Even the Dog Knows

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Pub Date 08 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 22 Mar 2022

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A family’s old, beloved dog takes a final road trip to help his humans find forgiveness and healing.

Meg Gorton finds herself alone and lonely in Florida. Three years earlier, she had packed what she could fit into her sister’s car, told her estranged husband, Gary, where he could find her, and asked him to take care of Moses, their beloved black Labrador. For years, she’d tried to talk Gary into moving away from Woodstock, Virginia. They both needed a fresh start after the loss of their only daughter many years ago. Even after raising their grandson, Troy, it was clear that if Meg wanted a new beginning, she would have to do it alone. Now, with some looming health issues, Meg has a plan to finally bring Gary to Gulf Breeze.

Gary wasn’t able to move on the same way Meg did. Haunted by the tragedy of his daughter’s death, and painfully aware of his guilt because he feels partly responsible, he is stuck in his life. He still owns and drives the bus for their hometown minor league baseball team. And he still thinks about the day his wife drove away. At least he still has Moses, who is always willing to listen when Gary talks about his regrets and all the things he should have done differently. 

Meg contacts Gary with a surprise request: she wants him to bring Moses to visit her one last time before the old dog passes on. Gary is reluctant to go, but Troy thinks it’s an excellent idea. They could even travel together in Gary’s bus. Along the way, Gary takes a detour to visit Troy’s ex-girlfriend, Grace—the woman who Gary and Meg always believed was the one for Troy. Gary might not know how to fix things with his wife, but he knows he doesn’t want Troy to make the same mistakes he did. 

Although Moses is just a dog, he’s very observant: Gary hasn’t been the same since Meg left, Troy is hiding something, and Grace’s fingers smell like bacon.  It doesn’t take long for Moses to learn they are going on a road trip to see Meg. He misses her and regularly senses Gary’s loneliness. He knows he’s an old dog and that his time is near, but he also knows there are still important things he needs to do.

Even the Dog Knows is a novel that will take readers on a thousand-mile journey to find forgiveness, understanding, healing, and the meaning of true and lasting love.
 
A family’s old, beloved dog takes a final road trip to help his humans find forgiveness and healing.

Meg Gorton finds herself alone and lonely in Florida. Three years earlier, she had packed what she...

Advance Praise

"Outstanding and brilliant. This heartfelt story is packed with laughter and tears and takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime, reminding us of the most important things in life. Sure to be an instant classic that cries out for repeated binge reading."

—Rebecca Connolly, author of A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice


"Jason Wright's new masterpiece is an example of how family, love and friendship can save us in times of great woe and trouble. EVEN THE DOG KNOWS delivers twists and turns within a heartfelt tale that teaches us how to work through our most harrowing times. Here's the quick takeaway—read it!"

—Herb Scribner, Deseret News


"Join a team of relatable flawed characters who will quickly feel like family along this hopeful journey of regret, reconciliation, and the chance to find beauty through grief and love through loss. As readers have come to expect from Jason F. Wright's novels, this latest tale, EVEN THE DOG KNOWS, keeps the curveballs coming until the very end."

—Josette Keelor, The Northern Virginia Daily


"Takes you on a literal road trip of a struggling family who’s dealing with heart-aching loss. Readers will become immersed in the lives of Gary and Meg, their grandson Troy, and their dog Moses who brings healing, second chances, and forgiveness to the family. A delightful and poignant read that will remain with you long after the final page.”

—Heather B. Moore, USA Today bestselling author


"Themes of forgiveness, faith, and grace make Even the Dog Knows a good addition to a robust inspiration-fiction collection."

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"A series of mishaps and misadventures follows a motley crew as they travel to Gulf Breeze, Florida, aboard a baseball team bus. Meanwhile, in Gulf Breeze, the object of their journey has a few surprises to share which will make the destination meaningful and worthwhile."

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"Outstanding and brilliant. This heartfelt story is packed with laughter and tears and takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime, reminding us of the most important things in life. Sure to be an...


