Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Will's Red Coat by Tom Ryan...Review & Giveaway!

I know I promised you guys a fictional book giveaway today and I will definitely get to that but first I want to share an absolutely wonderful non-fiction selection.  Will's Red Coat is an outstanding read and one that will melt your heart.  Here is the scoop on the latest from Tom Ryan....

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

42 comments:

Ann Walsh said...

I have had dogs practically my whole life. They all were extra special to me in their own ways. I currently own 2 boxers and they keep me entertained and busy. They are very smart dogs and I am always trying to stay one step ahead of them. I love my dogs.

Shelley P said...

I have a Chihuahua named Logan who is ball obsessed :) He is very loving, smart and silly. He makes me laugh everyday!

Shelley P said...

Commented on one of your FB posts as Shelley Joy

Steph said...

Three of my boys, Charlie, Jack, and Dexter are waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. But, I currently have 2 dogs, Bea a French Bulldog and Moe a Boxer. Both are very funny, loving, and incredibly stubborn. They are perfect. :)

Jackie said...

My current dog is Abby...and she thinks she's my third child.

Ken Ohl said...

Our beloved dog Danny who passed away still not over the loss

Anonymous said...

I have only had one dog in my 66 years. She was a Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog) named Sheba who was loved by all.

coup420 said...

My first dog was named Bear, we lived upstairs of my grandparents and Bear would always go downstairs to visit and get treats from my grandpa. I'd like to say my grandpa stole my dog lol but in reality it was two soul mates who met each other. When my grandparents moved Bear went with them because he would never leave my grandpa's side. My grandpa was bedridden and Bear lit up his life.

Jourdain Sanders said...

I have always loved stories about animals. This sounds like a very interesting book.

Donna Safford said...

What a great give-away! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I followed Will's story and definitely want to read the book. I'm sure it will bring joy to whoever wins!

Julie Lundstrom said...

We have a Beagle named Coco. I watched her for a neighbor while they went on a long vacation and when they got back she decided we were the one for her so she stayed and still with me.

Anonymous said...

We have a special baby who is 8 years old. A blessing as my husband is sick and he is his his guard dog. He will tell me if he gets worried about my husband. Sometimes I think he is human. We love him to death.

Julie Waldron said...

When I was growing up, we had a black Labrador Retriever named Zach. He was such a good dog, he used to watch for me when I walked home from school.

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Edye Nicole said...

My dog named "Zipper." She was a 3-legged lab and was so sweet <3

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Darcy Koch said...

When I was about 10 or 12 years old we had a collie named Lassie. Yes, she was named after the TV Lassie. She was beautiful. I was lost the day she got killed by a train.

LeAnn Harbert said...

I have 2 Chihuahuas Dixie and Spot.

iggysaysno said...

Our dogs are Jade & Kayla. Jade is an attention hog and Kayla is a snuggler.

Susan Smoaks said...

my dog samantha was awesome. she was perfect. she died but she will always be my favorite.

Katie Hyatt said...

My current dog Bailey is my best friend

Em Mahr said...

Guinness was my beloved Cocker Spaniel. He was a special part of our family for 9 years until his passing last year.

Em Mahr said...

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Gabrielly Margutti said...

I love stories about animals. This sounds like an interesting book.

wen budro said...

I just unexpectedly lost my dog companion, Missy, on 3/10. So, I'm still deep in the grief and guilt stage. It does help to read stories about dogs- and other human companions- who love their dogs and are confronted with dilemmas and the degrees of loss and heartbreak.

Heather Marocco said...

Littleman

Anonymous said...

I miss Taffy!

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slb3334 said...

not my dog but my housemate has a sweet dog named Dixie. She can tell when I'm having a rough day and cuddles up to me.

trichie said...

My furbaby is Zoey

Nancy said...

Our most beloved dog was our West Highland White Terrier named Charlie. He was so loving and loyal.

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Amber C said...

I used to have a dog named Brandy. She grew up with me and was so loveable playful and kind. She passed away but miss her lots and always in my heart.

Jaime said...

Sandy was a yellow lab i had as a kid. She will always be special to me.

Philip Lawrence said...

My friend when I was growing up was Pooch but she died when she was 12 years old and I have never replaced her with another dog.

Charlene S. said...

My chihuahua Cujo is a sweetheart and brings me joy everyday.

Trish said...

My dog Abby is the sweetest girl imaginable. She is a rescued pup and she is so happy and so loving!

James Coyne said...

I had a dog named fuzzy when i was younger . He was a good dog

Tina Woo said...

When I was young we used to play with a neighbors dog, Lady, who would show up at our house every morning. Turns out she was so lonely at home she'd somehow scale a 6 foot gate to escape to come visit us. Her owner finally tracked her to our house and asked my parents if we just wanted to keep her because she obviously was happier at our house.

And no, she never ever escaped over our gate.

Rhonda Fuller said...

Dogs bring so much joy to your life! I have always had them and wish I could adopt them all :(

lana simanovicki said...

I have a mini pincher

kat said...

Well there were 3 of my furbabies, Schultz ( Bless him) passed a while ago, Cody who will tell you when it is time to eat and Zoe who is very quiet and loves to sleep.

Renee Rousseau said...

I will always have a soft spot in my heart for our childhood Irish Setter Mikey.

Stacy said...

I've had a series of beagles in my life.

Darlene said...

My favorite dog is Lady she is sickly now but we still love her.