Rose in a Storm: A Novel

Rose in a Storm: A Novel

by Jon Katz
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Rose in a Storm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Crazy_Cat_Ladys_Library More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever owned an animal has had the thought at one time or other: "I wonder what he/she is thinking?" Rose in a Storm by Jon Katz provides us with a glimpse into the mind and thoughts of Rose, a working border collie, intuitively and effectively answering that question for us. Not only do we get the opportunity to share Rose's daily routines, we are also treated to glimpses of her memories and emotions. At the beginning of the book, Rose and her farmer/owner, Sam, are preparing the farm and its animals for an upcoming blizzard, one predicted by the local authorities to be a "storm of the century." As they work together to erect vital strongholds for the other animals to survive the oncoming atmospheric onslaught, we are not only given insight into Rose's thoughts but Sam's as well, and the resulting give and take of their relationship is as intricate as a fine ballet. When the expected blizzard finally arrives and Rose and Sam are faced with far more serious challenges than Sam could have ever anticipated, Rose shows a steadfastness of spirit and tenacity that is truly amazing. With fortitude and valor, she never stops trying to keep everything together and everyone safe, even as the world she knows keeps spinning ever further out of control. Rose in a Storm is a truly inspiring story. I was so engrossed in its unfolding that I had a truly difficult time putting it down. This is the first of Mr. Katz' books that I have had the pleasure to read, ut I assure you that it will most certainly not be the last! I give Rose in a Storm 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a rare book that takes us away from concerns of daily life and propels us into the natural world. Jon Katz succeeds with his border collie Rose; how she handles the crisis of a frightening storm, while taking care of everyone - farmer and animals alike, with dedication and intelligence.
Chezjolie More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy this book written from the border collie's point of view. Since we already know how smart they are, this book just proves their ability to think, reason and cope with issues facing them. I really sobbed at the end!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!! Keeps you captivated throughout, couldn't put it down & the way Katz describes every detail makes you feel like you are there with Rose!!
BarkingPlanet More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book for dog lovers and people who are close to the natural world...written by Jon Katz, a gifted writer, the book takes you into the world of Rose, a border collie/shepherd mix. The bond between Rose and her owner, a farmer, and the raw world of nature that is theirs, is vividly portrayed. The story flows with the rhythms and events of the natural world, from skittish sheep, driven by fear, to hungry coyotes. A major blizzard disrupts the farm in multiple destructive ways, bringing a snow driven struggle for survival to this powerful story. An extra dimension is provided throughout by Katz's informed knowledge, from both research and direct experience with his own dogs -- Rose, Izzy, Lenore and Frieda -- when he takes you into Rose's mind and reveals the canine soul. Not for kids, but excellent for adults and young adult readers, I found this gripping book to be totally engaging.
Diwms More than 1 year ago
absolutely wonderful and unique. I loved every minute of this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sam the Farmer and Rose the herding mixed breed dog have been together for six years at Granville Farm since she introduced herself to the widower when she was eight weeks old. They have become best buddies and kindred souls as both are workaholics. During the lambing season, a horrific blizzard of the century assaults Granville Farm. Structures collapse under the tons of snow and Sam breaks his leg and more after a tumble from a slippery roof. Already overworked keeping the other animals safe, responsible Rose takes over running the farm while her human partner is flown to a hospital. When a vicious pack of coyotes attack, Rose becomes hurt in the melee but keeps fighting aided by an enigmatic seemingly paranormal wolf and Flash the wild dog. Rose in a Storm is a fascinating whimsical family drama starring a wonderful canine protagonist, her human partner, and her new dog pal. The poignant story line avoids sweetness but instead focuses on what makes a dog contented, which varies. Through Rose's observations, readers also learn how lonely Sam has been since his wife Katie died, but he has has a friend and partner on the farm and maybe even a pet. No one gets into the Soul of a Dog deeper than Jon Katz does. Harriet Klausner
MyFunnyDadHarryAuthor More than 1 year ago
This book is really good!  It's a touching fiction story about the life of a farm working dog, Rose.  I really liked learning about farm life through this book and seeing how the animals connected and interacted with each other.  When Sam, the only human on his farm gets injured during a 5-day blizzard with temperatures -30 degrees and is air-lifted to a hospital, his border collie, Rose, takes care of the farm without him.  I especially identified with Rose's memory of her special connection with Sam's wife Katie, who died.  I'm sure anyone who lives on a farm or likes animals would love this book!  I am a city girl and enjoyed it very much.
LucyLu2 More than 1 year ago
Rose is an amazing dog, and the way Katz wrote this story - from Rose's perspective, it gives us insight into the dogs in our own lives and how amazing them may be right under our noses. Maybe we're missing out on giving them jobs that would make their lives fuller. This is a beautiful story that dog lovers will read again and again. Couldn't put it down. Thank you, Jon Katz.
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Wonderful story
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KAT a bed with black and blue sheets is in the middle of a room covered with heavyvmetal posters and a walk in closet with a master bedroom a secret passageway to a hot tub and much more plus a HUGE GINORMOUSE BOOKSHELF COVERED WITH BOOKS!!!!!!