Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge ~ Jim Kraus

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455562548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455562541

A light-hearted love story about a young couple brought together by a four-legged bandit. 
When a stray dog helps himself to a bone from a display in the supermarket, he doesn't know his actions will brand him a criminal and spark a romance between two humans. Stewart Coolidge works as a bag boy at the store, and his outraged boss offers a reward and demands Stewart catch the thieving animal. He fails at that, but now he finally has the perfect excuse to talk to his cute neighbor, Lisa. 

Lisa has always dreamed of being a journalist and asks Stewart if she can interview him for the local paper. As she gets to know Stewart, she likes him more and more, and she's delighted to learn he shares her Christian faith. Stewart can't bring himself to tell her she's mistaken, that he's not religious at all. And that's not Stewart's only deception. When the dog shows up on the doorstep of their building, Stewart decides to harbor the furry fugitive. But this is no ordinary dog, he has a divine sense of how things should be--and recognizing how much Stewart needs Lisa, he decides to do all he can to bring them together.

My take on this book:
I love reading stories about dogs and Jim Kraus has written more than a few that were great, including his latest one The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge. 

Stewart Coolidge works at the local grocery store as a bag boy. When a stray dog continues to come in and steal chew bones his boss isn't happy and demands that Stewart catch him. While he doesn't  catch him, the dog does show up at his apartment building and Stewart decides to let him in, little does he know just how much this dog will change his life!

Reading this story was a no brainer for me, after all I love stories that revolve around animals, but it was the  powerful messages woven through out the story that makes this one a stand out memorable read! I certainly enjoyed the small town feel of this book, and the wonderful cast of characters that we meet. The three central characters are Calvin, a young man who is a college graduate working as a bag boy, his neighbor Lisa, who works as a waitress, and a stray dog that they name Hubert. It was neat to see the story unfold through the eyes of the various characters especially the dog. While there are more than a few laughs there are several moments that made me pause and think as well. I loved the ending and was left feeling better for having read the story.

 A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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