Monday, September 24, 2018

#Giveaway Review a Bridge for Christmas by William Schwenn

When A Bridge for Christmas made it to my desk I knew from the dogs on the cover that it was something I would have to read. I'm glad I did and thanks to the author's publicist, Author/Guide you could win a copy for yourself.

ISBN-13: 978-1621834885
Publisher: Brighton Publishing
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Length: 234pp
Source: Author/Guide for review
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The journey from here to there, from the familiar present to the unknown future, is the essence of life. Even when you think you know where you’re going, you are guaranteed surprises along the way.
Living alone in the North Carolina mountains, Dave lost his true love early in his marriage, and despite recently found companionship in two highly individual dogs, wonders if—or how—he will ever regain a reason for being. Gwen has followed a self-proclaimed mission to rescue animals from intolerable circumstances with an obsession that is spinning out of her control. A pair of stray, starving hound dog siblings have escaped a meaningless existence, only to discover a world that is harsh and uncaring. A widow in Virginia is working through her own loneliness by forming a link in a multi-state dog rescue pipeline, while providing a community service opportunity for an at-risk teenage girl given a last chance by a criminal court judge. Life is throwing twists and obstacles in all their paths during the two months leading up to Christmas. It’s a good thing the season of giving sometimes provides miracles: the lives of some of these wanderers will literally depend on it.

Along with key contributions by an Animal Control Officer, the High Sheriff, and several colorful mountain folks, A Bridge for Christmas is an intriguing interplay between characters whose life journeys have intersected in the most improbable ways.

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My Review:

A Bridge For Christmas
William Schwenn 
Schwenn’s latest is short but the real deal and it has something for everyone; a romance, a thriller, a police procedural and best of all it has dogs. The characters are great ranging from salt of the earth to quirky and from good to evil, the narrative is a little bit hillbilly and the storyline is engaging and inventive. Some of the animal cruelty is heinous but it’s also important to reveal it to bring attention to this disgusting practice.
Widower Dave Peters resides in the backwoods of North Carolina in a remote cabin he once shared with his late wife and now with his two best furry friends, his rescue dogs. Dave is used to loneliness and solitude but when a neighbor calls and asks for his help with some stray dogs on her property he has no idea that in these mountains he loves where moonshine once reigned, he’ll be opening a big stinking can of worms involving illegal dog fighting and the drug trade.

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Meet William:
William “Skip” Schwenn, a former Clerk of federal bankruptcy court, is now retired and living in the company of four dogs in the mountains of North Carolina. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Schwenn and his wife, Mary, have devoted their lives to enhancing the welfare of dogs wherever they find them. They maintain a lifestyle that solidly revolves around mutually rewarding activities with their furry partners. With this background, it is hardly surprising that the author’s stories are told with abundant humor and keen insight into the minds and hearts of dogs, whose capacity for living fully “in the moment” is an invaluable lesson for all of us – and one they are only too happy to share.

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  1. I can't believe we really are close enough to it to start thinking about Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway Debbie!

  2. Thanks for this wonderful and intriguing story which I would enjoy. Sounds captivating and special.

  3. Oh yes, the dogs and seeing them find a home would pull me in, too. The other elements surrounding their story sounds just the thing, too.

  4. Christmas will be here before we know it, and yes books with animals in them always make me happy! Happy Tuesday and Hugs...RO

  5. Sounds good, reminds me of one of Jill Shalvis books where they had a dog fighting ring.