If you put a puppy on the cover of your novel, you’re guaranteed to capture my attention. In the case of Meg Donohue’s new novel, DOG CRAZY, she has four chocolate lab puppies on the cover. I was practically into chapter three before I realized I’d picked up the book and was reading.
“Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, DOG CRAZY is a big-hearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.” (Back cover)
Maggie Brennan moves to San Francisco from Philadelphia to start her pet bereavement practice. She brings her beloved 13 year-old retriever, Toby who she’s had since he was a puppy. Suddenly he gets sick and passes away and Maggie finds herself not only unable to counsel herself but she develops agoraphobia and acrophobia and is unable to leave her apartment. Patients come to her, fortunately, so when she’s hired to help a young girl find her missing dog, Maggie is forced to put on her big girl panties and become the therapist she’s trained to be. She puts aside her fears and helps her patient.
Soon we have a ginger-haired poodle, Seymour the bassett hound, a motley cast of homeless pups from SuperMutt Rescue and a volunteer group that Maggie can’t resist serving which are the delightful supporting cast of characters in DOG CRAZY and you just know everything is going to work out. DOG CRAZY is guaranteed to bring joy to people and pooches alike.
**Reviewers note: Readers should not come to this book looking for pet bereavement help. It’s a light-hearted story, which at best mentions grief. I experienced the loss of a pet and as much as I enjoyed DOG CRAZY, it does not substitute for a therapist.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for providing a copy of DOG CRAZY for an honest review. Please find listed below information on where you can purchase DOG CRAZY and get more info on Meg Donohue.
Meg Donohue is the USA Today Bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All The Summer Girls. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dog.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t share how thankful I am for my own little rescue angel, SASSY who is the love of my life.
Sassy & Cindy enjoying lunch at the Bal Harbour Shoppes.