Well, the list goes on, but sufficeth to say I don’t read romance very often. I absolutely adore a good romance, but it’s too hard to find one I like.
I gave this book a chance anyway, and I’m glad I did!
Sometimes it’s nice to read a relaxing book that doesn’t overwork your brain muscles or exhaust your emotional capacity, but is still engaging. This book definitely qualifies. It wants to be read on a beach.
Don’t get me wrong; it isn’t empty. I thought the relationships between each of the characters was tantalizingly complex. While the book is technically about Van’s love for Peter, it focuses a lot her best friend and also her best friend's mom, who both saved Van’s family and ruined it in her own kind and selfish way. There’s quite a bit in there about Van’s deceased mother. The book also dabbles in class division and how the rich view the poor (think Me Before You, but with a dog).
And, of course, there’s the sexy veterinarian. That doesn’t count as a spoiler. I mean, honestly, in a book about a heart-broken new dog owner, who else was she going to fall in love with?
You might think that she buys the dog, meets the vet, and all is well and good (and boring) afterwards, but no. When Peter – the man Van has been in love with for six years – returns from his honeymoon with his new bride, that’s when things really get interesting. But I don’t want to give too much away.
Despite the novel’s complexities, it’s still an easy, relaxing, fun read.
There was one moment in the book that was hands-down my favorite. As I mentioned, she gets drunk and orders the dog, and then the next morning remembers she did it…but she has no idea how much she spent. This dog is trained to sniff out drugs and is being flown overseas, and the currency on her receipt isn’t American dollars, so it wasn't going to be cheap. As she frantically checks a currency converter, I was holding my breath (and also trying not to laugh).
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance and dogs and wants some light reading, especially anyone going to the beach.
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