That was a lesson Katie's father taught her years ago. A lesson she's taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.
Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn't interested in telling stories-especially not to a big-city girl who can't seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle's world, doing everything but writing.
When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.
|Publisher:||Chasing Pace Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)|
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Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he's love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.
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After having some success with her last book, Katie Price thought that writing the next one would be just as easy. Unfortunately writer’s block has set in and she is having trouble even getting a story started. Even the sunny beaches of California offer no inspiration and with her agent constantly breathing down her neck Katie knows she is running out of time quickly. Thinking back to her father’s advice - he always used to say that there are great stories in small towns, gives Katie an idea. Using his great advice she closes her eyes and throws a dart at a map of the United States and it sticks on a town called Bishopville, South Carolina. Packing pretty much just her laptop, journal, and a few clothes, Katie heads off across the country with no plan on what she is going to do when she gets there. Coming into Bishopville, Katie comes up to what looks like an old general store but she discovers it also has a small restaurant, so she decides to see if perhaps she can find the beginning of a story there. While talking to the owner she is told of a man who trains specialized racing dogs, and not just any racing dogs but these particular ones are mesmerizing. With renewed excitement she heads off following the directions she was given and comes to a small trailer house owned by a man who introduces himself as Doc Andersen. It turns out his nephew Kyle is the trainer of these famous dogs so Katie starts thinking that she has hit the jackpot for another best seller. However, when Kyle finally comes around he seems to have no interest in allowing Katie to ask him questions or spend any real time with the dogs. Of all the people who she could have come across Katie did not expect someone who doesn’t even want her around but she is determined to find her story no matter what challenges stand in her way. In an amazing twist of fate Katie ends up finding much more than a story, she finds out things about herself she never knew existed and also a whole new appreciation for life. This was an absolutely wonderfully written book and I was hooked from the first page as the storyline was quite unique in that it starts with no plan from the main character. It’s just a fun, quirky beginning that leads into an intriguing and inspirational novel that touched my heart. Any book that involves animals definitely draws my attention so this one also caught my eye and I am so glad that I picked it up to read. I would recommend this for any reader as it still has a little bit of excitement, a captivating storyline, amazing animals, and an incredible inspirational message. Quill says: This is a book that will have you wanting to curl up on the couch and not leave until you reach the very last page.
I was given a gifted copy by Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. I have to confess that at the beginning the slow pace of the story and the description in so full details made hard for me to get into the story but once I did I couldn’t stop reading until the very end of the book. You get to love all the characters in the book, people and dogs alike. The way he describes things is so great that you can feel the pain, the fear and the sadness right into you. Just and advise, don’t forget to get a whole packet of tissues, you’re going to need it. A beautiful story you don’t regret to get it.
I read the description and was instantly drawn in. I started reading and was loving Katie's story. I love that she is a writer. My heart ached as she mourned her father. She hit a writers block, while going through this hard time, until she found a map, and a note. Katie had a dead line coming up and had to get something to her editor in just a few shorts weeks. When she happened upon the map, she decided to do what her father had done in the past. She turned the map backwards and hung it up. Throwing a dart at it, she turns it around to see where her story is going to take her. It happens to be a small town in South Carolina called Bishopville. Just the name makes it sound small ;). I love that she encounters Earl and Pearl, owners of Pearl's Place first. They are just what I would have imagined in my head if I was a writer. Small town folks who are just searching for people to love. They were such a funny couple. After Katie reveals why she has come to their small town Earl tells her she should seek out the "dogs". Earl has to explain that they are not just the run of the mill dog, they are something special. Katie decides it's worth a try to see if she gains some more inspiration. When Katie happens upon a house with a nice barn on the land, she decides to pull up and see what it has to offer. It had to offer Kyle. Yummy, yummy Kyle. Oh, and Doc. Kyle's Uncle. hehe. This is when the story gets even more interesting :). Katie, wanting to learn more about these dog's that Kyle trains, Kyle insists she learns more about them. How? By taking care of everything. Cleaning out pens, scooping poop. Sounds glorious right? hehe Kyle and Katie seem to form a sweet bond even if Kyle doesn't talk much. Katie learns to love the animals just as much as Kyle, and that is when their relationship really blooms. This is a sweet story, about loss, love, hope, and finding inspiration through others. It really is such a sweet read.