In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

In Dog We Trust

Beth Kendrick

Jocelyn never expected to be the legal guardian for a pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers. She strives to uphold the “Best in Show” standards her pack requires, and finds love, family, and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

Quick easy read about family, dogs and forgiveness.

I thought it was a sweet story. I loved the interactions between Jocelyn and her best friend the best. The rest was very predictable but an enjoyable read.

The book was cute and easy read. I felt like I couldn't get into the story at first but once it picked up I enjoyed it. It's my first book by this author so it was good enough.

For the most part this was a pretty decent book. It did feel like there were a few too many story lines going on. In fact, I felt like we could have skipped the entire relationship with Chris and just let him be the tool to bring Jocelyn to Mr. Alardyce and the dogs. I also felt it strange she left the plot point of Jocelyn helping Bree with school open. She never told her about the money she saved for her. I would have liked to see that come to fruition. I did enjoy the book overall, even if it was a bit awkward and lopsided at times. I would probably read another book by Beth Kendrick in the future.

The book was an easy, quick read. I know the area for the setting of the book. It was easy to follow. This is the first I have read by Beth Kendrick. The characters were believable and realistic.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice, light diversion from the other books that I’ve been reading lately. I’ve read other books by this author and as usual, she did not disappoint. If you love rooting for the underdog, read this book.

This was a fun, quick, light read. If you are looking for a book that is not heavy, but is interesting enough to keep you involved, this is a good choice. Think "Hallmark Movie" - overly-cheesy details. Not bad if you just want a literary distraction between heavier reads.

If you are looking for a fun, quick read, In Dog We Trust does not disappoint! Basically, the main character, Jocelyn, a local year-round resident in town,inherits a house, and 3 show dogs (including one who’s pregnant), from a wealthy older gentleman who owns one of the expensive houses on the beach. His son, who he never had a relationship with, believes he should inherit his property and fortune, and goes after Jocelyn for it. Of course, they end up falling in love. As many of the other reviews have stated, this story is quite predictable. But even so, I enjoyed it. Look forward to reading more by this author. Thanks to Penguin for providing me with an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review.

I have not read any other books by this author. However, I did very much enjoy this story. It was a quick, sweet and easy read. The one thing I didn't like was that I found it to be very predictable and some parts of the story were never addressed. But all and all it was a good book and I would read other books by this author.

In Dog We Trust was a sweet, light read. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but now I definitely want to look up the previous books in the Black Dog Bay series. I spend a lot of time at the Delaware shore, so I loved reading a story set in that area, even though it’s a fictional town. Jocelyn’s love for the dogs and her willingness to do anything to keep them was really sweet, and by the end of the book I really liked how she and Liam worked together despite their rocky start. The solutions to some of the main conflicts were a little too simple and unrealistic, but overall I really did enjoy the story. If you love dogs and enjoy light romance, I definitely recommend this book.

I was excited to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book (thanks to Penguin's First to Read program!). I have read another book by this author that took place in Black Dog Bay and looked forward to returning to the town. This absolutely can be read as a standalone. It was nice revisiting the setting, and the characters were all new to me. Black Dog Bay has a reputation as a tourist destination, especially for women with broken hearts. The local businesses cater to this population and have fun names like "The Whinery." The main character, Jocelyn (Joss), is a local who works with her mom. They provide rental linens to seasonal visitors. There is very much a townie vs. summer people vibe. Joss goes for a run near the beach mansions, and saves a purebred show dog and is quickly hired on as a dog sitter by a grumpy older owner. Fast forward a little and the dogs' owner passes away and guess who inherits his beach mansion and money... yep, the purebred show dogs, along with Joss as the trustee. Guess who is not happy- his estranged son, Liam. Guess who have a lot in common... Joss and Liam- aside from the fact that Liam is fighting to get what he thinks is his inheritance. This was a fun, fast read. The dialogue was witty and the story moved along (with what felt like some movie magic- be prepared to suspend your beliefs a little bit about how easily some things wrap up0 just go with it). There were a few other storylines that kept the reading interesting. If you are in the mood for a light-hearted, fun, quick, romantic read, this is for you. It kept me smiling.

