Man's Best Friend (The Dogmothers) Paperback – September 25, 2020
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- Publisher : South Street Publishing (September 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 390 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1952196108
- ISBN-13 : 978-1952196102
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.98 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #512,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love, tragedy, mystery, worry and celebration. This book has it all, and then some, in spades! Oh, and some REALLY good chuckles, too! (Courtesy of Gramma Finnie, Yiayia and their new cohort, Max!)
Declan and Evie will steal your heart along with their furry friend Lusky a.k.a Judah. And let me tell you (without actually telling you) the ending is every bit as captivating as the beginning...and everything in between! SAVOR this read, my friends. So much happens that you don't want to miss or skim over a word!
This is Declan and Evie's story. As youngsters they are very best of friends. They tell each other everything and they spend a lot of time together. As they become young adults their feelings start to change and they are falling in love. They have always celebrated their birthday's together since they were born on the same day. They always go camping. On this particular birthday they take their relationship to the next level. They have sworn to be together forever. Their lives are planned out - by them. She will be a neurosurgeon for animals and he will be the Chief of the local firefighters in their town.
The next morning they head home from their camp site full of love, hope, and plans for their future. When they get to Declan's house and pull into the driveway it is filled with cars, they know something has happened and it isn't good. Declan's dad, a fireman like Declan, was killed in a fire early that morning. Declan is beyond devastated. He has three younger siblings and a mother that will now depend on him. The weight of losing his father and all that is now his responsibility was crushing his spirit. Then they discovered that it was a small fire and no way should they have lost their top firefighter. An investigation didn't prove much and the file was retired. Declan walked away from Evie and never looked back. He was motivated by guilt, anger, depression. He sunk into a dark hole.
Evie tried everything to get him to respond to her and he wouldn't. She left for college and eventually gave up. It is now 20 years later and the story begins. This is absolutely the best story. One minute you are laughing out loud and the next there is a need for a tissue. Some of the moments are very sad and some are just so touching that it brings tears. Lots of mystery as Declan tries to figure out why his dad died when it shouldn't have happened. The family is all involved as always and the two grannies are front and center with a deck of cards and a cask in their purse. It is funny, romantic, mysterious, fun, and touching. I loved it and definitely recommend it. I recommend the whole Dogfather series that starts it all and then this group in the Dogmothers. Great books and great reads.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 9/27/2020
This is the story of the oldest Mahoney’s brother, Bitter Bark’s Firefighter Captain Declan Mahoney and the lady who always held his heart, Evie Hewitt. A second chance love story, sprinkled with a dash of drama and suspense it is hard not to start and stop until you see that final grammar period. These two were working towards their forever after when a fire that turn into tragedy re arrange said plans and it is been 20 years since they have been face to face together.
Evie Hewitt left Bitter Bark and became a successful veterinary which specialized in Neurology, but as it happens to many, the job takes a toll and she decides to take a sabbatical, return to her roots and visit with his grandfather Max who lives in the historical Gloriana House, their family house, which has been passed down from Thaddeus Bushrod founder of Bitter Bark. What these two professionals don’t realized is that their family had a hand in their chance encounter. Enter Gramma Finnie and Yiayia, the Dogmothers who devised a chance encounter for our protagonists with the help of Max and a lovable Siberian-Malamute mix who will need their help, who will be the main reason for they coming back and revisited that fateful night and who also give a nudge towards their future.
I loved this book. Oh the feels! First, there was a Siberian mix puppy in my childhood and Rocki you just knew how to make Judah special. Second, this is a romance story where both central characters have fulfilled their goals indepently, they know what they really want and this time around are well prepared to work and fight for their HEA. Third, family…specially all the senior characters with their wisdom and perennial youthfulness at heart, they’re a force to reckon with. And lastly, how can I not give a shout out to Bitter Bark as a whole?
Man’s Best Friend kept me up all night, made me laugh out loud, unearthed happy memories, guess constantly as a mystery is solved and believe that love is not only for twenty/thirty something…it is ageless. Five shining stars!
The Dogmothers Series is a spinoff from the Dogfather Series, both series sport unique covers that portray rescue dogs from Alaqua Animal Refuge in FL and “local heroes” as their companions. During releasing month, part of the sales are donated to them.
These are my most sincere thoughts and opinion. Although I received ARC, I bought a copy because my personal collection will be incomplete without it.