Monday, March 30, 2020

Review: Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson

Lawyer for the Dog
by Lee Robinson

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 230
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  One of the sharpest attorneys in Charleston, S.C., Sally Baynard isn’t your typical southern belle. She’s certainly not what her mother hoped she’d grow up to be, especially since she divorced her husband, Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, and his historic family with their historic wealth and historic houses. Maybe Sally was never going to be a proper society lady, but her success as a public defender and family lawyer have been enough for her. She’s represented murderers, burglars, drug dealers and lately has taken on some of the thorniest divorces, all cases closed with her Sally Bright Baynard wit, charm and brains.

Or have they? One case she’s never successfully closed is her marriage. And when Judge Joe assigns her to one of his divorce cases by appointing her as the Lawyer for the Dog -- Sherman, a miniature schnauzer-- she’s forced into close quarters with him again. Juggling the needs of the dog, the angry owners, her amorous but uncommunicative ex-husband, her aging, Alzheimer’s-ridden mother, and the expectations of the court is more than Sally could have imagined. And as rascally Sherman digs his way into Sally’s heart, he brings along his charming vet Tony, a man who makes Sally question her views on love and marriage.

Kritters Thoughts:  Sally Baynard prides herself on being an attorney in Charleston, SC, but after divorcing a guy from a well known family who becomes a judge, she is often put into awkward situations - hence she becomes a guardian lawyer for a dog who's parents are going through a divorce.  

First, I am a huge dog fan.  I have three of my own, so a book where the dog is a central character and they don't die, sign me up!  This book already had points before I even started reading it.  BUT I really did love this book.  I loved the concept of a dog being a valued item in a divorce and needing more context than dividing up houses and cars and such.  It was so sweet to follow Sally and she tried to find the best solution for Sherman, the dog and I loved the way she went about "investigating."  

This was a fun and sweet book that was perfect to curl up with in one day.  It was short and sweet and I was excited to follow it up with the sequel, which I will review later today.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  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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