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A wise and heartwarming first novel about families, love lost and found, and a scrappy three-legged dog who is trying to find his way back home as Christmas approaches. Roam features a seven-part soundtrack—composed and performed by the author—accessible online and embedded in the eBook. They say you never forget your first love . . . Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Ne A wise and heartwarming first novel about families, love lost and found, and a scrappy three-legged dog who is trying to find his way back home as Christmas approaches. Roam features a seven-part soundtrack—composed and performed by the author—accessible online and embedded in the eBook. They say you never forget your first love . . . Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Nelson is a bright-eyed, inquisitive half beagle, half poodle. He lives with Katey and Don, newlyweds whose marriage is straining under the pressures of domesticity, but Katey’s devotion to Nelson buoys the pup even as he worries his home may be falling apart. But there are few things Nelson likes better than to follow a scent, and one day he follows his nose and gets lost . . . very lost. Though he searches frantically for Katey—and she for him—Nelson can’t seem to find his way home, and he soon realizes that if he’s ever to see his great love again, he must make his way on his own and try to survive in the wild. Over the course of eight years, Roam follows Nelson as he crosses the country searching for his family. For a time he rides shotgun with a truck driver named Thatcher, then he lives in the woods with a pack of wolves. A terrible accident takes his hind leg, but Nelson’s strength and longing to find Katey keep him alive. Escaping death in a shelter, Nelson grows into an old dog with a cynical eye and a world-weary demeanor, but underneath it all, a fearless and courageous spirit. After all, he believes that one day he’ll make it home . . . and maybe, just maybe, he will. . . . Much more than the story of one dog’s incredible journey, this is a deeply moving story of survival and enduring love, which once again confirms the unbreakable bond between humans and their best friends. In the tradition of The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Roam is an unforgettable tale of love lost and found, the trials that test families, and an affirmation that no matter how far or how long you may travel, there’s always a place you can call home.


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A wise and heartwarming first novel about families, love lost and found, and a scrappy three-legged dog who is trying to find his way back home as Christmas approaches. Roam features a seven-part soundtrack—composed and performed by the author—accessible online and embedded in the eBook. They say you never forget your first love . . . Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Ne A wise and heartwarming first novel about families, love lost and found, and a scrappy three-legged dog who is trying to find his way back home as Christmas approaches. Roam features a seven-part soundtrack—composed and performed by the author—accessible online and embedded in the eBook. They say you never forget your first love . . . Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Nelson is a bright-eyed, inquisitive half beagle, half poodle. He lives with Katey and Don, newlyweds whose marriage is straining under the pressures of domesticity, but Katey’s devotion to Nelson buoys the pup even as he worries his home may be falling apart. But there are few things Nelson likes better than to follow a scent, and one day he follows his nose and gets lost . . . very lost. Though he searches frantically for Katey—and she for him—Nelson can’t seem to find his way home, and he soon realizes that if he’s ever to see his great love again, he must make his way on his own and try to survive in the wild. Over the course of eight years, Roam follows Nelson as he crosses the country searching for his family. For a time he rides shotgun with a truck driver named Thatcher, then he lives in the woods with a pack of wolves. A terrible accident takes his hind leg, but Nelson’s strength and longing to find Katey keep him alive. Escaping death in a shelter, Nelson grows into an old dog with a cynical eye and a world-weary demeanor, but underneath it all, a fearless and courageous spirit. After all, he believes that one day he’ll make it home . . . and maybe, just maybe, he will. . . . Much more than the story of one dog’s incredible journey, this is a deeply moving story of survival and enduring love, which once again confirms the unbreakable bond between humans and their best friends. In the tradition of The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Roam is an unforgettable tale of love lost and found, the trials that test families, and an affirmation that no matter how far or how long you may travel, there’s always a place you can call home.

