Sunday, June 24, 2012

Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw

"Earlier that morning, she'd had a home.  But now, all that was left on the property was a dog.  Luanne could see him sitting there all alone as her husband urged the old station wagon up the grassy hill with no driveway.  A fall storm might enough to rip the sheets off the line had kicked up and the blue nylon pup tent they'd been living in was gone.  Luanne thought about that for a moment, but when you've been through a lot, a tent seemed insignificant.  In truth, she was more concerned about the dog."  

So begins Peggy Frezon's latest publication, Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw - How One Woman Finds Faith and Hope through the Healing Love of Animals.   Peggy shares the story of her mother, Luanne, as she plows through her dream of living in Vermont and enjoying a simple life.  Dealing with neurotic animals, daily struggles, and country life mishaps, Luanne sticks with her dream to live the life she has envisioned. 

If you are an animal lover, like me, then you will certainly enjoy this book.  It also encompasses that quintessential dream of living the country life.  I think more people share this specific dream than might care to admit.  Peggy has a unique talent of connecting with readers as she writes about that wonderful bond  between people and animals.  

I would like to share this book, that Peggy sent me, with one of my readers.  If you would like to receive a copy to read, just leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about country life.  As you live it, or imagine it! 

I will announce a winner on Tuesday! 

25 comments:

  1. this isn't to enter your giveaway...just to comment on my favorite thing about living in the country...freedom! freedom from pollution, freedom from crappy tasting water, freedom from vehicle noise, freedom from cramped spaces, freedom from being a little to close to my neighbors, freedom to have chickens if I'd like, freedom to have lots of dogs and cats, freedom to be FREE!

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  2. Sounds like an amazing book to read!

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  3. This is a book after my own heart! We moved out to the country in our mid 20's to raise our family in the fresh air with freedom to roam the woods, swim in mountain streams and have country values. And of course, have lots of animal friends! Children learn so many things from animals; kindness, compassion, loyalty. That's what I love about Country Life. xx

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  4. That book looks inspirational! My favorite thing about living on our small farm place in Oregon is -- room to be myself. Our garden is wild and "volunteer" but I love it. We have space between neighbors, some ground to call our own. If we want to build a chicken house, we don't have to ask anyone's permission. I think people need some dirt of their own, it's good for us. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. I would love to read this book! Please enter my name in this :) My favorite part about country life? I am not there yet...its my dream to get there. But i do the best I can where ever I am. :)

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful book! I love the peace in the country and lack of human noises.

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  7. The beauty of nature, the quiet mornings interrupted by the sound of a rooster across the way, or perhaps a donkey's bray. The peace I dreamed of and found in the country.

    It is so nice of you to do this and I realize the book must be really good, so I will get it regardless.

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  8. That sounds like a great read!!

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  9. Isn't it amazing how a pet can sure make you feel good?
    Sounds like a great book to read..
    I love the simple things about a farm..like, how our granddaughter loves to go to the farm and pick up what she calls (treasures) out of the ol' sandy roads. I love seeing the fruits of our labor and being able to eat them as well...It is so nice for our family to enjoy so many things around the farm...fishing, hog hunting, picnics, and just surrounding ourselves with God's Beauty...
    Hugs...
    have a great day..

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  10. Wow right now some friends of ours are selling their place in the country. I have always dreamed of living in it but now I think it's too late. I don't think we have the energy to keep a place up. i do love to dream of quiet space, chickens clucking, and of course the garden. I'd love to enter.

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  11. There is something special about life in the country that is common right across North America.

    I like to call it the saner side of life. :)

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  12. I spent many summers in a house in our countryside: I was young, busy and happy there. Not sure if it was the country or the age!

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  13. You have the best book suggestions, Michelle! My favorite thing about living in the country is the sound of animals greating me as soon as I set foot out the back door in the morning. Thanks for the chance to win this.

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  14. oh this sounds like a super book! let's see, what i love about country life....first of all, my husband and i are both from san diego. i've always felt that geographically i was born in the wrong place, and era actually. i've always loved the simpleness of the country that i gathered from my addiction to little house on the prairie and it just multiplied once we started having children. i told my husband, let's move, to the country, to another state, far from here! it all went so smoothly like it was meant to be. we ended up in a rural area of missouri, living on 200 acres. then my husband's job moved us to georgia, about an hour outside of atlanta, then we were relocated up here to virginia, another rural area outside of roanoke. while we don't live on a farm, i appreciate the small town, country feel, the genuine niceness of people. people who are less materialistic than where i come from. i love that no matter where we go, my kids always see friends. it can take eons to shop at kroger because you run into so many people you know! and to quote my daughter's tweet from the other night "The country boys that come into work always show way more respect than any other types of guys"
    sorry for the novel!

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  15. Sounds like a great book for us animal lovers! I have to say my favorite part of living in the country is letting our pets run free. The only fence on the property is to keep the deer out of the garden. The cats come and go from the house to the barn as they please, and our Max has never been on a leash in his life. Freedom and peace and quiet it's our little piece of heaven!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  16. Thanks for the heads up on the book....I am a kindle reader so don't put me in the bag:)

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  17. indian runner ducks screaming their head off while you are trying to get an extra 20 minutes in bed in the morning
    thats what I love about the country x

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  18. Lying on my back, far away from the city glow, counting stars. I never finish.

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  19. Hello.
    I'm a follower from Brazil. I'm not sure if I could join in this contest. Anyway I really like the blog, country life and your comments about book.

    Before I forget the most thing I liked in country life is how could you feel good working with the nature. The

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  20. Sounds like a wonderful book and a great giveaway -- please don't enter me though, I have a stack of books I haven't gotten to in over a year! :)

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  21. Hi Michelle this book sounds wonderful.
    I love the country with only the sound of the birds when I wake up outside my window welcoming me into their world of beauty and peace.I jump out of bed look out my window and watch the deer run across the field and stop and stare my way for just a moment as if to say Hi and have a good day. There is nothing like it. B

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  22. Oh how can I pick just one favorite thing about the country life? I guess that my kids can run around free to explore without worries.

    This book sounds great!

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  23. My favorite thing about country life is that it is real and not full of pretenses :)

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