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A Man of His Own

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Rick Stanton was a promising professional baseball player with dreams of playing in the major leagues and starting a family with his young wife, Francesca, when World War II changed everything.  Rick returns from the war with his body broken and his dreams shattered.  But it was not just body and spirit he sacrificed for the war. He and Francesca volunteered their beloved ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Susan I believe it is. As an historical novel, it should certainly be useful in understanding a little bit about America's past and it doesn't have any…moreI believe it is. As an historical novel, it should certainly be useful in understanding a little bit about America's past and it doesn't have any inappropriate scenes. There is the topic of depression and PTSD, but I think that any modern teenager is well aware of those topics.

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Stewart McFarlane
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a moving account of canine devotion and human love; the latter, almost fractured by war and its attendant physical and emotional damage.

Rick Stanton is a fine baseball player on the verge of a promising career in the major league. He rescues an orphan German Shepherd mix puppy on the street and is devoted to the dog Pax. He gets married to Francesca and as about to move up to the majors, when Pearl Harbour and the entry of the USA into the WW2 changes the course of his life, and tha
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Aug 13, 2013 marked it as to-read
GOSH, this book synopsis really got me! It'll be the first book I read when it releases!!!

Historical + Romance + Doggy = BEST storyline ever!!
Pauline Tilbe
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Susan Wilson is one of those authors that I pre-order new books just so I can read them as soon as they're released. A Man of His Own was worth the weight. I usually don't read historical fiction but occasionally they get in under the radar and I enjoy them in spite of myself. This was one of them.
The story didn't always proceed as I expected, there were some turns and decisions that I didn't expect. And there were times when I loved Rick and then other times when I didn't. Other times I wanted
I wasn't sure about this one as it started out. Couldn't see how I would like Keller, but as things went on I found myself liking Keller. I felt bad for Francessca, she was between a rock and a hard place. Rick was miserable, I sort of wished he had succeed in his try, so that Keller could have found happiness with Francessa. Pax was an interesting addition, gave a different look at all the parties. I hate to say it, but all the parties made the right choice at the end, they all needed to make a ...more
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Three people connected by one dog. Rick Stanton is the promising professional baseball player who finds the puppy he’ll call Pax in an alley. Francesca is the love of Rick’s life, the young wife he leaves behind when he’s drafted into World War II. Keller Nicholson is the lonely orphaned young man who will bond with Pax in the Army’s K-9 Corp. When the war is over, Keller brings Pax back to the couple with a request
Are you an animal lover? Ever had a dog you felt you were one with? A Man of His Own by Susan Wilson is a simply amazing story of Pax, a rescued puppy, his life and the lives of those he touched. Set in the early 1940s, when America is just being drawn into World War II, this is the story of love, courage, loss, loyalty, and re-kindled hope for Pax and his people as dreams are crushed, bodies are ravaged and the future seems to hold no light at the end of the tunnel. Was it the love Pax gave or ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras

"A Man of His Own" tells the heartwarming AND gut-wrenching story of Pax, the dog, and the three people who love him.

This is a book about the unconditional love for and from a dog. It is a story about Pax, marriage, friendship, family, war, loss and healing.

There is Rick, a baseball pitcher, who rescues Pax as an abandoned puppy, and his young bride Francesca. Their life changes forever when Rick heads off to fight in the W
3.5 stars. I won this as a Firstreads giveaway.

