Book Review: What the Dog Ate
|September 1, 2013||Posted by amkuska under Product Review|
The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny lavender thong panties extracted from her dog; but they were not hers. Or rather, they were hers now since she’d just paid $734 to have Dr. Carter surgically remove them from Kona’s gut.
This is how Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of seventeen years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate Lab, Kona, are left to put their lives back together. As Maggie begins to develop a Plan B for her life, she decides to be more like Kona. No, she’s not going to sniff crotches and eat everything that isn’t nailed down; rather she’ll try to approach life with more ball-chasing abandon. Finding herself in situations where she begins to go through her usual over-analysis of the pros and cons, she stops and instead asks herself: What would Kona do? With Kona as her guru, Maggie begins her quest for tail-wagging joy.
So What’s So Great About It?
Jackie Bouchard is a skillful author, and she doesn’t disappoint in this her debut novel. “What the Dog Ate” follows the flawed heroine Maggie Baxter as she tries to figure out her life after Dave. Maggie’s story is refreshing in a way because she is an actual real human being with problems. She is a workaholic, an alcoholic, and spends a bit too much time in the icecream section of the store.
Frankly, at the beginning of this story I was pretty sympathetic to Dave. I’d have left her too.
Maggie recovers with the help of her brother Kevin, and later her friend Russel. She begins to explore the romance world, and eventually finds true love…for now anyway.
Problems with the story?
We experienced some formatting issues with blank pages on our Sony E-Reader. This is a common problem in e-books. We also found ourselves shouting training suggestions at the book, and might have fainted and been unable to finish the book if Russel hadn’t been kind enough to say our thoughts for us.
Should you read this?
If you like dogs and romance, yes.