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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
Published by St. Martin's Press
Sold by Macmillan
ISBN: 0312571259
ASIN: B003A7I22S
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

About The Author (Author Page -
Susan Wilson is the best selling author of books including Cameo Lake and Beauty, a modern retelling of "Beauty and The Beast," which was made into a CBS-TV movie. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.

Author Website: Book Description: 

One Good Dog is a wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story about two fighters—one a man, one a dog— hoping to leave the fight behind, who ultimately find their salvation in each other. Susan Wilson’s clear and unflinching style is perfectly suited for her story that strips away the trappings and toys we all hide behind, and exposes our essential need to give and accept love in order to thrive.”—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
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 Book Review:

As a dog lover, I knew that this book was going to be one of my favorite books that I have read this summer, and I wasn't disappointed! Susan Wilson provides the reader with a storyline about Adam March and Chance, a mixed breed pit bull, who both have to overcome the ups-and-downs that life threw their way. While trying to rebuild what is left of their lives, a "chance" meeting leads to their lives intertwining, and they both learn the most important lesson there is .. that they need each other! I loved how the author had alternating chapters with the one-person (Adam) and one-dog (Chance) perspective. I really really really wanted to hate Adam because of his pompous and arrogant personality, but as I got further into the story, I began to feel for him and actually ended up being a cheerleader at the end. As for Chance, I just loved this dog to pieces from the start, and I was a huge cheerleader for him all the way through the story. This is one of those books that has you riding the emotional roller coaster from beginning to end, so buckle up it's a bumpy ride, and oh yeah ... don't forget to bring your tissues!


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