New Novel Celebrates Healing Power of Equine Life

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Hope and faith both are rekindled through one teenager’s experiences at a therapeutic riding facility

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“I wanted to give my readers the opportunity to make a difference,” Mora says.

For most of history, horses have held a precious place in mankind’s heart – as transportation, as companions and now as treasured friends. The relationship between Lauren Hart and her horse Dawn Treader in Victoria E. Mora’s Christian fiction Hope Haven: A Novel (published by iUniverse) is at once inspirational and comforting.

Lauren and Dawn Treader are nationally-ranked when Dawn Treader suffers a serious injury. With her family life already in shambles, Lauren begins to question her faith in God. It’s only through her trip to Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding Center that she begins to find the answers she needs to rebound from this trying accident.

At Hope Haven Lauren meets Jason, a positive, optimistic boy of 14 who is confined to a wheelchair as a result of a car accident. He maintains hope that through hippotherapy – the help of a horse – he can regain the use of his legs. His verve and joy are infectious to Lauren, who begins to reclaim her own faith and optimism.

“I wanted to give my readers the opportunity to make a difference,” Mora says. “Every purchase of Hope Haven will help the [Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, formerly known as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), continue to advocate for safe equine-assisted activities and therapies.”

Hope Haven was selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing.

About the Author
Victoria E. Mora grew up in New Orleans and spent her youth competing with her horses on the A-Circuit. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Scripps Women’s College in Claremont, California. After returning to Louisiana, Victoria worked with Hospice of South Louisiana, leading the volunteer team. She currently splits her time between Louisiana and Georgia.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.

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