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Two Good Dogs

Two Good Dogs

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by Susan Wilson

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Susan Wilson, the bestselling author of One Good Dog delivers another powerful novel of loyalty and love.

Single mom Skye Mitchell has sunk her last dime into a dream, owning the venerable, if run-down LakeView Hotel in the Berkshire Hills. It’s here where she believes she’ll give her fourteen-year-old daughter Cody a better life. But being an


Susan Wilson, the bestselling author of One Good Dog delivers another powerful novel of loyalty and love.

Single mom Skye Mitchell has sunk her last dime into a dream, owning the venerable, if run-down LakeView Hotel in the Berkshire Hills. It’s here where she believes she’ll give her fourteen-year-old daughter Cody a better life. But being an innkeeper is more challenging than she imagined, and Cody still manages to fall in with the wrong crowd. In addition, Cody is keeping an earth-shattering secret that she’s terrified to reveal. The once loving, open girl has now become completely withdrawn, and Skye is both desperate and helpless to reach her.

When Adam March and his pit bull Chance check into the hotel, it becomes the first of many visits. Here in these peaceful mountains he finds an unexpected relief from his recent bereavement. He and the beleaguered innkeeper form a tentative friendship. Adam knows the struggles of raising a difficult teenager and Skye understands loneliness.

And then there is Mingo, a street kid with a pit bull dog of his own. When Cody discovers an overdosed Mingo, Adam takes the boy’s dog not just for safekeeping, but to foster and then rehome. But the dog isn’t the only one who needs saving. A makeshift family begins to form as four lost people learn to trust and rely on each other, with the help of two good dogs.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Dog Who Saved Me

“The heartwarming moments of this story are balanced with the darker realities of a small town. That harmony makes the happy ending all the more rewarding and leaves the reader with a narrative of love and redemption that never becomes cloying.” –Library Journal

“Get out the hanky: in The Dog Who Saved Me, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson is back with another moving story that illustrates the power that a dog’s love and companionship has to change one’s life.” –Modern Dog magazine

Praise for A Man of His Own

"Touching and heartfelt." —Modern Dog magazine

“A War Horse for dog lovers.” – Booklist

“A Nicholas Sparks–ian romantic drama, with an "everyone loves a dog" twist.” –Kirkus

Praise for The Dog Who Danced

“Superior. A moving tale about canine healing power.” —Booklist

“Fans of Wilson’s One Good Dog, or new readers looking for a heartwarming tale of the bond between human and animal, will find plenty to enjoy.” –Publishers Weekly

Praise for One Good Dog

"A wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story.” —Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

One Good Dog will make you cry, will make you laugh, will make you feel things more than you thought possible—and it will make you believe in second chances.” —Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author

“[One Good Dog] evokes both laughter and tears, but the ending assures you that humans and dogs are capable of redemption.” –Library Journal

Library Journal
Worried about clouded-over teenage daughter Cody, who's keeping a terrible secret, Skye opts for a change of scene and buys a run-down Berkshires bed-and-breakfast. First guest Adam March's rescued pit bull helps Cody start to heal. From the New York Times best-selling author.

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St. Martin's Press
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Meet the Author

SUSAN WILSON is the author of the bestselling novels The Dog Who Danced and One Good Dog. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.

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Two Good Dogs 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
KrisAnderson_TAR 17 days ago
Two Good Dogs is told from different point-of-views. It is told in the third person for Cody and Adam. In the first person for Skye and Chance. As the story plays out, it changes from one person to the next. I found this confusing. One minute we are hearing from Cody and then it changes. You have to read a little bit and then you finally figure out which person it has changed to. I wish the author had just told the story from a third person perspective (instead of each character). I found Chance’s sections to be a little too sophisticated for a dog (if they had been more humorous, it would have helped lighten this story). The dog cannot understand human speak, but he has very mature thoughts. I know my dog, Doozy has one main thought—food. His main concern is how to con more treats out of me (or find a way to steal them). The pace of the book is leisurely (a nice way to say slow) and the segments choppy. I give Two Good Dogs 2.5 out of 5 stars. I did not like Cody. She dominates the story (of course) with her teenage rebellious acts, because she will not share her secret. I felt the author shoved in as many awful teenage acts as she could into the store. It made the book very unpalatable. Two Good Dogs contains foul language, drugs, thieving and inappropriate situations (an art teacher with an underage, underdressed model). The ending was abrupt and the epilogue unsatisfactory. There was one odd sentence. Cody does not put on perfume that she does not own (stole or borrowed from a guest) because her mother “has a nose like a hound”. But Cody can smoke pot and her mother does not notice? This is an oxymoron. Two Good Dogs had very little mystery or suspense in it. I wish the author had played up this angle more and less on the teenage drama.
CathyGeha 20 days ago
Two Good Dogs by Susan Wilson Two good dogs – and they were definitely sweeties – is an interesting tale. Fourteen year old Cody Mitchell is a mess. She has seen a murder and been threatened. She has cut herself off and become a loner who is badly treated at school. She is an artist. She is filled with anger, fear and teenage angst. She is on the outs with her mom for a number of reasons including the fact that her mom has moved her away from all that she knew. She is not very likable but I do understand her. Skye Mitchell is Cody’s mom. Her dream is to own a bed and breakfast so she bought one BUT owning it is a lot of work, requires budgeting and then add in a daughter with problems and her life is not the greatest. Adam March is a grieving widow and rescuer of dogs and sometimes people. He is on the road a lot and happens to stop at Skye’s B&B. Over a period of time he begins to visit more and finds solace in the Berkshires. Mingo Ayala is a troubled young man who has had a hard life. I enjoyed his story and wouldn’t mind reading more about how he eventually turns out. The story includes a lot of heavy topics: bullying, loss, rescue, abuse, fear, second chances, lies, bad choices, making amends, etc. This book is hard for me to rate with stars. Why? Because I liked the story, for the most part, but I did not like the style it was written in. I had trouble knowing whose point of view I was reading till I had read into the paragraph a bit and the point of view changed often. I wanted to know more about Adam and his background – what he did that was so horrible and cost him so much. I wanted to know more about Skye before she bought the B&B and also wondered how she could be so clueless. I felt sorry for Cody BUT also felt the choices she made were hard to understand at times. In some ways I wished for an epilogue to let me know how everyone is doing a few years down the road. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. Story: 5 Stars Writing Style: 3 or less stars Overall: 4 Stars