You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this heart-warming but gut-wrenching story of love between man and dog. It is the story of three people and a dog named Pax who are brought together through an unusual and tragic event. Pax, the dog, is definitely the focus of the story as he tries to understand the feelings of his previous owner and those of his trainer and comrade. World War II not only enlisted you men but also asked for owners to volunt
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much more than a dog story! Different narrators, short overlapping chapters, heart-rendering events, characters with depth - all weave together to make an outstanding novel. Susan Wilson knows dogs…and humans…and storytelling. This is NOT a book to read when you have company (as I did) because you will keep excusing yourself to read “just a bit more.” I wondered how the story could ever have a satisfactory resolution. Under Wilson’s masterful hands it does. Not only is this a good book; it wo ...more
This book is set during WW-II and told from 4 different POV; Rick Stanton a starting pitcher w a major baseball team, Ricks young wife Francesca, Keller Nicholson who as a young orphan who has never known love or affection, and Pax - Rick & Francescas dog, whom they donate to the Army K-9 and winds up partnered with Keller.

When Rick returns from the war, broken in body and in spirit, Francesca does her best to care for him. Though Keller volunteers to return Pax to Rick & Francesca, he i
Patty Campbell
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How do I begin to tell you how much I loved this book by Susan Wilson?
Brought together by war; Rick, Francesca, Keller have one thing in common: Pax. Rescued by Rick when he was a starving orphan, Pax begins life every dog wants. To love and be loved. When Rick is called up in the WWII draft, and has to give up a promising career as a big league pitcher, Pax stays with Francesca. Eventually, Francesca understands that with a pressing need for 'war dogs,' Pax must also do his bit. Keller becomes
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I read this. Was in the end table waiting to return to library while I was waiting for my next read to pick up. Dog lover war vets married couples put through good times and bad til death do part. I never shed tears for a book. This is the first time!
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I love this author's dog books. This one was a touching story written about 2 WWII veterans, one wife, and a dog who loved them all
Sep 18, 2017 added it
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The book A Man of His Own is the point of view between 4 different people, Francesca, Rick Stanton, Pax, and Keller Nicholson. This book about a baseball player Rick Stanton, who is hoping one day to play in the major leagues, is drafted to the war. Expect things do not go as planned because Rick comes home with a serious injury that puts him in a wheelchair. Rick’s beloved dog Pax finds out that he has to go to the war as a war dog which devastates Rick and Francesca, Rick's wife.
While their d
Rachel P
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

I won a free copy as a first-reads giveaway.

“A Man of His Own” is a very heartwarming story about how a dog changes the lives of three people and how his life has been changed by them. Rick Stanton is a minor league pitcher who has big dreams of getting into the major leagues. The last thing he needs is vulnerable little puppy completely dependent on him for his care. But Rick takes in this puppy, naming him Pax, and develops a bond so great that he doesn’t feel that strongly again unti
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was a great book. The relationship of a dog and his man, Rick. There were sad moments in the story and happy ones too. the plot was fantastic, pulling in the reader and making them want to read on and see what happens to Pax, Rick, and Francesca. It was a great book, I would most definitely read it again.
Virginia Campbell
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are few things in this world as beautiful and profound as the soul of a devoted companion animal. Author Susan Wilson writes with great sensitivity and thoughtfulness about one special dog who goes from an orphaned stray, to a beloved pet, to a brave, battle-tested K-9 Corps service dog. Set in the poignant and patriotic WWII Era, "A Man of his Own" is the story of Pax, a German Shepherd mix, who is rescued as a young pup from starvation in an alley. The man who saves Pax, Rick Stanton, ha ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can see this book becoming a movie. Just imagine it. 3 people who are dealing with situations that can't control and try to live their lives. Kellen who was never loved and was always alone in the world and fells like he has some kind of a family with the Stantons, Rick who is forced to lose his carrer, legs and arms during the war and later almost his family and life and Francesca a woman who has almost lost her husband and tries to help him even though he is unwilling.

But this isn't their s
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me say right up front that I loved this book. The writing was sensitive and held me captivated the entire time. Pax, an abandoned puppy, is the center of this story. He is found by Rick who becomes a ball player for the Braves. Pax then has to make room in his heart for Rick's wife Francesca. Rick goes off to war (WWII) and Pax is sent off to war as part of the Dogs for Defense program. He fights alongside Keller who has never known love until he meets Pax. After the war is over Keller reluc ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: dogs, first-reads
I won an ARC of this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaways (thank you very much) and I was anxious to read it since I had adored the author's previous novel, called The Dog Who Danced. This one, for me, was too slow. It took forever to set up the storyline and the conflict between the three main human characters, (and way too much of it was given away in the synopsis on the back cover, in my opinion.)

