Last updated on March 8, 2016
Dog lovers, your time has come. I am a sucker for a tale well told that involves drama, a dog, and the promise that the dog won’t die in the end. If you are like me and like dog-friendly fiction without the fear of a tearjerker end, then prepare to fall in love with the latest title from writer, Jackie Bouchard, House Trained.
Fidose of Reality is a health and wellness blog for dog lovers of the highest order. As part of the content we deliver, keeping dog moms and dog dads well informed is important to us. House Trained is one of those books you curl up with, start reading, and then 4 hours later, you are still engulfed in the prose. I love books that grab me and make me feel like a familiar friend is present in at least one of the characters.
In a nutshell, the book’s premise is this: Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep…with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?
Excerpt Cases in Point
“She holds her hand out and lets the dog sniff at it. The dog noses her hand, trying to work some snout and ear rubs out of the girl.”
Who among us hasn’t been there, done that in a situation with a dog?
“Ruthie begins to fuss, and I realize the giant army-green purse Wren left us to use as a diaper bag still sits, forgotten, at home. How could I be so stupid? One thing dogs and babies have in common is their need for poop patrol….”
Isn’t that the truth?!
And Bouchard is masterful in her weaving of oh-so-canine-laden metaphors and similes that are not in the slightest bit cheesy, but rather, spot on for dog lovers.
“In the wee hours of Sunday, we wake, once again, to shrieking. So much for the last couple nights of Ruthie sleeping like a worn-out puppy.”
I am a voracious reader who loves a story full of characters that I actually care for and want to read more… Alex, Ruthie, and the other characters in House Trained are my kind of people. They love dogs, too: So what’s not to like?
As I embark on my first book, Bouchard is definitely an influence for me in the fine art of writing. This is the second Jackie Bouchard book I’ve read and both times, I wish the pages went on and on. She is THAT good.
Get Your Copy or Try to Win One: Giveaway Closed
Of course, we can’t keep all of this goodness to ourselves. Jackie Bouchard has graciously offered a copy of House Trained to one lucky Fidose of Reality fan. To enter, simply enter the name of a dog who has touched your life in the comments below. We’ll draw one name at random on 02/26/16. US only, please. Complete rules and regulations here.
If you can’t wait to see if you win, grab a copy of House Trained here, available in a variety of formats.
Winner is Kia of Come Wag Along.com!!!!!! Congrats!