I enjoyed this book. It certainly had a feel good factor about it. The author painted a good picture of the plot of the story. I could certainly get a sense of why the main character wanted to change his life and take control. An interesting premise that it took a stray dog to do that! The development of the relationship between him and the woman he met whilst on his journey was touching. An easy read that has a happy ending!
by Lenore Saville
What a fantastic book such an amazing story really pulls at the heart strings this is a book that can be read by all ages I highly recommend.
by Jeanie McKinlay
This is a truly heart-warming tale of starting over again.
Bill has lost everything on a failed business adventure. Saving some funds he escapes his elderly care home to start life fresh. On the way he meets a damaged dog, Butch, a Chinese lady and her cat, Bo.
Most importantly on they he learns more about himself and how the human spirit never stays down for long.
An easy read with a lovely happy ending.
by Fiona Yule
A wonderful story of two people finding each other in old age.
Robin Bentley, was in a nursing home after having lost his home and money helping out his son, depressed and with little interest in life, he decides he must escape. The morning he does leave, he meets an ornery old Bull Terrier, who follows him to a seaside caravan park where he plans to hide. He calls him Butch and they become best friends, giving Robin a purpose in life.
It turns out in the caravan next to his is an elderly Chinese woman and her cat Bo. The two of them become friends, looking out after each other, and both happier than they had been in a long while.
This book has a lot of little pearls of wisdom, as the two talk about their pasts and families. Both of them feeling they now have something to live for.
There is a lot more to this story, so I hope you will give it a read. It makes one, think, care, and get involved in their lives.
by Alison DuFlon-DeLeo
This is a charming, easy to read tale, about a man who leaves his care home, is estranged from his son and has a quiet adventure.
It's well written and his relationships with both a stray dog and a Chinese lady he meets are well told.
A lovely read with a happy ending.
by Sharon Adair
His wife has died, his son lives far away, and he hates living alone. When his son asks him to invest some money in a new enterprise, he does. When it fails, he loses his house. So he has to go to a nursing home...
Troubador Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can grab a copy now.
I spent a lot of time with my grandparents growing up. Now I'm getting older and see some signs on me that I saw on them. (Wrinkles for example.) I enjoy chatting with older people, they always have interesting stories. The old man featured in this tale has an interesting story, too.
He's to the point of considering suicide when he decides to run away from the home. He'll find himself a place to stay (he could always camp) and he'll figure out how to make it on his own. He has saved up money, checked where the cameras and guards are and he readies himself to make his escape.
The first obstacle he runs into is a dog who appears to be aggressive. He feeds him the sandwiches he had packed for himself and almost runs away. The dog follows but he's limping and not moving fast. When he gets to the caravan park, he pays for the one he rented and moves in with his few belongings. Soon the dog shows up. He tries to run him away, ignores him and eventually invites him in. He's got a friend now.
He meets the woman in the caravan next door. She has a cat. He likes her and they chat. He's spent half his savings on the dog who needed vet care. Now he has to worry about the dog and cat getting along.
This is a sweet tale of old people finding a companion late in life that gives them conversation, shared meals, and affection. They still have some rough spots ahead of them but with someone who cares it's often easier to get past the point of trouble.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was like visiting my grandparents again.
by Jo Ann Hakola
Not a usual book for me but i must say i did enjoy reading it and will be recommending it to friends!
by Sandra Blower
I really enjoyed Rosie, so jumped at the chance to read this book by the same author and I have to say it was equally brilliant, a heartwarming adventure for an elderly gentleman! This time the person escaping from a care home is Robin Bentley. He’s a widower who lost his home and all his savings to his son, Peter, leaving Robin depressed and feeling imprisoned. He plots his escape carefully, saving up cash to take with him as he journeys to stay in a seaside caravan. However, he certainly didn’t anticipate being joined on his travels by a frightening looking bull terrier who he calls Butch! As the two start their new adventure together it is a story of healing, reconnecting with life and forming a new friendship which gives meaning to existence.