30 review for Roam: A Novel with Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    I am an unashamed dog lover, so this story seemed tailor made for me. And to a large extent it was. Nelson is a half beagle,half poodle. Told largely from his point of view, we follow him on his journey through life. We are also treated to the stories of the people and animals that populate his life. Nelson's story of course pulled on the heart strings as he embarks on what started to be a short adventure but turns into a life lived largely as a stray.He is a plucky soul and while his cir I am an unashamed dog lover, so this story seemed tailor made for me. And to a large extent it was. Nelson is a half beagle,half poodle. Told largely from his point of view, we follow him on his journey through life. We are also treated to the stories of the people and animals that populate his life. Nelson's story of course pulled on the heart strings as he embarks on what started to be a short adventure but turns into a life lived largely as a stray.He is a plucky soul and while his circumstances change often and usually not for the better, he maintains a strong will to survive. The ending while predictable was satisfying. The author is a composer and this was his first venture into writing. Not a bad first effort. He also composed music to go along with his story and included links embedded in the book. I would have liked to listen to the music, but either my smartphone wasn't up to the task or my tech-challenged self didn't do something right. I recommend this book to animal lovers. Those seeking a story strictly based on known facts of dogs will be disappointed.It is fiction, not a fact based account.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayme(the ghost reader)

    This was a total impulse buy for me. I read the summary and I thought, aww it is a journey about a dog and the hardships he endures. When I started reading this book, I had no idea the emotional rollercoaster I would be on. From the moment I met Nelson until the end of the book, my heart strings were attached to Nelson. I loved how "Nelson" described emtions in scents. I never thought of it that way. I cheered when he found a home with Katey and she was his "Great Love". Then he escap This was a total impulse buy for me. I read the summary and I thought, aww it is a journey about a dog and the hardships he endures. When I started reading this book, I had no idea the emotional rollercoaster I would be on. From the moment I met Nelson until the end of the book, my heart strings were attached to Nelson. I loved how "Nelson" described emtions in scents. I never thought of it that way. I cheered when he found a home with Katey and she was his "Great Love". Then he escaped and the emotional journey he took while roaming. I was pleased to see he found some human friends to take him in. I liked Thatcher. I felt he had a good heart. Nelson befriended an old man named Herbert and saved the man's life and losing his leg in the process. Then he ended up at the shelters. He lived with wolves. I wasn't sure if the wolves would take him in. I thought it was adoreable when he met "Lucy" another stray like himself. Then he finally found a family and the dog was happy. I cheered when he found and reunited with his Great Love. I never cried so much reading a book. If you have pets or even love dogs, you MUST read this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I love dogs and love books, so it follows that I must love books about dogs. Well, not really….at least not all the time. I really wanted to like Roam more. It has such a cute cover – reminds me of a mutt we rescued and named Tramp. And I knew it would deliver up a tear-jerker happy ending. I just found the whole story of Nelson’s life a little too hard to believe. Nelson, a half beagle/half poodle mix had the perfect life after being bought as a puppy by Katey – his Great Love. But Katey’s husb I love dogs and love books, so it follows that I must love books about dogs. Well, not really….at least not all the time. I really wanted to like Roam more. It has such a cute cover – reminds me of a mutt we rescued and named Tramp. And I knew it would deliver up a tear-jerker happy ending. I just found the whole story of Nelson’s life a little too hard to believe. Nelson, a half beagle/half poodle mix had the perfect life after being bought as a puppy by Katey – his Great Love. But Katey’s husband leaves the gate open when she is on a concert tour and Nelson ends up lost and traveling the country. He is adopted a couple of times, saves an elderly man who has a stroke by standing in the road to flag down help – and that’s how he ends up losing 1 of his legs after a motorcycle hits him. But that doesn’t get Nelson down. He goes on to be adopted into a wolf pack and after he leaves them, manages to travel from Montana to California on those 3 legs. I am almost laughing as I recall the improbable adventures of Nelson over an 8-year period. Why 2 stars? Well I did get my happy ending. And I have to credit Alan Lazar with reminding everyone of the importance of micro-chipping your pets and spaying and neutering. If you are wanting to read a great dog story, I would suggest The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford or Call of the Wild by Jack London.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kate Jackson

