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Review: The Dog Park by Laura Caldwell

Book Summary

A couple's best friend?

Stylist Jessica Champlin knows it takes more than a darling goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband, investigative journalist Sebastian Hess, had too many irreconcilable differences for even their beloved dog, Baxter, to heal. So they've agreed to joint custody, and life has settled into a prickly normalcy.

But when Baxter heroically rescues a child and the video footage goes viral, Jess and Sebastian are thrown together again, and her life takes some very unexpected twists. The line of dogwear she creates becomes wildly successful, and suddenly she's in the spotlight with everyone watching—the press, the new guy she's seeing, Sebastian and the past she never imagined she would face again. Soon there's only one person by her side—and it's the person she least expected. She's willing to open up to a new normal just as long as Baxter approves.


Despite my love for dogs, I was never one of those people who understood the type who took their dog everywhere and treated them as if they were their children. Don't get me wrong, I grew up with a dog that I adored and was part of the family but I just didn't get it until I read The Dog Park. Whether you are crazy in love with your dog or not, this is the type of story that will make any dog lover swoon and for those who are not, fall in love with their love for what everyone considers man's best friend.

Overall, I thought the book was a delight to read. It was so much more than a dog book. It was a beautiful story that portrayed an animal in a way that I haven't read before. For those of you who are dog lovers, Baxter, is someone that you will definitely identify with. You really as a reader can embrace the love of one's pet through the eyes of Jess and Sebastian. He wasn't just a dog but a member of their lives captured in moments that bring tenderness to the book which definitely he was the star that shined throughout. Their story, definitely unique brought an interesting storyline worth reading considering you might find yourself with a love/hate relationship with Sebastian but that is to be determined. Overall, cute and heartwarming, I'd definitely recommend for anyone who is definitely a pet lover.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Publication date: 7/29/2014
Pages: 352

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