Free to a Good Home [NOOK Book]

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A delightful debut novel about a woman coming to terms with past disappointments and forging a bright new future-man and dog included.

Noelle Ryan works as a veterinary technician at a New England animal shelter, helping pets find homes. If only it were as easy to find one for herself. After discovering she can't have children-and watching her marriage fall apart after a ...
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Overview

A delightful debut novel about a woman coming to terms with past disappointments and forging a bright new future-man and dog included.

Noelle Ryan works as a veterinary technician at a New England animal shelter, helping pets find homes. If only it were as easy to find one for herself. After discovering she can't have children-and watching her marriage fall apart after a shocking revelation by her husband-she feels as sad and lost as the strays she rescues.

She can't seem to get over her ex, Jay. Unfortunately, all Jay wants from her is a huge favor: serving as caretaker for his elderly mother, who blames Noelle for the breakup. While Jay heads off to Atlanta to live the life of a bachelor, Noelle is left only with her Great Dane, Zeke, to comfort her. But when a carefree musician named Jasper tugs at her heartstrings, giving her a second chance at life- and at love- Noelle comes to realize that home is truly where the heart is.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101434857
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 653,056
  • File size: 360 KB

Meet the Author

Eve Marie Mont lives with her husband in suburban Philadelphia, where she teaches high school English and creative writing.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    A "Dog-Wagging" and Delightful Tale

    Free to a Good Home details a year in the life of veterinary technician Noelle Ryan. It is a year filled with a roller coaster ride of emotions as Noelle struggles to find her own place and meaning in the complicated and confusing world around her. The novel follows her perpetually intriguing journey through life and, of course, through love. It is an entertaining and irresistible read- light, enjoyable, and especially perfect for any dog lover out there. As the narrator, Noelle's strong dedication and devotion to others is also prominent in her remarkably close relationship with her Great Dane, Zeke. Zeke witnesses Noelle's transformation as she allows herself to open up and discover her self identity and belonging among those who truly matter the most. The novel provides insightful commentary on the importance of friends, family, and most significantly, the importance of believing in and feeling comfortable with one's own self. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each and every one of the characters in this book, and found the story quite difficult to put down once I started reading. Eve Marie Mont has a pleasant, yet hilarious writing style and truly did a fantastic job writing her debut novel. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a delightful summer read with fresh ideas and fun characters that will leave you thinking long after you've finished reading.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

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    A year of healing

    Noelle Ryan is at a crossroads in her life. Should she remain stuck where she is or try to push forward even though she doesn't know what is to come? Noelle is recently divorced from Jay. During their marriage, she learns she's unable to conceive. It's about this time Jay discloses he's gay. He married Noelle for stability, however he cannot deny who he really is. Noelle is devastated by this, but somehow she remains close friends with Jay.

    When Jay comes back to town to ask Noelle to take care of his mother, Margaret, by giving her daily injections (Margaret has MS), Noelle is stunned. Margaret didn't care for Noelle when she was married to her son, so imagine how she'll be now.

    It's about this time that Noelle meets Jasper. During their first meeting, Noelle quickly makes assumptions about Jasper (which she later finds out are wrong) and her wall immediately goes up. Jasper is so obviously into her, that it frightens Noelle. As their friendship develops, Noelle is forced to make decisions she has feared for awhile. Can she let go of past hurts and disappointments and allow happiness to find its way to her?

    Free to a Good Home is a wonderful book about finding one's way to love again after feeling broken and bruised for so long. At first glance, it's easy to judge Noelle and write her off as being weak and insecure. Mont does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged with Noelle, that you want her to keep moving forward and be vulnerable with Jasper, even though it's absolutely terrifying for her to do so. Through Noelle's relationship with Jasper, Mont shows how difficult, but yet necessary, it is to enter into a new relationship and allow someone into your personal space.

    Noelle's relationship with Margaret changes as Noelle grows patient with the physical and medical changes that Margaret is facing. Margaret, in turn, encourages Noelle to find life after the divorce from her son. After all Jay has moved on, and she wants Noelle to do so as well. Noelle begins to lean on Margaret, which in turns helps her to be with Jasper.

    What brings comfort and peace to Noelle is Zeke, her Great Dane. Noelle feels so much love for her dog and the other animals at the shelter where she works. At times I wanted her feel this intensely for Jasper.

    Free to a Good Home is a great read about healing, growth and finding the courage to love again. It's one I highly recommend!

    4.5 Stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    A life-affirming refreshing novel

    I am a dog lover, and so the title and cover photo really drew me into this novel. I was not disappointed. Free to a Good Home is a heart-warming novel set in present-day New England. The main character, Noelle Ryan, is a 30-ish divorcee with an addiction to reading real estate websites and a severe case of "can't say 'no' to people syndrome". Noelle works as a veterinary technician at a local animal shelter and shares her home with her adopted Great Dane Zeke and whatever other stray dog she has taken in while she tries to find him a "forever home". She feels like her life is going nowhere. In the course of the book she confronts her issues with her ex-husband Jay, her loving albeit quirky family, and her cantankerous ex-mother-in-law, and finds the courage to give romance a second chance. Noelle finally comes to realize that sometimes people can change and that "home" is much more than a piece of real estate.

    The pace of this funny, poignant, and refreshing novel moves along easily. I found the characters to be realistic and engaging, and the lively dialogues enhance their development. The author's descriptions of the charming small town maritime locale add to the book's enjoyment. I felt like I was there. An easy read which will make you laugh, think, maybe even cry, Free to a Good Home comes with a reader's guide - perfect for book clubs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    'Free to a Good Home' is lovable, charismatic, and delightful

    'Free to a Good Home' is an inspiring, heart-warming novel about a woman dealing with issues from the past and overcoming them with love. The main character, Noelle, is someone so selfless it seems unrealistic- but we all know those people out there who are willing to do anything they can for those they care for. All of the characters in the novel are so detailed and authentic, so they allow for the reader to experience events from their perspective even though the novel is written in first person. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for an inspiring, refreshing summer read, especially if you love dogs!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    good book

    I enjoyed this book....bought it without knowing anything about it. I was pleasantly suprised.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    Loved this!

    Funny and cute!!!

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

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    I liked this book

    It was a good read. Lighthearted at parts and made me laugh. Some parts made we almost cry. You will probably recognize people in this book. If you love animals and love love, you will like this book.

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