The Dog Year by Ann Garvin is a sweet, funny, yet melancholy story about loss, and a woman’s journey to finding ways to cope with the things that have happened to her in her life. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, so thank you so much Ann Garvin, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more from you!
Dr. Lucy Peterman is someone that you would consider well put together, she helps people with breast reconstructive surgery after they beat breast cancer and other issues. She is always caring, nice and well spoken to her patients, and they have come to trust her and appreciate her service. The one thing that they don’t know is that she steals, and she steals a lot. Mostly from the supply closet at the hospital, but when she gets caught, it’s either get help or get fired.
Lucy can’t help stealing, and often she does’t even realize that she’s doing it. She steals because she’s worried that if something bad happens again, she won’t be able to fix it just like last time. The time when both her husband and unborn baby were killed.
While trying to get on with her life, she meets some interesting people, but mostly is the dog that seems to have sidled up next to her and won’t go away. Eventually she adopts the dog, and they begin the path of recovery together.
This book was unlike anything I have ever read before, and I really enjoyed it. Not only do you get to see how Lucy’s life has effected her, but you get to watch this woman who doesn’t have anything left to lose pull up her boot straps and get to helping herself. I loved that this book, although tragic, was also funny and heart warming. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I definitely think that dog lovers and cat lovers alike can both get a kick out of this one.