They Say


What a wonderfully written book!! Once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down!! This story sure puts everything into perspective, and reading what Jessie had to go through to achieve her goals made it really come to life!! We are so proud of our hometown girl!!! 

~ Judy Reid

I loved this story! It was such an eye-opener to see the struggles and tribulations that Jessica went through. So inspirational! Would love to see this story as a movie.  

~ Tammy Alexander

Truly a story of a small country girl with a giant heart and smile!! This book captures the dark and light moments of Jessica Phoenix’s journey in such a way that is authentic and sincere. How blessed we are in the equestrian community and as Canadians to have Jessica represent our sport and country to the world. I absolutely loved this story and as quick as I could put it down my 12-year-old daughter picked it up! I am inspired to be a better rider, mother, wife and person! 

~ Tania Veenstra

Just finished the book last night and loved every minute of it! A must read for everyone!!! 

~ Jamie Golley Hoffman

I couldn't put the book down! I was not aware of the full extent of all that Jessie and her family have gone through. I remember that glowing smile and kind heart and can appreciate how that has helped her get to where she is today. Great job to Julie for capturing and sharing in such an emotional read. 

~ Diane Wallace

This is an incredible book about the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Jessica Phoenix's story gives insight into the lengths an athlete will go to to achieve their goals. Lovingly written by sister Julie Fitz-Gerald, Rise profiles an inspirational individual who takes all that life throws at her with grace, doing it all with a smile. 

~ Jennifer McClorey