Jane Harvey Berrick is one of my favorite authors, so I was so excited when I was given an ARC to review for this one!
Alex is lost and alone, with only his dog, Stan for company. He doesn’t expect kindness from anyone anymore, but sometimes hope can be found in the most unlikely places. He has a second chance at happiness, but there’s a dark side to Alex, and a reason that more than one person has called him crazy.
Single mother Dawn is doing just fine. Except that her ex- is a pain in the a**, her sister isn’t speaking to her, and her love life is on the endangered list.
At least her job as a veterinarian is going well. Until a crazy-looking guy arrives at her office accompanied by an aging dog with toothache. Or maybe Alex Winters isn’t so crazy after all, just … different.
Dawn realizes that she’s treated him the same way that all the gossips in town have treated her—people can be very cruel.
This book should probably come with a trigger warning. There are some graphic scenes involving animals, which normally for me is something I can’t deal with. I can’t watch movies with it, I can’t read books with it, however the way that Jane Harvey Berrick wrote this story sucked me in and even though there were some scenes that were very graphic and upsetting for me I was able to read through it and ended up loving the book.
Something I love about Jane Harvey Berrick is the way she deals with difficult subjects through her characters and stories. Some of her books have included characters dealing with dyslexia, mental illness, and disabilities, and she has written these stories so beautifully. This book dealt with some heavy subject matter, and through her story telling you connect so deeply to these characters you live through it with them. Even though some parts were hard to get through, you continue to read and connect, and in the end it was all worth it.
Something I found unique about this book was there were a few areas where the story was told through Stan’s Point of View, which Stan is the dog from the story. It was really sweet to see the world through his eyes, and is something I really enjoyed about the story.
Alex was a really interesting character. A big city architect turned recluse, silent and brooding, unable to speak to anyone he doesn’t trust without a severe stutter. It was amazing to watch his transformation as her grew to trust Dawn, and how he opened up to her daughter Katie. Also the relationship with Stan was adorable and so heartbreaking.
This was an amazing story, and probably now one of my favorites by this author. This is a book you need to read. You won’t be able to put it down.
My Rating: 5 stars!
About the Author
Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).
She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1CyB8c0xA )