Nevada sheep rancher Sabine Eckleberry's life is in shambles. His wife has decamped to Arizona to run a dog-grooming business; his youngest daughter needs a husband; his irrepressible son, VJ, wants to turn the ranch into an ostrich-breeding operation; and the wild burros he has adopted to guard his sheep can't get along with their charges. Now his family and friends are about to descend on the ranch to celebrate Sabine’s 72nd birthday.
The ranch is soon a chaos of budding and blighted romances, mistaken identities, rampaging poodles, runaway sheep, schemes of seduction and sudden wealth, and a newly hatched ostrich chick in search of love.
Novelist Michael A. Thomas has created a cast of memorable human characters, a supporting cast of realistic animal personalities, and a colorful setting in Nevada’s rangeland. His keen ear for dialogue and his perfect timing support a plot as complicated and satisfying as a Shakespearean comedy.
Liked the book, struggled with the narrator again liked the book, struggled with the narrator
I couldn't finish this. Even though I slowed the narration down it just did not flow. It was like driving without paying any attention to traffic lights or road signs. This was narration without any punctuation. The narrator has a lovely voice but she needs to come up for air. I don't know if it was the narrator or the author who decided to forgo punctuation but either way, it made it very hard to follow the story. Difficult listening.