Friday, March 8, 2013

The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs 
by Nick Trout 

Publisher: Hyperion Books 
Pages: 256 
Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  After fifteen years, Dr. Cyrus Mills returns to rural Vermont to inherit the Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the failing veterinary practice of his recently deceased and long-estranged father. Cyrus, a veterinary pathologist far more comfortable with cold clinical facts than living, breathing animals (not to mention their quirky, demanding owners), intends to sell the practice and get out of town as fast as he can. 

Then his first patient--a down-on-her-luck golden retriever named Frieda Fuzzypaws--wags her way through the door, and suddenly life gets complicated. With the help of a black Labrador gifted in the art of swallowing underwear, a Persian cat determined to expose her owner's lover as a gold digger, and the allure of a feisty, pretty waitress from the local diner, Cyrus gets caught up in a new community and its endearing residents, both human and animal. Sensing he may have misjudged the past, he begins to realize it's not just his patients that need healing. 


Kritters Thoughts:  Dr. Cyrus Mills has had some personal issues in Charleston, SC, so he heads up north to Vermont to help restore his father's veterinary practice.  He has the intentions of selling the practice for some extra cash flow and escaping back down south.  But the reader knows that this isn't where the story will end and in between is a small town and some sweet pets and interesting owners.

This one read pretty quick which was perfect for my limited attention span (darn you buying a house).  It was easy to learn the main characters and follow this doctor as he learns about his parents and that the truths that he thought were not the whole picture.  I absolutely adored reading about each pet and their owner, being a dog owner I always wonder if you can predict things about me upon meeting my pet.

I rarely read a book that has a gentleman at the center of the story, it was nice to get out of my comfort zone and read something written by a man about a man.  I would definitely recommend this to any reader - a light story with great characters was a great combination.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Hyperion Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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