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New Leash on Life

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Well, this was not quite a good fit for me.  I was into chapter 3 before I figured out that the chapters were shifting by person/character.  Not much about the dog until towards the last 1/3 of the book.  This book, to me, is more romance than mystery.  I prefer books that are a continuous story instead of jumping chapters between characters.
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This is an ARC review and these are my honest thoughts and opinions. This was a cozy mystery read, one that I was definitely looking forward to reading! I have horrible anxiety so I can not do typical murder/slasher books they must be cozy murder/mystery for me. I loved the sweet dog Pal and the two main characters (MMC) Lane and (MFC) Nora.I will happily recommend this book to others! I want to say thank you to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for my ARC to read and review. As always ,please check the TW!

Read this if you like:
- Christian Mystery 
- PTSD representation 
- cozy mystery
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I enjoy books that have dogs in them and Kathleen Y’Barbo did not disappoint me. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline was heartwarming and fun. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All words are my own.
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This series, with its various pets, has been very enjoyable and the dog in this book may be my favorite pet yet! Pal is a military working dog in need of a home and much of the plot of New Leash on Life deals with finding Pal a new master and witnessing the on-again, off-again romance between Nora and Lane. There's also a tornado, some unexplained fires, and illegal activity brewing in Brenham. What else can possibly happen in this small Texas town that we've come to love?

This is the sixth book in the Gone to the Dogs series, and the books just keep getting better. Cozy mystery fans will appreciate this well-written story with its likable characters, clean romance, and just enough intrigue to keep them guessing. I recommend New Leash on Life to all who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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The next book in the Gone to the Dogs series and I’m happy to report that it’s just as exciting as the others! This book is focused on a friend of the line Star Vet Clinic, Nora. She owns the local Simply Eat restaurant where her bestie Cassidy lives in the upstairs apartment.

As with the rest of the series there’s a report of a stray dog, except this one seems to travel quite a fast distance and it seems unlikely it’s traveling on its own on foot. This dog though, it to know that Nora’s boyfriend, Lane, doesn’t do well with fireworks as the stray is protecting Lane during the fireworks at their friends’ wedding.

It’s when there’s a tornado across the street from Nora’s new building purchase, which also catches on fire, that throws a new twist to everything else. That and suddenly there’s a lot of grocery delivery issues with Nora’s grocery delivery.

There’s so much happening in this book! I’d love to hang out with some friends at Simply Eat! I give this book 5 out of 5 tiaras! This is a community and group of friends I’d be so happy to hang out with!

Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Books for access to this title! Another exciting book in this series!
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I was happy to have the opportunity to be able to continue to read another cozy mystery from the Gone to the Dog Series. So far I've had the pleasure of reading three books in this series. This book focuses on Nora and Lane's relationship, and unfortunately, it has cooled off some in the love factor. Lane dearly loves Nora, and vice versa, but Lane is clueless on how close he is from losing Nora and time is ticking in more ways than one. There is some mysteries going on in this town from a lost dog, lost cat and a mystery person squatting in Nora's newly purchased building. Yes, we can learn so much from our furry friends. I would totally recommend this series overall over a nice cup of coffee. I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit Tour and the opinions I express are honest and my own.
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New Leash on Life is a fun and heartwarming story as well as part of a wonderful series that you are not going to want to miss. I’ve had the pleasure of reading all the books in the series.  And they’re all equally amazing!  I’m an animal lover.  And because of that I really have enjoyed this series.  Each one features at least one exemplary animal.

In this book, our featured animal is a dog.  And not just any dog but a military working dog who has retired.  He’s a Belgian Malinois.  I didn’t know much about this breed until last year around this time when we adopted one.  He’s an ex-working dog too.  Though he was a service dog.  He was a PTSD service dog for a former military man.  Our guy is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix.  We’re well-versed in German Shepherds here.  But adding in this mix has been unique. 

I can attest that they’re extremely motivated.  He’s high energy.  He’s got an extreme drive and needs to be doing something.  Our guy is named Rudy and we’re immensely enjoying him.

The dog in the book is Pal.  And I see a lot of similarities between him and our dog Rudy.  It makes sense once I learned that the author has had experience with friends adopting an ex-working dog.  They know!  Please know that almost everything dog-related in the book is true!  They’re super smart, energetic, motivated, and oh-so-loving.  

The book doesn’t solely focus on the dog.  There are two main human characters as well.  However, the dog totally stole the show for me.  