It has great characters, lots of love and humour and is a superb, easy read that has an ending that will have you smiling. The homilies and quotes from the elderly Chinese lady, Lanying Hu, in the neighbouring caravan are snippets of wisdom for everyone. The The philosophy of the story is summarised at the end:
If you want to be happy for an hour, take a nap.
If you want to be happy for a day, go fishing.
If you want to be happy for a year, win a fortune.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime, care for someone.
What a great philosophy - hope you are all happy and care for someone! The final chapters show how love can help others change and there's a fantastic surprise for both Robin and Lanying courtesy of Robin's son! This is a fantastic story, really hope you get to read it and that you enjoy it as much as I did.
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
by Elaine Brent
A heartwarming, lovely and moving book. I found it moving and enjoyable at same time.
by Anna Maria Giacomasso
This is a tale of sadness, hope and eventually happiness.
Robin is a widower who is conned out of his home by his son and as a result suffers from depression and ends up living in a care home. He escapes and is befriend by an equally desperate dog on the run from the police, who think he is dangerous.
The story is of their adapting to each other and coping with what life throw at them.
I enjoyed this story as it shows whatever your situation, don't be afraid of doing anything different and take a change on lifes events.
I enjoyed this book and recommend it.
by Kathryn Travis
This is a book that will make you feel good. It made me feel warm inside.
As much as it is about a dog (and a cat) who saves a person, it is about two people learning to live again as they enter their waning years.
I smiled over Robin's initial escape. Later we learn about his new neighbor's literal escape.
It is a story about betrayal and friendship and opening one's heart.
I wanted to take my time with this book because I did not want it to end.
by Laura DogsMom-Roth
The Way Back by Bill Whiting is a delightful contemporary bittersweet tale about friendship, life and true treasure.
The focus of the novel is on two characters in their seventies, an ugly dog and an independent cat. They are a wonderful set of individuals that complement each other. They all moved into my heart.
Written in the first person from a male point of view, I immediately felt empathy for his plight and completely at home with the open, frank, engaging style. With a major theme of loneliness and a feeling of being past his prime, the reader could be forgiven for thinking this may be a depressing read – but far from it. It was full of humor, insights into character and snatches of wisdom gained over a lifetime. Hopefulness rises in the form of an ugly, battle scarred mutt in need of a helping hand. “Hope had bought me to this place, and I was staring into the gnarled face of hopelessness.”
Animals focus on others. We would be wise to learn from them. Dogs want and give unconditional love. “No better gloom buster than Butch’s waggly tail.” Dogs see beyond themselves. Cats are more independent but both bring joy and a new focus. “Happy people never count the hours.”
True friendship is priceless. “A good friend is a true and priceless blessing.” A friend is a true friend when all they want is to sit and be with you, they are not with you for their gain. The novel has a beautiful friendship of two people both in their twilight years. They support each other, picking the other up when they are down.
An elderly Chinese lady brings much wisdom into life. “When the wind blows, don’t build a wall – build a windmill.” When trouble comes, and it will, we can always choose how we respond.
We must live in the present. “The past has gone and we don’t get two goes. But we can change the future.” Too many of us miss the moment because we focus on our past. Be fully present in the present.
The Way Back is beautifully written. It is a unique read and one that I will treasure. I love Bill Whiting’s style of writing and I adored his previous novel, Rosie.
Give yourself a real treat – relax and unwind with The Way Back today, and reorganize your priorities.
by Julia Wilson
The story is so heart warming, with an escapee for an old people's home and his friendship with a Chinese window and a scrawny dog.
An emotive read, highlighting the loneliness that people feel and how friendships can help both people.
by Laura Jay
I loved this book! The author has written a wonderful story full of emotion. The story is heartwarming and charming. my friend us an administrator at an assisted living facility and I cant wait to get this book for her, she will love it. I will definitely be putting Bill Whiting on my list of favorite authors. Thank you netgalley for gifting me the arc of this amazing story. The review is my honest opinion
by Sheila Groves