Troubador The Way Back

Released: 28/10/2018

ISBN: 9781789015881

eISBN: 9781789012484

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Way Back


After losing his home and savings to his lying son, widower Robin Bentley has a breakdown and is consigned to a care home for the elderly. He’s deeply depressed and has lost himself. As his health improves, he feels imprisoned and decides he must escape. 

While sneaking away, his path is blocked by a scary, battle-worn bull terrier, which is being hunted by the police. Very frightened, Robin distracts its attention with food from his rucksack, and then hurriedly makes the long walk to his planned hideaway at a seaside caravan park. But the fearsome beast follows him relentlessly...

He curses his luck, but in time, realises the dog is a fellow fugitive and takes pity on it. At great sacrifice, he takes care of it and grows to love his ugly companion.

An elderly Chinese widow, living with her cat in an adjacent caravan, is very alarmed by the arrival of her scary-looking new neighbours. Many trials and misfortunes follow, and the dark side of life battles with love and companionship, to shape their future.

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

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