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It Started with a Dog (Lucky Dog) Audio CD – Unabridged, September 28, 2021
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About the Author
Courtney Patterson graduated magna cum laude with a BA in theater performance from Valdosta State University. She is an associate artist at Georgia Shakespeare where she has appeared in dozens of shows, taught in the education department, and developed a cabaret series. She can also be seen frequently on the stages of the Alliance Theatre and has also worked at the Aurora Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity Performance Group, and the Horizon Theatre. In addition to her work on stage, she narrates audiobooks and performs in film and television.
- ASIN : B09HG4QW1Q
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (September 28, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200847464
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,657,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harper Thompson is a workaholic; she sets her sights on a project and will do whatever it takes to do the best she can. And when that project is done she moves onto another one. Currently she is working on the opening of a new hip and trendy coffee house ‘Deja Brew’. If she does a great job on this then she is sure to get the promotion she is hoping for.
Jonah Rogers is a scientist at NASA, who has taken a sabbatical to help his family out at their coffee shop ‘The Lucky Star’. This coffee shop was originally opened by Jonah’s grandparents and now his parents and aunt and uncle run it. But the coffee shop is not doing well. Jonah is doing everything he can to stop them from losing the business. Jonah also has an opportunity to help NASA develop a satellite in Spain. He would have to be there for six months, but how can he leave when his father is sick and the family business is in shambles?
Harper and Jonah cross paths when they share a Lyft ride. Both are heading out of town for the Christmas holiday. During the ride their phones accidently get swapped, and they make arrangements to meet and swap them back when they are back in town. During the week they both hit it off as they text each other. Harper has fallen in love with Jonah’s dog Truck from the photos on his phone and cannot wait to meet Truck and Jonah in person. After their first meeting the sparks flew, and it is clear they are ment for each other. They both loves dogs, eating and have the same sense of humor. Everything is going great until it is revealed that the new coffee house Harper is opening is right across the street from Jonah’s parents coffee shop.
I loved everything about this book. I loved the flirty banter between Harper and Jonah and just how well they we ment for each other. And I really hoped they could find a way to make both of the coffee stores a success.
I also loved Jonah’s family. They had me laughing so many times. They felt just the way a family feels. They are loved and loved to talk over each other.
I also loved the dogs. Give me a book with dogs in it and I am sure to love it. And the dogs in this book just made me smile. Truck is a bull in a china shop with no manner whatsoever. Bob is a moody bulldog that I just wanted to hug, and 3 legged Lulu is a dachshund who didn’t let the fact that she had only 3 legs stop her.
Seriously I loved everything about this book. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. I really hope Thompson has another book in the Lucky Dog series in the works because I need more in my life.
This book is part of the Lucky Dog series but the two stories do not overlap and this can be read as a standalone. The main character from the first book appears briefly as a consultant to Harper’s company. I did not read the first book but I think the connecting idea is that the dogs come from a rescue organization.
Jonah and Harper meet when they accidentally exchange phones on a ride to the airport. Over the next few days, they are in touch with each other about important messages and phone calls that come into their phones as they are in separate cities. They enjoy texting each other. When they are back in their home city, they meet up to return their phones to each other and are attracted to each other in real life.
When they meet up, the author manipulates the conversation a little so that they do not realize until later that they are competitors at work. Jonah is trying to keep a coffee shop alive started by his grandparents. He is an engineer that took a sabbatical to help his father get through some cancer treatments and finds out that the coffee shop is failing. Harper is trying to open a new coffeehouse across the street that is likely to appeal to the changing neighborhood.
Jonah wants to close the coffee shop and, to be honest, I am not sure why his parents and aunt and uncle fight it. His aunt and uncle are moving to a different city to be closer to their children. His father has cancer. The shop is not making money. They had run the coffeehouse for decades, but do not seem to grasp that it is failing. It is hard to let something go after working there for that long but Jonah is not interested in taking over and he is an only child. His sister, who died from leukemia, did spend time at the restaurant so selling the building would result in the loss of a link to her life. When Jonah tries to run a meeting with them, they do not focus. The problem seemed a little manufactured.
Jonah and Harper basically fall in love quickly so that it is established before they find out about their competing jobs. They then have to deal with it as a couple. The middle stretch of the book felt a little slow.
Harper’s job is a bit crazy. Her boss is odd and it is quite surprising that he is successful. Harper has a co-worker that is in line for the same promotion and who does not tell her about meetings or current developments but later turns out to be a good guy which felt a bit inconsistent. The coffeehouse that Harper is trying to open seems like it would be wildly expensive to open. They plan to have bands, artists, etc, that would add to the overhead of keeping the store open. The egg basket chairs that hang from the ceiling seem quite impractical as they cannot be moved by customers to create social groups.
The dogs add variety and I like the idea of it but felt that the dogs that were in the story were a bit extreme and were added more for humor. Also, I may be over-analyzing this, but Harper has distant parents and always felt unnecessary, so I was a little surprised when she picked a dog that treated her the same way.
There were a few word choices I did not love. For example, at one point Harper thought about the number of men she had “banged”.
I have read this author in the past but have not read any books by her in a while. I liked the story but, it lacks that something needed to get 5 stars.