Review of My Gentle Barn – Ellie Laks

Posted: August 30, 2014 in memoir, Review

My Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn is a refuge for animals that need healing and a safe sanctuary. The book follows the story of Ellie Laks, the founder; from her childhood where she survived abuse and didn’t fit in, to the troubled years that followed where animals were her salvation. Open to at-risk youth and children with special needs, the barn taught them lessons in forgivness and how to treat others, imparting self esteem and understanding of themselves and others. This is a memoir of heartbreaki g stories of hope and healing.

The stories were pretty wonderful and some caused me to cry, such as the passing of the Barn’s inspiration – a goat named Mary. The telling of Ellie’s life and how the Gentle Barn grew was well-done and engaging, holding your interest with vivid depictions of events. A few of Ellie’s methods raised my eyebrows but they work so well done her. I hadn’t heard of this charity before so   appreciated how huge it now is when I checked online. A very engaging book with an important focus, this is well worth reading.


Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan


  1. I hadn’t heard of this one, but it sounds like it’s definitely worth a look!


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