Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan...Review & Giveaway!
A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.
Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.
Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.
With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed, and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppy-like zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus's fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.
A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will's Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.
My Thoughts: Oh boy...this book is a gem. I had read (and loved!) Following Atticus so I was already a fan of Tom Ryan. I couldn't wait to read about Tom and Atticus's new friend, Will. The story of Will kind of broke my heart. Imagine an elderly pup left at a kill shelter by the only family he ever knew while he struggles with a multitude of health problems including deafness and near blindness. How terrifying! I love that Tom Ryan took on his plight and brought Will to his home to live out his final days in beautiful New Hampshire (my neighbor state!) along with sweet Atticus.
Watching Tom power through the early days when Will arrived terrified and aggressive was moving and a testament to his patient nature. It also gave even more meaning to the power of love and commitment when Will lived on much longer than was expected. You have to believe in the healing power of love and companionship after reading this book. I loved every moment of Will's journey and the book provided me with so many words of wisdom about life and how it pertains to others...no matter if they are humans or animals. Tom Ryan inspires others to be better. Read this book and learn from Tom Ryan. I guaranty you will be moved and inspired.
You can purchase this book from a local bookstore or from the Harper Collins website HERE.
I also want to note that Tom Ryan is currently on a book tour and you can find dates on his Facebook page HERE. I am hoping to get to his Portland stop this weekend!!
I am delighted to tell you that Harper Collins is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of Will's Red Coat. Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway