Monday, April 21, 2014

Tails of Sweetbrier, by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, reviewed by Rubina Ramesh


.Tales of SweetBrier is an autobiographical non-fiction.. A story of Deannie Dunne, the writer herself. 

Born with cerebral palsy, it was declared by the doctors that she would not be able to walk properly - ever. Instead of giving up, her dad decided on that day that Miss. Deannie would be a horsewoman.

This starts a story of grit and determination of Deannie's ride to success. It was instilled in her from childhood that the Humphreys never gives up. She herself was a staunch follower of this motto.

There were a number of times she would fall down, only to get up and ride again. During the course of her training, she underwent surgeries too. She could not ride for a year. But as soon as her father declared that her legs were stronger, she was back on the saddle – this round gathering acclaims as she jumped over the posts and won many shows.
Deannie’s love for horses is evident in every line she writes. She understands them and as a reader what I understand is that the horses are therapeutic for her. They are not only her love but also her identity. Her synchronization, her body language and the way she personifies a horse, I can’t imagine her in any other role to play –but that of an equestrian.

Dear Ms. Dunne,

When you asked me to review your book, you never told me it was autobiographical.. I took it up, thinking it was just another book written by a horse lover, will manage a quick read because horses have always interested me. What took my breath away were, those were those goosebump moments, when you fell off your horse and got up again. The way you understand your riding partner. This is one story I would like my little girl and boy to read. Whenever they are down in life, this is one of those stories which would make them face the future with determination and without angst of what had gone wrong.

A special mention for your Dad. You’re one lucky girl! God bless the man who not only motivated you to get up and ride but also for penning such a wonderful story for the future generations. 

It was a pleasure and honor to read your story.

Yours truly,
Rubina Ramesh

About The Author 

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s book author with four books published at this time: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, (now on Kindle) Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes (now on Kindle).  All of her books offer positive messages for children. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books. She and Holly are currently working on their fifth book together, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.  Tails of Sweetbrier has recently won the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards.

Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.  She has been featured on several author websites. She has been interviewed several times by renowned, award winning author, Claire Power Murphy on Claire’s program, called “improve Every Year, on Her last interview with Claire, “Building character Through Children’s Stories” received top billing. Deanie has just been selected as “Author of the Year” by author/reviewer, Geri Ahearn in 2013.


  1. So moving. I haven't had the chance to read your story but after reading this I will definitely do. You're such an inspiration Deanie. Thank you and God bless!

  2. Thank you so much, Bertha, looking forward to reading your comments.