ATTICUS: A Woman’s Journey with the World’s Worst Behaved Dog by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is now available on all platforms!
Atticus, a heart-warming and deliciously funny story about the world’s worst behaved dog and how he trained his human how to love herself again, from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett is coming June 12th!
Through the haze of vodka and self-loathing, Hazel Roundtree saw the poor creature lying in a ditch.
One brown eye. One blue.
Covered in mud and crying from pain, the puppy was desperately trying to free itself from a hopeless situation.
She almost kept walking by. She had her own problems and besides… no one had ever stopped to help her.
Who we’re ultimately meant to be is a journey without end, but there’s always a defined start…
Hazel had no idea the dog would be her beginning, her second chance, the miracle she never saw coming. She named him Atticus. He grew up to be a very bad—and completely awesome—dog. He took Hazel on a life-changing journey filled with mischievous adventure and painful heartbreak. In the end, Hazel grew up to be completely awesome, too.
This book will always have a place in my heart. Not only did it bring out all the feelings, but I couldn’t help myself from reading it to the very last page in one sitting. I cried, I laughed and connected to the author’s characters with an such ease that I truly felt as if I were there by their sides. Is it a love story, though? Well, the beginning of the story led me to believe otherwise as it revolves around a Bernese Mountain puppy and its owner. However, there’s a little-big surprise in store and I’ll say no more about it.
How Atticus and Hazel found each other was a case of being in the right place at the right time, changing their lives forever. She thought Atticus was a bad doggy but I begged to differ. Now then, I am the proud owner of two Spanish Seawater dogs and Mika was a real terror when she was young. Her shenanigans which I compared with Atticus’ jogged my memory, making me grin from ear to ear. Yeap, he most certainly gets into mischief but he’s easily forgiven! Hazel’s life before Atticus is sad, and even when they adopt one another, her struggle to make ends meet and give him the proper care had me rooting for her. She’s adamant. Her new responsibility is a challenge like no other she’s ever had, her perseverance admirable under the circumstances she’s in.
What I really liked was the dual perspective in first-person which the author succeeded in pulling off to a tee. Getting a first-hand insight into Atticus’ thoughts was a joy in itself. He’s quite a worrier regardless of his bursts of energy, his ferocious appetite reminding me of my other dog whose belly is never full! Although I do have to say his adoration for Hazel is nothing less than heart-warming. I have to mention the secondary characters’ backstories, too. Cannily woven into the read, why they’d lived as they had is revealed in such a way that at times, I sobbed my heart out. But many happy moments contrast the sad ones. Hazel might not have much except her adorable dog, but she has a lot to offer. Her enthusiasm and generous heart will rally them together, making them see anything is possible.
Exquisitely descriptive writing and sensitively told, this page-turner of a book was a refreshing change and exactly what I needed. I would even recommend it to those of you who aren’t into dogs because all said and done, this story has it all! Ooh, and if your daughters are teenagers, get them to read it. They’ll benefit from it in more ways than one after getting to know Hazel and Atticus. Bravo Bennett!
S. Bennett is the pen name for New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Sawyer Bennett.
Under the name S. Bennett, Sawyer writes general, young adult and women’s fiction stories that deal with the realities we face on a daily basis such as love, loss, personal growth and all things in between. She tackles difficult issues with grace, while adding her signature humor along the way. Because Sawyer is a romance writer at heart, you’re likely to find a love story within each of her books, though it’s not always a guarantee.
When she isn’t writing as S. Bennett, she’s writing contemporary romance as Sawyer Bennett, and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.