Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh

Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn’t see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley’s life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Later, he’s brought to a local prison to be trained in a special program for female inmates. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds his freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.

Dan Walsh is known for page-turning, character driven novels. Fans of Dan’s other novels, as well as dog-lovers everywhere will especially enjoy Rescuing Finley.

My review:
  I rarely post book reviews on my blog of books that I was not sent for review. This book was a Christmas gift, but it is by one of my favorite authors and I loved the book so much; I decided I needed to post a review.

  I became an instant fan of Dan's books when I read his first novel, a Christmas book titled "The Unfinished Gift." Since  then, he has churned out several other books, each one a masterpiece that hasn't disappointed.

  This was one book I didn't know how much I'd like. The story revolves around dogs. I don't like dogs. In fact, I still harbor a fear of dogs most likely brought on my being bit on my face by one as a little kid. But Dan's books are always a great read, so I put it on my Christmas wish list.

  Can we just toss out that manta that men don't cry? For cry I did, but not sad tears. The book does have some sad moments, but it is such an emotional read that gives Karen Kingsbury a run for her money with her tear inducing books. The story revolves around three individuals:

Amy, a former drug addict serving three years for shoplifting.
Chris, a wounded vet with PSTD.
Finley, a dog without an owner.

  This book is absolutely an amazing story. Though fictional, it shows a bit of what our wounded vets have to go through and what it is like to deal with PSTD. It shows there is hope for any wounded person, no matter what kind of wounds, and it shows how dogs can be used to help vets dealing with PSTD. I really, really loved the book; and I read it through in one evening. This is a novel Walsh can be proud of, and would make a great read for military guys and their families. I highly recommend.

About the author:

Dan Walsh's debut novel, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 Carol Awards and has been published in several editions and different languages. It continues to be an Amazon bestseller during the Christmas season 5 years later and has sold over 50,000 copies.

With the sequel, The Homecoming, book reviewers began to liken Dan's writing to Nicholas Sparks. Dan's 3rd novel, The Deepest Waters, earned his 3rd Carol Award for Best Short Historical. His 4th novel, Remembering Christmas became his first national bestseller and was a finalist for Inspirational Book of the Year.

Since then, Dan has written 13 more novels, including a 4-book fiction series with Gary Smalley. The Discovery and The Reunion, both stand-alones, were also named finalists for RT's Inspirational Book of the Year and both have over 350 5-Star reviews on Amazon. The Reunion has also been optioned for full-length feature film.

Dan released his first indie-published novel, When Night Comes in Nov 2014. It is the first book in the Jack Turner suspense series. He plans to release the sequel early in 2016. He's also just released Rescuing Finley, the first in the Forever Home series, a new trilogy of books that will also feature dogs as a main character.

Dan lives in the Daytona Beach area with his wife, Cindi, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. They've been married for 38 years and have 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren.

Check out Dan's website at

Finding Finley was self-published and is available on the author's wesbite and