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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Husky is an Alaskan husky who dreams of running (and winning) the famous Iditarod trail sled dog race. He has a passion to run fast. Juneau is an orphaned snow wolf, lonely, hungry, and afraid. Tied up outside, Husky is also alone, at least most of the time. But he is well-fed. The two are unlikely best friends, but when the younger Husky first sees the younger Juneau, he invites her to join him, to stay with him and keep him company, to share his food, and to be best friends. This shatters when Husky’s owner takes him to train for the race. Juneau, hungry and alone, seeks refuge in the wilds and finds a new set of friends who teach her what she needs to know to survive in the wild. While the two best friends go their separate ways, their hearts never forget each other. Their bond is stronger than the differences that separate them.
If you’re looking for a different kind of love story, this is it – tender, bittersweet, and heartwarming. M. Anthony Willett’s animal story, Snowdrops, will make the reader laugh and cry and want to embrace all the dogs and wolves with warmth and compassion. The story is told in the third person narrative, but follows the trail of both friends, Husky and Juneau, as they find their own way in the world. The plot develops through the growing bond of friendship, the separation, the reunion, and the conclusion which pierces the heart. This story is so realistically told, the reader will believe the characters are human, rather than a dog and a wolf. Sometimes the realization of love comes too late but better late than never. Beautifully written.