VANILLA GRASS, a heartwarming tale of redemption.
Vietnam Veteran, John Carrows suffers from battle-induced PTSD. For decades he lives off the grid in self-imposed exile. His tortured life of nightmares and depression keeps him isolated, presumed dead.
By chance, some pot-smoking delinquent teens discover John is not only still living, but rich. They make a plan and attempt to rob him at gunpoint. John confiscates two loaded guns and takes them to the police station. His years of hiding and solitary lifestyle abruptly end, bringing him fresh problems.
One afternoon, the sound of whimpering wakes John from another nightmare. Outside, he finds an abused golden retriever puppy, a wounded soul like him. The bond they form is the catalyst to aid in healing John's deep psychological wounds. The shared trust and unconditional love with his dog lead John back to a life of meaning and service.
Dog lovers, parents, and veterans will want to read this inspirational book.
322 pages, 6" x 9"
Vanilla Grass A Novel of Redemption Author Leslie Bratspis
“Vanilla Grass is a thoughtful satisfying read, rich in information about the plight of PTSD soldiers, at risk youth, and the options available for their recovery along with valuable insight on the role of companion dogs.”
“This gifted writer researched her subject and got the feeling right for someone returning from the Nam and suffering from PTSD. It’s almost as if the author had been there herself. Three cheers for this one!”