Thursday, March 12, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Dog Crazy

Dog CrazyAbout Dog Crazy

• Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 10, 2015)
• Book Blurb: 
 The USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on . . . with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour. As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization. Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love. Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, Dog Crazy is a bighearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.

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Review: I don't know what I was expecting when it came to Dog Crazy, but it sure wasn't what I got. Before you get scared and step away, what I got was a wonderful read that really made me laugh and cry and generally feel wonderful while turning the pages.

This is definitely a novel for dog lovers or animal lovers. Anyone that doesn't know the love a dog/cat etc definitely would not "get" this book.  

Maggie is a pet bereavement counselor who could stand some counseling. Anya lost her dog, Billy who either ran away or was stolen. The cast of characters in this novel can best be described as quirky.

I loved Maggie's bff, Lourdes and her unique way of dealing with her friend's neurosis. I loved her play on Les Miz's "Master Of The House." I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I read that.

But there are more than people that are characters here and they are just as important as the humans. I loved Gissele and Seymour. Oh how I loved Seymour. I would have adopted that neurotic doggie in a heartbeat if I had the chance.

This book played on your emotions, but in a good way. It tugged at the heartstrings but it made you feel good at the same time.

Its a novel about pet ownership, but it also about friendship and fears. Some may say the ending tied everything up too neatly, but I was happy for a HEA for everyone involvled.

If you love animals, this is a must read.  And when you finish reading, go hug a puppy!

Rating: 5 flowers

37962 About Meg Donohue

Meg Donohue is the author of How to Eat a Cupcake. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dog. Find out more about Meg at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'll happily cuddle my two dogs after reading your review of this wonderful book. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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