TLC Book Tour: Guest Post by Jenny Wingfield (…and a giveaway!)


The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield
336 pages
ISBN 978-0-385-34408-1
Random House (July 12, 2011)

I am thrilled to have author Jenny Wingfield here today for a guest post…and also to be able to offer one lucky reader a copy of Wingfield’s novel: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake.


Read my review

Read other reviews of the book by following the links on the TLC Book Tour page.

From the Publisher:

With characters who come to life like members of one’s own family, Jenny Wingfield’s THE HOMECOMING OF SAMUEL LAKE is a novel with the universal reach of the most memorable and lasting works of fiction.


Jenny Wingfield lives in Texas with her rescued dogs, cats, and horses. Her screenplay credits include The Man in the Moon and The Outsider. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is her first novel.

Jenny Wingfield’s novel The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is about a family living in Arkansas in the 1950s. Included in the story, are not only the lovingly drawn human characters…but also a big white horse named Snowman whose zest for life and courage in the face of danger drew me in. In “real” life, Wingfield rescues dogs, cats, and horses…so her depiction of Snowman in the novel comes from the heart. Given that both the author and I share a common love of animals, I was delighted when Jenny agreed to post about her rescued dog, Charlie. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did!


By Jenny Wingfield

We had enough dogs. (In our household, the word “enough” is a euphemism, meaning “more than a dozen, but not more than we can count”.) Having just found forever homes for a couple of strays that we’d had so long we’d come to think of them as lifers, we were congratulating ourselves on our success.

“Just think,” we said to each other, “if we can do that again five or six times, we just might get our canine population down to a manageable number.”

Of course, things never stay manageable around here for long, because we can’t pass a starving dog without picking it up. Not to mention, people drop them off near our house knowing we’ll take them in. And other people call us to say that someone has dumped a dog at their place, and they just don’t know what they’re going to do unless we take it. Usually, they add that they reckon they’ll have to “haul it off”, since there’s no way they can give it the life it deserves.

We always take them, and that day was no different. A friend of ours came by with an emaciated female dog and five scrawny pups that she’d found scrounging beside the road. They were big-eyed bags of bones, nothing more.

Within a couple of days, one died. Another started failing. A trip to the vet and a quick surgery told us why. Those babies had been so hungry for so long that they’d been eating rocks and plastic, just to have something, anything, in their stomachs.

That was several months ago. Charlie is one of those pups, and if he remembers how bad things used to be, he doesn’t dwell on it. He’s much too busy nudging humans for love pats, or dozing in the sun. I’m sure that when he sleeps, he dreams.

Probably of a forever home.

Photograph of Charlie, courtesy of Jenny Wingfield


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  1. I love anyone with a heart as big as Wingfield! I think maybe Charlie has already found his forever home.

  2. We seem to be another family who takes in animals who have been abandoned and left. As a matter of fact, we just had a dog left in our back yard a few weeks ago. I admire Wingfield for allowing so many dogs in need to have a home with her. It makes me smile.

    • Amy on August 11, 2011 at 15:29

    Jenny Wingfield and her family are truly kindred souls and wonderful people. I think it’s fantastic that they rescue animals and give them a warm, safe home, lots of love and food. The story of the poor starving pups breaks my heart and things like that are the most difficult part of rescuing animals. But it’s wonderful to see Charlie’s photo and know he was one of those pups Jenny and her family took in…that’s the reward to rescuing.

    I wanted to read Jenny’s novel before I read her guest post but knowing her a little bit makes me all the more interested in reading her book.

    Thank you for offering a copy of your book in a giveaway.

  3. Well, I can see how Ms. Wingfield has the soul and spirit to write such a good buck as The Homecoming of Samuel Lake.

    Jeff and I just finished the story yesterday and we were both absolutely gobsmacked with it.


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