Stylist Jessica Champlin knows it takes more than a darling goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband, investigative journalist Sebastian Hess, had too many irreconcilable differences for even their beloved dog Baxter to heal. So they've agreed to joint custody, and life has settled into a prickly normalcy.
But when Baxter heroically rescues a child and the video footage goes viral, Jess and Sebastian are thrown together again, and her life takes some very unexpected twists. The line of dogwear she creates becomes wildly successful, and suddenly she's in the spotlight with everyone watching - the press, the new guy she's seeing, Sebastian, and the past she never imagined she would face again. Soon there's only one person by her side - and it's the person she least expected. She's willing to open up to a new normal - just as long as Baxter approves.
Jessica overinflates how bad the mistakes in her past were -- and her angst over that shame is what drives the story. Her dread that the truth might come out, and her desperation to share in the love the world is heaping onto her dog, goes on too long and gets a bit tired -- but all in all it was a pleasant book to listen to.
I like Sebastian, Gavin and Billy. I think the characters were well constructed. Not complex, but more than one dimensional.
Baxter is the best written character in the book. As well he should be.
Laura Caldwell is not an important writer, but pleasant.