Berkley / August 5, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital
Nestled in the sunny fields of Tennessee lies the McDaniel family’s Second Chance Ranch Animal Rescue. Two new arrivals are on their way, but only one is the four-legged kind.
Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra .
Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his .
But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.
Catherine Mann’s Shelter Me is the start of a new series featuring Second Chance Ranch, a local animal rescue run by Lacey McDaniel. Lacey is the ultimate military wife, now widow, and her family has been irrevocably shaped by the military, and the loss of her military husband. Her son Michael, a teenager, is going farther and farther into a dark place, while her daughter Sierra is a graduate student who finds herself more and more involved with her mother’s animal rescue. Lacey's father-in-law is a veteran with intensifying Alzheimer’s. Lacey takes in animal after animal after animal in an attempt to save something in her life, all the while fighting insomnia and a dangerous tendency to drink too much to numb the pain.