Friday, 23 March 2018

Book Review: A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn't allow dogs, Lucas can't resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn't understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbours, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

From the author of A Dog's Purpose, which I've also reviewed on this blog, comes a classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion. A Dog's Way Home is another tear-jerker from W. Bruce Cameron; best read with a box of tissues close at hand! 

Cameron has an uncanny ability to write in such a manner that you lose yourself completely in the story, become completely immersed in the narrative, and, as daft as it may sound, feel as though this book was really written by Bella the dog and not, in fact, by a bestselling author.

It's not hard to see why Cameron is a bestselling author. His "A Dog's..." books may not make for easy or even happy reads, but they make for compelling and emotional reads. I'll always come back to these books, no matter how much they might make me cry, because they tell such a fantastic story about man's best friend.

Rating: ****

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