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On a Wing and a Prayer Paperback – October 4, 2005
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“ 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
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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.
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.
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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Another good one from Dorsetville! Looking forward to reading the next Dorsetville installment! Sorry that it will be the last.Published 11 months ago by Kathleen O'Connell
Katherine Valentine is the best! I wish this series had not ended!Published 13 months ago by Valerie J. Cadarr
a wonderful addition to the series a must have for the reader who enjoys a fun community and Miracles. I love this seriesPublished on July 21, 2014 by nanaoftwo
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.
Once again Kate Valentine gifts us with a charming and funny story. This could be set in any one of our small towns. Treat yourself to this lovely book.Published on January 16, 2013 by Pat