"A Bridge for Christmas" from William Schwenn Receives outstanding Midwest Book Review
"From the masterful pen of William (Skip) Schwenn, comes a journey of love and tenderness, says Brighton Publishing"
Living alone in the North Carolina mountains, Dave lost his true love early in his marriage, and despite recently found companionship in two highly individual dogs, wonders if (or how) he will ever regain a reason for being. Gwen has followed a self-proclaimed mission to rescue animals from intolerable circumstances with an obsession that is spinning out of her control.
A pair of stray, starving hound dog siblings have escaped a meaningless existence, only to discover a world that is harsh and uncaring. A widow in Virginia is working through her own loneliness by forming a link in a multi-state dog rescue pipeline, while providing a community service opportunity for an at-risk teenage girl given a last chance by a criminal court judge. Life is throwing twists and obstacles in all their paths during the two months leading up to Christmas. It's a good thing the season of giving sometimes provides miracles: the lives of some of these wanderers will literally depend on it.
Along with key contributions by an Animal Control Officer, the High Sheriff, and several colorful mountain folks, "A Bridge for Christmas" is an intriguing interplay between characters whose life journeys have intersected in the most improbable ways.
Critique: An immediately engaging and deftly written novel by an author with a genuinely entertaining and distinctive narrative storytelling style, William Schwenn's "A Bridge for Christmas" is unreservedly recommended, especially for community library Contemporary General Fiction collections. It is also available in a digital book formats for $5.99..
Editorial Note: Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Schwenn, a former Clerk of federal bankruptcy court, is now retired and living in the company of his dogs in the mountains of North Carolina with his wife, Mary. They have devoted their lives to enhancing the welfare of dogs. They maintain a lifestyle that revolves around mutually rewarding activities with their furry partners. With this background, it is hardly surprising that the author's stories are told with abundant humor and keen insight into the minds and hearts of dogs, whose capacity for living fully "in the moment" is an invaluable lesson for all of us, and one they are happy to share.
William (Skip) Schwenn is also the author of (Blackie: An Odyssey of Furry Hearts, Dogs of Meadowbrook, and A Family Affair).available wherever fine books are sold.