A Man of His Own
By Susan Wilson
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9781250014368, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
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Rick Stanton was a promising professional baseball player with dreams of playing in the major leagues and starting a family with his young wife, Francesca, when World War II changed everything. Rick returns from the war with his body broken and his dreams shattered. But it was not just body and spirit he sacrificed for the war. He and Francesca volunteered their beloved dog, Pax, for the Army’s K-9 Corp, not knowing if they’d ever see him again.
Keller Nicholson is the soldier who fought the war with Pax by his side, and the two have the kind of profound bond that can only be forged in war. Pax is the closest Keller has to a sense of family, and he can’t bear the thought of returning him to the Stantons. But Rick and Francesca refuse to give him up. Instead, an arrangement is made: Keller will work as Rick’s live-in aide. And thus an unlikely family is formed, with steadfast Pax at the center. As they try to build a new life out of the ashes, Keller and Francesca struggle to ignore their growing attraction to each other, and Rick, believing that he can no longer give Francesca what she needs and wants, quietly plans a way out.
All three of them need healing. All three of them are lost. And in Susan Wilson's A Man of His Own, Pax, with his unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, may be the only one who can guide them home.
SUSAN WILSON is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling The Dog Who Danced and One Good Dog. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.
Praise for The Dog Who Danced
"Susan Wilson dishes up another captivating story that will keep you hooked until the last page is turned." —Modern Dog magazine
“I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to dog lovers and "non-dog" people alike.” —BellaDog
"The Dog Who Danced simply can't be missed." —The Augusta Chronicle
“An emotion-packed story. As with Marley and Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain, it’s hard not to like a book where a dog is a major player.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Superior. A moving tale about canine healing power.” —Booklist
"Multiple hankies, dog lovers…this is an emotional read." —Library Journal
Praise for One Good Dog
"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
“A finely wrought story of second chances and also of the power of the human/canine bond.” —Bark Magazine
“One Good Dog will make you cry, will make you laugh, will make you feel things more than you thought possible—and it will make you believe in second chances.” —Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author