When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean's daughter, Megan and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound. But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?
For ages 9 to 14
There's Luke dealing with loss and guilt and when his birthday rolls around he should be happy because hey, his dad has said he can have his very own puppy. However, Luke remembers happier times and conversations about something that his dad will think is a barking mad idea! Yet Luke gets a chance to work towards his goal and along the way friendships form as two families face their own personal troubles.
These are just ordinary people facing their own personal demons but written so well it's heartbreaking and just pulled me in. Poignant, emotional, and yet joyful too as distance is obliterated and families come together. No matter how dark the day a little light can still be found.
I was gifted a copy if this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.