Review by Marlene Engel
With the first line of the book reading … This morning I overheard my husband talking to his penis … I knew right away that this was a book I was going to enjoy. But don’t let the opening line fool you into thinking that this is solely a fluffy read. With real-life struggles and situations that would turn the most perfect lives upside down, there is much depth to this story.
Perfectionist Alex is an interior designer who has been married to Barry for many years. Childless by choice, they are the parents to an adorable labradoodle. But their lives get upended when Barry discovers that he is the father to a teenage girl, and grandfather to Ruthie. Although this is a lot for them to digest, it doesn’t take long for Ruthie to grab hold of their hearts. Now, they not only have the challenge of figuring out what to do with their new-found daughter and granddaughter, but the ex is trying to make her way into the equation.
What I love about Jackie Bouchard’s books is that she perfectly weaves amazing, relatable stories with adorable four-legged friends. There’s truth to the saying that ‘dog is man’s best friend.’ Having a dog play a good part of the book adds an element of warmth and love that just can’t be found else ware. A great book from beginning to end, this is a story you won’t want to miss.
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Jackie Bouchard, a USA Today bestselling author, writes what she calls Fido-friendly fiction - humorous and heart-warming stories about women and the dogs that profoundly impact their lives. She spent a long time as a creative soul trapped in the body of a practical person. When she was bitten by the writing bug, she managed to leap free of the hamster wheel of corporate America, and now spends her days walking her dog, talking to her dog, and listening for the voices in her head that want their stories told. When the voices don't talk to her, she can often be found staring into the refrigerator. After growing up in Southern California, Jackie moved to Bermuda, where she met her husband. Now back in San Diego, American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie's novels include HOUSE TRAINED (Lake Union, Oct. 2015), RESCUE ME, MAYBE, and WHAT THE DOG ATE.
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