The Dog Who Danced

The Dog Who Danced

by Susan Wilson
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The Dog Who Danced by Susan Wilson

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250023285
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 184,368
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

SUSAN WILSON is the author of the bestselling One Good Dog as well as five other novels. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.

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The Dog Who Danced 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
PaulineMA More than 1 year ago
Susan Wilson is brilliant! We have all grieved through losses in our life. Justine seems to bring on some of this grief herself. The Parmalees are broken, going through their day to day existence. Mack is the common denominator. Wilson is honest in revealing the faults of the characters in The Dog Who Danced. Like all of us, Justine is not perfect, she struggles with life decisions. She does what she thinks is best and yet it never is. Mack is anchor in her life. No story spoilers here though, I'll let you enjoy the rollercoaster of emotion this book brings. It starts so dark that I almost felt troubled reading it. Stick with it, you won't be sorry or disappointed. This book is for everyone, not just dog lovers. It's about human spirit and inner strength.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read, One Good Dog, by Susan Wislon some time ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Dog Who Danced is equallly as good. The story is told from the perspectives of both the owner and the dog....rather an interesting technique. I am a very fussy reader and would recommend this book to all who enjoy a well written exciting story.
barbferggy More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! Love buddy/mack! It brought out a lot of emotions in this book! There isn't enough stars to give to this book. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line - loved the mix of characters - truly felt their emotions (and Mack's/Buddy's).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book beause I throughly loved "One Good Dog" by this same author. The way she tells the story from the main character's and the dogs view is very enjoyable read. I recommend this book to all dog lovers.
Yvonne35 More than 1 year ago
Well written. Will probably read again, which I seldom do.
Trishacl More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding book. I opened it up at the airport on Friday and had a hard time putting it down. The story was an unforgetable story of redemption-Justine not only trying to find her dog but also herself. The characters were real and human, the situations believable and vivid. I don't want to give away the ending, but to the extent possible everyone was a winner.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
An unexpected call has Justine Meade grateful for a shotgun seat on a semi heading towards a home she hasn’t seen since she left at seventeen because it means that her dog Mack is with her. Mack has been her salvation and made her look at life in a better way than the defeatist, betrayed way she used to when all she could think of was the loss of her childhood then later the loss of her son. The dog who learned to dance with her has been much more than a mere pet which is why she’s overwrought as she finds herself abandoned and dog-less by the trucker she hitched a ride with. Ed and Alice Parmalee have been imitating life for the seven years since the death of their only child, a child that was prayed for then delayed until neither of them thought it was ever going to happen and then took away at fifteen, it was a tragedy that shook them to the core and that has been an invisible barrier between them ever since until the day a stray dog comes into their lives and puts color and connection back into their world. In the midst of a family crisis Justine frantically tries to find Mack with the help of a few friends and many strangers while the Parmalees are reconnecting with the help of one small furry miracle and who know nothing about the dog’s distraught owner. There are many dog stories out there, those who heal, those who protect, those who comfort, what makes this story different is the poignant way that Susan Wilson brings it to life with her words. Her characters are all three dimensional, so realistic that I could smell the earth at Stacy’s grave and could feel the wind in my face as she takes Justine down the highway on the back of a Harley. The dialogue is a mesmerizing string of monologues that took me into the hearts and souls of the narrator, that made me a fly on the walls of their worlds and that gave me insights that I wish they would convey to each other. And then there was Mack, who Susan gave a voice to as well and who’s expertise in translating dog really shines through, it was amusing, it was touching and it was beautifully penned. This is the story of rejuvenation of forgiving of unconditional love. It’s the story of one woman’s best friend and the lengths she’ll go to get him back and it’s the unconditional love that one dog has for his human(s). This is my first foray into the writing brilliance of Susan Wilson but I guarantee it will not be my last. Thank you Ms. Wilson for one of the most heartwarming and inspiring stories I’ve read for a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you like art of the racing in the rain, you would love this story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in 3 nights.great story of loss and love and healing and that powerful bond of a good dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book, if you love dogs please read this one
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great story!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Very emotional read. I highly recommend reading this with your dog lying next to you. It will remind you to cherish your pup always.
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BamaBelle More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Dog and heroine are easy to root for. Bad guys make you want to smack them. Heart warming and healing.
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mkhooper More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever loved a dog or been lucky enough to have been loved by a dog will GET this book. Very enjoyable read.
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