Book Review: A Dog’s Way Home

Book Review: A Dog’s Way Homeby W. Bruce Cameron
Published by Forge Books on May 9, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Animals
Pages: 336
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From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn't understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog's Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. This fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart is in the same tradition as the beloved bestseller, A Dog's Purpose.

Review

If you’ve read author W. Bruce Cameron’s previous dog-centric books (A Dog’s Journey, A Dog’s Purpose), you know that he is a master at both tugging on our heartstrings and telling a wonderful story from the perspective of a dog.

In his newest novel, A Dog’s Way Home once again finds that sweet spot of humor, emotion and drama as Bella’s story unfolds and captures the love, devotion and personality of this sweet dog. You’ve heard stories of dogs traveling hundreds of miles to find their beloved owners – now we get to see it from the unique perspective of the dog herself as she tries to get home to her Lucas and his mother.

He has created a cast of characters (animal and human) that you will love (or despise), and there is the mastery of this author – his ability to make you CARE so much. I found myself looking around the room for my own spunky (and often annoying) ball-obsessed spaniel as Bella found herself in danger again and again. Cameron is, however, gentler on our tear ducts – while this did have me welling up, it wasn’t the full on ugly cry that caught my husband out on his flight from Chicago to Newark. I deem it flight safe for the self-consciously weepy reader.

A Dog’s Way Home serves well to shed a light on the unintended consequences and tragedies of Breed Discriminatory Legislation. Bella is (inaccurately) labelled as a pit by shady and petty animal control officers, and even after other staff members note that she is a mix, sweet and gentle, nothing can be done to reverse the labelling.  I think it also reinforces the importance of adoptions via animal rescue!

The story also shows in a heartbreakingly tender way the ability of dogs to calm and soothe as Bella interacts with veterans at the VA hospital. It’s amazing what dogs can sense, and the book brings this to life from the perspective of a dog and the importance and need for service dogs for veterans.

A Dog’s Way Home thoughtfully weaves together these many themes and leaves you with a full heart. Go get this book. Good reader!

 

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About the Author

dog's wayW. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose (now a major motion picture), A Dog’s Journey, The Dog Master, and The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter and other books. He lives in California with his wife, filmmaker, actress, and writer Cathryn Michon, and their dog, Tucker.

 

*Many thanks to the author for providing me with an advanced reader copy. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.  

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Comments

  1. His books are a cry fest for me!
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  2. Okay, I feel like bursting into tears just looking at it. I have sobbed through his other books and, from the cover alone, I’m sure I will be stocking up on tissues for this one, too!

  3. Campsie says:

    Loved it. Warning, once you start reading you will not be able to stop until you get to the end. How could I put the kindle down before I found out what happened to Bella??? She was the definition of “A Good Dog”.

    • Such a good book. My husband walked into the room talking about a “little bit of cheese” and it took me a minute to realize he had finished the book, lol!

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