Dog Days of Summer

Book 2 - Gone to the Dogs

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Pub Date 01 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Barbour Publishing, Barbour Fiction

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Mishaps Abound as Second Chance Ranch Struggles to Get Its Start
Grab a lap dog to cuddle and relax into a fun small-town mystery as a new dog rescue project turns into a three-ring circus of calamities in book 2 of the Gone to the Dogs series.
Trina Potter, Nashville country music star, buys a ranch near her hometown in Brenham, Texas, to help her niece open a rescue facility for dogs. Her presence in town stirs up some old high school rivalries—and romance. Finding property to buy is a challenge, convincing her mother to move there with her is daunting, and navigating a string of strange accidents is perplexing. Sometimes Trina feels like she’s purchased her own three ring circus instead of a beautiful piece of land. But her first priority will be figuring out who wants Second Chance Ranch shut down before they even have the grand opening.

More in the 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
Mishaps Abound as Second Chance Ranch Struggles to Get Its Start
Grab a lap dog to cuddle and relax into a fun small-town mystery as a new dog rescue project turns into a three-ring circus of...

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An awesome fun read by a favorite author of mine. Her writing is wonderful!
I knew I was in for a treat when I seen this book!
Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing and I laughed at the costumes for the parades. I can just picture the characters faces.
I definitely loved the small town feel.
I didn't want to put the book down and now I want to read book 1. I had no idea that there was another. I'll need to get that one too.
I wanted this book so bad and my wish was granted! Thank you so much Netgalley!
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Kathleen Y’Barbo’s “Dog Days of Summer” picks up shortly after the first installment of the Gone to the Dogs series, with Mari Evans continuing her dog rescue organization.

When a bomb is found near the rescue, her country singer aunt Trina Potter comes home to Brenham, Texas, to help out her niece as well as check on her pie-making mama. As her heart strings keep getting pulled to return home to Brenham, more and more questionable events occur around the rescue and Trina herself.

With the help of high school friend and now attorney Wyatt, can Trina figure out just what’s going on in her small hometown, and how to make a more permanent move from Nashville back to Texas?

“Dog Days of Summer” is a fun, cozy mystery that will appeal to fans of mysteries and dog stories. Y’Barbo puts just enough of an intrigue as well as a little romance to make this an enjoyable read. She creates, along with the author of the series’ first novel Janice Thompson, great characters that readers will fall in love with, including several plucky dogs and a cat that can make video calls and open doors.

Y’Barbo manages to seamlessly continue the story started by Thompson, while also including a few good themes like holding on to dreams; the impossible just takes a little longer sometimes; and don’t diminish your gifts and contributions in life.

Told with an almost Mitford-like tone, readers of small town stories, cozy mysteries and animal stories will love “Dog Days of Summer,” which is due out Oct. 1. You could read this as a standalone, but I’d recommend checking out the first novel, “Off the Chain.” The third novel, “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” by Thompson is set to be released in January.

Five stars out of five.

Barbour Publishing, Inc. provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.

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This was such a fun read, the pages flew, and although this is the second book in this series, by a different author, it meshed beautifully! Yes, it can be read alone, but you would be missing another great book! Now I can't wait for the next book in this series!

Yes, we have returning characters, gotta love Mamma and her yummy pies, and her Granddaughter Marigold and her heart for rescue dogs, but this book is Aunt Trina, whom loves her family, and she will do anything to keep them safe!

The author does a great job of keeping your attention, and there is a lot of action, and my mind kept guessing, yes, I was right about some, but it is deeper, you won't be disappointed!

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Dog Days of Summer is a great fun mystery read. This is book two in the Gone to the Dogs series but it is not necessary to have read book one to be able to follow the plot of this one. Tyler’s vet clinic is running well and employees Mari, Parker and Cassidy continue to rescue dogs in the evenings. Mari's dream is to one day open a pet rescue. Her aunt Trina is a country singer who wants to spend more time at home with her Mom but can she meet her obligations at the same time? When a bomb is planted outside the temporary shelter will it derail all of their plans for a permanent location? More strange happenings occur before the puzzle unfolds to reveal who is opposed to the rescue center.
The story is well written and the characters very realistic. The plot moves along at a steady pace and the ending, which I hadn’t figured out, is satisfying. I look forward to the next book in the series!
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What a great followup to "Off the Chain". This can be read as a standalone, but I'd still recommend reading book one first because you'll be missing out on a wonderful story if you don't.

