by Wesley Banks
ebook, 202 pages
May 26th 2015
“Small towns have big stories.” 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.
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
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.
Source: I was given this book as part of a tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.
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.
Wesley’s debut novel, “Hope In Every Raindrop,” is set to be released May of 2015.
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