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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Image (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385512015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385512015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Valentine brings her characters alive, making them as real as members of your family. She has a fine talent, and if you haven’t sampled her novels, you’ve got to try On a Wing and a Prayer.” --Waterbury Republican

On a Wing and a Prayer will welcome you back home to Dorsetville with warmth and inspiration like a hug from an old friend. This small town comes to life, filled with the kind of characters we’d all love to have as neighbors . . . and a few more Dorsetville “miracles” that make for a spiritually uplifting reading experience . . . I can’t wait for my next trip to Dorsetville and Valentine’s next book!”
—Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com

On a Wing and a Prayer ignites a bond of spiritual friendship with the people nestled in this small New England community. The human heart immediately connects with the story that unfolds quickly on each page. A delightful read that mirrors being greeted by friends upon walking into a room.”
—Fr. Brian G. Bachand, Secretary to Archbishop Sean O' Malley of Boston

About the Author

Katherine Valentine is the author of three previous Dorsetvile novels, A Miracle for St. Cecilia's (winner of an honorable mention by the Catholic Press Association), A Gathering of Angels (winner of popular presentation of Catholic faith by the Catholic Press Association), and Grace Will Lead Me Home. Katherine resides in the New England countryside, where, she says, "Dorsetville lies just outside my front door."

More About the Author

In 1981, Katherine Valentine had a Near Death Experience and was miraculously healed of terminal cancer. Katherine attributes her healing to God and continues to share her Christian faith and the belief in miracles through lectures and bestselling books: A Miracle for St. Cecilia's, On A Wing and A Prayer, A Gathering of Angels, Grace Will Lead Me Home, The County Fair, The Haunted Rectory, The Gift and Sweet Dreams.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Connecticut Yankee on November 30, 2005
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I just LOVE the characters in this series and Katherine Valentine's newest installment does not disappoint. Just a few pages into the first chapter, and I'm transported back to this wonderful New England town filled with funny and heartwarming characters. I feel like I never left.

On A Wing and A Prayer begins when the Gallagher twins fall through the ice while playing hockey. Rodney is saved, but by the time the rescue team arrives to save Dudley, his prognosis is bleak. Making matters worse, Doc Hammon must entrust his patient to a stranger in order to undergo heart surgury. As always, the people in Dorsetville rally round, stocking the Gallagher's freezer to overflowing with food, and round the clock prayers. The ending was quite a surprise and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Burke on January 15, 2006
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Katherine Valentine is one Christian writer who can deliver an uplifting message without being preachy or sappy. Her latest installment about the folks at St. Cecilia's is no exception. I can't wait to see what she does in her new series (?) about Bend Oaks due out in June 2006!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Diane W. Kavanaugh on July 9, 2006
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I love Katherine Valentine's subject matter, her characters and her lively and humorous writing style. I read this book in one sitting, then immediately purchased the next 3 Dorsetville books, and the first book in what I hope will be another series.

The only reason I've given the book 4 stars instead of 5 is because the story is almost too idyllic. Yes, we'd all love to believe that somewhere out there a town filled with people like this exists, but for most of us, it just sounds too good to be true.

Despite that, I still loved these books and they all have a permanent place in my collection because I know I'll read them all again, and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirkman on November 14, 2007
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This was yet another great sequel in the Dorsetville series and I once again had trouble laying it down.

The mischievous Gallagher twins are playing ice hockey at the beginning of this story, and a horrible accident occurs when Rodney falls over into the pond which is smothered in ice. Dexter, terrified for his twin chases him and falls in too. The rescue team manages to get both boys out of the ice. Rodney only has a case of hypothermia from which he rapidly recovers, but Dexter is near death and in a serious coma.

The whole church family of St. Cecilia's and Father James gathers round with prayers, even though the doctors know that Dexter will never wake up. As time goes on, the hospital staff is asking their parents to pull the plug, and they just cannot bear it. Time will tell here what happens.

Arlene Campbell is trying to stick with her husband Fred who is becoming worse with his Alzheimer's condition. Things become more and more difficult with Fred, especially after he nearly starts a big fire and almost burns the house down. It is then that Arlene knows she must consider a nursing home.

Deputy Hill is more wreckless then ever while driving and wrecks another cruiser again. Sherriff Bromley is about to give up on him until Hill saves the governor's life in a car accident.

Wendy, the devoted waitress is having her own share of troubles. On top of everything else, she fears that her husband is having another affair.

The book is very down home and what I call a cozy read. The people in Dorsetville all have a strong faith that carries them through life and the many turns of events.
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By Nancy Downey on March 17, 2013
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The ending of this story will make you cry - if it doesn't - Oh well.
Would be nice is everyone would be as caring as these characters.
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