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One Good Dog Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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I know when some of my Amazon Friends see I've written another review about a book that features a dog, they are going to roll their eyes and keep as far away from One Good Dog (and maybe me as well) as possible. That will be be their misfortune. But do yourself a favor and don't let it be yours. I think if you are a reader who likes dogs and enjoys a highly emotional, well-written book you'll be singing One Good Dog's praises just as loudly as I am.
I won't summarize the plot as you can find out about what the book is about from the Amazon Book Description above. I will say, though, that Susan Wilson has written an emotionally-charged story of second chances and of the power of the human/canine bond. It is a story that touches the heart in regards to the many ways in which a dog can make better people's lives. As Chance himself, the dog in the book, put it: "What else could I have done? I'm only canine, I had to help!"
One Good Dog is a book that will make you feel things in ways that will at times have you laughing and at other times have you crying. And, most importantly, it will always make you feel glad you decided to read this very moving book. Is it perfect? No. Is it often predictable? Yes. But, I think your overall reaction, like mine, will be "who cares! just tell me what else Susan Wilson has written." I've already bought a copy of her latest book, The Dog Who Danced.
Bottom line: Give Chance a chance to impact your life for awhile!
The book begins with a scenario in an animal shelter with a clever twist. We soon meet Adam March, a demanding self-centered CEO candidate of a prestigious company. March is the stereotypical man on the way up, owning three homes with a "money is no object" lifestyle.
One day, following an accidnetal emotional trigger, he commits an act that has legal, moral and financial consequences. He loses everything and ultimately finds a new life through working at a homeless shelter and yes, inadvertently adopting a dog. His pit bull mix also has been cast out by society and also experiences trouble escaping his past (sometimes literally). There's even a romantic connection to Adam, his new life, and of course, the dog.
I read the book before reading reviews, barely skimming the book jacket blurb. It's a tribute to the author that I didn't find myself questioning the plot, characters or setting. I wanted escape fiction and there it was. The pacing and suspense were flawless. The ending was plausible...just.
Inevitably this book will be compared to Garth Stein's Art of Racing in the Rain. Stein's writing is tighter and more lyrical. His book is much more painful to read, but also has stronger descriptions of the environment and some truly memorable passages.
One Good Dog should stand on its own. If I were looking for comparisons, I'd compare it more to Lost & Found by Jacqueline Sheehan, rather than Racing in the Rain.
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Worth reading and looking forward to more books by Susan Wilson.