Can a badly abused elephant halfway across the world help a woman win back her cheating husband? In this funny, heartwarming story, the author of the beloved novel Horseplay presents another smart, memorable heroine and the animals–and men–she loves.
Neelie Sterling never did listen well to the conversation around her. Always preoccupied with an inner monologue, she sometimes missed things. She was happy when Matt, her veterinarian husband, told her he was getting a collie; she liked dogs. But he had said colleague, to help with his busy practice. The problems start when the pretty blond “collie” calls Neelie to say that she is pregnant with Matt’s child. Sent into a tailspin, Neelie throws herself into her horse training business until she discovers that Matt is part of a group planning to leave for Zimbabwe to rescue a badly injured elephant. Thinking she can win Matt’s heart again, Neelie manages to get included.
The trip is dangerous, exhilarating, and revealing. Neelie learns about herself as a wife and a woman. Back at home, she discovers secrets everywhere–with her parents, with Matt, even in training an elephant. Fighting to keep her life from unraveling as she struggles to gain the elephant’s trust, she ultimately learns that healing can be mutual.
Judy Reene Singer|Karen White
About Judy Reene Singer
JUDY REENE SINGER is a dressage competitor, horse trainer, and all-around animal lover. She is a frequent contributor to international animal rescues and is currently foster mother to two elephant babies. Judy has written about the equestrian world for more than a decade, and was named top feature writer by The Chronicle of the Horse in 1996. She holds degrees in English and psychology, shares her home with cats and dogs, horses, and an African gray parrot, and enjoys making her friends and family fat with baked goodies.
About Karen White
Karen White is an actress on stage, film, television, and commercials and has worked in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. She is also a voice coach, and has taught voice and acting at Brandeis University and Emerson College. Favorite books she’s narrated for BOT include The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, the Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross and the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series for Listening Library.