Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages – Publisher: Mira (April 1, 2008 ) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 077832544X – ISBN-13: 978-0778325444
Back of the Book reads:
IT IS A GIFT THAT MAY COST HIM EVERYTHING.
All his life, Jonah Gray Wolf has had an uncanny connection to animals and the power to heal the sick and wounded. Driven from the only home he’s ever known by those who wish to harness his gift for profit, he becomes a drifter, working in out-of-the-way towns, never staying long. It’s a lonely life, but Jonah knows he’s still being hunted – he can’t afford to get close to anyone who might learn his secret.
In West Virginia he finds Luce, a tough but beautiful loner who knows all about keeping people at a distance – a kindred soul with whom he might dare to make a life. But the hunters have caught Jonah’s scent again. Danger is coming to their mountain refuge – a confrontation that will be decided only by a force of nature.
4-Oct-08 to 5-Oct-08
Review: A supernatural and touching story!
At the age of two, a little boy is carried into a small southern Alaskan town by a female wolf and left there. No one knows where the little guy is from, who his parents are. Dr. Adam Lawson adopts him and calls him Jonah. Jonah Gray Wolf. Jonah is special; he isn’t like the other children in Snow Valley. Jonah seems to be able to communicate with all animals. He can also heal the ill and the wounded with his touch.
When Jonah is older, he saves the life of a hunter who’s stomach had been ripped open by a bear. When Major Bourdain finally understands what happened, he wants Jonah all to himself. He believes that, by offering everything that Jonah could possibly desire, he’ll be able to keep Jonah with him, and drive back his fear of dying. Hunters are sent to bring him back, and everything goes wrong. Adam is murdered and Jonah is kidnapped. But that doesn’t last long. Jonah escapes and is on the run, never staying in one place too long, never growing attached to anything for fear of being taken once again.
Until he meets Luce. Lucia Maria Andahar, a woman who lost her entire family in a car crash and runs from relatives to get away from her uncle’s unwanted advances. She invites him to stay with her, even if only the night. A warm place to stay and a hot meal in offering as a thank you for rescuing and healing her dog, Hobo. But there’s a spark between them, and the feeling grows between them.
Luce has a stalker who wants her, Jonah has hunters after him. And while Jonah is thankful to Luce’s landlord, Bridie, for a job, he stays with Luce, falling in love while trying not to. When Luce’s stalker gets too close, Jonah hunts him down. A school bus crashes and Jonah heals the children, shocking the little town. And now Jonah knows: when the hunters finally catch his scent, he’s not running this time. This time, he’s fighting back.
An incredibly moving story. I’ve never read a character as selfless as Jonah. Even while running and hiding, he still cares for those around him, human and animal alike, never thinking twice. Strong in mind and body, Jonah does what he needs to, to get the job done. What he didn’t count on was finding someone like Luce.
Luce is suffering from loneliness as much as survivor’s guilt. She still can’t understand why she survived the car crash that took the rest of her family. But Luce also lives in fear. It seems she has a stalker, one who’s getting bolder in his little notes. What she didn’t count on was finding someone like Jonah.
The magnetic pull between Luce and Jonah is incredible, you feel it come off the pages as you read. And the more Jonah helps people and animals alike, performing healing after healing that seems almost miraculous, the more you fall for Jonah. He doesn’t see the healing as a miracle. To him it’s just something he can do, something he can use to help when he can.
The story is incredibly touching. He hunts down Luce’s stalker and brings him in. He fights back with the help of animals so that he’ll never be hunted again. The love between them is quiet and unbelievably strong. Great actions scenes well spaced. Just enough scenes of the past to completely understand the situation. I couldn’t have asked for better.