Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review - One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

From Goodreads:

Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam’s sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses the life he’s worked so hard to achieve. He doesn’t believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service. But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where his life will intersect with Chance.

Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He’s been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance’s unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam.

What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other—in ways they never could have expected.

My Thoughts:

I love Susan Wilson's writing. I own one of her other books, Beauty, which I loved so much that I bought a copy for my own personal bookshelf. One Good Dog easily fits into that category...I loved it THAT much that I am adding it to my shelves.

At first, I hated the main character, Adam. He is a pompous ass. After he gets what I think he deserves, the story takes on a different twist. Adam must work so many hours of community service as penance for his crime. It is during this time that he begins to metamorphosis into an honorable man. He works at a men's homeless shelter, he runs very low on money. He is forced to live in a tiny apartment and has to do without all of the luxuries that he has become accustomed to. He adopts a dog without really meaning to....he tells himself he will "foster" the dog until other arrangements can be made. Then, he meets Gina, who owns the pet store across the street from his apartment. It is a "chance" meeting that grows into something more. Adam's life changes drastically into something he never imagined.

I didn't want this story to end. Fortunately, it ends on a grand note, and I was completely satisfied at the end. I did need some Kleenex, though. Recommended!

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2010)
0312571259 (ISBN13: 9780312571252)

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Melissa said...

I just adore the sound of this book - thank you for bringing it to my attention, and great review! :)

Lisa said...

As a dog lover and dog trainer in training I would LOOOOVE to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great review, Missy, as usual!

Amy said...

This sounds like a wonderful, heart-warming story about the ability of humans to learn from their mistakes & to change & grow and the power of animals to bring healing & love into people's lives. I love stories like this. My only concern with this book is it sounds like Chance is mistreated at first. I have such a hard time reading about the abuse & negect of animals...I usually skim or skip those sections! I hope there isn't a lot of that in this book.

Great review, Misst, thank you!
~ Amy


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