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A Man of His Own Paperback – January 27, 2015
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"Honeysuckle Season" by Mary Ellen Taylor
From author Mary Ellen Taylor comes a story about profound loss, hard truths, and an overgrown greenhouse full of old secrets. | Learn more
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“With her latest novel, Wilson offers up a sort of War Horse for dog lovers.” ―Booklist
“A Nicholas Sparks–ian romantic drama, with an "everyone loves a dog" twist.” ―Kirkus
“The last few pages bring an unexpected ending that will call for a few tissues as readers smile through tears.” ―Best Friends Magazine
“Susan Wilson dishes up another captivating story that will keep you hooked until the last page is turned.” ―Modern Dog magazine on The Dog Who Danced
“I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to dog lovers and "non-dog" people alike.” ―BellaDog on The Dog Who Danced
“The Dog Who Danced simply can't be missed.” ―The Augusta Chronicle on The Dog Who Danced
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“Superior. A moving tale about canine healing power.” ―Booklist on The Dog Who Danced
“Multiple hankies, dog lovers…this is an emotional read.” ―Library Journal on The Dog Who Danced
“Real people, real dog―real life.” ―Cesar’s Way on The Dog Who Danced
“Fans of Wilson's One Good Dog, or new readers looking for a heartwarming tale of the bond between human and animal, will find plenty to enjoy.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Dog Who Danced
“A wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story.” ―Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, on One Good Dog
“A finely wrought story of second chances and also of the power of the human/canine bond.” ―Bark Magazine on One Good Dog
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“[One Good Dog] evokes both laughter and tears, but the ending assures you that humans and dogs are capable of redemption.” ―Library Journal on One Good Dog
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About the Author
- Lexile measure : 910L
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250054486
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250054487
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 27, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #354,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But World War II began, and Rick was drafted.
Keller Nicholson grew up an orphan shuffled from relative to relative. He worked as a fisherman for awhile on his uncle’s fishing boat. The work was hard, and instead of a paycheck, he received room and board. When the war began, he signed up and became a dog trainer and handler.
Rick and Francesca enlisted their beloved dog Pax in the K-Nine corp. They would get Pax back after the war.
Keller is Pax’s handler. They become so close that Keller is sure he will not be able to give this dog up.
Rick comes home a paraplegic. He wants his beloved dog back. Keller is tempted to just grab Pax and drive away. Rick and Keller work out an arrangement where Keller will help care for Rick, and he will live with the Strantons and Pax. The three people who loved Pax the most formed a family and soon they learned to love each other just like they loved the dog.
The book is a tear jerker. Like all of Susan Wilson’s books, it is beautifully written, but I have to wonder about sending a beloved dog to war.
I want to suggest that these people who love Pax so much adopt several dogs from an animal shelter. Many animals need homes. But at the same time, I know I could never give up any of my own pets. My feelings were as conflicted as I read this as the feelings of the characters.
If you have read Susan Wilson's other books (especially One Good Dog), you know what a good writer she is. I'm a bigger fan of cats than dogs, but these books are great stories and you don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate them.
This is the story of a German Shepherd mix breed dog who is found by Rick when he is just a puppy. He names the dog Pax and both of their lives are changed forever.
When Rick goes to war, his wife and he decide to also send Pax to take part in the "Dogs for Defense" program where certain dogs are trained to go to war and sniff out the enemy, alert the soldiers, and perform a variety of essential functions. Pax is excellent at the work and the book shows his handler, Keller, as Pax saves his life.
At the end of the war, Pax and Keller go to see Rick and Francesca, but Rick is seriously wounded and has lost an arm and use of his legs. Keller wants to keep Pax but Rick wants and needs him, too.
The only fault I could find in this book is that I would have liked to have known at least a little more about how Rick and Francesca cope when Keller eventually leaves them.
I didn't care for Wilson's second book (The Dog Who Could Dance) since the ending seemed cold-hearted. In this book, she returns to her heartfelt writing in a big way.
This book is a great way to spend a few evenings by a cozy fire.