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Even the Dog Knows Review

I found this to be a very cute read.


Rating: 3/5

A family’s old, beloved dog takes a final road trip to help his humans find forgiveness and healing.


Meg Gorton finds herself alone and lonely in Florida. Three years earlier, she had packed what she could fit into her sister’s car and asked her estranged husband, Gary, to take care of Moses, their beloved black Labrador. Things between Meg and Gary hadn't been the same after the loss of their only daughter many years ago. Even after raising their grandson, Troy, it was clear that if Meg wanted a new beginning, she would have to do it alone.


Haunted by the tragedy of his daughter’s death, Gary is stuck in his life in Woodstock, Virginia. He still owns and drives the bus for their hometown minor league baseball team, and he still thinks about the day his wife drove away.


Everything changes when Meg contacts Gary with a request to bring Moses to visit her one last time before the old dog passes on. Gary is reluctant, but Troy thinks it’s an excellent idea. They could even travel together in Gary’s bus. Along the way, Gary takes a detour to visit Troy’s ex-girlfriend, Grace. Gary might not know how to fix things with his wife, but he knows he doesn’t want Troy to make the same mistakes he did.


Although Moses is just a dog, he’s very observant. It doesn’t take long for him to figure out they are going on to see Meg. He knows he’s an old dog and that his time is near, but he also knows his family needs his help.


Even the Dog Knows is a novel that will take readers on a thousand-mile journey to find forgiveness, understanding, healing, and the meaning of true and lasting love.

 

I received an ARC of Even the Dog Knows through Shadow Mountain Publishing asking that I read it and feature it on my page. Thank you so much for this opportunity!


One thing that I love about having started this blog is how it’s gotten me to pick up books that I don’t think I would have otherwise. And Even the Dog Knows is one of them. If I hadn’t been a blogger, I don’t know if I would have had the urge to pick this one up and if I came across it.


But let me just say, I found this to be a very cute read. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with this one. However, as soon as I started I knew we were going to have such an adventure. This gave me strong vibes of the movie, A Dog’s Purpose, including the occasional chapters set in the point of view of our aging dog, Moses. Though if I’m honest, I would have loved to see more chapters set in Moses' point of view. I think this book would have been even more entertaining to read if that was the case.


This gave me strong vibes of the movie, A Dog’s Purpose, including the occasional chapters set in the point of view of our aging dog, Moses.

And before you ask, no the dog doesn’t die. However, that is the concern for this premise. We follow an aging separated couple, Meg and Gary. And together they own a black lab, Moses. Meg wants to see Moses one last time before he passes and asks Gary to drive down to Florida to give her that chance. Of course, as most old men are, Gary is reluctant, and it takes their grandson, Troy to convince him to take the trip. Though, their road trip is anything but simple. Gary and Troy find themselves on an adventurous trip that leads them through ways of understanding and forgiveness.


And before you ask, no the dog doesn’t die.

I didn’t find much of this book to be all that surprising, in regards to the overall plot. Though some of the events that occurred during the road trip were a bit surprising. Moses is one keen old dog! But as I said, I found this to be such a cute read that focuses on healing and forgiveness. The ending definitely made my heart swell.


I think anyone who enjoys contemporary novels set around family will definitely enjoy this one! Especially if you enjoyed A Dog’s Purpose.