New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz has written a successful series of mystery novels, nonfiction works, and a popular fiction series based on his experiences with the dogs on his farm.
In Rose in a Storm, Rose is a working dog devoted to keeping the sheep and other creatures at Bedlam Farm out of danger. But as the weather grows cold, Rose senses danger - a storm unlike any she’s seen. When an epic blizzard finally strikes, Rose needs all her courage to help her master save the farm.
©2010 Jon Katz (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
Although this story is not told entirely from the point of view of Rose, you are convincingly, vividly and completely transported into her world. Not since "Watership Down" have I found a book which so effectively accomplishes this feat. It is well read and utterly engrossing. Some of the details of the final couple of chapters are somewhat unrealistic, but I think this is notable mostly because the rest of the story is so riveting and believable. Taken as a whole, the story is very uplifting, but at times can be devastatingly sad - particularly for the soft-hearted - keep a box of tissues handy if you are of this ilk! The story of Rose has been indelibly imprinted on my memory and has become one of my all-time favorites (no small task for a very avid reader); I will surely return to it again and again for years to come.
The story moves effortlessly back and forth across the line between the human and canine species with great sensitivity and prose. It tells of the complex relationship among dogs, people, other living creatures, and nature.
The contemporary setting is a working farm, and the farmer has recently lost his beloved young wife to cancer. The farmer's dog (Rosie) is a border collie that has a mutually respectful working relationship with him, and a more emotional connection with the farmer's wife, for whom they both grieve. The region is assaulted by an epic snowstorm. You will smile, gasp, and cry during multiple mishaps and drama during the 5-day storm. This story has an uplifting ending and the narrator is perfectly matched to this book in every way.
It's one of my top listens this year!
Story told from both Rose's & her masters point of view. It is a very touching story of the working border collie. It is well written & performed. I will recommend it to all my BC owner friends. Having two of them myself I know the way they need to work and their personalities are so different from any other dogs I've ever had.
I could entirely be biased in my love of dogs, but this story, trust me, was absolutely amazing. The performance was great, and I enjoyed the reader's southern accent was very enjoyable. The conclusion was great, and without spoiling the story, there were quite a few touching scenes. Definitely a book you should purchase if you're a dog lover.
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