Year of the Dog

When her husband dumps her for an old girlfriend and sets all of Peachland, South Carolina, gossiping, Janey Daniels has to get away far away for a sabbatical year She flees to Burlington, Vermont, home of Aunt May, her mother s only living relative There she adopts Beulah, a Labrador puppy in training to become a companion dog for the blind Not for a moment does JaWhen her husband dumps her for an old girlfriend and sets all of Peachland, South Carolina, gossiping, Janey Daniels has to get away far away for a sabbatical year She flees to Burlington, Vermont, home of Aunt May, her mother s only living relative There she adopts Beulah, a Labrador puppy in training to become a companion dog for the blind Not for a moment does Janey suspect that this year of the dog will change her life forever.Shelby Hearon is an acknowledged master at illuminating the nuances of relationships In Year of the Dog, she explores the surprising ways that the heart heals after a betrayal While Janey is training Beulah, Beulah leads Janey to a new love, James Maarten, a smart, fidgety teacher they meet at the dog park As Janey soon discovers, James has suffered a betrayal of his own that makes it hard for him to open up and trust her with even the smallest details of his past While Janey tries to help James, she also reaches out to her enigmatic Aunt May, a retired librarian reputed to be the friend, perhaps even the lover, of popular mystery writer Bert Greenwood When Janey attempts to solve the twin mysteries of why her great aunt has distanced herself from the family and what her true relationship is with Bert Greenwood Beulah provides the clues that lead Janey to uncover the secrets of her aunt s life By the time Beulah s stay with Janey comes to an end, the people whose lives she s linked will discover that healing and reconciliation can come in the most unexpected ways.
Year of the Dog When her husband dumps her for an old girlfriend and sets all of Peachland South Carolina gossiping Janey Daniels has to get away far away for a sabbatical year She flees to Burlington Vermont ho

  • Title: Year of the Dog
  • Author: Shelby Hearon
  • ISBN: 9780292714694
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Year of the Dog”

    1. First: NO dogs die. :)Second: A (another?) book that shows that sometimes running away is the way to find yourself.Third: Ok, i did in fact read the last page or two JUST TO MAKE SURE that no dogs died--(hush B, C, K, and P!) and even though at that time I was only half way through, it made me cry. I finished the book and cried again. Overall-- a few quirky characters who are not drawn with lots of detail and background, but I still felt that I could see and know them. The author is good with su [...]

    2. This is a quick, pleasant read in which a young woman whose marriage has ended finds a way to start over. Janey is from a small town in South Carolina and when her husband dumps her in a most humiliating manner she is eager to get away. She decides to move for one year to Burlington, Vermont, home of her mother's aunt, and takes on the project of raising a puppy to be a Companion Dog for the Blind. The puppy is probably the most appealing character, but I enjoyed Janey's process of connecting wi [...]

    3. I wonder why so many books about getting one's life together/finding true love seem to involve the main character getting a dog? I got a dog and it certainly didn't fix anything in my life, not that I expected it to. It actually rather complicated things! Haha.I found the main character, Janey, oddly "bloodless," if that makes any sense. She was just kind of hard to connect with. It felt like she got divorced and moved away for a year and just expected change to happen to her, so whatever came a [...]

    4. Though the book had great expository, the story was only so-so for me. I could have lived without the drabness of living conditions, sex life and baggage the main character brings with her, but I guess when set beside the southern hospitality gestures and peace that comes through gaining familiarity with a new place, I enjoyed the contrastingly good parts better. So, what I absolutely loved the most would be the dog, Buelah! the main character is training her to be a companion dog for the blind, [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this book and feel like I learned something about the training that goes into seeing eye dogs, and a little bit of what life in Vermont looks like. I used to live in Greenville, SC, so it was fun to hear about Peachland (I'm guessing that's Gaffney) and references to life in South Carolina. A fun, light-hearted read I'd recommend to others.

    6. I happened to pick this up when I was doing a book display called "A Year Of " and this title fit the theme. And since I will read about anything that has a dog in it, of course I had to give it a try. I ended up liking it a lot and was pleasantly surprised.

    7. After her husband leaves her for his former girlfriend, Janey leaves her small town home in South Carolina and moves to Vermont. She spends a year there, raising a puppy to be a guide dog for the blind. OK story. Nothing special.

    8. It's an easy, light, sweet read that makes me want to get another dog. The writing isn't outstanding, but if you're looking for something that you can read in a day or two this book is a good pick that leaves you feeling good:)

    9. A nicely paced book that tells a concise story and explores relationships in a way that the reader empathizes.

    10. A very lightweight readI wanted to know about the puppy training for the blind. It could have been a short story.Ally, please don't ban me as a friend.

    11. I enjoyed this book very much. It would have gotten 5 stars from me if the ending had not been wrapped up so perfectly.

    12. I have to really not like a book to not even bother to finish it. The protagonist is a 25 year old woman who has repeatedly pointed out that she is old. Done and done!

    13. I have been waiting to rent the movie and every time I walk into Blockbuster its out! Sooooo I found the book at the library. Its beautifully, simply written and the story is sweet and sad.

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