While the book is a cosy mystery, it definitely has its own share of mystery and suspense that will make you want to keep reading and not miss a word!

I highly recommend this book.  In fact, I highly recommend the entire series.  They’re clean and fun with enough mystery and suspense to keep you going but not enough to make you hide away.  Oh, and there’s some fun romance as well. 

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
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I loved reading this story about two people who work long hours and want to get married but have secrets that they are not talking about.  I really liked  Nora and Lane and Pal.  I enjoyed learning some about MWD dogs.  I liked the romance and the bits of suspense.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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Are Nora and Lane headed for the end or happily ever after? 

Nora and Lane's relationship is stuck, with no clear direction forward but they are both too invested to let go, meanwhile random explosions are causing damage in town. I loved revisiting familiar faces, while getting to know Nora and Lane better as they confront the future of their relationship. 

An engaging story, with likable characters, good interaction and a good mystery. I could see why Nora and Lane were where they were at, and their struggles moving forward. It was good to see things from both their perspectives.

Overall, a great addition to the series with cameos from all the previous couples. While part of a series, you could also read it as a stand alone. A highly enjoyable read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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These Gone to the Dogs Mysteries are so good and I’ve enjoyed several. New Lease On Life by Kathleen Y’Barbo was an excellent read zeroing in on MWD ( Military Working Dogs) in one lost pup that Vet Lane nicknamed Pal. He and his girlfriend Nora believe he was trained in explosives. Nora’s newly acquired building next door to her restaurant blows up and starts a fire, all during a tornado. Now everyone’s on alert. What will happen next and where does Pal come from? The search for his owner takes them in all directions and then a second explosion in another location adds to the mystery. The author took me on a long mysterious ride where there were surprises galore. I love it when I’m totally shocked with the outcome of these mysteries and this one did that! The characters were delightful and fun to be “around”. A great story and author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review.
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“New Leash on Life” has intertwined narratives of Nora and Lane’s developing romance and a small-town mystery set against the backdrop of threatening weather and strange crimes. 

The characters are well-rounded, and the author’s descriptive writing put me right into the setting, from Nora’s bustling restaurant to the charming portrayal of animal rescue efforts. The focus on Lane and Nora’s relationship dynamics overshadows the cozy mystery aspect a bit—at least compared to the other books I’ve read in this series. That’s not a bad thing though…just different.

I like that Lane’s PTSD is addressed, giving the story depth and believability, and I understood why he’d feel the way he did about himself. That doesn’t mean I didn’t get a bit frustrated by him. I connected with Nora and her frustrations as well.

Overall, this fast read offers an enjoyable blend of mystery, romance, humor, and an unwavering love for animals. Pal the dog was a standout character, and I enjoyed the witty details and heartwarming ending.

First Line: The sun had just dipped behind the collection of buildings that made up the downtown district of Brenham, Texas. 
Series: Gone to the Dogs book 6
Genre: Cozy Animal Mystery
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Page Count: 256

#CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions are 100% mine.
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I have been enjoying this whole series, Gone to the Dogs Mysteries, but this one just might be my favorite yet. Nora already has her man, Lane, as they have been dating for a while. Unfortunately, it has been a while and Nora is ready to move on to the next logical step. Lane loves her, or at least that is what he says, he is just a little too busy and not good at keeping his promises. However, since it has been a while, Nora has been slowly moving on. Buying up some property and opening a restaurant and making other plans. If she can't have her dream of a family of her own right now, she will have her dream of her business. She has already broken up with Lane in her mind if not in her heart, she just needs to tell him.

Lane does love Nora very much and he wants to marry her. But he feels he is damaged goods with his PTSD. He is even too ashamed to tell her. So, he buries himself in his work and research all the while knowing that he is disappointing and hurting the woman he loves.

Then the town of Brenham gets really busy. First with a tornado that drops down with enough damage to keep everyone busy, but also with some suspicious fires. Nora's new shop is the target of that fire.  What is going on for she would really like to get back to her property and cleaning it up. 

This story had a lot of twists and turns and a dog and cat that show up unannounced. Who they are and where they are from adds to the mystery. I really liked Nora and her longsuffering with Lane. I completely understood how her patience was wearing thin with him. Lane was a good guy and I liked him, I just wanted him to open his eyes and see not only what he was missing out on but what he was making Nora miss out on too. The tornado thread really got to me too, especially since my town experienced one this summer for the first time ever! 

