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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View is a quirky and unusual work of women’s fiction penned by author Teri Case. This refreshing and surprisingly wonderful romance novel features Skip as its main character: a rescued dog seeking love and purpose in life. Skip loves his owners John and Lucy very much, so when John walks out and Skip feels that it’s his fault, he does everything he can to help Lucy heal her broken heart. With the help of some quirky friends and new alliances, Skip builds a new pack as a support system as he and Lucy deal with losing John.
With switching perspectives between the enigmatic Skip and his owner Lucy, this is a real surprise of a novel that will hook you in when you give it a chance. Author Teri Case treads the fine line between the sublime and the ridiculous, giving us a truly alternative look at family ties and relationships, but also keeping the narration credible and grounded in real, deep emotional reasoning. The novel is largely light and fun, with Skip getting into new tangles as he tries to make things better, but the plot is woven masterfully to build to a new, deeper meaning and a genuinely moving conclusion to the emotional arc. I would highly recommend In the Doghouse: A Couple’s Breakup from Their Dog’s Point of View to readers who enjoy both romances and light women’s fiction: a must-read that will sink you into a unique reading experience.