    Okay all you dog-lovers, this one is for you. And bring your tissues with you. Told from the point of view of the dog, this is the story of Nelson, a beagle-poodle mix and his life from puppy-hood through a series of adventures that, well, let's just say that's what the tissues are for. That being said, the writing is never maudlin or melodramatic; the author is telling like it is, dog-wise, in a matter-of-fact style that lets the action unfold smoothly and allows the reader to bring the emotion Okay all you dog-lovers, this one is for you. And bring your tissues with you. Told from the point of view of the dog, this is the story of Nelson, a beagle-poodle mix and his life from puppy-hood through a series of adventures that, well, let's just say that's what the tissues are for. That being said, the writing is never maudlin or melodramatic; the author is telling like it is, dog-wise, in a matter-of-fact style that lets the action unfold smoothly and allows the reader to bring the emotion to the reading experience. One lovely feature of the e-book is a series of songs composed by the author that end sections of the book (the first one is how the author/composer envisions the smell of grass in musical form). All in all, a great read that will make you want to hug your own dog for about ten minutes straight when you are finished.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Some of the other reviews of this book make me shake my head in wonder...so I guess I'll start with what I thought was the obvious: it's FICTION. The author wrote a book and chose to narrate it through the eyes of a dog. Obviously he has taken some liberties there...I think it's safe to say that nobody knows what a dog thinks see or smells at every moment of the day. So, it's fiction. And it's cute. It's got some farfetched story lines, but it's still cute. The dog, Nelson, is incredibly loveabl Some of the other reviews of this book make me shake my head in wonder...so I guess I'll start with what I thought was the obvious: it's FICTION. The author wrote a book and chose to narrate it through the eyes of a dog. Obviously he has taken some liberties there...I think it's safe to say that nobody knows what a dog thinks see or smells at every moment of the day. So, it's fiction. And it's cute. It's got some farfetched story lines, but it's still cute. The dog, Nelson, is incredibly loveable and wonderful and that made the book move quickly for me. Personally, I enjoyed it. But, I took it out of the library with the understanding that it was a STORY. I wasn't looking for an explanation or any insight into canine behavior...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen & Gerard

    Talk about not being able to put a book down; I finished this book in one day (and I work full time). Yes, to me it's that good! ROAM by Alan Lazar is about a dog named Nelson who has a very nice home with a loving owner named Katey (his first owner). One day the gate is left open and Nelson just wants to go exploring. What a great book this is! Nelson goes and finds different places and meets new people. It's a great tale! If you enjoyed the "Art of Racing" I think you will love this book. I cr Talk about not being able to put a book down; I finished this book in one day (and I work full time). Yes, to me it's that good! ROAM by Alan Lazar is about a dog named Nelson who has a very nice home with a loving owner named Katey (his first owner). One day the gate is left open and Nelson just wants to go exploring. What a great book this is! Nelson goes and finds different places and meets new people. It's a great tale! If you enjoyed the "Art of Racing" I think you will love this book. I cried over this book like I cried over "Dewey, the Library Cat" but I loved both these books. This is my favorite read for this month so far. (Gerard's review)