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Even the Dog Knows has multiple appeal factors for adult and crossover readers involving family, expectations, disappointments, sorry, careers, dogs, and hints of happily ever after. Jason F. Wright providers readers with a thoughtful, honest novel about family life. Multiple plot lines surround the main story of Gary and his grandson, Troy who are driving a baseball team bus from Virginia to Florida to reconnect with Meg, who is Gary's wife and Troy's grandmother who raised Troy since his mother's death. Along the road they reunited with Grace, Troy's high school girlfriend, and meet up with Mark, a traveler who is visiting all the places his diseased wife wanted to visit. The dogs, Moses and Beverage, add tenderness to the story. A popular book for readers who enjoy road trips and reconnecting.

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A sweet story. Meg left her husband 3 years ago, and has asked him to come visit with their old dog. She wants to see them both before it’s too late. Gary finally agrees, but takes their grandson, who they raised, and his old girlfriend along. Meeting Mark and his dog along the way, plus those around Meg adds flavor. Skimmable at times, but basically enjoyed this one. Would recommend.

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What a beautiful story, As someone who loves dogs and has a life long love for them. I thought this story was heartachingly beautiful.
Premise
Meg Gorton finds herself alone and lonely in Florida. Three years earlier, she had packed what she could fit into her sister’s car, told her estranged husband, Gary, where he could find her, and asked him to take care of Moses, their beloved black Labrador. For years, she’d tried to talk Gary into moving away from Woodstock, Virginia. They both needed a fresh start after the loss of their only daughter many years ago. Even after raising their grandson, Troy, it was clear that if Meg wanted a new beginning, she would have to do it alone. Now, with some looming health issues, Meg has a plan to finally bring Gary to Gulf Breeze.

Gary wasn’t able to move on the same way Meg did. Haunted by the tragedy of his daughter’s death, and painfully aware of his guilt because he feels partly responsible, he is stuck in his life. He still owns and drives the bus for their hometown minor league baseball team. And he still thinks about the day his wife drove away. At least he still has Moses, who is always willing to listen when Gary talks about his regrets and all the things he should have done differently.

Meg contacts Gary with a surprise request: she wants him to bring Moses to visit her one last time before the old dog passes on. Gary is reluctant to go, but Troy thinks it’s an excellent idea. They could even travel together in Gary’s bus. Along the way, Gary takes a detour to visit Troy’s ex-girlfriend, Grace—the woman who Gary and Meg always believed was the one for Troy. Gary might not know how to fix things with his wife, but he knows he doesn’t want Troy to make the same mistakes he did.

Although Moses is just a dog, he’s very observant: Gary hasn’t been the same since Meg left, Troy is hiding something, and Grace’s fingers smell like bacon. It doesn’t take long for Moses to learn they are going on a road trip to see Meg. He misses her and regularly senses Gary’s loneliness. He knows he’s an old dog and that his time is near, but he also knows there are still important things he needs to do.

Even the Dog Knows is a novel that will take readers on a thousand-mile journey to find forgiveness, understanding, healing, and the meaning of true and lasting love.

It was so lovely how much dogs bring people together and how they could sense things. It was a gorgeously entertained story and a true pleasure to read. I would recommend it to dog lovers anywhere or anyone thatat has a special place in their heart for an animal.

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On the surface this is a book about lost souls and the old dog who loves them all. It's much deeper than that, however, and I found myself pausing to think periodically as I read. By sheer serendipity, given the role baseball plays in the story, I was finishing the book just as the last game of 2021's World Series played out. It perhaps gave me a greater insight to not just the players on the screen before me but those in the book. When you lose yourself, even in something so seemingly benign as a baseball game, you can lose not just your own identity but the touch with reality that binds us together.

