Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Man of His Own by Susan Wilson

Rating 5/5 stars
Pub. Date September 24th 2013


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. Pax, with his unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, may be the only one who can guide them home.


I can see this book becoming a movie. Just imagine it. 3 people who are dealing with situations that can't control and try to live their lives. Kellen who was never loved and was always alone in the world and fells like he has some kind of a family with the Stantons, Rick who is forced to lose his carrer, legs and arms during the war and later almost his family and life and Francesca a woman who has almost lost her husband and tries to help him even though he is unwilling. 

But this isn't their story exactly. This is about Pax, a dog. He is Kellen's family during and after the war, Rick's aid while he is hopeless alone and Francesca's company while her husband is at the war. There is even his point of view.

It is not my usual romance. Honestly I can't find the words to describe my feeling for this book. I know that it was a great read for me and hard to dislike. The pace was good, the writing simple but not in a bad way the epilogue moving and (because I know that some readers ask for it) there was character development.