The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge

This is a riveting, feel-good, and fascinating novel! There are realistic issues and believable characters. The novel also has a Christian background. What makes this novel special is how, at times, the plot is from the dog's point-of-view (POV). This is an interesting take on the dog as it seems like it's the messenger from God or an angel in disguise. While there are many Hallmark emotion moments throughout the novel, which could be construed as trite it is not.

It all starts when a hungry dog steals a tasty stew bone from the meat section of a grocery store. The dog keeps coming back as no one is able to catch him. The manager, Mr. Arden, appoints Stewart Coolidge to catch said dog. Stewart's neighbor, Lisa Goody, writes a story about the dog. She hopes to get a job in writing or television. Stewart isn't able to catch the dog. But because he took pictures on his cell, Lisa (whose first story about the dog was picked up by the AP) is able to write a second story complete with photos.

Stewart is interested in Lisa to the point he fibbed about his Christian beliefs. She is interested in him as they seem to have similar beliefs and both want to catch the dog. And that's not the only lie Stewart tells. He hides the fact that the dog and he became friends from Mr. Arden. The dog lives with Stewart in his apartment, which the landlord doesn't know. And the stories from Lisa regarding the dog are making a hit with the public, so much so, that Lisa might be leaving soon. And Stewart doesn't know what to do.

This is a feel good book. A compassionate look at people and animals and how (from a dog's POV) people make life more complicated than it has to be. In the back there is a Reading Group's Guide, which makes this an excellent teaching book. There is another book coming out in 2016, so if you enjoy this book, there is more coming.

Book Blurb for The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge

A light-hearted love story about a young couple brought together by a four-legged bandit.

When a stray dog helps himself to a bone from a display in the supermarket, he doesn't know his actions will brand him a criminal and spark a romance between two humans. Stewart Coolidge works as a bag boy at the store, and his outraged boss offers a reward and demands Stewart catch the thieving animal. He fails at that, but now he finally has the perfect excuse to talk to his cute neighbor, Lisa.

Lisa has always dreamed of being a journalist and asks Stewart if she can interview him for the local paper. As she gets to know Stewart, she likes him more and more, and she's delighted to learn he shares her Christian faith. Stewart can't bring himself to tell her she's mistaken, that he's not religious at all. And that's not Stewart's only deception. When the dog shows up on the doorstep of their building, Stewart decides to harbor the furry fugitive. But this is no ordinary dog, he has a divine sense of how things should be--and recognizing how much Stewart needs Lisa, he decides to do all he can to bring them together.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 5.00