Holiday Blues

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the story of a boy and his dog; matt is a typical teenager; del a happy but ageing canine. holiday plans are disrupted when, at the last minute, the dog minder lets them down and del finds himself taken for a surprise trip. More

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Words: 10,300
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301305377
About Rosemary J. Peel

Hi, my name is Rosemary. My nationality is English although my parentage stems from Celtic roots. My main passion is writing but I also paint, mostly in oils. I am first and foremost a wife, mother and grandmother; previously a practical, down to earth business woman - now retired. Born dyslexic into an academically oriented family in the days before the disability was recognised, early years were not easy. But having to prove myself to myself, has stood me in good stead and toughened my character. I knew I could write - even if I couldn't spell. My fear of reading in public led to the development of a keen memory. My inborn love of the written word helped me to overcome my disability and eventually to become a mainstream published author. I am now trying my hand at e-publishing. My writings include adult fiction, astrological books, poetry and children’s stories. Although not as young as I used to be, I hope I still remain ‘young at heart', always able to hold up my hand to a firm belief in the magic of childhood - not the J. K. Rowling kind (although I adore both the books and films), but rather the wonderment of the Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy years. I love children and equate to them, some may say because deep down I have never entirely grown up. To tell the truth, I hope I never really do.

Besides the Facebook URL above I have another page under the name of Percy Prickles and Friends. This is where I showcase my e-books and update my readers with news and information.

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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Aug. 13, 2015 :
This is a great book, with a couple of important lessons to teach. Not only are the characters believeable, but the way Matt learns from his experiences and grows as the story progresses happens at the perfect pace.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Al Molaison on Feb. 21, 2014 :
A teenaged boy and his dad are going on vacation to spend quality time together. This seems an unlikely framework for a story that initiates young Matt into the world of experience.
The holiday start is changed when the family's pet dog is left without a handler. Fortunately, the Dad's girlfriend has some connections and arranges for accommodations that accept pets. The site is near her family home.
Self-centered, pouty Matt takes it badly and shows his disappointment---the trip nearly ends as it begins.
But Matt's trip into young adulthood begins. He begins by gaining some self-control, adjusting as needed. He meets a girl and learns of young love; he acts daringly but foolishly to protect his dog Del; he recognizes that futures don't happen--they have to be planned for. And finally, he learns that family can expand--that a Dad can take a new wife and still be the same loving Father.
What I liked especially about the story was the use of language to create a sense of rhythm for the story. The pace was appropriate for Matt's journey into young adulthood--not sudden, not rushed--but a natural sequence of events.
Just read the book---it's enjoyable and touching.
(review of free book)

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