From the New York Times best-selling author of One Good Dog comes a novel about a woman’s cross-country journey to find her lost dog and discover herself.
If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, has always been Mack, her gray and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away.
Ed and Alice Parmalee are mourning a loss of their own. Seven years after their daughter was taken from them, they’re living separate lives together - dancing around each other, and their unspeakable heartbreak, unable to bridge the chasm left between them.
Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog’s instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans. Whether it’s a canine freestyle competition or just the ebb and flow of a family’s rhythms, it’s as though the little Shetland sheepdog was born to bring people together. The Dog Who Danced is his story, one that will surely dance its way into your heart.
©2012 St. Martin's Press (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
My mother and I listened to this book over the course of a weekend road trip. We're both "dog people," but I don't like overly sentimental books or blatantly manipulative tear-jerkers. This book had an interesting story that kept our interest to the very end. In fact, we listened to the last several minutes sitting in our driveway.
For those of you who don't like sad endings, this one shouldn't be a problem for you. Without spoiling it for you, I can say I felt the ending made sense and was actually what my mother and I had both said would be the best solution to a difficult problem.
The main characters in this book were well rounded and interesting, and even secondary characters who started out as stereotypes were mostly revealed as flawed people who had reasons for the things they did.
I enjoyed this book greatly and will look for other titles by this author.
I've been waiting for a new Susan Wilson ...she weaves our relationships with pets into her characters flawlessly. You find yourself holding your breath waiting for the dog to work his magic.
The characters are real people with real problems
When Mac begins his journey.
I wouldn't change a thing
Now I have to sit... stay until her next book!
After reading and loving Susan Wilson's "One Good Dog," I returned for another of her dog tales. I liked "The Dog Who Danced," but this one did not compare to the former. This is a story about a middle-aged woman (Justine) who gets separated from her dog on a cross country drive to see her dying father. This novel moves between Justine's search for her dog, and dealing with past and present relationships in her life. The other story line follows her dog Mack, who after being lost gets adopted by an older couple who are still lost in grief over the suicide of their only daughter many years ago. The best story lines are the parts with Mack, the dog. The chapters about Justine and her life were interesting enough, but the most emotion in this novel had to do with Mack with both of his families. If you like dog novels, "One Good Dog" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" are by far the best. "The Dog Who Danced" is still a pleasant way for a dog lover to spend some time with a book. I liked the pace of this novel, and the narrators were easy to listen to.
I just loved this book, but you need to be a "dog-person" to understand it. Sometimes I have difficulties in getting into the story - this one was easy from the beginning. Well read - easy for a non-englishspeaking listner
I might try another book from the author, because I loved One Good Dog, but not based on this book. Fred Berman's narration is not too bad, but Christina Delaine performance grated on me, like finger nails on a blackboard.
While this book is not terrible its not in the same class as One Good Dog. I am not sure this story could be saved, I think the plot is rather weak.
Christina Delaine voicing of Justine.
There is nothing better than a good book!
What a fantastic story- this is the type of story and performance that I can never get enough of.... I laughed, I cried, I smiled.... I thanked the stars above for my own amazing/precious/priceless "good" dog!!!
I would absolutely recommend this book. I loved "Racing in the Rain" you'll love this book.
I love that the book got me hooked right out of the gate. None of that waiting for 5 or 6 chapters to finally get involved.
The reunion scene. Brought tears to my eyes and tugged at my heart.
If you love, or even like dogs, this is a winner.
Can't wait to download the next book.
I like to read stories about dogs, mysteries that are a little but humorous, stories about relationships that are not too explicate, Christian fiction and stories revolving around knitting and quilting.
Yes! The dog's view is very realistic.
Most memorable moment: listen to it and find out for yourself :-)
Yes, if I had the time!
Top of the list.
The story being told through the eyes of the the different characters. The dog included.
Buddy the dog. Dogs do think and feel.
It made me both laugh and cry. It was sad that the jounrey took it's time coming to an end. But happy when the little things happened that made it all worth while.
I could relate to the experience of losing a beloved pet. I lost a dog once, 'Doc'. I never did find him. This book made me think about the possibility of a whole new live he may have lived. Perhaps he made somebody's life happy.
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