Dog Gone, Back Soon by Dr. Nick Trout

Title: Dog Gone, Back Soon
Author: Dr. Nick Trout
Publisher: Hachette Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father’s veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary.  However, the previously reclusive veterinary pathologist, quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town—especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive.  Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor.  And the rival vet practice isn’t Cyrus’ only competition.  A handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy.  To top it off, Cyrus finds himself the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dog, is a wild and delightful ride through one jam-packed week – where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy’s heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity.  DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout’s trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.

I read this book without reading the first one in the series and felt I didn’t miss anything. Trout brings the reader up to speed on Dr. Mills’ situation in bits and pieces without slowing the pace of the story.

Charming is the perfect word to sum up the novel. The small town setting is charming and so is the romance. I mean, how can you not smile when you hear the name “The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals”?

The author is a veterinarian so you know he’ll get the medical details of the patients right. This would be a great summer vacation read for someone who likes animals.

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