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"In the award-winning Horse at the Corner Post, Denise Lee Branco writes straight from the heart about her deep, lifelong connection to her quarter horse, Freedom. At an outsider's first glance, there may have been nothing special about this particular foal. Yet, Branco and Freedom connected almost immediately, soul to soul. Sharing hugs, playing racing games alongside the fence, and winning 2nd place in a Kindergarten Western Pleasure Class, the two youngsters formed a powerful relationship. All that changed as Branco neared college age and her uncle took a fancy to the horse. Thinking Freedom would have a great temporary home, Branco let him go, only to discover some years later that he had been sold. What ultimately takes place is an astonishing tribute, not only to the profound relationship between a girl and her horse, but also to the deep support of a family that understood this bond and cared enough to see it through. The strength of this book lies in Branco's skilled and honest storytelling. The reader is there every step of the way, reminded of the animals that may have graced their own life. Branco's hope in writing about Freedom is that it will encourage animal adoption. This inspired family reading achieves all of that and more."
-Carol M. Upton, Dreams Aloud Animal Book Buzz
Testimonials & Reviews
“One cannot script who will leave a forever touchstone in one’s heart. In Horse at the Corner Post, author Denise Branco vividly and emotionally captures a lifelong friendship with a special horse named Freedom Sky. You will find yourself captivated by this special friendship story between a young woman and a young colt and what transpires during the next three decades. For anyone lucky to have had a heart connection with a pet, I urge you to read this book. Branco gently and lovingly leads you by the reins to a destination we all cherish – a tale of forever love and friendship.”
-Arden Moore, Pet Author, Editor and Founder of Four Legged Life, a Pet Community
"Horse at the Corner Post is an honest story of not only the special bond between a girl and her horse, but also the wonderful love between a girl and her parents. The story of Denise and Freedom inspires me to enjoy every moment and relish the fulfillment from having a special animal to love. The story is genuine and endearing.”
-Jeffrey Schmidt, DVM, Arbor View Veterinary Clinic
"This touching story is a true gem…a definite must-read for animal lovers of all ages."
-Sandee Kaul, FieldHaven Feline Rescue volunteer
"Anyone who has ever loved and lost and loved again will enjoy this true story of redemption and faith. This story gave me chills and of course, I cried a few tears with a smile on my face."
-Beth Bridges, The Networking Motivator (TM), Author and Life-long Dog Owner
Comments From Fans
"I don't know if I can express how I feel about your book. It is beautifully written, beautifully worded...it is just a wonderful book. Even though I knew the story, once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. As I read it, I knew it was coming from your heart...that is what makes it such a great book. You have paid tribute to Freedom and your parents in an outstanding way and should feel such joy at what you have accomplished. This is a book people will never forget."
-Mrs. Dottie Doss
"Upon reading Ms. Branco's book, I was enthralled with the connection between her and her horse, Freedom. This was a very heartwarming story of a girl, and then young woman, with a special bond. As a retired school teacher and grandmother, I believe people of all ages will enjoy this well-written, true story."
"I read Horse in short order, not just because it was a small book but because I had trouble putting it down. I needed to know about this horse: Freedom. Now, while it's true that many books are crafted so well that as a reader one can easily get caught up in the writer's skill, in this case there is some of that but it's the natural flow of passion which comes shining through on the page. We get a lot of tell here, admittedly, but for some reason Denise's voice embraces with such sincerity that it's an easy hurdle to jump. I felt for her; I felt for her journey, and I felt for the horse. Horse at the Corner Post is a wonderful story for adults, children, animal lovers and anyone who even finds they must care for the sick or elderly. The lessons of compassion, joy, heartache and eternal friendship are there in full as we journey with Denise to find that which makes her heart beat; her horse, Freedom. I highly recommend this quick read as it serves to remind everyone of a key point -- that when you trust your gut, rewards abound."
-Babz Bitela, Agent*Silver Bitela Agency
"The thread of compassion was evident from the beginning to the end between Denise and Freedom. The two never really separated as Denise held Freedom close at heart in memories. Freedom knew she was always by his side on the incredible journey back home to her."
"Horse at the Corner Post moved me with many endearing emotions. It put me right there in each phase/experience of Denise's years with Freedom. I laughed, smiled and cried...and smiled again. As a girl who had always wanted a horse, Denise and Freedom's story allowed me to have a glimpse into the wonderful relationship between a girl and her horse, that I had long given up on. Thanks for that gift!"
-Maria Ward Livesay
"Loved your book! Read it all in one sitting. Told several of my fellow horse lovers it was a must-read!"
"Denise has made a wonderful tribute to a friend that grew up with her, left for awhile, but fate (and Denise's passion) brought them back together. What a wonderful concern for her departed friend."
-Bob Quinlan, Author
"I read Horse at the Corner Post and cried...and then read it again and cried...but they were happy tears."
"A heartwarming story told with passion from a great equestrian caregiver and talented writer. We loved Denise's story. We were so impressed that we both sent copies to members of our family. Her book reminded us of how strong and important love and dedication is. As her first and third grade teachers, we felt Denise was an exemplary student from the beginning. Even way back then, she signed her stories as "author". Indeed, she has proven to be one of the best."
-Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Rollins, former teachers at Chenoweth Elementary School
"I loved reading Horse at the Corner Post. I took the book to school on the day everyone brought in their favorite book. It was fun telling everyone about Freedom's adventures. I loved the book so much, I am giving one to the school library and one to my favorite teacher!"
-Ashley, Age 6, Overland Park, Kansas
"The sincere love and joy of the relationship between Denise and Freedom canters across every page."
"The cover of this book gets me every time. There he stands, loyal to his position at the corner fence, waiting for something he knows will always come back. And she did, as Denise tells in this story. Every girl can relate to the story, just as every girl wants someone or something to love. Even as we age, we never shed our little girl dreams, and we always long for our Freedoms."
-Kimberly A. Edwards, Author and Travel Writer