Gary has not only lost his way but tied himself so tightly to baseball that he finds himself alone when those about him realize they need more out of life than baseball stats and an ol' baseball bus he has bought. His wife, Meg, has moved out. Now, in Florida, she is ill and uses the excuse of wanting to see their old dog Moses one last time to bring Gary to her and give them a chance to find each other and start over. Moses is old but observant and just wants his people to be happy and together, well, that and some bacon. Grandson Troy, who plays minor league baseball, somehow convinces Gary to not only make the trip but goes along for the ride. In the process, several other lives are touched, both human and canine, for the better.

This book has all the "feels". I found myself, in one of moments when my mind sought to make sense of how Gary and Meg grew apart, thinking of the tragedy that shaped them all, but also how we as humans seek to right ourselves, particularly as we age. Of course, the addition of a wonderful, loving old dog only added to the feels, especially as my own dog cuddled at my side. Totally oblivious to both the baseball game playing out on my screen and the role of baseball in the book, she offered pure, uncomplicated love. Unfortunately, life isn't that simply for us humans as Gary, Meg, and their circle of family and friends illustrate. The plot is simple, a road trip to Florida, but their actions, reactions, and how others play into the whole is quite complicated. Except for with Moses. He's a dog and he's love. As voiced by Grace, Troy's girlfriend, well, maybe, Mose is the glue that holds them all together. He's the one that pulls them together, too, when they are broken, despite the barriers humans put up. A thoughtful, intriguing read that I recommend highly.

Thank you #NetGallery and #ShadowMountainPublishing for the ARC.

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Publication date: May 8, 2022

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own.

A family’s old, beloved dog takes a final road trip to help his humans find forgiveness and healing: Even the Dog Knows is a novel that will take readers on a thousand-mile journey to find forgiveness, understanding, healing, and the meaning of true and lasting love.

I CRIED SO HARD reading this book that my hubby thought that he had missed the phone call telling me that either my 94yo mom or 95yo dad died!!! This is a beautiful book that I would give 10 out of 5 stars to ... it was wonderfully written and this will be a book club pick for me personally as we are all animal lovers and lovers of excellent books. This was a love letter to every pet one must have had and a missive about getting back together when your stars are misaligned.

I will HIGHLY recommend this to book clubs, patrons, family, friends and every animal lover I know.

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant/never-ending/constant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🐕 🐶🐕 🐶 🐕

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Good stuff. This is not high art, nor is it meant to be, but it is a nice story, well-told. Wright is prolific, so he know his way around a story. It looks like he's a decent bet if you like his style of writing and this type of tale.

I appreciate the free ARC for review!!

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Meg is alone in Florida. Gary is alone in Virginia. They are married, but have been estranged for three years. When Gary is invited to bring their dog, Moses to see her one last time he packs up his Baseball team van with his grown son and heads down to Florida. What then happens is a sweet line of events that are charming, loving, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Overall a really sweet story. It was unique to hear the dog's voice in this one as he watched what was going on around him. There was a lot of history with this family that needed to be worked out and it was a beautiful trip to watch it all play out. I always appreciate a clean read as well.

Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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This was such a charming sweet book. It had me and tears. Dog lovers will love this story of love and forgiving. I have read other books by this author that they were great books also.

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This book was a different one and a little hard to read at times. Gary and Meg Gorron, have been grieving, the loss of their daughter Mallerie for many years. Gary's life revolves around nothing but baseball. Megan decides she has had enough, she heads to Florida with her sister. Three years later, Gary heads to Florida on his baseball bus, with his grandson Troy and Moses the dog. They pick up stragglers along the way. Moses, notices the little things along the way, because yes, even the dog knows.

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This is a wonderful book and not just because one of the main characters is a dog.

Anyone lucky enough to have had a black lab as a companion will recognize Moses as a kindred spirit to their own silly and loveable pet. The author also realistically portrays the bond between Moses and his humans as well as the importance of bacon.

The love Gary, Meg, Troy and Grace have for Moses is crucial to reestablishing the connections they once had with each other. It's a beautiful story with great pacing and colorful characters.

I really enjoyed reading about the bus and the journey all the people went on with a very good boy.

Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I loved this. It was poignant and fun, full of heart and love and grief. Every character was likeable, even when they weren't. I truly enjoyed reading this, a lot more than I initially expected!

I think the reunion was just so... impactful. The confessions and the callbacks and everything pulled it all together.

The only negative I really have is that I don't think the last chapter was particularly necessary - I would have been fine without the small time jump. But obviously that's not enough of a detail to completely ruin how genuinely enjoyable this book was to read and experience.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an ARC for this book!

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I read many good reviews about "Even the Dog Knows", a good book with a great title and cover, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me.

The first chapter was nice, I appreciated the story beginning with some sort of flashback to the youth of Gary and Meg and how they met, but the rest of the book didn't convince me.
First of all, I'm not familiar with the time and place of the story. I am a young European and I know nothing of the US in the 80s/90s (?), so I had a hard time picturing what it would have looked like since there were few descriptions.
Second, the characters didn't resonate with me. A grumpy old man obsessed with baseball? An old woman bored with her life? There was much here to make me appreciate them or their personalities...
The story didn't make me want to follow along with the characters on their trip to Florida, so I stopped about midday through.

*I received a free copy and this is my honest opinion*

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This is a touching, emotional story about a broken family coming together after years of estrangement. The story is a great mix of plot-driven and character-driven elements. It really immerses you in the characters within a road-trip context. I enjoyed the setting of 20 or so years in the past. It’s like a little snapshot in time. I enjoyed my time in this story. It explores the different ways of expressing grief and emphasizes that it is the relationships in our life that are our most important priority. The inclusion of a dog’s perspective was a great addition to these themes. We can learn so much from the animals in our life.

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This was such a joy to read! Each character was so relatable and complex, I really want them to exist in real life. The themes of love, family, loss, and healing were written with such warmth and caring. Throw in a road trip and wonderful relationships with dogs and strangers, this book made me want to give those around me a hug! I definitely recommend this book!

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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. There's a lot about baseball, which I admit is not my favorite sport but there is a lot of heart, soul and family too. That, of course, and the titular pooch, Moses.

Gary and Meg meet at the Washington Monument on New Year's Eve. Gary knows right away this is the woman he is going to marry. Fast forward thirty plus years and he is watching her leave with her twin sister for Florida. And he is heartbroken but doesn't follow.

Three years after Meg leaves, she wants to see their dog, Moses, one more time. She is declining in health. Their grandson, raised as their son, Troy, has returned home from minor league baseball in Texas with an injury. He convinces Gary to pack up his baseball bus and take Moses to see Meg. What follows is an adventurous road trip with a band of weary travelers and a few surprises along the way.

The way this story weaves together is well done and I appreciated the chapters from Moses' perspective. I would color this story as a hopeless romance marred by real life and that is not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed the book going in with no expectations, though I am not sure it would warrant a repeat read.

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Best book I've read in a very long time. I will definitely read more by this author.I highly recommend reading this book!

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This is such a touching story that encompasses multiple family members and the issues that they are dealing with, and even Moses the dog has some thoughts about everything that is going on with his family.

A tragedy happened 20 years ago which caused Gary and Meg to raise their grandson, Troy. Gary is obsessed with baseball and when Troy shows promise, he thinks that Troy will be the one that makes it in the world of baseball. That is a lot of pressure to put on someone, but Gary didn't do it intentionally or knowingly. But in the midst of his obsession, he manages to shut out Meg. Everyone grieves differently, and sometimes it is the awareness to realize that losing the love of your life may not be the best way to deal with tragedy.

The journey that Gary, Meg, and Troy are on in this story brings in others that have their own intertwining story. Grace is Troy's high school sweetheart and they seem to have lost their path with each other but that doesn't mean it isn't still there. There are just some discussions they need to have to find out if they can recover what was lost. Macy is Meg's home health aide, but there is so much more to her story that we discover at the end. You may be able to figure it out, but maybe not. Then there is Mark and Beverage, a hitchhiker and his dog that Gary and Troy pick up. Mark is no ordinary hitchhiker and he definitely isn't homeless, but his story is touching just the same and it gives Gary and Troy something to think about when it comes to relationships in their own lives.

