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Nop's Hope: A Novel Kindle Edition
After her husband and daughter are killed in a car accident, Penny Burkeholder leaves her Shenandoah Valley home with her eighteen-month-old border collie, Hope, the only friend she has left in the world. Together, they make their way across the country in a battered pickup, earning money by doing ranch work and competing in sheepdog trials. One dream keeps the grieving young widow going: to compete at the national finals in Wyoming and turn Hope into a winner.
Filled with fascinating detail about sheepdog trials and the uncanny closeness that develops between canine and human team members, Nop’s Hope evokes the quiet beauty of the back roads and ranches of the American West and brings to life unforgettable characters, both human and canine, including Hope’s sire, Nop.
From School Library Journal
Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B00L8FBDCU
- Publisher : Open Road Media; 1st edition (July 15, 2014)
- Publication date : July 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2706 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 195 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #804,692 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story paints a picture of the trust and communication between a stockdog and it's handler while also exploring the grieving process of a family who has lost loved ones.
Is this a story about dogs and the dog fancy? Yes. Is this a story about loss and grief and pain? Yes. Is this a story about the loss and redemption of hope and faith? Yes. Is this a marvelously written story? Absolutely.
It is not as good a story as "Nop's Trials", that is McCaig's best book, and truly one of the best dog stories ever written!
Trying to top, or even equal that effort, has to be a daunting task.
I have all of Donald McCaig's books that are related to Border Collies, and I can honestly say that I've enjoyed all of them.
I'd most likely, rate "Nop's Hope" higher, had I not read "Nop's Trials" first; which it is my favorite.