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Initial post: May 8, 2014 6:28:17 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Throwing open the doors very quickly, I was delayed by weather in my area....will set up refreshments shortly, but - topic is

To Dance with the White Dog: A Novel of Life, Loss, Mystery and Hope (RosettaBooks into Film)

Sam Peek's Sam's beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Cora, his died. His children are anxious. No one knows how Sam will survive. How can this elderly man live alone? How can he run a farm? How can he keep driving his dilapidated truck down to the fields where he cares for a few rows of pecan trees? When Sam begins telling his children about a dog that is white as a fresh-fallen snow but who is invisible to everyone else, well, his children are sure that grief and old age have finally overcome their father.

But whether the dog is real or not, Sam Peek, "one of the smartest men in the South when it comes to trees," outsmarts everyone. Sam and the White Dog dance from the pages of this bittersweet novel and straight into the reader's heart as the two share the mystery of life and begin together a warm and moving final rite of passage as life draws to a close.

So what did you think??

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:34:43 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
All right, we are settling in the sunroom tonight, figured the white beadboard paneling and open views would be pleasant, lots of comfy plush floral settees and white wicker armchairs and ottomans in blues and greens, I hung baskets of red geraniums up to add some color and outdoor feel..tonite's buffet theme is...peaches. Start with your drinks, peach juice, peach mimosas, peach smoothies, peach shakes, peach snapps, you name it we got it...then we have peach cobbler, crisp and pie, peach cheesecake, peach shortcake, don't forget peach salsa, ham with peach glaze, chicken with the same, and of course, fresh peaches, all kinds (donuts are my favorite, but we have white too) - and of course we have to have chocolate dipped peaches....make yourself at home, fill up a plate and let's chat!

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:34:51 PM PDT
I think I messed up by not being online when the book was free.

I think KaJoLa was very generous to lend it to me.

I was crying as I finished reading it.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:38:12 PM PDT
Shayshay says:
Hi, everyone. Nice to "see" you. I'm on my phone so won't be saying much. I enjoyed the book a lot and got choked up a few times. This was a special story.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:39:55 PM PDT
I didn't pick up this book when it was free. At first glance I thought it might be too sad and I shied away from it. However, when it was selected for our discussion I took another look at it and decided I would read it.

I read the entire book within less than 24 hours of starting it and I was really glad I decided to read it because I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was sad at times and very moving, but it also had some humorous moments - very much like real life.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:43:18 PM PDT
kajola says:
Terry - thanks for your hospitality!

My computer is acting up so I am on my fire. I enjoyed the book and admit to shedding a few tears.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:44:12 PM PDT
TravelQueen says:
I saw the Hallmark movie when it came out years ago and remembered loving it, but couldn't remember all of story. I loved the book, finding it both uplifting and yet sad because of losses.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:44:33 PM PDT
It was a quick read for me, too. I chuckled over Sam's handling of his two daughters, and the way they fed each other's fears about his mental acuity. I cringed over his driving, though, and was very thankful that my father-in-law didn't challenge our judgment over his own driving.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:45:20 PM PDT
Terry, thank you for hosting us. Everything looks lovely, the view is beautiful and these chairs are so comfortable!

Plays, that peach shortcake is gluten free.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:46:49 PM PDT
Oh, um . . . I was busy coveting the chocolate-covered peaches, and trying to see if I could discreetly grab a few more. Well, a lot more.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:48:29 PM PDT
kajola says:
Sam Peek reminded me of my Grandfather in so many ways.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2014 6:49:05 PM PDT
Yum, please pass me a few of those too, they'll go nicely with my peach mimosa.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:49:36 PM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
Thanks for hosting and for the spread.

I enjoyed this book very much. Well written, with both pathos and humour. I don't normally like books with journals inside them, but this one was captivating.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:51:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2014 6:53:10 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
First - we never run out of chocolate, so take as many as you can stuff-er, eat.....

So, what are some specific examples of things you enjoyed in the story??

oh yeah, that is real whipped cream over there in the corner......

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:53:55 PM PDT
Both my grandfathers died early, one when my father was a child, the other weeks after I was born, so I didn't have that connection. I did have many other connections . . . the South, the nursery business (he grew trees, we grew woody ornamentals), caring for aging parents.

To say nothing of dogs.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:54:41 PM PDT
JoJoPNW says:
One of my favourite humourous bits was from Sam's journal:
"I got my bill from the drug store today and it was higher than last time. Somebody's making a killing off keeping people alive."

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:56:51 PM PDT
Specifically, I enjoyed the way Sam played with his daughters when they were being so over-protective, pretending to see the dog when the dog wasn't there simply because they doubted him.

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2014 6:57:55 PM PDT
JoJo, that was a great line.

I didn't make any notes, obviously, since it wasn't my book. I had forgotten that one, but I remember thinking it was a zinger when I read it.

Posted on May 8, 2014 6:59:04 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Plays, that made me laugh too. I had a chat today with a coworker who has to tell a 96 year old grandparent they have to go directly to assisted living from the hospital....about remembering to treat your parent as an adult, even when you feel like they are acting like a child.......

Posted on May 8, 2014 7:00:41 PM PDT
TravelQueen says:
I liked the part when he went to the reunion and he and the white dog spent time on farm where he had proposed to Cora.

Posted on May 8, 2014 7:02:15 PM PDT
kajola says:
My grandfather had a farm and was very knowledgable about growing & grafting trees. My grandmother passed away several years before my grandfather, so he was alone on the farm for quite a while. He did not have a truck but he drove his car about the same as Sam drove his truck. The only dogs he ever had were hunting dogs. My grandmother didn't like dogs so she would have probably came back as a bird - her favorite was a cardinal.

Posted on May 8, 2014 7:03:00 PM PDT
I enjoyed the portion of the book when James spends time with Sam and the insight into their relationship.

Posted on May 8, 2014 7:04:33 PM PDT
Terry, thanks for the hospitality. I brought some ice cream to go on the cobbler. I will be in and out briefly, sorry I can't stay the whole time.

I really enjoyed the book, and took my time reading it. I think it would be very difficult to read after experiencing a recent loss. The mood set by the loss of Cora as experienced by the family, and Sam in particular, was very well done. While my Dad passed 5 years ago, it brings up a lot of the feelings my family and I were experiencing. This is one book I will not have my elderly (90 year old) Mom read. While she has handled the loss really well, she still misses him so much, he was part of her everyday life for so many years.

Posted on May 8, 2014 7:05:00 PM PDT
Sometimes, they can be both, can't they? I cringed when I saw people treat my father-in-law like a child, and I still cringe when I see people argue with a confused elderly parent. I never argued. I never treated him like a child. It's a difficult time for all children, yet some handle it better than others . . . just like in this story. It was foolish of him to go off without telling anyone where he was going, yet I almost couldn't blame him for doing it when his daughters were being so silly. For those who will soon be dealing with elderly parents, I am sure there is a lesson there.

This is my first book discussion . . . I am hesitant to be speaking so much, yet thinking someone needs to speak up. Forgive me, please, if I am stepping on toes or violating book group etiquette. I'm ignorant.

Posted on May 8, 2014 7:07:04 PM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
We loooooovvvvee talkers! Keep speaking up, it encourages folks that normally wouldnt talk to chime in!
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