  7. 4 out of 5

    manatee

    While I liked the travel plot and the main character of the little scrappy Nelson, I thought the writing style was just god-awful clumsy and obvious. This author has some good ideas,but boy does he need an editor and really more experience as a writer. His style is monotonous because all the sentences are about the same length and contain the same pattern. (Perhaps this was a stylistic choice to convey the dog's thought pattern?) What possible difference would the music make? Per While I liked the travel plot and the main character of the little scrappy Nelson, I thought the writing style was just god-awful clumsy and obvious. This author has some good ideas,but boy does he need an editor and really more experience as a writer. His style is monotonous because all the sentences are about the same length and contain the same pattern. (Perhaps this was a stylistic choice to convey the dog's thought pattern?) What possible difference would the music make? Perhaps this writer will come back with a stronger second novel after he attends more workshops and practices writing some more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    sweet story, predictable ending, but truthfully it's the way I wanted it to end.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Wellll... i just lost my shepherd/lab of 13 years in September..so I was scared to start this book,and although there were things that reminded me of her,I was mostly comparing things in this book to my OTHER dog... my Norwegian elkhound...my baby of 10years.The Lab(although I was the one who rescued it as a pup on the street),was an amazing dog,but completely my hubby's baby.first time in 13 years I seen my husband cry was when we lost her...she KNEW how to melt "dad's"heart.The elkhound was AL Wellll... i just lost my shepherd/lab of 13 years in September..so I was scared to start this book,and although there were things that reminded me of her,I was mostly comparing things in this book to my OTHER dog... my Norwegian elkhound...my baby of 10years.The Lab(although I was the one who rescued it as a pup on the street),was an amazing dog,but completely my hubby's baby.first time in 13 years I seen my husband cry was when we lost her...she KNEW how to melt "dad's"heart.The elkhound was ALWAYS MY baby!.I was so worried about him after our Lab passed.He has never known life without the other one.His personality has changed soooo much since. I'm sure he was saddened,losing his best friend,being alone now, but he seems more relaxed than he has been in a year.He enjoys being the protector,and has shown traits he never did before. It makes me think that he knew something was wrong before WE knew.He is so loving... loves snuggling on the couch,stares at me as i read. I find this quite amusing.It makes me happy if I am his GREAT LOVE!!.and there is nothing more relaxing than when i hear him snoring away on the side of the couch as i read.This book was amazing!!! It was exactly what i needed to read,not only after losing a dog recently, but for dealing with all the emotions/feelings of the surviving one. HIGHLY recommend this book!!!This will remain as one of my very favorites!!!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The concept of mixing music with a novel to enhance the reading experience was interesting. Sigh. That's about the only positive thing I can say. I was so disappointed in the writing style and inaccuracies that I kept hoping for more music! It appears the writer did research some aspects of dogs - interesting focus on the smells the dog encounters - but fell short in other areas, such as the great love affair between Nelson and Lucy that was just not possible, and the wolves taking in a dog as a The concept of mixing music with a novel to enhance the reading experience was interesting. Sigh. That's about the only positive thing I can say. I was so disappointed in the writing style and inaccuracies that I kept hoping for more music! It appears the writer did research some aspects of dogs - interesting focus on the smells the dog encounters - but fell short in other areas, such as the great love affair between Nelson and Lucy that was just not possible, and the wolves taking in a dog as a member of the pack, that I just lost interest. I did finish the book even though I knew how it was going to end, which had fake complications to try to make it more realistic, but really, by this time why bother? I thought the writer was a bit obsessed with sex - the dog is always present when his owners have sex; really?? and the writer was obsessed with describing the intimate details of how wolves hunted, killed, ate, and fed their pups. Some of those scenes made me want to become a vegetarian! I found myself hoping for more music and less reading! I listened to the audiobook - so the music was intertwined in the novel very nicely. I was expecting longer musical selections, but the music itself was nice enough. I just needed more music and a shorter time roaming.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    I fell in love with Roam! This is one book I'm keeping (I decided 15 years ago when we moved that once I read a book I'd give it away) I still have a house full and a kindle full of books but they have NOT been read yet ---- this is one I'm keeping forever. Would recommend that anyone thinking about buying a pet, read this first! Just terrific! Also the first book I've read that had music attached to it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I might be a little biased because we just lost our dog of 13 years, however I loved this book. It brought me to tears. I agree with the reviews that say the writing is simple, however that is always how I thought dogs thought so it wasn't a problem. It was just a simple story full of emotion and love and I felt it was lovely.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Phylicia

