The Dog Who Danced by Susan Wilson
Don't you love a good story with a happy ending? I know I do. There are a lot of pages of "not happy" but all turns out well in the end.
The Dog Who Danced
Justine Meade gets a call from her stepmother saying that her father is dying and can she come. Justine has been estranged for them for many years and with a lot of good reasons. Her father re-married and her step mother treated her terribly and her father did nothing to stop it. On a trip to Disney World, Justine plucks her eyebrows using a women's magazine as a guide and she spends the trip in the hotel room with only the TV for company. She was not allowed to go to Disney World. For plucking her eyebrows.
Her dog's name is Mack, a Sheltie. Her best friend and companion. And a dog that loves to stand on his hind legs and dance with her. Mack sticks by Justine like glue and always comes when called. He is a faithful friend.
At first Justine wasn't going to make the trip across country to see her father but a friend encouraged her to do so. Justine can't afford to fly - she had just paid a big vet bill for Mack. So she manages to hitch a ride with a trucker who is going from Seattle to Boston and charges her $300 for the ride. Along the way they stop at a rest stop to eat and shower. In the shower two women are in front of her and take their time so Justine is late getting back to the truck .... which has left without her with her dog inside. Justine is frantic and, with the help of strangers, manages to get another ride and another and finally to her father's house. Truckers she meet, using their cb's, try to find the truck that took off without Justine.
And to make matters worse, Mack is thrown out of the truck. Alas, what else can happen.
Luckily Mack is adopted by a wonderful, childless couple, and is given a good home.
pMeanwhile, Poor Justine is at her father's home - the step mother didn't want her to stay with them. But Justine insists on staying there and moves back into her old, very small room. Her step mothe keeps her busy with running errands. And tries to keep Justing away from her dying father as much as possible. Her father passes away.
Because of flyers that had been distributed, Justine finally locates Mack. A happy ending.
I enjoyed this book and think you will too. Happy reading.