The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances (Paperback)

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Sanctuary is a mountaintop lodge and home to a canine stray and rescue training and rehab center run by a handful of nuns. Evie, a bit of a stray herself, is fresh out of rehab and determined to start a new life when she signs up for the Sanctuary’s program, but it’s the dogs who teach her most. Evie finds the second chance she so desperately craves in the reciprocity of love between humans and canines. This is both a joyful romp and a thoughtful meditation. ~ Susan, leader of the Eagle Harbor Reader's Circle and the Mystery Book Group

— From Mystery Picks from Susan

August 2014 Indie Next List

“In Cooney's latest, a broken young woman and a sanctuary for broken dogs struggle toward common ground and, in the process, heal one another. Evie is a bright young woman, but often defeated by her demons. Surfing the web one night she spots a school for dog trainers and impetuously enrolls. Determined and inventive, Evie perseveres, learning to love and rehabilitate her tormented canine charges. Cooney's writing style is completely her own, lively, inventive, and fun to read. Do not miss this remarkable novel!”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR


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"This book will grab your heart and not let go."
John Grogan, author of Marley & Me

A wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read Lily King, author ofEuphoriaand The Pleasing Hour

If you ve ever loved a dog, this book is a must-read. Missourian

The Sanctuary is a refuge for strays and rescued dogs. Evie has joined a training program there, though she knows almost nothing about animals. Like the greyhound who won t move, the Rottweiler with attitude problems, or the hound who might be a candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie has a troubled past. But as they all learn, no one should stay prisoner to a life she didn t choose. Heartfelt and hilarious in turn, this is a deeply moving story of the countless ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves, and new hope.

This is a miracle of a book . . . Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness. If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer. Gail Godwin, author of Evensong and Publishing

A moving and joyous romp . . . All the dogs are wonderfully, fully drawn characters . . . A brilliantly crafted, uplifting book. The Bark
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544483934
ISBN-10: 0544483936
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English