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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1ST edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425234789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425234785
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,639,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite Noelle's imperfections, you can't help but appreciate and relate to her.
Jess Brown
Free to a Good Home is a wonderful book about finding one's way to love again after feeling broken and bruised for so long.
Shon
I loved the very realistic and very satisfying resolution of the problems introduced in the plot.
Barbara

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By totalhorsenut on September 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book kept me reading, but I didn't find it very realistic, and Noelle annoyed me. She had practically zero confidence in herself. I understand that a divorce can cause some self esteem issues, but I just wanted to shake some sense into her sometimes. Okay, most of the time. As for her love interest, he was just way too perfect to be believed. Attractive, smart, funny, sweet, artistic, AND patient enough to wait months and months for Noelle to work out her issues. As if all that wasn't enough, he was also secretly rich. Of course he was!
Then there were the Magical Relationship-Healing Babies. There are 2 couples in this book with less than ideal relationships. One is a young couple that isn't even sure they're in love. The other is a married couple with a husband seriously considering leaving his wife. As soon as both these couples have new babies, everything is suddenly wonderful. All problems are solved quickly and easily. Yeah, right. Actually, if a relationship is already troubled, the added stress of caring for a baby is more likely to drive the couple further apart, rather than bring them closer.
Finally, a note to the author: There is no such thing as a miniature doberman. There is the miniature pinscher, which looks a lot like a small doberman. However, they are completely different breeds. I know this is nit-picky, but it's something Noelle would know, working with dogs and all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Jillian on July 6, 2010
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Free to a Good Home immediately draws readers into the world of Noelle, a vulnerable and self-deprecating main character whose year-long journey through life and love is filled with struggle, heartache, and finally, in the end, happiness. Watching Noelle develop was one of my favorite parts of the book, along with all of the adorable dogs who tugged on her heartstrings (and mine) along the way. Anything but predictable, the book is filled with characters who are quirky yet relatable, from Noelle's selfish but charming ex-husband and bitter ex-mother-in-law to her seemingly too-good-to-be-true new love interest, and of course, her always loyal Great Dane. I felt like I knew each of the characters and found myself quickly turning pages to find out what would happen to them. Honest and engaging, this is a story about the search for love and a place to call home. It's one that will stay with me for a long time. I give it five paws.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna L. Mcneal on July 10, 2010
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Eve Marie Mont's debut novel Free to a Good Home introduces veterinary tech Noelle Ryan, a woman whose life has been flipped upside down. Noelle's marriage began as the stuff dreams are made of, but it began to crumble when she had difficulty getting pregnant. Then her husband Jay left her -- for a man. Now Noelle is stuck in an in-between kind of place, still enamored with her unattainable former husband, living in a rental house, and working harder each day for no increase in salary. Her primary companion is Zeke, her Great Dane rescue dog -- always there for her, but lacking in the conversation department. And her favorite pastime -- browsing the House For Sale ads -- only reminds her of everything she doesn't have.

Jay is the worst kind of ex a woman can have -- just kind enough to keep Noelle hanging on, taking her to dinner for her birthday, finding little ways to stay in her life and not sever the tie between them. But as the book goes on, Jay shows his true nature, his self-centeredness that is evident to everyone but Noelle. First, he asks Noelle to help care for his mother who has just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Later, he refuses to travel from his new Atlanta bachelor pad back to Rhode Island when his mother is hospitalized. Finally, he asks Noelle to make a sacrifice for him that will change her life -- and prevent her from ever moving on.

Meanwhile, Noelle's life is pushing her to change at every turn, much to her chagrin. She meets a gorgeous, younger musician named Jasper who is as determined to get to know her as she is to keep her distance from him. And her relationship with Jay's mother, Margaret, grows into a friendship neither of them expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on July 10, 2010
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Free to a Good Home is a great read. I found it hard to put down (and only did so because I had to tend to my duties as a mom...) The best part were the characters - I loved getting to know all of them, from the main character Noelle who is so relatable, to the guy on the cover - Zeke - who is so lovable. I loved watching all of the relationships bloom - including obviously the relationship between Noelle and her love interest but also the relationship between Noelle and her mom which took an unexpected turn, and especially the relationship between Noelle and Margaret. I loved the very realistic and very satisfying resolution of the problems introduced in the plot. The author really drew me in and kept me wanting to see how things would work out.
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Free to a Good Home, a delightful debut novel by Eve Marie Mont, follows a year in the life of Noelle Ryan, a woman whose life has not taken the course she expected. Settling into recently divorced status, Noelle is trying to reconcile her dreams of the perfect life with the one she is actually living. While she keeps herself busy with combing real-estate listings for unachievable dream homes and trying to place unwanted dogs with deserving families, she is ultimately looking for a good home herself, not the physical space but its emotional equivalent. Through it all she must navigate a world of relationships that would test the patience of man's most loyal best friend. Like the misunderstood dogs she tries to redeem, Noelle gets another chance at happiness in the form of a surprisingly grounded musician. While the Disney version of happily-ever-after may be just a fantasy, Noelle is searching for a real-life alternative that promises to be equally satisfying (and much more entertaining).

Anyone looking for the simple pleasure of a good read will be charmed by Free to a Good Home. The believably likable characters draw the reader into an engaging story that is hard to put down. Noelle's bouts of self-doubt, struggles to replicate her hairstylist's magic, and skepticism about the seemingly perfect guy make her the ideal protagonist; an everywoman to whom most readers can relate. The ebb and flow of her relationships provides layers of humor and emotion to a story that is completely relatable. And, while many stories about relationships and love become sappy or banal, thanks to Ms. Mont's witty and honest writing, Free to a Good Home never falls into that trap. Instead, it is a perfect balance of humor, intelligence, romance, and reality.
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