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Seacoastonline.com - October 13, 2007

"Local Book Casts Portsmouth as Paris"

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Bravo to the author, Stuart Wisong and bravo to Angel. A charming tale told with grace and imagination. I cannot wait to present my grand daughters with copies of the novel. Angel Come Home can be enjoyed by adults but it is an especially appropriate gift for teens and pre-teens. No parent or grand parent would ever object to its content.

Mule DeerStephanie Voss Nugent
Executive Director of Artists Collection Theater of New Hampshire and celebrated actress

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"I decided to read your book "Angel Come Home" even though I do not own a pet. I could not put the book down. It was loving, inspiring and kept me on edge for a while. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone."
— Joan

A Sentimental Canine Journey

Angel Come Home used to be a song by the Beach Boys and the title of an episode of Charlie’s Angels. Now it is also the story of one New Hampshire man’s journey to find love and himself through the escapades of his beloved dog when both are traveling in France. If that last sentence does not sound off-kilter, and you can easily and willingly suspend your disbelief, then you may love this sentimental new novel by local author Stuart Wisong.

At first glance, this appears to be a book written with children in mind, especially dog-loving, sensitive twelve-year-old girls. The narrative has a child-like quality, uncomplicated by literary style, subplots, or academic pretension. Things simply are what they seem in a world reminiscent of Hollywood film classics like Lassie Come Home or Old Yeller.

Angel Come Home traces the story of a teacher-turned-writer, who travels from Portsmouth, NH to Paris, France with his little white dog Angel. (Angel gets her name from the supernatural way in which sunbeams framed her puppy head, and her uncanny ability to communicate psychically to help the people around her.) The human hero and Angel encounter a wild assortment of characters in their adventures in France.

These unlikely encounters make up the episodic structure of the book that moves along like a weekly TV series or more likely, a 19th century melodrama. They come upon: a wise taxi driver, an invalid with a Nazi war secret, world politicians, a South American maid, a fatherless boy, roller skating table servers, dog thieves, a murderous foil who plots to trick the heroine into marriage, and, of course, the heroine herself. She turns out to be the hero’s long-lost first love. Although they had been separated for 30 years, both have kept their youthful personalities intact.

Just how the dog draws these two together, after Angel is dog-knapped, forms the core of this independently published book, and pulls the story forward in compelling ways. After getting over the opening scenes in Portsmouth, which for some reason made me flinch, the novel’s innocence and sweetness won me over and made me read on, hoping for the promised reunion and a happy ending.    

Maryellen Burke
SeacoastNH.com

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PigsAngel Come Home, a love story delivers on its title. A page-turner for everyone, especially for dog owners. This novel has everything - a very special dog, a rekindled international romance, and beautiful French settings combined with colorful characters and a suspenseful plot that leads to an unforgettable climax. Get ready for a book that will touch your heart and keep you reading to its last page.

John Boettjer
Retired teacher of English composition
and American Literature at the Virginia Military Institute
Managing Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, a Masonic publication for approximately 500,000 members

You are in for roller-coaster ride of intrigue, mystery, historical fact and nostalgia when boy meets girl, dog meets boy and lots of remarkable characters in between. Mr. Wisong writes with compassion, love and laughter…dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this romp.

Pamela Rae
Outreach Specialist in Library Science
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WolfThere are many adjectives to describe "Angel Come Home." Words such as, suspenseful, wonderful, exciting, and heartwarming to name only a few. The author sees the world with the glass half full, if not totally full. His wisdom and intuition keeps the pages moving. I'm already looking forward to a sequel.

Audrey Bierhans
Retired journalist, playwright and theater critic
Former member of the National Press Club
Her articles have appeared in
People Magazine
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What an adventure. I cried, laughed and lost my heart to Angel, the brave dog who says, "It's my job." I was convinced that Angel spoke her true feelings. This novel has affected my attitude toward pets, especially dogs and cats.

Rosemary Hamilton
Master's Degree in French Literature
A Peace Corps volunteer
High school teacher and English teacher in the American Embassy, Rabat, Morocco
Member of the California State Council Language Acquisition Committee
State representative for the
National Education Association
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Red FoxAngel Come Home is a delightful read for a wide audience. Set mostly in the world's most romantic city, the author takes us on an intriguing search for a lost dog through lesser-known neighborhoods of Paris.The tale is told with a light heart, introducing the reader to a cast of characters, lovable, menacing, whimsical and serious, all in pursuit of Angel who is quite a character of her own - she actually talks to the reader.

Both entertaining and informative, the novel keeps the reader's attention, riveted by the fast moving unraveling of the plot. There are laughs, gasps, and even a tear or two as the novel moves along. The only disappointment is that it ends...or does it?

Kathleen Silliman Sullivan
Graduated from Stanford University,
M.A. Education
Former Vice Principal of Instruction,
Notre Dame High School, Belmont, CA
Editor of the College of Notre Dame Alumnae Magazine
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Draft Horses"Stuart Wisong has masterfully matched his talent and compassion in his labor of love, and through the adventures of Angel, thousands of orphaned shelter pets will benefit from his generosity."


Andy Reed, Director of Development
Humane Society of Naples, Florida

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