One of the first things S.C. Sally Baynard remembers learning in Law School is that “every case is its own story.” And that is certainly true in the case that Family Court Judge, Joe Baynard hands over to Sally in LAWYER FOR THE DOG (ThomasDunne) by Lee Robinson. You may have noticed the Judge and Sally both have the same last name; that’s because they’ve been divorced for eighteen years. More on that later.
This story begins with the star client having four legs, long whiskers, a pert black nose and dark brown chocolate eyes with long lashes. But it doesn’t stop there. Maryann and Rusty Hart can’t seem to get through their divorce, because they can’t settle on who is going to get custody of their miniature schnauzer, Sherman. They were initially getting divorced because Maryann said she caught Rusty cheating. Rusty denies fooling around, and is now angry about all the money he’s spending on lawyers for him, his wife, and now Sherman.
Since the case is at a stale-mate, Judge Joe brings his ex-wife into the case, whom he’s still in love with to observe Sherman, and act as a kind of “guardian as litem.” At the same time, Sally is dealing with her aging, Alzheimer’s ridden mother and the likelihood her mom’s caretaker will be leaving. Sally is used to dealing with some of the nastiest crimes, but finds herself overwhelmed by the drama in her life. She even finds herself falling for Sherman; remembering the dog she had as a kid before her mom gave it away when her dad passed. And then there’s Sherman’s human Vet, Tony who wanders onto the scene and complicates the situation even more.
It’s a touching novel that anyone with a heart will enjoy. You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy LAWYER FOR THE DOG, but this would be a great gift for the canine lover in your life.
Thanks to NetGalley http://www.netgalley.com for providing a kindle copy of LAWYER FOR DOG for an honest review.
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