October 6, 2020
Hardcover, paperback, Kindle
September 20, 2020
OUR BEST FRIENDS NEVER TRULY LEAVE … THEY AWAIT US AT THE BRIDGE.
Set mostly in Arizona and spanning 30 years, Rainbow Bridge tells the story of Nathan Wilkinson’s life through the lens of his dogs: At each juncture of Nathan Wilkinson’s life, he experiences friendship, guidance and personal growth from his canine companions. Frisco the border-beagle. Shiloh the German shepherd. Lindsay the mini schnauzer. Georgie the Belgian Malinois and military war dog. Labs Zooey and Boomer. Jackson captures the truth that every dog in our lives is different, and achieves greatness in unique ways. Nathan shares countless adventures, love and companionship, throughout his life with his dogs, and ultimately, the heartache of loss. An unexpected tragedy provides him the opportunity for a brief but joyous reunion.
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The story covers the fictional life of protagonist Nathan Wilkinson, from a young toddler to an older adult, with emphasis on the dogs that were a part of his life. There were several dogs throughout those years, all different, yet each loved by Nathan. Each dog has a particular reason for being in Nathan’s life, from a dog’s perspective.
If this was simply a story about a boy and his dogs, it would be a good story. However, when you add in the element of Rainbow Bridge – that place where all beloved pets wait for their masters to come and pick them up on the way to heaven – it turns into a great story.
As I mentioned, each dog is placed in Nathan’s life for a particular reason. We’re not privy to what that reason is until it is upon us. The “placement” of the dogs is done by a very special dog. Saying more would reveal spoilers, so you’ll have to read the story to find out what is so special about that dog.
I think the author really captures the typical relationship between a boy and his dog(s) as he progresses from toddler to young boy to teenager, and up through being a parent. The relationship is not always the same. I know it to be true because it happened that way with me and the dogs in my life.
If you think this is a book that will tug at the heart strings – you’re right. It does. But it tugs at all the strings, not just the sad ones. There is a lot of joy in this story, as well as the inevitable sadness that follows. If a book can really move a reader emotionally, then the author did a great job. This, too, is the case in Rainbow Bridge. I admit that my eyes watered once at some point in the story.
Technically, the book is well edited. The story arcs for the main characters were good, with a few surprises along the way. The pacing kept me fully engaged from the beginning, and each dog seemed to have his/her own climax in the story, which I enjoyed very much.
The biggest surprise to me was the ending. I never saw it coming, and I was a little surprised that the author chose that ending. However, it did put closure on the story, and I finished it as a satisfied reader.
I heartily recommend this book to all pet lovers, particularly those that have shared their life with canine companions. You won’t be disappointed!
About the Author
Dan V. Jackson is a writer, a family man, and dog owner. He enjoys running, golf, and football, and is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. He earned his BA in 1982 and an MBA in 1984,both from the University of Chicago, and has over thirty-five years’ experience as a financial consultant. Mr. Jackson lives outside of Dallas, Texas, in the fast-growing community of Frisco, with his wife, Cheryl. Fortunately, his three dogs, Abby, Bella, and Sammie, are there
to provide companionship and entertainment. Rainbow Bridge is his second novel. His first novel, The Forgotten Men, was published by Mediaguruz in 2012. Learn more about Dan and his beloved dogs at https://danvjackson.com.
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