One Careful Owner

  • by Jane Harvey-Berrick
  • Narrated by Seth Clayton
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Take me, all of me, broken and in pieces, or say to hell with me."
This book will break your heart!
From the best-selling romance author of The Education of Sebastian comes a sexy, heart-breaking, and heart-warming story about one man and his dog.
Alex is lost and alone, with only his dog Stan for company. He doesn't expect kindness from anyone anymore, but sometimes hope can be found in the most unlikely places. He has a second chance at happiness, but there's a dark side to Alex and a reason that more than one person has called him crazy.
Single mother Dawn is doing just fine. Except that her ex is a pain in the ass, her sister isn't speaking to her, and her love life is on the endangered list.
At least her job as a veterinarian is going well. Until a crazy-looking guy arrives at her office accompanied by an aging dog with toothache. Or maybe Alex Winters isn't so crazy after all, just...different.
Dawn realizes that she's treated him the same way that all the gossips in town have treated her - people can be very cruel.
Contains scenes of an adult nature. This is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger.


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Heartfelt story,beautifully delivered.

If you could sum up One Careful Owner in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, heartfelt, emotional

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A beautifully narrated book with a story that will touch your soul.

The characters are the kind of people one would encounter in everyday life and the narrators deliver the story with passion and love.

Jane Harvey-Berrick has captured the emotions of her characters and they have been translated to audio with the utmost care.

My heart broke many times but was pieced back together by this truly wonderful story. Ill certainly be reading more of Jane Harvey-Berrick's work.

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- Kathryn Dee

Story about a man and his dog

When Alex Winter's moves into an old cabin on the outskirts of a small town, he finds himself the subject of gossip mongers. Nobody knows who he is or why he is there. He wanders into the main town area on occasion with his big dog, Stan, trailing behind him - his constant companion. He is unkempt looking with wrinkled clothes, a very long beard and hair that could do with some TLC. He very rarely speaks to anyone. He is a mystery that people are curious about.

'People fear what they don’t know. Clouded by judgement of how he looks.'

Dawn is a vet down at the local veterinary clinic, she is pretty much raising her young daughter on her own, although the father is still in a picture now and then. Her sister also lives in the same town but after a big falling out a few years ago, their relationship is somewhat strained.

Dawn is covering a shift at work one afternoon when Alex brings Stan into the clinic. He seems quite anxious around her and it is very obvious how attached he is to his dog. Dawn can see how uncomfortable he is and does what she can to easy his anxiety about being there.

‘Courage isn’t always in the grand gestures but for a man like him, it was simply walking out of his own front door.’

Dawn seems to cross paths several more times with Alex and a sometimes she has her daughter Katie with her. Katie immediately loves Stand the dog and quickly befriends Alex as well. I love the innocence and openness of children, they don't have preconceived notions of people based on how they look and Alex reveals more of his sweet character and disposition when he is around her.

As the friendship between them grows, there are people who seem to think they need to give advice or intervene. How could Dawn want to associate with a man like Alex? Yes, there are reasons why Alex moved to this small town. His life was completely turned upside down when everything he knew and loved was ripped away from him. The only thing he had left was Stan. I guess you could say he is running away from his problems. Dawn and Katie seemed to have anchored him, giving him a sense of peace and happiness that he has been missing for a while now.

‘If felt good, it felt right. What was happening to me, to my life? It was cracking open and Dawn was the light blasting through to all my darkest places, it was terrifying.’

You know what happens when you are running away from problems though, they always catch up to you right? Alex is worried that Dawn won't want to be around him when he reveals his past and present to her. Dawn has two people to think about when it comes to any big decisions in her life, her daughter comes first always. Is Alex worth taking a risk on?

This book has been on my radar for a while now and when the opportunity to listen to and review the audio book came up I was all over it. I knew very little about the story, apart from knowing that a dog has his own POV - which I thought was a great idea! Now that I have listened to this I strongly encourage anyone who has read the book to listen to this version as it will give you a different reading experience and will give you an enriched understanding of Alex's struggles.
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- Jo Fergus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2017
  • Publisher: Harvey-Berrick Publishing