I love the town of Brenham and the great cast of characters. Trina was likable and, despite the fact that she's a famous country music star, relatable and down to earth. Wyatt was a total sweetheart. I couldn't help but fall for him. Mama Peach still had to be my favorite character, though. She's something else, lol!

The mystery was an intriguing one. There were a lot of pieces to it and I didn't figure out most of it until the very end. It definitely took some surprising turns.

This feel-good cozy mystery left a big smile on my face. It's sure to delight lovers of dogs and small town mysteries. I can't wait for the next book!

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This is the second book in the Gone to the Dogs series. This is such an enjoyable series. The second book brings back many of the characters from the first book and continues the storyline of Mari trying to set up a dog rescue. Her aunt, Trina, a country music star from Nashville, tries to decide if she can work out a way to continue working in Nashville, but being able to spend time with her mother and niece. Someone does not want her there, so there are many mysterious occurrences that happen trying to keep her away.

This is a great cozy mystery that keeps you guessing throughout the book. Just the time you think you have the mystery solved, it takes a turn. I enjoyed this very much and highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys mysteries. I received an advanced copy of this book from Barbour Publishers and Netgalley and was not required to give a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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I adored the first book from the Gone to the Dogs series, Off the Chain, and was excited to read the next installment and Kathleen Y’Barbo’s contribution, Dog Days of Summer. I thought it was a fun and a delightful book to read. I enjoyed getting to know Trina and Wyatt’s story. Of course, all the animals involved makes for a few giggles. I really loved reading every single page. It was great.

Dog Days of Summer will be getting five stars from me. I believe readers who enjoy reading clean cozy mysteries will want to snatch this one up and give a read. I look forward the next installment from the Gone to the Dogs series, Janice Thompson’s Barking up the Wrong Tree.

I received a paperback copy of Dog Days of Summer from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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It was so much fun to be back in this series. In this book, we follow the life of Mari's aunt Trina, who is a country music star. The author has an easy going way with her writing and keeps the reader on an enjoyable journey. The mystery of who is sabotaging the dog rescue adds a unique twist to the story.

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This is a nice follow-up to the first book in the series. The story features Mari's Aunt Trina who is torn between her successful music career centered in Tennessee and her family back in Texas. The angst feels real and she has a growing concern for her mother, Peach. I really liked this story.
The author picks up on the characters from the first book and shows that both writers worked together to keep a smooth flow going in the lives of the three family members. New characters are introduced along with a mystery that threatens Mari's dog rescue mission. The promise of romance is also in the air when a friend from Tina's past becomes involved in her situation.
I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley. It's a very enjoyable read in my personal opinion, and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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This book is a wonderful addition to the Gone to the Dogs series. It's a fun read that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I loved everything about this book, the setting, the characters, and how the author made the book come to life. I highly recommend this book and book one, Off the Chain. This is a great series that you don't want to miss.
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This paw-filled tale will keep readers guessing and engaged as they follow Trina on her journey through caring for her aging mother, keeping in touch with her dear niece, and showing the world that just maybe you can go home again. When calamity after calamity seem to strike Trina’s family, the suspect list gets longer and the circumstances get cloudier. However, when calm, cool heads persevere, the truth can prevail. Trina, Wyatt, Dallas, Mari, Parker, Sticks, Mama Peach, a passel of dogs, and a whole slew of law enforcement helpers eventually find the truth that makes this story wrap up with a happily ever after. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet story, a bit of mystery, a dash of southern charm, and a whole lot of puppy love.

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After the first book written with Mari as the narrator, it was a little different getting used to the "I" person as Trina Potter, her aunt who'd come home for Christmas and was named grand marshal in the parade. But Trina's spin on things was pretty awesome too and we got to know her a little bit better instead of just through phone calls like in the first book. Everybody needs a cool aunt like Trina!

Since Maggie was the temporary keeper of the rescue dogs, it sure looked like someone didn't want a rescue going in, and what was up with someone trying to blame Mari for something... I loved how Wyatt and Trina figured out what was going on though and their performance at the end was epic. It's great when it's all planned out to flush out the baddies. Trina's final decision was pretty cool too! I don't want to say a whole lot and give things away, but I think fans of the first book are gonna like this one a lot too!

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