M.C. Combs will be at Library Headquarters to present her lovely book, Darby, the Horse from Hope on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. in the Foundation Room.
Inspired by personal experience with a family friend who served as a military physician overseas in Iraq, Combs used writing as an outlet to express her emotions after learning of his suicide. She felt it was her duty to spread awareness about PTSD and get it front of our youth to help confront the issue.
The book is a story of how animals can sense and react to the needs of humans. That is why horses have been found to be so successful in providing therapy for people with many different needs. There are horse therapy programs all over the U.S. While this story is fiction, it is based on a true story, and it illustrates just what the horses can accomplish. Here, Darby deals with depression experienced by PTSD patients. The story tells how animals can teach patients to feel a sense of worth again and learn more about coping and overcoming the deep sadness with which being in war has left them. The book also teaches readers more about animals and how they can be loving and devoted friends. The book's target audience is adults and mature teens.
Combs is a retired business executive who's been writing for various business publications for much of her career. She has published poetry and one military-based novel about her husband's profession as an aircraft investigator for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
All proceeds from the book go toward HOPE in Archer, Florida.