Engaging and adorable insets of animal quirks add to the emotional impact of this story as it highlights the human’s own insecurities while encouraging their growth. A well-crafted short story that incorporates humor, insecurities and true emotions to the characters, and presents a story that is as complete as a full-length novel.
Stephanie is a single 40-something woman who existed with her safe and well-defined yet emotionless life: until she is laid off from her job and her best friend convinces her to adopt a dog that is the size of a small pony. Stephanie is removed from her emotions, despite a long-standing relationship, her only, with a therapist. When the dog, William the Conqueror, knocks her maintenance man silly, Stephanie feels that the safer option was to have Gabe stay in her apartment while he recovers.
Gabe and Stephanie knew one another from high school: both were interested but neither were brave enough to make the move. Through it all, the dog, a cross between a pony and wolfhound, is more than able to give her thoughts of emotional growth and potential changes.
Sweet and emotionally available, the narration by Sara Morsey is perfectly suited to the characters and story. She ‘feels” like Stephanie, with a gradual change in emotive emphasis as the characters start to gain their own growth. This sweet and enjoyable story is a perfect diversion that will leave a smile on your face.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: The Man, The Dog, His Owner & Her Lover
Author: Candace Carrabus
Narrator: Sara Morsey
Published by: Witting Woman Works
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 2 Hours: 28 minutes
Get Your Copy: AllRomance
To Stephanie O’Hanlon, 40-something workaholic, a blank to-do list is crazy-making. When she gets laid off and rescues a huge, smiling dog from a shelter—a dog her friend insists is inhabited by Steph’s lover from a former life—she discovers the true meaning of crazy.
Gabe Fagen, handyman and crazy-in-love with Stephanie since they were teenagers, sees Steph losing her job as the chance he’s been waiting for. But will she notice he’s alive with a mysterious giant dog acting as her guardian angel?
This novella is about 20,000 words. Also includes an over 6,000 word excerpt of Raver, a romantic fantasy coming soon from Candace Carrabus.
A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to animal shelters.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.