is her take on a book tour that was never supposed to happen, and how it reconnected her with many friends and family members from her past. If there is one thing I would change, it would be that I read her NYT best-selling memoir "Chosen By A Horse," first, because she makes constant references to it throughout this book and it's difficult, not knowing the entire story. For anyone who likes or dreams of living in the country, finding love later in life, and is a sucker for horses, this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 12/2/2013

    " If you liked "Chosen by a Horse" you'll love this book too - I did. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/25/2013

    " I read this book recently. Very difficult to get through. Extremely disappointing from her first book. She should stick to horse stories. I would not recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/1/2013

    " I liked that this memoir included more stories of a beloved animal, overcoming new challenges and a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 10/12/2013

    " This book made me laugh and cry at times. I found myself smiling from ear to ear while reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Mcclure | 10/6/2013

    " If you've read "Chosen by a Horse," then this book is worth your time -- a more indepth look into Susan Richard's life - - at the end of the book, it kind of felt like leaving a friend you may never "see" again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 8/30/2013

    " The third book in a series of must reads; delightful writing, honest, human, and totally wonderful; I wish this author the moon, the sun, the stars and the sky, and btw, that would be nice for everyone else too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/4/2013

    " If you enjoyed her first book, Chosen By a Horse, you will enjoy this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope | 6/2/2013

    " I loved this book more than I imagined upon purchase. It isn't just about a horse, but about life and love itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camellia | 4/28/2013

    " Another great book by Susan Richards "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/20/2013

    " Even tho I read this one first, it flowed wonderfully. Then, I had to go back and read the original book too. Glad I did. The witty humor and ability to laugh at herself make these books a joy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/29/2013

    " Very nice, comforting read. Took my time, didn't feel rushed through. Easy summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/28/2013

    " Not as good as her first book but still a pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mstucki1 | 8/22/2012

    " I really loved Susan Richards' first book "Chosen By A Horse"; this was not up to par with that one. She is an excellent author and you feel like you're her best friend but really enjoyed hearing about her animals better than all of her book readings! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martha | 6/30/2012

    " This was very boring. I didn't finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Choate | 2/22/2012

    " I didn't think this book was as strong as her first, and I have a prejudice about books about writing books. However, I have also never heard anyone write about anxiety this way; as a sufferer, I really felt a strong connection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/16/2011

    " Susan Richards just became my favorite author. I love the stories she tells and the way she tells them. The whole book is about all of the things that changed for her after her first book (Chosen by a Horse) was published. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 11/18/2011

    " I enjoyed the authors adventure promoting her book "chosen by a horse" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen Kelley | 8/26/2011

    " I didn't like this book at all and by the end of it I hated the author too. The whole book is about the good book (not this one) that she wrote previously. I found it to be boastful, boring, self-serving and a complete waste of time. I doubt very much I'll read any other books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 8/5/2011

    " Loved it! Was wonderful to learn more about Susan and Dennis (especially to see where Jason perhaps gets his personality traits from!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasacasa | 7/11/2011

    " I enjoyed her openness and honesty about how she arrrived to this point in her life. I've not read her first book, Chosen by a Horse, but plan to. I like her writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 9/8/2010

    " The third book in a series of must reads; delightful writing, honest, human, and totally wonderful; I wish this author the moon, the sun, the stars and the sky, and btw, that would be nice for everyone else too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 8/8/2010

    " Very nice, comforting read. Took my time, didn't feel rushed through. Easy summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/8/2010

    " If you enjoyed her first book, Chosen By a Horse, you will enjoy this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/21/2010

    " Interesting story. Rambles a little.
    Great to read a story about an older less than perfect woman who finds love and success later in life.
    The last sentence sums up the whole book, if you want to finish the book real fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 5/10/2010

    " A very touching book about a woman's love for horses and how in undserstanding another living being can open your eyes to understanding things within your own life. How loving something so much can change your life forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 5/5/2010

    " Story of Susan writing and publishing her first book as well as what was going on in the rest of her life. Pleasant book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 3/1/2010

    " I enjoyed the authors adventure promoting her book "chosen by a horse" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasacasa | 2/28/2010

    " I enjoyed her openness and honesty about how she arrrived to this point in her life. I've not read her first book, Chosen by a Horse, but plan to. I like her writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 11/30/2009

    " Loved it! Was wonderful to learn more about Susan and Dennis (especially to see where Jason perhaps gets his personality traits from!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 11/4/2009

    " Nicely done. Appreciated the author's honesty as she struggled through tours and personal appearances in launching her first book. Recommend for any aspiring writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 10/31/2009

    " An interesting concept for a memoir--a memoir about the changes in the author's life after writing her first book--a memoir! Easy to read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 9/22/2009

    " If you've read "Chosen by a Horse," then this book is worth your time -- a more indepth look into Susan Richard's life - - at the end of the book, it kind of felt like leaving a friend you may never "see" again. "

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About the Author

Susan Richards has a BA in English from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She lives in Olivebridge, New York, and teaches writing at SUNY Ulster and Marist College.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.