Lila Elliot knows she’s lucky. A shooting rampage at her office left several colleagues dead and others seriously wounded. Lila’s injuries will heal in time. Yet though she gratefully retreats to her best friend’s house to recuperate, Lila can’t quite move past her fear and anger. Being drafted into caring for Grace – a shaggy, formerly abused golden retriever–only adds to her stress. Lila has been terrified of dogs since childhood. But Grace, like Lila, needs time and space to recover. Grace keeps her distance, sensing Lila’s wariness, and only perks up for Adam, the neighbour who rescued her. Though struggling to make sense of her recent tragedy, Lila, an accomplished artist, begins to see beauty in Grace’s wisps of fur and haunted eyes. As Adam points out, Grace, too, has suffered through no fault of her own. And in helping Grace to trust, Lila is being gently nudged toward the courage she needs to do the same. (Goodreads)
The premise of this book is a good one, in my opinion. An abused dog and a highly damaged human bonding and forming a healing relationship is a feel- good concept that I really enjoyed.
I really liked Grace, I thought she stole the show. I felt her mannerisms, her actions and the way she had “selective hearing” made her she very real to me. I loved the way she showed unconditional love even though she was abused. Lila was not one of my favorite people, her dislike of dogs was over-the-top for me. I did not think Lila had very many redeeming qualities.
The writing style was a bit choppy for me and did not flow as smoothly as I would have liked. Some sentences just seemed awkward to me, but that is only my opinion. I thought the cover of the book is adorable and I just wanted to pet Grace and give her big hugs.
Like I said before, the premise of this book is a good one and I got to meet Grace, a loving, forgiving dog. Her whole goal was to have someone to love and be loved by. I am glad that I read this book and I would recommend it to dog lovers.