Looking for Home, Adventures on the Road by Peggy Cole, a Book Review
Looking For Home, is fiction, the readers will soon find themselves outdoors, in the country, where friendship and loyalty are valued as much as clean water, fresh air and a meal. Here in these pages you will follow along with a pack of street dogs that have forged an alliance, using only their wits and senses to survive. On the streets, they meet with human cruelty, neglect and indifference; they are faced with hunger and cold, yet they also encounter moments of gentleness and kindness from humans who are also on the run, living their own adventures on the road.
Travel along with Cookie and Nicole, who as the runts of their litter, were not adopted from their box and taken to a loving home. They were driven into the woods and dumped. Once they clawed themselves from the box, Cookie became the hunter, sniffing out food in many forms as she protected Nicole from their new found hard truths about life. Cookie and Nicole soon encounter Rover a tough Doberman, lean and scared, a chaser of rabbits, and wise to the ways of the woods where he lives; Buddy, whose curiosity separated him from his master now travels with Rover in search of food and shelter. He desperately tries to remember his way home.
Meet Connie, a young lady, strong and self reliant, a trainer of champion dogs and her own show champion, a Chow named Queenie and her two pups. Her worst fears are realized when her new husband’s true feelings are revealed. He was able to hide his cruel intentions for only so long and once seen, she was smart enough to run. Jeb, the husband, saw people as easy prey and with practiced deception he took what others had worked so hard to earn. The slogan, ‘people were made for him to step on’, guided Jeb’s attitude. Jeb’s sense of superiority is bruised with Connie’s departure. He is driven to outrage to seek retribution for ‘her’ crimes against him. He contrives a revenge that serves his evil design. He sets his plan in motion; it is eerie as an alligator stalking a fawn.
You will be introduced to Rusty, a seemingly aimless man. Rusty found himself alone on the road early in life, and was aware of the ropes. He is a man with a gentle nature, not always clean in appearance who rides the rails in pursuit of work. What people did not know about Rusty is that he had a plan. He thought it through, set a goal for himself, and was close to reaching that goal. This man, by all appearances is homeless, a wanderer, yet he pursues day labor and gives an honest days work for his pay.
The sweet scent of romance lingers over this tale. Looking For Home, is not a mystery, yet, there is a mystery intertwined in the story. Walk down each lane, path, metal track and twisted trail that leads these characters on a course destined to stay in your memories. Share a meal, in a clearing in the woods, along a stream that provides fish for a dinner under the stars. Burn rubber down a city street in a getaway car. Hop a freight in search of a payday.
Here you will encounter grifters and drifters, lovers and haters, those that are enterprising and those that are schemers. Dark clouds are gathering, the wind is blowing. The characters are on a collision course with havoc bearing down on them. Winds are stirring, that will push these drifters together.
Flip up your collar, brace for the storm, then help sift through the debris that pushed this cast of characters together. Join Rover and Buddy, Cookie and Nicole, Connie and Queenie, Rusty and Jeb as their dreams of home, cross and crash on this loom, as the threads of their lives are pulled closer and closer forming this tapestry of life on the road.
Author Peggy Cole, and her husband decided years ago that city living or suburban living did not suit their free spirits. They moved far enough outside city limits, to give them the feeling of freedom and country living, but still in reach of city conveniences. Their front porch attracted many a stray dog, looking for a bite to eat. With that background you can see how the author’s caring heart and resourceful imagination, produced a story certain to penetrate your inner self.
Looking for Home, Adventures on the Road is Peggy Cole’s second novel. Her debut mystery The Pub, published in 2012 has Florida for a setting. Dick owns The Pub, a Florida seaside restaurant and nightclub with Ervin, his not so silent partner from Chicago. Things move fast when Bob manages the place, but they get bumpy when arguments erupt over cash flow problems. He hires Joe Mitchell, a perky young bank teller whose boring job at the male-run bank with a no room for advancement policy for the women has her thinking about a new job. She accepts the job as bookkeeper for The Pub where storm clouds start to gather quickly. When Bob disappears with a substantial amount of cash, the owners swoop in and the heat is on.
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