The Dog I Loved: A Novel

The Dog I Loved: A Novel

New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson is back with another signature heartwarming novel—one that begs the question: Can a dog lead the way to finding one's humanity?

After spending years in prison for a crime she didn’t intend to commit, Rose Collins is suddenly free. Someone who knows about the good work she has done—training therapy dogs while serving time—has arranged for her early release. This mysterious benefactor has even set her up with a job in the coastal Massachusetts community of Gloucester, on the edge of Dogtown, a place of legend and, for the first time since Rosie's whole world came crashing down, hope. There she works to rebuild her life with the help of Shadow, a stray dog who appears one rainy night and refuses to leave Rose’s side.

Meghan Custer is a wheelchair-bound war veteran who used to be hopeless, too. Living at home with her devoted but stifling parents felt a lot like being in prison, in fact. But ever since she was matched with a service dog named Shark, who was trained in a puppy-to-prisoner rehabilitation program, Meghan has a brand new outlook. Finally, she can live on her own. Go to work. And maybe, with Shark by her side, even find love again.

Two strong women on a journey toward independence whose paths collide in extraordinary ways. Two dogs who somehow manage to save them both. A tale of survival and a testament to the human spirit, The Dog I Loved is an emotional and inspiring novel that no reader will soon forget.

Title:The Dog I Loved: A Novel
ISBN:9781250078148
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    The Dog I Loved: A Novel Reviews

  • Liz

    I am a sucker for books involving dogs. So, of course, I was going to read The Dog I Loved, which deals with the healing power of dogs. Rose is in prison for voluntary manslaughter of her controlling ...

  • Dianne

    If a dog has ever owned your heart, you will understand how two strong-willed women were healed all because of a special canine. You will also believe in a dog’s mission in life, because they are a ...

  • Linden

    Rosie is sent to prison, and is released after 6 years of her 20 after her case is reviewed and the conviction determined to be unjust. She has trained service dogs through a prison program, and becom...

  • Lindsey Gandhi

    This book was a 3.5 star review for me and I struggled in deciding whether to round up or down on the stars. There were parts I loved about this book and parts that just didn't flow right for me.I was...

  • Aisling

    A solid good read about the redemption of one woman (unfairly incarcerated) and the healing of another (a wounded Army veteran) which is woven in with a story from the 1880s from 'Dogtown' Massachuset...

  • Debbie

    The Dog I LovedSusan WilsonNarrated by Christina Delaine11 hours 4 minutesSusan Wilson’s latest bandwagon for the dog novel is heartbreaking and heartwarming staring two amazing women and the dogs t...

  • Maureen DeLuca

    Solid 4 star and added 1 for the Dog ! xx ...

  • Anne

    I have read many of this author’s books and loved every one of them, and this one is no exception. Susan Wilson “gets” dogs in a way that few humans do. But she also “gets” women, and the un...

  • Celtic's Library

    My thoughts: 4 Stars I am a sucker for books with dogs, or any animal really. I often find myself relaxing at the end of a long, busy day with a book in one hand and the other rubbing the velvety soft...

  • Maria

    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -4.5 stars.“The Dog I Loved”, by Susan Wilson, is a gripping foray into the historic human-dog relationship and a powerful tale abou...