Monday, January 14, 2019

Blog Tour Review: In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick





Title: In Dog We Trust
Author: Beth Kendrick
Series: Book Five in the Black Dog Bay Series
Genre: Contemporary
Published By: Berkely Books (January 8, 2019)
Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Book Description:
From the author of Once Upon a Wine, a new novel set in the charming seashore town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware.

When everything has gone to the dogs . . .

When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce's pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down. She's spent her entire life toiling in the tourism industry in Black Dog Bay and never expected to be living the pampered life of a seasonal resident in an ocean side mansion, complete with a generous stipend. But her new role isn't without its challenges: The dogs (although lovable) are more high-maintenance than any Hollywood diva, the man she wants to marry breaks her heart, and she's confronted at every turn by her late benefactor's estranged son, Liam, who thinks he's entitled to the inheritance left to the dogs.

Jocelyn has worked too hard to back down without a fight, and she's determined to keep her new fur family together. As she strives to uphold the "Best in Show" standards her pack requires, Jocelyn finds love, family, and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.





About the Author:


This is the part where I’m supposed to brag about all my illustrious accomplishments, but honestly, I’d rather talk about my dogs and brag about some of the things I haven’t done:

I’ve never been to prison*, court-ordered rehab*, or splashed across the cover of a salacious weekly gossip tabloid with my ladybits on display**.

I’m a Leo, a middle child, and a formidable Trivial Pursuit opponent. I read everything I can get my hands on, from the classics to comic books. I don’t drink coffee because, frankly, I’m high strung enough without adding caffeine into the mix. Here is the true story of how I became a novelist:

So I had just started seeing this guy, and on our second or third date, he invited me to be his guest at a family wedding. Being young and free and a bit commitment-shy, I was about to decline until he casually mentioned that the bride was a successful romance novelist. Well, the second I heard that, I had to go. Being a writer had always been my dream job, and I’d never met anyone who’d actually beaten the odds and made the leap into big-time publishing. So I RSVP-ed, sidled up to the bar at the reception, waited until the bride and all her author friends uncorked the good champagne, and then peppered them with endless questions about writing, editing, and landing an agent. They were so funny and encouraging and generous with their time and advice. (And drunk!) Next thing you know, I had joined a critique group and was knee-deep in the manuscript that would eventually become MY FAVORITE MISTAKE. The open bar at that wedding changed my life forever.

Oh, and the guy who invited me to the wedding? I ended up marrying him. All together: awww…

I live in Arizona in a very cute fixer-upper that my husband and I bought in a burst of can-do, pioneering confidence. We thought it would be fun to embark on a series of do-it-yourself renovations. Yeah. I know. Turns out, replacing baseboard that’s been painted over 15 times since 1958 is not as easy as those Home Depot commercials would lead you to believe. Also, freshly-installed lawn drip systems and “helpful” dogs are a bad mix.

Friday and RoxieSpeaking of dogs, here we have the indefatigable canine lawn maintenance crew: Roxie and Friday. Both were rescued from the pound when they were puppies. I think they’re Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes. (Probably. Maybe? Anything’s possible.) Roxie is the brains of the operation and Friday is…well, he’s very sweet. And so indolent he could be mistaken for a piece of furniture, which I consider a very desirable trait in a family dog.

I absolutely love hearing from readers, so please feel free to email me, with the caveat that I am often on deadline/on the road/on the ragged edge of sanity, so it may be awhile before you get a reply. Just know that it’s not you; it’s me!

Have fun exploring the site, and if you have any questions about my new book, my backlist, or finding an agent…I’ll be right over there at the bar.

*Yet.



**That I know of.







This was my first Kendrick read and it certainly won't be my last.

From the quirky lovable town right down to the likable and fun characters, this story was just so much fun.

With a town every bit as lovable as the characters, it is definitely a place you wish you could visit if not live there too. 

A sweet lighthearted story that will grab your attention and leave you with a smile on your face, In Dog We Trust was just what I needed for a quick weekend read in front of the fireplace to warm me both in body and spirit.



36 comments:

  1. I have all the other books in this series but still need to read them. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. That is fun that you have them all, I hope they are all just as cute as this one was!

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  2. Lighthearted and sweet nice combination. I am glad you had a wonderful time with this one. Adorable cover.

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  3. THAT COVER!!! SOOOO CUTE! I'd read the book just for that! Glad it was a sweet story too! :)

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  4. Who doesn't like reading a romance book with pups? Sign me up!

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  5. It looks sweet and the cover is so cute!

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    1. Both the story and the cover were super cute!

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  6. awe love that cover and the other titles in the series has my interest thanks Kindlemom

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    1. They all look like they would be really fun, really sweet reads as well.

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  7. The covers for her books are adorable. I only read one by her and it was okay but not memorable.

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  8. Puppies! This sounds like good book when you want something light and fun.

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  9. This cover and series looks really delightful and the author's blurb was funny too. Hope you pick up the rest in series to enjoy.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  10. I have seen this one around and the cover gets me every time.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. That sounds really cute except for the son who thinks he should have gotten the money.

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  12. I popped over the second I read the title. Looks like fun. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  13. I always crave sweet and cozy this time of year. Like the sound of the town!

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    1. I definitely think this is your type of read Heidi. :D

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  14. I typically avoid books with animals (when they play a large role), because animal cruelty/death really bums me out. It likely didn't happen in this book, but there's always the possibility! I'm glad you were able to enjoy this one. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    1. Oh I know what you mean, that kind of thing just breaks my heart as well.

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  15. This sounds super cute! And the cuteness of that cover!

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  16. Aw, this seems like such a cute read! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  17. Well I need it just for the cover. Awww! Sounds fun :)

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    1. It really was and that cover definitely made me want to pick it up.

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