A Man of His Own

A Man of His Own

Book - 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 outof 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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781250014368
1250014360
Branch Call Number: FIC Wilso
Characteristics: 358 p.

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AL_KRISTI Dec 01, 2016

Beautifully written and a wonderful example of Susan Wilson's writing, A Man of His Own details the life and loves of Pax, a brilliant and well loved german shepard mix. Wilson has a remarkable grasp of the inner mind of dogs and writes with passion and pure love for dogs. Pax has amazing adventures first as a loving pet and then later as a war scout, and his bond with his people is profound and will fill your heart with joy and love. A wonderfully written adventure that will pull at your heart strings.

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sirreil
Mar 11, 2015

Didn't quite see how this story could have turned out in a good way, but it came together so well. I would like to read more by this author.

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BloomFree
Jun 17, 2014

I wanted to say that I really enjoyed how well the author conveyed the dog's perspective and also enjoyed the story of how Pax got his name (beautiful). However I couldn't get behind the man loving his dog and being strongly bonded and having the dog volunteered to the war -- that didn't seem right. The love triangle was predictable -- I don't think it would have gone the way it did in real life in any way. There is a good story here - it was just missing some major ingrediants in my eyes to make it work best for me.

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caj1222204441801
Oct 10, 2013

this is the most compelling book i have read. the characters are vivid and you feel u are living this with the characters. a definite must read. i could not put it down.

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