|About the Book|
Welcome to the incredible world of Château Stray—an animal rescue (le Château des Egarés) in the bucolic countryside of southern France founded by an eccentric breeder of Dalmatians, Madame Clix. Gregory Edmont first met Bonbon (as Madame is alsoMoreWelcome to the incredible world of Château Stray—an animal rescue (le Château des Egarés) in the bucolic countryside of southern France founded by an eccentric breeder of Dalmatians, Madame Clix. Gregory Edmont first met Bonbon (as Madame is also known) when she begrudgingly let him, an American student in Paris at the time, adopt JP, a seven-week-old puppy ... and her own pick of the litter. Two years after that, in response to Bonbon’s desperate plea, and with JP perched on the footrest of his Vespa motor scooter, he rode from Paris to Provence so that JP could render his procreative services de toute urgence! That journey was chronicled in his travelogue, Spotted in France (Lyons Press), which is now available in paperback in several languages.In Château Stray, Greg and JP have returned four years later to find Bonbon—barely recovered from the tragic loss of her prized breeding dogs—further devastated when JP’s daughter, Lily-Rose, the last female in the Clix Dalmatians’ lineage, does not give birth to the blue-blooded litter Bonbon had intended ... a calamity that charts the fall of her pedigree dynasty and opens a new chapter in her life. Bonbon converts her property into a haven for unwanted strays of all stripes (and species), and soon the place is overflowing with new four- (and sometimes two-) legged friends. In the process, Bonbon discovers the real value of family (whether by blood or by choice), and finally, in the twilight of her life, the power of human love that had evaded her.Château Stray is more than a slice of French life or a dog tale. It is a humorous, gripping, and poignant story of the loves, secrets, and destinies of rich and unforgettable characters.And, of course, JP still roams the French Riviera and back roads of Provence on the footrest of Greg’s Vespa, sometimes with a new passenger perched on his back: the outspoken Fred, an abandoned parrot who also comes to call the château home.