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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New Leash On Life
Gone To The Dogs, Book #6
Kathleen Y’Barbo
5 Stars


How Is a Missing Military Working Dog Related to Two Local Fires?
Snuggle with your trusty hound and settle into a small-town mystery in book 6 of the Gone to the Dogs series.
Air Force veteran Dr. Lane Bishop and Nora Hernandez’s romance has cooled. He is busy working as a researcher at the vet school, and she’s busy with her restaurant and opening an antique shop. What Lane hasn’t told her is his PTSD, which manifests mostly with nightmares, makes him believe he’s damaged goods. But that is about to change when he meets a stray pup that acts a lot like a military working dog.
When a tornado hits Brenham, there is damage in the downtown area and a fire is ignited in Nora’s new store. A Belgian Malinois dog is seen at the fire and later Lane sees him at a wedding venue where an explosion occurs. Not long after, a second explosion rocks Brenham and sends Nora and Lane on a hunt for the person responsible. Will the pair find the guilty party before more damage is done to the city’s landmarks? And will Lane find the words to tell Nora how much he loves her before it’s too late? 
Gone to the Dogs series:
Book 1 - Off the Chain by Janice Thompson
Book 2 - Dog Days of Summer by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Book 3 - Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Janice Thompson
Book 4 - The Bark of Zorro by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Book 5 - Every Dog Has His Day by Janice Thompson
Book 6 - New Leash on Life by Kathleen Y’Barbo  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Nora and Lane are a couple but things have cooled down quite a bit.  Nora is busy with her restaurant and her new store.  When there is a tornado that hits Brenham, Nora and her friends have their hands full. When a lost dog is found running around, the gang has to catch him.  When the dog gets attached to Lane and helps him with a problem he has, the rescuers want him to be Lane’s dog.  They will have to solve the mystery of the dog and who is setting off explosions.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  Whether I was reading about the animals or Nora’s restaurant I could picture it in my mind’s eye.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspect to consider.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery that has a lot of animals. This is a great mystery and I am looking forward to reading more.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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I loved this delightful cozy mystery and its series! Most of the friends are co-workers at Lone Star Veterinary Clinic in Brenham, Texas, and affiliated with Second Chance Dog Rescue. Mari and Parker, vet techs at Lone Star and now married, had worked together to start Mari’s dog rescue. Most of the main characters are Christians.

Nora co-owns a building with her best friend, Cassidy, the office manager at Lone Star. Nora’s restaurant is on the street level and Cassidy lives upstairs. Nora just bought the store next door and was deciding how to best use it. After escrow closed, she found a sweet orange tabby cat inside who wanted to go home with her. At first, she wanted to find the owner, and within a very short time, she was so attached that she hoped no owner came forward!

Nora and Lane have been dating for several years. Lane is a veterinarian and a veterinary researcher. He loves it, but working very long hours in another town keeps them apart. Nora does not know why Lane has not yet proposed. Lane has something going on he will not talk about, even with Nora. She is ready to break up with him. They love each other, but his absences and seeming unwillingness to commit are too frustrating.

One night when he was in town, a huge dog ran past them into the woods. It looked like a Belgian Malinois, a breed often used in the military. That night, a tornado tore through the town. The upstairs apartment in the building Nora just bought was on fire, thought to have been caused by an explosion. Nobody was renting the apartment, but the firemen saw that someone was living there and caused the explosion. Fortunately, she had no tornado damage.

Within days, the two veterinarians at Lone Star were getting married. Lane’s father, a retired vet, was going to fill in during their honeymoon. The evening before he was to start, he fell and broke his leg. Lane took time off from his research position to oversee his father’s care, be close to Nora, and take the two-week fill-in position. While he was at the clinic, he had the help of a paramedic picking up side jobs. 

Lane began caring for the big, loveable pup when they found him running loose at the wedding venue. The dog had no chip or the required tattoo of a military war dog. Days later, an explosion at the wedding venue destroyed the cottage used by brides and their bridesmaids.

Nora, Lane, and their friends have attempted to find who was staying at Nora’s new building, who set the fires/ explosions, and searching for the dog’s owner. Lane and the pup, who he called Pal, quickly bonded, so he did not look forward to giving him up.

I loved being back with these friends! It was exciting to see them walk out their faith rather than just talk about it. I was torn, like Nora, about whether she should break up with Lane; I do understand why he kept his secret, though. Nora, Lane and their friends tried to find who was in the apartment and used the explosives, even after they ran out of suspects. I was only slightly surprised with who really did it as I had pointed a finger in that direction more than once. Part of the resolution totally surprised me, though. I was very pleased with the ending, and highly recommend this novel to teens and adults who appreciate well-written Christian cozy mysteries with strong friendships, dogs, and romance.