This journey is about self-discovery, finding love again, and realizing that what was lost can be found. There are so many touching and moving parts to this story and it is just a feel-good story that all can enjoy. I think they should have included a picture of the bus that is a story of its own.

We give this book 5 paws up.

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Jason Wright's latest book is a treasure! Once I started 'Even the Dog Knows' I literally did not put it down until the wee hours of the morning. The tender intricacies of family interactions of success, failure and heartbreak are interwoven with the addition of thoughts and feelings of a beloved pet. Maybe because I have suffered the loss of someone it resonated with me even more. I could also identify with all of the baseball situations woven throughout the story as I come from a sports family. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a dose of understanding the need for love and forgiveness in their lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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This was an interesting story. An estranged couple, a grandson raised as their own son, a dog, an ex girlfriend and a baseball bus! I wasn't sure where this one was going. It started a bit slow for me, but then it picked up speed

The adventures this group had on the road, the lessons learned, the healing power of love and forgiveness all weave together to make this a powerful story. The characters they meet help enrich them.

The characters were well developed, empathy and compassion for them was real.

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Gary lives and breathes baseball. His whole life is centered around it to the detriment of everything else. His wife. Meg has finally had enough and her twin sister has convinced her to leave and move in with her in Florida. Three years later, Meg asks Gary to visit, she wants to see their elderly dog, Moses, one last time before he dies. When Gary’s son shows up, he talks Gary into a road trip to see Meg. A road trip that will change many lives in the process. Told in the voices of Gary, his wife, Meg and their dog, Moses, this was a charming story of loss, grief and second chances.

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Wonderful story that you will enjoy.
A touching story of working through loss, dealing with past memories, and moving forward after being stalled in the grief. Gary and Meg’s daughter died when her child, Troy, was an infant. Troy is now twenty-two and on his own but his grandfather has not been able to move forward. Instead, he has immersed himself in baseball. With Gary’s total focus being on baseball and especially on the minor league team in his area, Meg soon feels that there is nothing left for her and moves to Florida with her sister leaving Gary and their dog Moses behind. Now three years later Meg is requesting that Gary bring Moses to Florida for one last visit. And so, the trip begins with Gary, Troy and Moses with side trips to see Troy’s old girlfriend, breakdowns and hitchhikers adding to the warmth and appeal of the story. Through it all, Moses adds his observations, not in some strange way that has the reader really having to suspend reality, but simply observations of when and what makes the people around him happy, moody, or sad that he manifests through tail wagging, happy barks and howls when faced with sadness and tensions he can’t understand. Everyone has secrets. Everyone is trying to figure out how to live their lives and what they want their life to look like going forward but only Moses seems to be able to reduce things to their simplest form, this brings joy, that brings sadness. A very engrossing read as you watch the growth, understanding, and acceptance in each character.

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Even The Dog Knows is a novel by best-selling American author, Jason F. Wright. Three years after she left him to live with her twin sister in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Meg Gorton sends her husband Gary a sincere plea: bring their ageing Labrador, Moses to visit so she can see him one last time before he dies.

While Gary is still thinking about it, the grandson he brought up as a son, Troy forces the issue. Troy Gorton’s minor league baseball career is on hold while he rehabs a shoulder injury, and if Gary won’t act, Troy will. Which is how the trio end up on Gary’s team baseball bus (the Shenandoah Senators are out of the current play-offs anyway) driving from Woodstock, Vermont to Gulf Breeze, Florida.

If Gary isn’t too sure about what his reception from Meg will be, Moses is deliriously happy at the prospect of seeing her again: he never did understand why she left. Nor did Gary, apparently, or maybe he just didn’t want to think too hard about it. As they travel and sometimes reminisce, hints of the tragedy that hung over their marriage slowly emerge.