I was unfamiliar with this author previously. I enjoyed her storytelling style. The characters were believable and the story was engaging. I realize it was an advance copy but there were a LOT of errors in the text and the editor in me was taken aback at that. It slowed down the reading to have to correct for context. However, I assume these will be/were fixed prior to publication. I truly did enjoy the book and will look for other works by this author.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters and the story were believable and drew me in. And of course I love dogs. I recommend this heartily.

This was my very first Beth Kendrick book. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book so I could try her out! I realize this was part of the Black Dog Bay Series of books, but I never felt that not having read the previous books hampered my understanding of the story and the characters. I am a dog lover and enjoyed this story a lot. Some conflicts were solved a little too simplistically for real life. But, this is a fictional world. And it's a happy place to visit. I enjoyed getting to meet some of the citizens of Black Dog Bay. I enjoyed Jocelyn's story. I would recommend this book to a friend. In fact, I will probably go looking for her back list of Black Dog Bay books and share them with a friend after i read them.

It was a cute story, but lacked any real depth. The plot was a typical cookie cutter romance with very predictable twists. There were a few editorial and grammatical issues, but overall an easy, quick read.

This was a great book! The first one I’ve read by this author. What a great story.

While I'm not fond of the title, this is a really cute book. It's light, funny, and enjoyable to read. There are a few grammatical and word errors in it, but not so many it's difficult to read. It has enough twists that you don't precisely know the ending, which makes it even more fun to read.

Thank you to Penguin Books and for the free copy of this book. Can you call a story adorable? This one is. Yes, it’s predictable. But it’s also funny, charming and quirky. It is an easy read and it flows along nicely. There are a number of editorial issues that need to be corrected, but they didn’t interfere with reading the story. I completely enjoyed it as a break from the heavier material I have been reading.

What a cute book! The story flows nicely and, while a bit predictable, has a charming ending. The characters are well developed (even the dogs) and are highly relatable. It was truly a "can't put it down" book as I read it in two days! Thank you so much for sharing such a delightful story!

In Dog We Trust is a cute sweet story. The cover is adorable with the pups. I could tell immediately what would happen shortly after the death of a cantankerous character. Jocelyn gets legal custody of the dogs and also receives a host of headaches. She's slapped with several law suits, which gets rather silly. Different strands of the story begin to come together as several decisions are made. An ugly painting in her possession turns out to be priceless, affording her the leverage to make changes. My favorite character, besides the dogs, was Nora. I liked her persona. Jocelyn, although likable, seemed somewhat flighty. Readers will delight in the latest Kendrick novel.

Predictable romance story set in Black Dog Bay, Delaware, but with entertaining characters featuring local girl Jocelyn Hillier. Highlights include townies versus rich summer vacationers, an unexpected inheritance, estrangement from father/being raised by a single mother, romance with a previous adversary, and lots of Labradors. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

Thank you Ms. Kendrick for a delightful read and peek into the lives of Joselyn, family and friends. This sweet, but not syrupy, story is told with enough depth to create empathy and connection as well as believability. The ups, downs and quirky side stories keep the pages turning. The lawyerly insights, insert non liability disclosure (don’t go there), is appreciated and useful. Yes, I am looking forward to the next installment of this saga, too many threads left hanging with lots of potential. Thanks again!

Wonderfully written book! It was a fast read and I enjoyed it. The selfishness of people with money versus those that aren't so fortunate was very believable. Jocelyn's love for the dogs was obvious and I would love to know what happened with Lois...I would definitely recommend. Thanks, First to Read, for my advance copy.

Ive loved Beth Kendrick’s books in the past but I couldn’t connect with these characters. They didn’t come across very likable and the storyline seemed a bit disjointed. It was a cute and fast read, but not one of my favorites.

Pleasant quick read. I love the dogs. I'll look for more in this series.


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