The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America

The true story of 63-year-old Maine farmer Annie Wilkins who in 1954 lost her farm, was broke and according to her doctor, dying.

No, she didn’t get her affairs in order, she bought a rundown horse and set out for California to see the ocean.

She wasn’t going to live off of charity or stuck in a home. She put on men’s jeans and in the middle of November she headed south with her dog Depeche Toi and Tarzan the horse. It would be two years before she made it to California and in between we get to see our country as it was then. She went through big cities, small towns, and met a lot of famous people. And while she had offers of a permanent home, she kept going.

She relied on the kindness of strangers and she became famous. In this time of so many bad neighbors, this was a hard story to read at times, but it was very inspiring.

NetGalley/  June 1s,t 2021 by Ballantine Books

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