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This is the sequel to Nop's Trials. It takes place some 8 or 9 years later and focuses around Penny (Lewis's daughter) and her dog, Hope (Nop's son). After suffering a horrible tragedy (which goes unnamed through the beginning and becomes clearer as you get further into the book), Penny sets off on her own to follow the sheepdog trial circuit with Hope. Lewis and his wife, Beverly, are distressed at her leaving and not being in contact, so try to seek her out on the road numerous times, even goi ...more
A book about sheep trials, the dogs (border collies) and the humans involved. The backstory of this book is tragic, and I don't believe it is helped much by the heroine's actions. The end has an interesting twist, but was ultimately disappointing to me. I also was mystified by Ransome, a key character who is impossible to figure out.
Donald McCaig is the award-winning author of Jacob’s Ladder designated “the best civil war novel ever written” by The Virginia Quarterly. People magazine raved “Think Gone With the Wind, think Cold Mountain.” It won the Michael Sharra Award for Civil War Fiction and the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction.More about Donald McCaig...