Review: Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh

If you love dogs and audiobooks this one just might be for you.



Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh, Narrated by Hillary Huber 
Dog Fiction, 7 hours, 49 minutes
Series: A Forever Home Book #1
Audiobook Released March 2017 by Tantor Media
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Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn't see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley's life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Later, he's brought to a local prison to be trained in a special program for female inmates. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds his freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing. 


My Thoughts
 

4 ½ Evil Patrick's

Rescuing Finley is a beautiful story about healing, second chances and the unconditional love of dogs. The best part for me was that Finley the dog was given his own point of view and he had a lot of thoughts that made me teary. I wish more writers would do that. I’d rather see the world from the dogs POV than through the eyes of some obnoxious human character.

Finley is a sweet but rowdy young golden retriever mix whose owner joins the military and leaves Finley with his mom who is not a dog person. Sad things happen and Finley ends up in a shelter, confused and depressed. His anguish is soooo hard to read but the author doesn’t linger there for long. Finley is chosen to join a prison program where female inmates train homeless dogs to become companions for soldiers with PTSD. He is paired with Amy, a young lady who messed up her life with a meth habit and poor choices. They both thrive in this program but will Amy be able to part with Finley when it’s graduation day?

The book is written pretty simply and cleanly (I later discovered Dan Walsh is a Christian author). There’s no fancy prose, humorous dialogue or action sequences that’ll make you hold onto your undies or whatnot but it worked for me. Sometimes simple is just right. When I say simple I don’t mean boring. If it were boring I’d tell you. But if you are not interested in dogs, dog training or the healing powers of love and dogs, this one might not be for you. There’s a lot of dog time here, probably why I loved it so much, as well as time spent going over training protocols, the prison dog training program and humane society intake rules, etc. Here and there I found the author repeating himself. This might’ve been more apparent to me because I was listening on audio and listening with my full attention for once!

Somehow this book manages to tackle difficult situations but it never gets too dark. There is a deep dive into the life of a soldier once he’s returned home from war and seen atrocities that follow and haunt but instead of dwelling in that dark space, this story is about how one man pulls himself out of it and decides to live his life again. The end wraps everything up in a nifty little bow which might’ve just gone a wee bit over the edge for me but you may or may not think so depending on your outlook on life.


Anyway, it’s a lovely read and the narration by Hillary Huber is excellent and very professionally done. She hits all the right notes with her performance and I have no complaints there.

*I received this book from Tantor Media. I hope they don’t regret it!

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Book #2 in The Forever  Home Series

A Bit About the Writer

I write character-driven novels, both contemporary and historical. Several of my books are love stories and family-life dramas, often compared by reviewers to the works of Nicholas Sparks. But I also love to write suspense novels. Even when writing inspirational books, I want to keep the pages turning.  My goal, whether writing contemporary or historical, inspirational or suspense, is for my readers to feel satisfied and thoroughly entertained. In short, to feel a strong inner compulsion to go right out and pick up another one of my books.

Visit Dan Walsh's website HERE.



Comments

  1. This sounds so heartwarming, especially with Finley's POV. Sometimes reads like this are just perfect!

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  2. I'll be sure to have tissues nearby. And I enjoy getting the dogs point of view too. Read a few written that way and they really brought the story home. Great review!

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  3. Just from reading your review, I think that parts of this book was be pretty hard to read. Why do dog books always make me cry?!! I would definitely pick this one up. Great review!

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  4. I thought for sure I had commented on this. Anyway, I know I grabbed this for free when I saw it on Kindle and now I want to bump it up and read it much sooner. Sounds like an awesome read and one that I would love for sure!

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  5. I guessed that Barb would be all over this one! I think it would be too sad for me!

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