by Emily Carmichael

December 2005
ISBN: 0-553-58635-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

The only life Jane Connor knows is her kennel and her beloved dogs Shadow and Idaho. So when her kennel is destroyed during an Arizona wild fire Jane isnít sure what to do with herself. A chance meeting with a TV producer from the Animal World sparks somewhat of a bright hope in Jane`s world, the premise of the show is simple the cameras will follow Jane and Shadow around for the summer.

There is just one small little detail standing in their way, their biggest competition comes in the form of a papillon affectionately named Dobby. What sets Jane`s tongue wagging is Dooby`s handler Cole Forrest, Jane canít seem to hide the fact that she is falling for Cole. What is a girl and her dog to do?

Emily Carmichael has penned yet another entertaining story I have never been to or seen a dog show competition before but after reading this novel, I want to actually see it all come to life. Ms. Carmichael`s heroines are always strong and demanding. After the fire Jane found the courage to do something that she didnít think she would ever do in order to rebuild her life and in the process fell in love something that she absolutely never thought would happen in her lifetime.

I also enjoyed all the funny private moments between Cole and his very precocious eight-year-old daughter Teri. I love stories with single fathers who rediscover love and involve their children, and Teri was very funny and front and center when it came to her Dad and Jane.

I think readers that have read Ms. Carmichael`s work in the past will enjoy her latest and if you are new reader this be a delightful first peek into her work.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Ronica.

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