    Was a tear-jerker until the last page. As a student away at a school over 3000 miles away from home, this book only made me miss my Lhasa Poo even more than before reading it. Maybe that's why I loved this book so much. It really hit home for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flury

    As I have enjoyed many books about dogs in the past such as The Art of Racing in the Rain, One Good Dog, and A Dog's Purpose, I picked up this novel because I was ready for an easy listening experience after two marathon listens that I had just finished. At first, I was disappointed to find that this novel had the same narrator as another book that I did not enjoy, Merle's Door. I had blamed the failure of the book in part to the narrator who seemed to be much like a know-it-all or something th As I have enjoyed many books about dogs in the past such as The Art of Racing in the Rain, One Good Dog, and A Dog's Purpose, I picked up this novel because I was ready for an easy listening experience after two marathon listens that I had just finished. At first, I was disappointed to find that this novel had the same narrator as another book that I did not enjoy, Merle's Door. I had blamed the failure of the book in part to the narrator who seemed to be much like a know-it-all or something that was hard for me to put my finger on. I found, however, that the narrator suited this story much better and that perhaps I had been unfair in my review of Merle's Door. This novel chronicles the life of a dog whose own curiosity gets to the best of him. He leads a life quite different from the dog that I have sleeping next to me currently. This book is different from other books about dogs in that many books are about how a dog's interaction with humans makes the lives of the humans richer and more fulfilled. This book has some of that in it but is mainly about simply the dog's life as he encounters adventure after adventure. It was an easy and a short read as I was hoping for. Another thing that was different about this book was that it has music occasionally incorporated into it. The author is also a musician so he wrote 4 or 5 short piano pieces that are inserted into the story. The narrator would stop, introduce a piece as being the sounds of a dog smelling grass for the first time, and then I would listen to the author's interpretation. I wouldn't say that the addition of music enhanced the listening experience for me all that much but it didn't hurt it. All in all, Roam is a fun, sweet story for the dog lover out there.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I love dogs and parts of the book made me sad. As a dog rescuer, I know that dogs get lost and do amazing things to find their families. The story was good, although not totally believable, but it is fiction so it was expected. Nelson is a poodle-beagle cross who is purchased by Katey and Don. Katey is a concert pianist who trusts her husband. Her husband cheats on her and also one day accidently lets Nelson's gate unlocked and he escapes to the outside world. He lives at a landfill I love dogs and parts of the book made me sad. As a dog rescuer, I know that dogs get lost and do amazing things to find their families. The story was good, although not totally believable, but it is fiction so it was expected. Nelson is a poodle-beagle cross who is purchased by Katey and Don. Katey is a concert pianist who trusts her husband. Her husband cheats on her and also one day accidently lets Nelson's gate unlocked and he escapes to the outside world. He lives at a landfill, finds a trucker who takes him all over the country until the trucker has an accident and Nelson escapes to live in the wild. He finds a fellow stray named Lucy and they stay together in Montana for awhile, until Nelson meets with an accident and has his leg amputated. He lives with a wolf family, almost gets eunthaized at a shelter, twice, only to be saved by young Oliver and his dad, Jake at the last minute. One day at a party, Jake's relative takes a video of Nelson dancing to "Here Come the Sun" and posts it on the web. Katey, who now lives in Los Angeles, sees in and contacts Nelson's family. She is sure that the dog in the video is Nelson. Of course, Nelson knows Katey and she takes him home with her. Oliver is heartbroken, but Katey allows them to visit often, so Jake and Katey fall in love and all live happily ever after. This was a somewhat predictable story, but still had me in tears at the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I should have known better than to read a book with a dog on the cover while at work. Even one of my co-workers saw the book and asked if she should get me some tissues. A box and a half of tissues later, I finished the book on a quiet afternoon while the boss was out. This is such a sweet love story in smells about a little mutt and the one true love of his life, and how no matter how long the two had been apart their love never ended. What I had a hard time with was separating Nelson from my d I should have known better than to read a book with a dog on the cover while at work. Even one of my co-workers saw the book and asked if she should get me some tissues. A box and a half of tissues later, I finished the book on a quiet afternoon while the boss was out. This is such a sweet love story in smells about a little mutt and the one true love of his life, and how no matter how long the