Title: In Dog We Trust
Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publish Date: January 8, 2018
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "When everything has gone to the dogs . . .
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
My Two Cents:
"In Dog We Trust" is a sweet story about Jocelyn, who has a job taking care of a crotchety old man's pampered show dogs. When he suddenly dies, he makes Jocelyn the guardian of the dogs, which gives her a lovely new place to stay and endless money. Jocelyn can only begin to imagine how things might change.
This is the fifth book in Kendrick's Black Dog Bay series but you don't need to have read the other books in the series to be able to read this one (they are wonderfully sweet reads so you should eventually go back and read the other books). The cold weather months are the ones where I am craving cozy reads and between the sweet doggies in the book and an unexpected romance, this book certainly fits the bill as do the other books in the series.
I loved Jocelyn. She is warm, sweet, and totally unassuming with a bit of a wild streak when her back is pressed against the wall. She makes for a perfect foil for Liam, a seemingly cold man with money on his mind and a lot of hidden secrets and passions. I loved watching the tug of war between them throughout the book. This book definitely goes to show that things are not always what they seem.
This is a perfect book when you're looking for an unexpected but very happy ending!