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A note from Ms. Collins: “That Dog Won't Hunt is the first book in my new Southern contemporary Dearing Family Series. I love exploring difficult issues in relationships, yet at the same time making people laugh. Life is full of both hardship and humor, sometimes in the same crazy moments. That Dog Won't Hunt has both. And it's set in a small town full of eclectic characters--so what's not to love? Hope you enjoy meeting them all.” Taken from Amazon.com.
This book was different from other books that I have read by this author, but it really caught my attention. Can a woman, Christina, who has been abused and been told she will never amount to anything be accepted into a family that is loving, caring and accepting? Can she allow herself to let her guard down and see that these people are real? And that they are not out to hurt her? Can her finance, Ben, understand what Christina has been through and stay strong in this relationship?
This was a delightful book. It took a look at a harder topic, abuse, but woven it into a funny, yet meaningful story. You will not be disappointed with this book.
I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Ben Dearing takes his fiancée home with him to meet his family at their annual family reunion. Meeting the perspective in-laws is tense enough but bring in the whole clan and things heat up.
The Dearing family is a cast of fun-loving, quirky characters. This competitive, teasing family is almost too much for Ben's fiancée. Christian Day has pushed her past deep inside and tries to be what everyone wants her to be. Ben's sister Jess' already negative attitude toward any girl her baby brother brings home doesn't help Christina feel welcome. Jess own mixed feeling toward her childhood friend Tamel and her desire to best everyone adds not only tension but comic relief.
A spoiled Yorkie has a place in the plot. The tiny dog often reflected various moods that help drive the plot. The title is in honor of this little princess based on a southern expression referring to non-working dogs.
The only disappointing part was how short the story was. Just as key characters are breaking through the surface of their problems the book ends. Now I have to wait for Book 2. I can only assume that the author has researched the depths of these characters emotional needs as much as she does poison, knives and disease for her other books. Sadly, I will have to wait until the next installment to find out.
This story is about Ben, the 'baby' of the Dearing family. He has brought his fiancé, Christina home to meet the family during their annual summer family reunion. Christina grew up in an alcoholic family in which she was physically and emotionally abused and neglected. Really tragic and sad. To say she has "issues" is an understatement. The Dearing family on the other hand, is loving, loud, boisterous, funny, loyal, caring, honest, respectful and Christian. Will Christina fit in? Will her issues create discord in the Dearing family? Will she and Ben end their engagement?
I had a difficult time with the Christina character. While she lived a very hard and difficult childhood, as an adult she is still miserable. She can't laugh and enjoy the good people and good times around her, not even with Ben. Instead of being grateful for the chance at a better life and for being welcomed and accepted into a happy and loving family,
she just whines and complains. She is very self centered. It is all about how others will treat her and what her future husband will do for her. Others should not expect her to bring them a cup of coffee or soft drink. Nope, she is not going to be anyone's servant. And she resents that anyone, including her fiancé would expect that of her. She just wants to wallow in her self pity and continue to act like a victim. Certainly not enjoy the family and events around her. She had a horrible childhood, but God has given her a good man to love her forever and a kind and loving family welcoming her. But all she can do is whine, pout and find fault and be miserable all the time.
There were so many brief lighthearted moments in the book...until Christine's misery cut them short. And Jess' and Tamel's relationship is interesting. I would like to see where that goes.
I am not sure I will read the next book in the series or not. I would love to read more about the Dearing family, but had enough of Christine's misery. I am hoping she becomes more caring, loving and appreciative of others and shows some signs of joy and happiness.