From a thankful heart: I received an uncorrected copy of this novel from NetGalley and Barbour, through Celebrate Lit, and this is my honest review.
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It’s amazing all the compelling plot ideas these authors have come up with for this fun series featuring veterinarians and animals, especially dogs. And although each book can stand on its own, but I suggest reading the former five in order since the continuing characters appear in each book. This novel also includes another type of vet—veterans, including one suffering with PTSD, along with a lost dog that appears to be ex-military too. In addition, the vet main character struggles with his love life, disappointing his hope-to-be fiancée.  The story’s drama and the intrigue will draw readers in as it dishes up a fun read. By the way, there is a restaurant in the tale too. And why are there explosions in Brenham, where the series is set? The characters and setting seem so realistic. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. #NewLeashonLife #NetGalley
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New Leash on Life is a very well written mystery romance.  I throughly enjoyed the plot and characters.  I definitely recommend this book.  My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my advance book.  This is my unbiased review.
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Fires and explosions and tornadoes, oh my...

Brenham, Texas has gone to the dogs again and mystery is afoot – or should that be 'a-paw' – as not only does a tornado roar through town but there are explosions and a fire of suspicious origin. Add onto that a romance on the rocks and you have another fun Gone To The Dogs Mystery from Kathleen Y'Barbo. 

I rather surprise myself by saying so, but I think that New Leash On Life may be my favorite book of the series. It had everything my cozy mystery enjoying heart could wish for including a pretty cool dog and even a surprise feline. 

I really liked the mystery in New Leash On Life. There were multiple elements and more than one suspect to keep you guessing and trying to puzzle out things out alongside Nora, Lane, and the rest of the pet-loving crew. While I did figure out some of the who-done-it, Kathleen Y'Barbo did slip in a surprise or two for me in this sixth Gone To The Dogs Mysteries. 

Honestly, if you haven't visited Brenham, Texas yet, New Leash On Life is only one of the books in a fun cozy mystery series. There are more Gone To The Dogs Mysteries to dive into from Kathleen Y'Barbo and the second author in the series Janice Thompson. Two very talented authors of a delightful series off pet-filled and paw approved cozies with a little dash of romance...

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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My thoughts:   NEW LEASH ON LIFE is the newest book in this series set in Texas.  I enjoyed getting to know Lane and Nora and the newest animal to arrive on the scene, Pal.  Pal is a sweet dog and I really love how he reacts with Lane.

Lane and Nora seems on different sides of the dating totem pole. Are they serious or not?  Nora is ready to break up and doesn't seem to be in love, but then again, Lane has his doubts and hesitations too. What will it take to work it out and resolve their differences?  

If you like cozt mysteries and dogs and romance then you will love   NEW LEASE ON LIFE and all the other books in this series.
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“Son, I have had arthritic hound dogs that move faster than you.”

I love these Gone to the Dog cozies! This one, by Kathleen Y’Barbo, called New Lease on Life, deals with MWD (military working dogs). 

It would be hard not to like Nora, who has been waiting half of forever for her boyfriend to propose, or Lane, said boyfriend who refuses to propose for reasons he’s ashamed to admit. Of course, the scene stealer in this book is the beautiful Belgian Malinois, Pal, who has special abilities. Not only does he hint at problems, but he recognizes immediately when a person like Lane needs him most, and springs into action.

Suspects run rampant in this episode, and it was with relief that I reached the end of the somewhat complicated crime(s). Bravo, Ms. Y’Barbo, for sending the reader on such an extended hunt to find the culprits!

I loved to find that characters from previous stories were included, and we get to see even more of their lives. I especially loved the inclusion of Bitsy in this story. I sure hope that things calm down soon in Brenham… or maybe not, I’d love more Gone to the Dog stories!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit via NetGalley. I also bought my own copy. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
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I have been enjoying the books in this series. I like that they are cozy mysteries with a dogs and has romance between the two main characters. I liked how in this book the author addressed PTSD and the effect that can have on an individual and on relationships. I liked how she showed that although it may not ever go completely away, there are things that can help to mitigate it. I liked how the dog was a big part in helping Lane and Nora to find healing in their relationship. I thought the story was entertaining and well done. I thought this book was a good addition to this series and I loved seeing characters from the other books in this story.

I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.
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