Opposing Reader Reviews
Marie Dean, a strong supporter of the CHDC, wrote this review of Ground Manners. A Novel:
Ground Manners by Cynthia D’Errico is a rollercoaster book of thrills and heart-pounding drama. I have never been so absorbed, and never read a book so fast before in my life – just couldn’t put it down. Ground Manners has actually got me interested in reading again. It was thought provoking, captivating and I so wanted to be part of the group of characters – I so wanted to meet them in person – crazy! The love and trust between human and horse, as well as between the horses themselves is so eloquently expressed that you are engulfed in the deepest of bonds. Being a horse owner and lover I felt so greatly the vulnerable side of the horse, which Cynthia puts into words so gently that you are exhausted from emotion. The details of horse slaughter are few, but the terror is felt and written between the lines - the horror and evil is understood. Powerful read!! –Marie Dean, Waterford, Ontario, Supporter of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC).
Now here’s another Review written by someone on Amazon (and I did try to reach him to get his permission, but alas, so I hope he doesn’t mind my posting it here [csa was his moniker]):
This wasn’t quite what I expected. It dwelled a bit too long on the rescue aspect of horses and described things I really wish I could “unread”. I know there are people who need to be reminded of the cruelty of humans toward other inhabitants of this earth, but for one with a lot of empathy, it was just a bit over the top for me. The story line was easy to follow although a bit contrived and required a stretch of belief in places. The most interesting parts to read, aside from the historic aspect of the Canadian horse (of which I own several), were the interactions among the herd of horses. Those parts helped me see some members of our herd in a new light. The author did a good job of expressing the spirits of horses.
Of course, what I really liked was that GM changed someone’s view of his own herd…that’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? And as for Marie, she wrote that GM “got her interested in reading again”, and as a former teacher, I can’t tell you how much that means to me. As for CSA, his review was honest and balanced; I really appreciate that, but clearly, he didn’t read my Afterword in which I state and re-state that, though fiction, all the horse stories in the book are true…so they may seem “over the top” to him, but that’s what makes our mission to stop abuse and slaughter so crucial. One can’t turn away from abuse just because it’s unpleasant. It happens, it’s real, and we’ve got to stop it.