FICTION

A Dog’s Promise: A Dog’s Purpose Novel

Forge. Oct. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9781250163516. pap. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250163509. F
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Bailey is back! In this third outing, the dog is reincarnated as Cooper, who is adopted by a father to assist his son Burke, who’s in a wheelchair. Cooper quickly learns the commands necessary to get his boy up and out of the house and back to school. An operation means the boy doesn’t need the chair, but Cooper still helps the family around the farm. Also new in this tale is Lacey, a special female friend for Cooper. As in the previous volumes, Bailey/Cooper and Lacey enter and exit the lives of their human family several times over the course of the book. Burke and his brother grow up and move away from the farm. Two special women also move in and out of their lives, including Ava, who helps run a dog rescue. Through ups and downs, these special dogs help their humans in ways big and small.
VERDICT Fans of Cameron’s previous dog stories (A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, both made into films) will enjoy the further adventures of these wonderful animals and their people. Newcomers will also be charmed by a farm family’s story told from a canine perspective. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/19.]

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