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He may not look like your typical "rescue dog"---but the mutt who shoplifts a bone from Stewart's supermarket just may save his love life! When neighbor Lisa helps Stewart harbor the furry fugitive, she captures his heart. There's just one problem. Lisa's a devout Christian and mistakenly believes Stewart is, too. Should he set her straight? 336 pages, softcover from Faithwords.
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Publication Date: 2015
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5canine antics!October 27, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One never knows what a story is like until reading begins and the end is reached. I chose this book partly because I am a dog lover and also because Jim Kraus is a new author to me. As I completed the novel, I was amazed at how subtle some of lifes toughest issues were handled by a young man, woman and a dog they named Hubert.
Of course readers will acknowledge the use of anthropomorphism throughout the story, but it really aids us in understanding the message of hope. Stewart is a college grad who could only find a job bagging at a grocery store. Lisas college training was in communications, but currently she is working in a coffee shop. Hubert is a beautiful black and white dog who loves to frustrate the grocery store manager when he sneaks in, grabs a chew bone and escapes without being caught!
The scene is in a small town where all sorts of eclectic people live which adds flair to the work of fiction. As I came towards the end of the book, the message of hope became very clear and the future of the two young people was drastically changed. Sometimes I would read the tale through the eyes of the dog and other times through various human characters.
I cannot thank the author enough for writing a tale with such a strong message of hope and new beginnings! There were times I would laugh at a scenes description and other times would cheer for the dog to not be caught or Stewart! I am sure some of the audience will be able to relate to the dysfunctional family both Stewart and Lisa experienced. Over all, the way this tale is woven together, I guarantee laughs, moments of contemplation and more laughs. Jim Kraus writes a powerful story we wont soon forget and might want to share with others! Plan on reading this tale perhaps with friends or family members, maybe even a book club!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A delightful canine storyOctober 26, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a delightful story about a special dog that turns out to be quite a match maker. But before he was a match maker, he was a criminal.
We first hear about the stray as he is swiping a chew bone from the local grocery store. The patient dog knows just when to sneak through the automatic door, trot down to aisle five, and snag a chew bone from the bottom bin. He's out the door in a flash midst the yelling of the manager.
Stewart Coolidge, political science college graduate but current grocery store employee, is assigned the dangerous task of chasing the dog. Day after day the clever dog outwits his would be captors. Imagine Stewart's surprise when he sees the dog by his apartment. Stewart takes him in. That helps him get to know, Lisa, the beautiful young woman in the apartment below. A journalism major now making lattes submits a story to the local paper. Soon the dog is famous and a reward is offered. Even as Steward and Lisa are getting to know each other better, their lives become quite complicated.
I love this well written dog story. Lisa names the stray Hubert and he is a dear. He likes to listen to Scripture being read. That's a good thing for Stewart who has abandoned the faith his grandmother taught him. Hubert is such an intelligent dog, he knows better what Stewart and Lisa need than they do. Stewart and Lisa are great characters. Stewart is kind of clueless about romance and life in general and Hubert helps him in so many ways. It is just sweet.
This is a great novel about damaged people being loved into wholeness by a stray dog, a dog with the scars of mistreatment on his back. It is a good reminder that God may have unusual means to get us where He wants us to be.
Can a dog understand faith and trust and who God is? I don't know, but it sure makes for a delightful novel. There's a Reading Group Guide so this would be a good choice for reading groups. I highly recommend it.
I received a complimentary egalley of this novel from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Criminal Canine!October 21, 2015NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jim Kraus spins a yarn that I found charming and humorous! I had read the author's book entitled "The Cat That God Sent" several months ago, and found his writing to be very entertaining! I'm a cat person, but with my admiration for the author's writing I broke down and decided to read a story about a very special dog. I certainly was not disappointed! In fact, I intend to add more Jim Kraus books to my collection.
Very special characters come to life through the entertaining capers depicted in this very amusing book. Two young people with less than satisfactory careers are drawn together by a mischievous stray dog who earns the title, Hubert. A budding romance develops, with Hubert the common denominator. Hubert is a naughty dog, but his humans love him enough to keep his existence concealed in order to protect him. There is much diversity and hilarity described throughout the development of this story, with some pretty quirky characters and some not-so-nice characters to stir up the mix.
Many redeeming factors evolve in this comical story of a developing relationship between individuals with questionable differences in lifestyles. Ultimately faith and forgiveness prevail. This refreshing story is endearing, charming and a delightful experience!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.