Sunday, July 5, 2020

BLOG TOUR - A Dog's Chance

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for A Dog's Chance by Casey Wilson.


Sometimes the dogs we rescue… also rescue us.

A heart-wrenching and beautiful story perfect for dog lovers everywhere. Fans of A Dog’s Purpose, The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley and Me will be utterly entranced by this gorgeous page-turner.

Madison knows her fourteen-year-old daughter Abbie is struggling. She wishes she could give Abbie stability, the promise of a forever home in Millbury, but she is scared to stay in one town for too long, and every day Abbie seems more anxious. Until a chance encounter with a beautiful, boisterous golden retriever puppy called Duke changes everything…

Duke bounces into the community centre where Madison is working and when Abbie meets him she stops pacing the room. Duke is tugging his owner, seventy-five-year-old Arthur, along for the ride, and instantly Madison sees a way she and Arthur can help each other. She offers to train Duke so that Abbie gets to see him, and from that moment the four of them become a family.

Madison finally feels like she has a second chance at life and a reason to stay in town, but when her past catches up with her they are all at risk. Duke may have united this family, but will he be able to keep them together?

A reminder of the unbelievable bonds we form with the dogs in our lives. No matter how broken you are, the unconditional love of a dog can piece you back together.


Title:   A Dog's Chance
Author:  Casey Wilson
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   246
Date of Publication:   July 2, 2020
My Rating:   5 Stars

This remarkable story is about how a sweet golden retriever puppy affects the life of the humans he becomes attached too. The point where we meet Duke was so touching. Duke came into the story as Arthur is reading the last letter his beloved wife Rosie left him. Duke was right where he needed to be while Arthur was reading that letter. Duke relays what his mother taught him about humans, how to walk beside them. How to comfort them. Duke was all alone and so was Arthur. They were kindred spirits. It was two months later when Arthur and Duke met Madison and Abbie.

Madison’s daughter Abbie is having a hard time. Their recent move certainly has not helped Abbie to deal with the anxiety that plagues her, or to find friends. Madison is a nurse practitioner and her new job is at the Millbury Life Center, where Arthur is a resident. As a retired judge, Arthur spends some of his days at the center, and Duke accompanies him. Arthur has been having some health issues and as Madison treats him, they begin to spend some time together.

Arthur may be Duke’s person, but Abbie is a close second. Madison is a traveling nurse and Abbie is clearly lonely. While Arthur and Duke are perfect for Abbie, Madison worries about when they will have to move again. So, quite naturally, Madison is concerned about Abbie getting too close to them.

I felt for each of the characters. Madison as a single hardworking mom, making the best decisions she could for both her and Abbie. Abbie as a struggling teen who nearly broke my heart. One special thing about Abbie is her gifts, including her love of music and flowers. Arthur, a septuagenarian who recently lost his wife of many years. And Duke, who in this story has his own point of view.

The story is relayed in both Duke’s and Madison’s point of view. The messages of love and family are explored in this wonderful book. I so hoped that Madison and Abbie could remain in Millbury and that there could be a forever kind of love for all of them.

I mentioned in my review of Casey Wilson’s previous book, A Dog’s Hope, that I am not a dog person. Well, just as that book utterly captivated me and brought me to tears, this book, A Dog’s Chance, had much the same affect. Both books are conversely heartbreaking and uplifting reads that thoroughly engrossed me.

Many thanks to both Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. 


Casey Wilson is the author of A Dog's Hope, published with Bookouture.

Born and raised in the United States in Nevada, she is the owner of a gorgeous golden retriever, who may or may not have inspired the dogs in her novels.

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  1. I enjoyed it too - you write such lovely reviews, Robin

  2. Anything about a dog is guaranteed to garner a few tears from me!

  3. i think i will enjoy this one.. i recall reading your review of the previous book too