When Maggie Marino comes to Stepping Stones Special Needs School for a job interview, Noah Carson has no idea she and her glossy-coated Golden Retriever, Rosie, will change his life.
Maggie has had a difficult past, but she’s overcome it with the help her family. She’s a kind-hearted, caring person, but also has a backbone of steel now. Partly because of her own past, she’s dedicated her career to work with Rosie, an emotional-needs dog, in school.
Noah is a terrific teacher and loves his students. But when Maggie’s past brings back a traumatic event in his life, he realizes he’s still greatly affected by what happened to him. His new and exciting relationship with Maggie is threatened.
The focal point of the story is a group of children who need both Noah and Maggie to navigate their classroom experiences. A bright spot for everyone concerned is Rosie, who provides comfort and calm to the students during difficult times. In a variety of ways, Rosie rescues them all, but is a darling dog enough to bring Noah and Maggie together again?
You can find the story of Maggie’s background in COME BACK TO ME, book five of Kathryn Shay’s To Serve and Protect series. Other books where she appears are ABOVE AND BEYOND, SAY YOU’LL STAY, ONLY WITH YOU and NO OTHER LOVE.
I enjoyed the uniqueness of this story about an emotional support dog, Rosie, and how she interacted in the classroom. The connection between Noah and Maggie happens very fast but is quickly stalled by each of their pasts. Can they overcome this to move on? Each of the students in the story reflected different needs which made the book interesting. It was a sweet novella packed with real world info. Highly recommended.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kathryn Shay books!!!
Once again she has hit her mark!!!
I’m always so impressed at the amount of research’s she does for her book!!!
Teachers Pet is another example ... being a nurse I know how important therapy dogs can be a blessing...
I encourage everyone to read this book ...
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
I am giving this 3 stars. I was disappointed with this story. This is a favorite author of mine and I typically am saddened when the story ends. Not the case here though. There were times when I was confused as to what was going on. Chapter 2 starts out with a conversation and it isn't until after almost a page that it is noted that it was a phone call. There were other times when I was completely thrown off as well. I really don't think that this book was up to the author's prior works. It is almost like someone else wrote the book.
This was written in my favorite dual POV format. I generally like that as it helps me to connect with the characters. That wasn't the case here for me. I felt a disconnect with both main protagonists.
These are my opinion of this story. While I really didn't connect with the characters or story, someone else may thoroughly enjoy it. I feel someone a lot younger than I would.