"Multiple hankies, dog lovers...this is an emotional read." -Library Journal 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, was Mack, her grey and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than twenty 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. When they find a little black and gray dog by the side of the road, they take him in. 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 as Justine's partner, 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. Everyone needs Mack. But to whom does the little dog who danced belong?
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by Susan Wilson
by Randy Susan Meyers
by Susan Fletcher
by Susan Wise Bauer
by Jennifer Chiaverini
by Kris Radish
"Do you devour it all at once, or limit your listening to make it last longer? Either way, this story unfolds with delicate perfection. Justine Meade has lost her beloved Sheltie, Mack, to a trucker who leaves her in a roadside rest area. Mack finds a home with Ed and Alice Parmalee, who are still stunned by the death of their daughter. Christina Delaine gives us all of Justine's love and longing--for Mack and for her other lost connections. In alternate chapters, Fred Berman details Mack's journey, and that of the Parmalees. Both narrators portray grief and hope, despair and great love with professionalism and sensitivity. They reach that elusive "audio grail," staying entirely out of the way of the story. Wilson's perfect ending is a delicious dessert after a satisfying meal. R.L.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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