A follow-up to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs finds veterinarian Cyrus Mills struggling to maintain his late father's independent practice in the face of a national chain rival, an effort that is complicated by the return of someone from waitress Amy's past. Original. 50,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Veterinarian Cyrus Mills struggles to maintain his late father's independent practice in the face of a national chain rival, an effort that is further complicated by the return of someone from waitress Amy's past. - (Baker & Taylor)
When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.
So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.
This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance. - (Grand Central Pub)
Library Journal Reviews
Who says you can't go home again? Trout's second novel, and sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs, opens with Cyrus Mills, a former veterinarian pathologist, back in his hometown trying to pull his deceased father's veterinary clinic out of financial ruin. Cyrus's father ran the practice by making sure pets got the best care possible and not worrying about whether their owners could pay. Cyrus is facing increasing pressure from the ruthless corporate chain Healthy Paws, which is trying to run him out of business. Will Cyrus be able to make his clinic thrive and still provide pets, and their owners, with the most exceptional treatment available? VERDICT Animal lovers can unite in heartfelt agreement on the delightful charm, drama, and humor of Trout's follow-up. The book is full of intriguing and colorful characters but none so engaging and endearing as Cyrus, the socially awkward, but genuinely kind, country vet.—Susan Moritz, Silver Spring, MD
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