I received a free advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
• Publisher: William Morrow (April 30, 2019)
“In this unforgettable novel, perfect for fans of An Unexpected Grace and A Dog’s Way Home, a single mom and her chronically ill child receive a valuable lesson from an unlikely source—a very special dog who unexpectedly enters their lives and shows them that one person’s lost cause can be another’s greatest gift . . .
Dr. Kate Blunt will do anything for her son, Jasper. Well, almost anything. Since Jasper has the incurable lung disease cystic fibrosis, Kate’s always told him he couldn’t get a dog. It’s a tough call, but she’s a single mom taking care of a kid who fights for every breath he takes. The daily medical routine that keeps Jasper alive is complicated enough. Worse still, Kate’s personal resolve runs contrary to her work as the veterinarian in charge of a Cape Cod animal shelter, where she is on a mission to find forever homes for dogs in desperate need.
The scarred, mistreated wreck of a dog that turns up doesn’t stand a chance. Named Whistler, he’s too old, too ugly. But the dog forms an instantaneous bond with Jasper. Whistler never makes a sound, yet he speaks to Jasper in a myriad of mysterious ways. The clock’s ticking, the dog’s future hangs in the balance, and Jasper would do anything to find him a home; but Whistler has chosen them—for a reason.”
Happy Wednesday, guys, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wonder of Lost Causes. This is my first Trout book, and books about dogs aren’t typically my go-to, but books about human connection are and that is exactly what this is.
Jasper stole my heart from the very beginning. I love the way Jasper’s voice was written and that we get the chance as readers to hear the story from his narration as well as Kate’s. Kate, to me, is an incredibly strong woman. As a single mom of two, I relate to a lot of Kate’s thoughts and reactions and the parts of the book where she narrates were some of my favorites.
You can tell that Trout not only has a deep understanding of human to animal connection but human to human connection as well. This is more than a dog and his boy story. It is a story of strength, family, and growth. If you are a dog lover, mom, or just someone looking for a compelling read, I suggest picking up this book.