I still like to have a good old fashioned book in my hands when I read sometimes, but there are some conveniences to e-books that just can’t be beat! I just finished reading “House Trained” by Jackie Bouchard and thought it would make such a great gift for a friend of mine that I won’t be able to see this Christmas. I know she has a kindle, so I can send this book to her as a Christmas gift without worrying about getting it in the mail in time!
I can’t tell you just how happy I was to finally have a chance to sit down last Sunday afternoon and finish this book! I had been reading it a bit here and there, but I sat down at just the right time with it, because I had come to a part where I just could not put it down.
I’m going to share a short review of the book, and hope that maybe you have a friend that you could send this to at the last minute as well. Or maybe you want to treat yourself to some quiet time during or after the holidays and sit down and read it yourself!
House Trained by Jackie Bouchard
Fiction (Fido-friendly fiction, as the author refers to it!)
House Trained is a novel about Alex Halstad, a childless interior designer and dog mom. As you can imagine, an interior designer is probably quite precise about how they want their house to look! So when Alex’s husband’s teenage daughter – who he never knew he had – shows up at the door with her own daughter in tow, Alex’s life is turned upside down.
Alex is already dealing with her own struggling business, so when daughter and granddaughter move in with them, her life really feels out of control. Alex chose never to have children of her own, so having a child in the house is a brand new experience. Her Labradoodle Marie embraces the new arrivals, but Alex struggles. Will she learn to be more accepting like Marie?
I especially loved this book, since I also chose to be childless (I do have a stepson through my marriage and now being a grandmother is a new experience for me), so I can relate to Alex. I might not have made some of the decisions she made….you might be surprised what she does when her hubby’s ex and mother of his child shows up….but it’s interesting to see how her decisions play out in the end.
As usual, Jackie injects her wonderful sense of humor into this story, and it’s also a story about the dynamics of other family relationships. I both laughed and cried throughout the book. There’s a pretty good twist at the end that took me by surprise too! I just know you would enjoy it as much as I did.
House Trained* is available on amazon.com in paperback, audiobook, or e-book versions.
About the author: Jackie Bouchard writes humorous and heartwarming stories about women and the dogs that affect their lives. She has lived in Canada and Bermuda, but currently lives in San Diego with her husband and dog Rita.
You can read my reviews of her previous novels here, both of which would also make wonderful Christmas gifts for the reader and dog lover in your life:
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader’s copy of Jackie’s novel at no charge with nothing expected in return. It was my choice to review it and all opinions are my own.
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