The dog scenes were quite well done and were the only thing that evoked any real feeling
Katie R. Herring
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yet another book my mother told me about. Do you see a theme here? This one she had only just read, of course.

Again, I love historical fiction-- I sound like a broken record at this point-- and this romance (can it be classified as a romance?) was a great piece of historical fiction. I also love dog books... You can see how this was a great mix of both.

I cried a lot. It's a happy, and very sad, novel. The ending was not what I expected, though it was the only ending that made sense, and the on
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Interesting dynamics between a husband and wife as well as another man that comes into temporary ownership of an amazing dog, Pax, when he is volunteered into the Army's K-9 Corp. I enjoyed the first part of the book, when Pax was rescued by Rick, and their life together. Then the middle of the book was when Pax went into the K-9 Corp and met his trainer/caretaker Keller. The last 3rd of the book is where I lost a little interest, in the "human" characters but NEVER Pax! What an amazing creature ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal-books
I have not been disappointed with any of her books, and this one was no exception. I really, really liked this. The dilemma about Pax sucked me in from the start and I had no idea how it was going to end. I love how the stories were told from the perspective of everyone, including Pax. I thought it was well done and now that I am finished, I see that it could not have ended any other way. I won't spoil the ending except to say that you will most likely want to have a Kleenex handy. This was a we ...more
Kathleen Smith
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
I just finished the ARC for A Man of his Own.
My favorite novel by Susan Wilson's ' The Dog Who Danced' but now I am in love again. She really has a way of getting into a Dogs heads and making their "voices" real...It would be so easy to have them be human like and they are not. A Man of his Own is a not to be put down read...So good
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read if you like dogs and how they interact in people's lives. You fall in love with the main character immediately and never lose that feeling. Throughout the book his role changes and he adapts beautifully but not without some challenges.
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"A Man of His Own" by Susan Wilson is an emotional story that takes place right before World War II, following three people and their connection to a dog that changes their lives forever. Rick Stanton is a professional baseball player who discovers a puppy and names him Pax. Francesca is a girl from Iowa who falls in love with Rick and becomes his wife, and in turn, adopts Pax as her own. Keller Nicholson become
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is set during World War II, it felt very contemporary in that, with a few modifications, Wilson could be telling the story of a couple touched by the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, a young soldier who also served time in combat, and the beloved dog who links them forever. As in previous books, Wilson tells the story from the perspective of all 4 main characters: semi-pro baseball player Rick, whose dreams of getting to the majors are interrupted when he is drafter; Francesca, wh ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most powerful books I have ever read. The writer's ability to interweave four characters lives without a reader becoming lost is nothing short of miraculous. Each character's lives are independent and yet when they intertwine it's as if pieces of a whole have finally come together with the dog (Pax) as the strongest link in their chain.

This story has many ups and downs, moments that leave a reader tearful and moments that leave you profoundly changed. Each character does't s
Brooke Starling
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nancy Evans
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4.5 stars. This author has woven a story together with a dog and it’s a wonderful story. It’s also an amazing dog. The story is about a young couple and war and how the aftermath of that war almost destroyed them. It’s also about a dog and his handler and how that dog brings all these people together when they need it most. My two fur babies aren’t near as intelligent as Pax but this story reminds me how they bring us together and make our families something special. A great dog ...more
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Born in Providence, RI, raised in Middlefield (Rockfall) Connecticut. Post High School Education, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT and Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT.
Married, two grown daughters and a granddaughter and two grandsons - plus four step grands.
Lives in Oak Bluffs, MA, on Martha's Vineyard.

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