When casual discussion of Troy’s baseball career segues into the break-up with his high-school sweetheart, Grace Dellinger, Gary decides on a slight detour in their route, and a throw-away remark, at first rejected, eventually sees their party increase in number.

Their trip is not without excitement: a potentially fatal car crash sees Moses labelled as a hero dog; detention by the South Carolina State Police causes concern; a hitchhiker and his dog bring emotion and drama to the mix; and a vulture causes several days’ delay in their arrival.

Meanwhile, Meg and her home health aide, Macy await the arrival of the bus and its passengers, and Meg shares important parts of the family’s history with the young woman who is really much more a friend than a paid assistant. Macy knows that Meg is anxious about the visit, and how things will work out, but even she is shocked at the medical emergency that results. Luckily, friends and neighbours surprise Meg with their support.

Wright populates his tale with characters who are endearing for all their very human flaws and frailties, and including the dog’s perspective in the narrative mix adds a sweet touch. Part of the story are a missing father, someone plagued by survivor guilt, someone living another’s dream, and some who haven’t shared their deeply felt grief. Difficult truths are finally told, revelations are made.

While astute readers will see most of the surprises coming a mile off, this doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of watching them happen. Date and age anomalies may indicate either the author’s poor arithmetic or slapdash editing, but these can be forgiven in this funny, moving and uplifting read.
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing.

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I found this to be a very cute read. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with this one. However, as soon as I started I knew we were going to have such an adventure. This gave me strong vibes of the movie, A Dog’s Purpose, including the occasional chapters set in the point of view of our aging dog, Moses. Though if I’m honest, I would have loved to see more chapters set in Moses' point of view. I think this book would have been even more entertaining to read if that was the case.

And before you ask, no the dog doesn’t die. However, that is the concern for this premise.

I didn’t find much of this book to be all that surprising, iIn regards to the overall plot. Though some of the events that occurred during the road trip were a bit surprising. Moses is one keen old dog! But as I said, I found this to be such a cute read that focuses on healing and forgiveness. The ending definitely made my heart swell.

I think anyone who enjoys contemporary novels set around family will definitely enjoy this one! Especially if you enjoyed A Dog’s Purpose.

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Even The Dog Knows by Jason Wright is an incredibly breathtaking read that brings you on a journey of a family that is finding their way back together. From the very first chapter, you are invested in the lives of the characters and they truly come to life on every page.

The story begins with the introduction of a couple, Meg and Gary, and how they originally met. Cute, right? The next chapter fast forwards several years to Meg leaving and telling Gary that their love is no more. Meg moves several states away, but her new adventure isn’t everything she hopes it would be, and she wants to see the family dog one more time. The chapters rotate point of view but all weave together in a beautiful way to create a story about discovering and re-discovering love.

I could not put it down! It also made me want to get a dog and take a road trip. I usually don’t read fiction for the blog, but I am so glad I picked this one up. I think I have found my new favorite author, I can’t wait to read more from him!

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Three years ago Meg Gorton packed her bags and moved to Florida with her sister, leaving her husband Gary and Lab Moses. When her sister dies she is lonely for Moses and ask Gary to bring him to see her. Along with grandson Troy, his ex girlfriend Grace and Moses they begin the road trip in Gary’s old bus. With Moses’s narrative of his feelings they share their adventures and reunion with Meg!



Thanks to Jason F Wright and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the read!

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A must read for anyone who has ever loved a dog, but it’s not just about the dog. It’s really about the couple, their daughter and grandson. The author creates characters that are very likeable and easy to relate to, especially the dog.

This book starts in 1951 when Gary Gorton meets Meg Washington. Both are from Virginia, he’s a baseball player and mechanic during the winter, she’s a secretary. Then it jumps to 1992 when Gary is 70. Meg left him three years earlier and moved to Florida with her sister after 39 years of marriage. Now Meg thinks she is dying and asks Gary to bring their 11-year-old Black Lab named Moses to her so she can say goodbye. A chapter is told from his perspective, a chapter from hers, then one from the dog’s.

