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Rose in a Storm: A Novel Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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Katz, best-selling author of the anecdotal Bedlam Farm books, returns to his fiction roots with this gently appealing tale of a sheepdog named Rose. Fully immersing himself inside the mind and the soul of his furry protagonist, he conjures up a believably canine view of the joys and sorrows of life on a small farm. Spinning the narrative from Rose’s point of view, he paints a portrait of a close-knit community, where animals and humans rely on one another for comfort and protection. With her master injured and a ferocious storm swirling around at the height of lambing season, it is up to Rose to call upon all her instinctive resources to battle the elements of nature in order to save the lives of her sheep and rescue her farmer. Heartwarming fodder for the pet set. --Margaret Flanagan
“[A] compelling story . . . a great read.”—The Roanoke Times
“Rose in a Storm is told through the eyes of a working sheepdog. . . . [Jon] Katz uses his extensive study of animal behavior to pen a story that rings true [and] gives Rose a powerful, believable voice.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“A captivating novel that will touch your heart and soul with its tale of bravery, dedication and loyalty between dog and man.”—Wichita Falls Times Record News
“[A] heart-tugging tale.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Katz, casts a spell over your mind during this storm. You are there! You feel the cold and the desperation. You cry inside for the little dog as she desperately tries to feed and find a way to help all of the animals survive the cold. She is alone and the only one able to make decisions to help her animals. It is a harsh read in some places if you read before falling asleep you won't sleep. It is too disturbing!
The most surprising part of the story is the discovery of who the Wild Dog is. I won't spoil that for you. Another almost upsetting factor is the "wolf". How Katz thought of the use for the "wolf" is beyond me. It adds a mystical level to the story and in the end there is a more mystical aspect to Sam's dead wife, Katie. I think Katz wants you to decide for yourself the ending. I think Rose may have died, but if you remember Katz technique of allowing Rose to dream about life, then, she may have been dreaming in the end. I enjoyed this book so much I look forward to his next book that will be released in August.