Sunday, March 22, 2015
REVIEW: Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout
Author: Nick Trout
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: April, 2014
Genre: General Fiction
Description: When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.
So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.
My Thoughts: Dog Gone, Back Soon is the charming sequel to The Patron Saint Of Lost Dogs, where the reader is first introduced to Dr. Cyrus Mills and the two legged and four legged residents of Eden Falls, Vermont. I enjoyed the first book so much that I was looking forward to this book to see what Cyrus was up to next. Dog Gone picks up very shortly after Patron Saint ends, so it is imperative you read Patron Saint first to fully understand and appreciate the background.
In Dog Gone, the reader is treated to the arrival of more adorable pets as well as a villain, of sorts. He runs the Healthy Paws veterinary clinic in a nearby town and has made it his mission to see Bedside Manor fail, especially when a few of their patients come to Cyrus for help.
Cyrus and Amy finally go on an official date that does not end well and the reader is taken on a journey of Cyrus battling the green-eyed monster and trying to come to terms with his feelings for Amy, while trying to do the right thing when he is mistaken for someone else.
I especially enjoy how the author uses his own remarkable veterinary skills to illuminate how Cyrus uncovers what is ailing each of his furry patients. As with the first book in the series, this story also tugs on the heartstrings. I really love how the animals bring Cyrus out of his introverted shell. He is not the same man he was when he first arrived and I love seeing the interactions between him and the animals.
My Final Verdict: I really hope to see another book in this series. I highly recommend this series if you enjoy a heartwarming story that elicits strong emotional responses filled with characters that are easy to connect and relate to.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Dog Gone, Back Soon from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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