Other memorable characters are introduced. Their daughter Mallorie died but they won’t talk about it, creating a huge rift in their relationship. Grandson Troy lived with Gary and Meg until he graduated and moved to Texas to play baseball. Grace is his high school sweetheart and Robbie Basham is his birth father. Mark Richards is a homeless man with a dog named Beverage. Meg has a home healthcare aid named Macy who comes in a few times a week to help and provide companionship. Meg’s letter writing club friends are hilarious.

I think I’ve read most of Jason F. Wright’s books and this is one of my favorites. I was expecting a surprise following the pattern in his other books, but still didn’t see this one coming. Five stars! Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC to use for my review.

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Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Even the Dog Knows

Author: Jason F. Wright

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For...: contemporary, fiction, dog lovers

Publication Date: March 7, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Age Relevance: 17+ (child death, dog death, sickness, grief, violence, gore)

Explanation of Above: There is a child’s death mentioned in the book and there is grief surrounding it and through most of the events in the book. There’s sickness mentioned in the book and there is violence in regards to an airplane crash and car crash mentioned and shown. There’s also a stabbing. There is mention of animal control putting down a pet and mention of the dog’s death.

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Press

Pages: 336

Synopsis: Meg Gorton finds herself alone and lonely in Florida. Three years earlier, she had packed what she could fit into her sister’s car and asked her estranged husband, Gary, to take care of Moses, their beloved black Labrador. Things between Meg and Gary hadn't been the same after the loss of their only daughter many years ago. Even after raising their grandson, Troy, it was clear that if Meg wanted a new beginning, she would have to do it alone.
Haunted by the tragedy of his daughter’s death, Gary is stuck in his life in Woodstock, Virginia. He still owns and drives the bus for their hometown minor league baseball team, and he still thinks about the day his wife drove away.
Everything changes when Meg contacts Gary with a request to bring Moses to visit her one last time before the old dog passes on. Gary is reluctant, but Troy thinks it’s an excellent idea. They could even travel together in Gary’s bus. Along the way, Gary takes a detour to visit Troy’s ex-girlfriend, Grace. Gary might not know how to fix things with his wife, but he knows he doesn’t want Troy to make the same mistakes he did.
Although Moses is just a dog, he’s very observant. It doesn’t take long for him to figure out they are going on to see Meg. He knows he’s an old dog and that his time is near, but he also knows his family needs his help.
Even the Dog Knows is a novel that will take readers on a thousand-mile journey to find forgiveness, understanding, healing, and the meaning of true and lasting love.

Review: Overall, this was a sweet book. It had a good story and I loved how the family was brought back together with the efforts of the family dog. The book had a lot of perspective from the dog, which I also liked. The character development was well done and the world building was also pretty good. The book had a lot of emotional bits in it as well.

However, I did feel like the pacing was a bit too slow for me and the time jumps were a bit jarring.

Verdict: It was good!

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Any story with our precious fur babies as a main character will always be my favorite.

This lighthearted story will warm your insides because it’s so good. So many trials and tribulations to get to the happy ended but it was worth the whole story.

A quick read but told in just the right amount of time. The characters will have your heart from the beginning.

If you love dogs, this one is for you!

Thanks to NetGalley, shadow mountain books and Jason f wright for the arc.

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A good book for those wanting to read about a road trip that could help put your life in perspective. This was quite an enjoyable read though at times I could catch myself speed reading through some paragraphs.


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

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Enjoyed this novel. I have had the pleasure of meeting Jason Wright and hearing him speak on several occasions. I have loved all his past novels so was excited to be given an opportunity to read his latest. Very sweet story. The love of a sweet dog always gets me! Shed some tears. Highly recommend if you are a animal lover and love a sweet story of family , forgiveness, healing and deep love.

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This was such an emotional read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Many thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Another wonderful book by Jason F. Wright. You will fall in love with the characters and the dog! This is a heartfelt story about a man, his dog, his wife, his children and a road trip that will connect the past with the future. I would recommend adding this to your TBR!

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