two had been apart their love never ended. What I had a hard time with was separating Nelson from my dog, Homer. Nelson's story could have been a lengthier version of my big guy's. My guy was found wandering the streets with a group of other strays in a rural town in Indiana, no collar no microchip. He was a skinny, stinky dog with an unknown history. No one knew where he came from, no one knew who his mom and dad were, nothing was known about my dog other than he needed a home ASAP. My husband and I drove 10 hours round trip to a shelter full of dogs and cats all on borrowed time. Our guy picked out my husband as we were walking the kennel aisles. We took him out of his pen and he acted like the perfect gentlemen, not jumping or pulling on the leash. So we took him home only to see his true colors as a real wild man. Ten years later he has finally chilled out and become one good dog. Here's when I get up on my soapbox about spaying and neutering your dogs and cats and microchipping them, and adopting instead of buying from breeders or pet stores.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed this story of a poodle/beagle mix who begins his life with a happy young couple, gets lost, and who wanders across America. He has a strong curiosity, matched only by his keen sense of smell. He spends years trying to find the young woman he loved and who loved him. He rides with a trucker, winds up in animal shelters twice and is almost put down. He survives with wolves. He meets humans who are good and not so good. He finally arrives in southern California and to the home of a young I enjoyed this story of a poodle/beagle mix who begins his life with a happy young couple, gets lost, and who wanders across America. He has a strong curiosity, matched only by his keen sense of smell. He spends years trying to find the young woman he loved and who loved him. He rides with a trucker, winds up in animal shelters twice and is almost put down. He survives with wolves. He meets humans who are good and not so good. He finally arrives in southern California and to the home of a young boy and his father. You would think that would be enough, but it's not. There is more. You will have to read this engrossing tale to find out the rest, but also to experience what dogs do -- through smell! I recommend this engaging book. On a final note...the author has added a music score to this book. You can access it via the internet, with a Smartphone, or read the sheet music at the end. I could have done without this cheesy touch. The book stands on it own very well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The book is from the POV of Nelson and while it is fiction, it is nice (for me) to believe that my dogs feel for me what Nelson feels for his Great Love. My biggest fear has always been the loss of a dog so mine have tags and micro chips - all that jazz. The adventures of Nelson, while harrowing, show what perseverance a strong spirit can bring. Another very interesting aspect of this book is that is has MS Tags throughout. The first time author is a composer and has written music specifically f The book is from the POV of Nelson and while it is fiction, it is nice (for me) to believe that my dogs feel for me what Nelson feels for his Great Love. My biggest fear has always been the loss of a dog so mine have tags and micro chips - all that jazz. The adventures of Nelson, while harrowing, show what perseverance a strong spirit can bring. Another very interesting aspect of this book is that is has MS Tags throughout. The first time author is a composer and has written music specifically for the book. At certain points in the book, a tag will be on the page. If you have a smart phone - scan the tag - and music to accompany the section begins to play. I thought this added a nice feeling to the book - another sense included in the reading experience. If you love dogs - I highly recommend this book. It will not disappoint.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Alan Lazar is a truly talented writer because it is incredibly difficult to write a story for adults from the point of view of an animal but he pulls it off with perfection. This is a truly heartwarming story that is filled with sadness and joy, triumph and failure. This story makes you feel for Nelson as he searches for his Great Love and you can't help but be happy when something good happens to him or cry when something terrible happens to him. Alan Lazar is really talented because it is incr Alan Lazar is a truly talented writer because it is incredibly difficult to write a story for adults from the point of view of an animal but he pulls it off with perfection. This is a truly heartwarming story that is filled with sadness and joy, triumph and failure. This story makes you feel for Nelson as he searches for his Great Love and you can't help but be happy when something good happens to him or cry when something terrible happens to him. Alan Lazar is really talented because it is incredibly difficult to write a story for adults from the point of view of an animal but he pulls it off with perfection. I don't want to give anything away but will simply say that Nelson has one of the most thrilling lives any dog could have. I recommend this book to anyone with a passion for animals. This book was won through goodreads first reads.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karin Bartimole

