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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Review: Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
by Kim Watters

An introvert at heart, newly divorced Emily Bryant will do anything to bring a smile back to her son's lips--even adopt a complete stranger's dog from a want-ad. But once she meets the owner, Daniel Gibbs, and the big-eared, furry mutt, Sir Isaac Newton, the smile she so desperately wants for Jeremy might just grace her lips as well.


I loved this story. Loved. It. Ms. Watters did a fabulous job creating real characters and deep emotion -- people and places we can care about. The heroine is still trying to get her feet under her and has many challenges: she doesn't know exactly who she is after remaking herself for her now ex-husband, a son who is desperately hurt by his father's abandonment, and introversion so extreme that making a phone call is painful.

When you introduce a handsome fireman and goofy dog into the mix, things can't help but be fun. They're also emotional and satisfying. My only complaint with this story is I wanted more. I want to be a fly on the wall as Emily and Daniel get to know each other. I don't suppose there's a sequel?