The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances

A Novel

An engaging novel about finding fellow animals who bring a deeper sense of home and healing.

By Ellen Cooney Read by Susie Berneis Fiction English, Unabridged 10h 8m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although she's supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. That's what she signed up for - never mind that she lied and doesn't know the first thing about animals. Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things she's learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time he's adopted, and the rottweiler who's a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: "Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever." As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself.

"A story filled with poignant tales of harrowing dog rescues will appeal to anyone who has ever loved a dog, and Berneis makes the emotionally damaged Evie both credible and likable." - AudioFile

"The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances is both a joyful romp and a wise, engaging meditation on dogs, love, and recovery from pain. Come. Sit. Read!" - Lily King, author of The Pleasing Hour and Father of the Rain

"Is there such a thing as a Rescue Book? Well, there is now. This is a miracle of a book. It's even a spiritual handbook. And it is for readers young and old and all of the in-between. Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness. If Cooney needs someone to convince her to write a sequel, I volunteer." - Gail Godwin, author of Evensong and Unfinished Desires

"The real genius of this story is in all the things it doesn't tell you, all the things it assumes you already know - and turns out, you do! - which leaves much more space to be taken up by what really matters: the marvelous canines. Any dog-lover - any person-lover - will be moved (nearly to the point of slobbering) by this warm, funny, heart-expanding book." - Pam Houston, author of Sight Hound and Contents May Have Shifted

"A young woman who knows she's lost, and an older woman who doesn't think she is, meet a slew of castaway dogs at a snowy, mountaintop sanctuary, and discover what they didn’t even know they were looking for. A charming novel about overcoming the past and finding meaning and purpose in the present." - Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse

“The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances is a jubilant, wise celebration of love, reciprocal between human and canine, in ways profound, moving, and soul saving. Readers will long remember the central humans in this tale - Evie, Mrs. Auberchon, and Giant George - along with the exquisitely drawn cast of rescued dogs who, in their own delightful, mysterious, and silent ways, heal their rescuers wounds. Ellen Cooney has written a funny, joyous, and heartrending book that insists intelligence and kindness must win out over ignorance and cruelty. Exploring the human and canine hearts with equal doses of wisdom and wit, Mountaintop is surely a book to be read and reread preferably with your dog nestled by your side.” - Connie May Fowler, author of Remembering Blue

“What if James Herriot had written The Shining, but starring Bridget Jones? These pages are that much fun, and that harrowing, and that sweetly tender. Dog by dog by dog by Evie, the star-crossed protagonist, practically a stray herself, we come to understand that we're all a little bit un-adoptable, a little bit misused, and ready for sure for some loving kindness, the kind that surpasseth understanding, and that only dog can give.” - Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants and Writing Life Stories