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Step into the small
Irish village of Galbally, where the unwitting Spencer stumbles headfirst into
a parallel world that will test his will, sanity, and even physical well-being.
Time and promise are
running out. Will unnatural forces and events scare Spencer away before he can
connect again with the mysterious dog? Will he find his way forward before
Shandy meets her inevitable fate? Or will suspicious locals and a nefarious
Dublin innkeeper force Spencer from the village before he completes his
Follow Spencer as he
races to save a little Irish dog named Shandy. If he only realized that it is
Shandy who is trying to save him...
I’m not sure how to describe this book. There is no question
it was an enjoyable read. The words flowed like water. The book has intertwining
stories and yet they are never once confusing. And the main character, Spencer,
became someone almost anyone could identify with.
However... would a black and white thinker like me ever believe
such an Irish story. Of course not...and yet...it all fit together somehow. One
of those enjoyable stories where enveloping every idea or even being able to
agree with everything just doesn’t really matter.
This is Douglas Solvie’s debut novel. He was afraid he
wouldn’t have the imagination. Well, I’m the “prove it to me” kind and I loved
every moment of it. Write some more.
read an excerpt...
“Good morning,” Spencer greeted her. “Do you remember me?”
The woman stood in the doorway and did not respond immediately. “No, I can’t say I do,” she finally said with a blank expression.
Spencer felt a wave of dizziness overtake him.
“I was here a couple of days back and dropped off that little dog, which you kindly took from me,” he said desperately. “Anyway, I have been worried about her and wanted to make certain that everything had turned out all right.”
“I’m sorry,” the woman said warily, “I really don’t know what you’re talking about or who you are. You must have made some kind of mistake. We don’t have a dog and never have. And I’ve certainly never seen you before.”
Spencer was incredulous, his smile falling slowly. He also felt a little defiant.
“Excuse me, but I was here just two days ago. I told you I had found a stray dog that I didn’t know what to do with, and you agreed to take her from me. You said your husband would deal with the matter once he got home that night.”
“Listen, you have obviously made a mistake,” the woman said. Spencer winced inside; the woman was now the defiant one. “I have a husband, but I have no idea what you are talking about. Are you sure it wasn’t some other house?”
For a moment Spencer thought he might have gone crazy. He peered through the door, and though he could hear the sound of children inside, he could not see them.
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