    Okay, the hero of this book is another dog, Nelson, the accidental mixed breed - half beagle, half poodle. All that he over comes and inspires in his challenging life is truly heroic! I just loved this story, which made me both cry and laugh out loud. I enjoyed following his scent guided decision making, his love of all things (human) food, and his joy of grass! His devotion and love for his first true owner is embedded in his memory banks and drives him forward on his cross country journey. He Okay, the hero of this book is another dog, Nelson, the accidental mixed breed - half beagle, half poodle. All that he over comes and inspires in his challenging life is truly heroic! I just loved this story, which made me both cry and laugh out loud. I enjoyed following his scent guided decision making, his love of all things (human) food, and his joy of grass! His devotion and love for his first true owner is embedded in his memory banks and drives him forward on his cross country journey. He has a major loss along the way, and lives dangerously to survive, but somehow he makes it! I'd watch the movie version of Roam, if it were to be made :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This is a truly heartwarming story that is filled with sadness and joy, triumph and failure. I really enjoyed the story of Nelson. It makes you feel for him and you can't help but be happy when something good happens to him or cry when something terrible happens to him. Alan Lazar is really talented because it is incredibly difficult to write a story for adults from the point of view of an animal but he pulls it off with perfection. I don't want to give anything away but will simply say that Nel This is a truly heartwarming story that is filled with sadness and joy, triumph and failure. I really enjoyed the story of Nelson. It makes you feel for him and you can't help but be happy when something good happens to him or cry when something terrible happens to him. Alan Lazar is really talented because it is incredibly difficult to write a story for adults from the point of view of an animal but he pulls it off with perfection. I don't want to give anything away but will simply say that Nelson has one of the most thrilling lives any dog could have. I recommend this book to anyone with a passion for animals.

  22. 5 out of 5

    M

    At first, it felt like I was reading an extended version of some sort of children's book. The writing is nothing great, and that's coming from someone who isn't a harsh critic of writing styles. That being said, I'm also an animal lover who absolutely loved the emotions this book stirred up in me. I give it 4 stars because I'm way too sensitive and a believer when it comes to animals and their resiliency!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Burger

    Nelson's travels This story is of a dog whose circumstances bring him through incredible tragedy and love. I have not read a book that so wonderfully captured the thoughts a dog may have as this one did. The emotions portrayed in him, I see in my own dog.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    I read this in one day. I just couldn't stop reading it. There are parts that are heartbreaking but there are also parts with warm fuzzies. Also I wanted to punch everyone in the book that wasn't nice to Nelson the dog.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I LOVED this book! I couldn't put the book down. I would recommend this book to animal lovers for sure. I liked how the book was written in Nelson's point of view(the dog), and made me wonder sometimes what dog's really do think.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    This was an amazing book! The detail that he put into the thoughts and feelings of Nelson was very impressive! I was surprised that this was only the first book by Alan Lazar. I hope he writes more books to come.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Joy

    I received this as a first reads book and I loved it. Its definitely a must read. I promise you will see animals in new light :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lora Rayner

    Absolutely loved this book! All I can say, though, is that if the original owners had microchipped Nelson, none of this would have happened!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I really enjoyed the travels of the little dog in this book. Sad at times but it makes you realize what may happen when a dog is lost.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Smith

    What a great story about a dog and his love for his human, as well as another dog he meets along the way.

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