Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Review: Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

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.

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Hyperion

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank You!

I have to start out by saying that my opinion of this book might be a little biased because I am a huge animal lover. I myself am owned by a beautiful and incredibly smart golden retriever with whom I like more than most humans. It was because of my love for animals that I couldn't wait to dive into this book.

Dog Gone, Back Soon was a quirky, easy to read book about Dr. Cyrus Mills when he returned to Eden Falls to take over his late father's vet clinic. A little geeky, socially awkward and unsure of himself, Cyrus finds himself knee deep in some very unusual cases of both the animal and human variety while at the same time trying to save his practise from a rival clinic. His curious and overly scientific brain have him going above and beyond to "cure" both pet and pet owners.

I found myself really liking Cyrus. He was so awkward that it was almost painful but at the same time it was also endearing. His total lack of ability to communicate effectively with Amy was comical at times. What was totally obvious to me as the reader (as far as the Amy situation went) wasn't even on his radar. I giggled to myself at the stories he built in his head. I adored the relationship that he built with Stash and loved how that part of the story ultimately played out. Although he was suppose to diagnose and fix the ailments of the animals Cyrus found himself dealing with and fixing the problems of their owner.

In the end it was a super cute story that animal lovers will be sure to enjoy. There was a little quirkiness, romance, illegal activity, competition and a whole lot of furry creatures. I didn't read the first book in this series before reading this one but I will be sure to go back and read it now.

About the Author

I’m from England and I’m a veterinary surgeon working at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, one of the biggest animal hospitals in the world. If I had to sum up the best part of my career in one word it would be ‘unpredictable’ because what’s great about coming to work everyday is the certainty of surprise. It might be a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, a Maine Coon Cat or an iguana. It might be the heartache of saying goodbye to a best friend; it might be the elation of a surgical cure and a relationship to a true companion restored. It is all of this and more. What’s not to love! In my first book, Tell Me Where It Hurts I tried to capture the rush and the passion of modern veterinary medicine. In Love is the Best Medicine, I have focused more on the pets and their owners, trying to expose the more vulnerable, more emotional aspects of what it means to heal sick animals. In my latest book, Ever By My Side, I turn the lens inward and consider the animals I think of as my own pets, taking an opportunity to relive some of the defining moments of my life in which an animal took their cue, stepped up and gave me a chance to appreciate a different perspective. This is my attempt to show them off and share their subtle, startling, and inspirational lessons, which have played a small but vital part in helping to shape the person you see with the stethascope around his neck.


1 comment:

  1. I love dog stories, but always end up crying! This one sounds like a special read!