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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances (Large Print / Hardcover)
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
"This book will grab your heart and not let go." -- John Grogan, author of "Marley & Me"
"A joyful romp and a wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain." -- Lily King, author of "Euphoria"
"Must-read . . . A brilliantly crafted, uplifting book." -- "The Bark"
The Sanctuary. High up on the mountain, the Sanctuary is a home for strays and rescued dogs. Once the indomitable Mrs. Auberchon lets her pass, Evie joins a training program there -- never mind that she doesn't know a thing about animals. But when she's finally on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and the dogs, Evie learns quickly, finding refuge in the Sanctuary as the dogs do. For, like the racing greyhound who won't move, the golden retriever who returns every time he's adopted, and the Rottweiler failing at search-and-rescue, Evie has a troubled past. A worthy shelf-mate to books by Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst, this is a heartfelt novel about finding in your fellow animals a deeper sense of home, healing, and hope for a fresh future.