If you're looking for a nice beach reach this summer. Look no further. Dog Friendly by Victoria Schade is a quick-paced read that will leave you wanting more. 

4-STAR REVIEW: DOG FRIENDLY by Victoria Schade

The Description

Publication Date: June 28, 2022

A burned-out veterinarian takes a much-needed beach vacation, where a charming surfer makes waves in her love life, and a unique foster pup renews her passion for her work.

Exhausted veterinarian Morgan Pearce is feeling overworked and under-thanked, so when two favorite clients ask her to watch their special needs senior dog in their Nantucket home, she jumps at the chance for a summer break. She hopes her time on the island will be a reset from the stress of her everyday life, but her chill vacation vibe takes a hit when she gets roped into fostering a challenging, anxious dog and helping plan the local rescue group’s glittery annual fundraiser.

Her trip starts to feel more like a vacation when Morgan begins falling for Nathan Keating, an irresistible entrepreneur who thinks every problem can be solved on a surfboard. Just as the summer is shaping up to be the magical refresh she needs, thanks to a fling that feels like the beginning of something real and Hudson, the foster dog who reminds her how much she loves her job, a visit from her estranged brother and the discovery of who Nathan really is changes everything. Morgan finds herself at a crossroads, trying to determine if mistakes from the past must define the future, or if she should forgive, forget, and grab hold of a chance to finally rescue herself.

The Review

The dog days of summer are upon us, and Dog Friendly by Victoria Schade is a fun and ideal read to while away those hot summer days.

Ms. Schade masterfully weaves several threads together with lovely descriptions of Nantucket, making me feel like I was there. She also elicited so many emotions—laughter, tears, sadness, hope—and all involved cute dogs.

Morgan needs a break in her life as a veterinarian, and when the humans of a favorite fur baby ask her to dog sit for them for a couple of months at their home in Nantucket, she never thinks she’ll take them up on their offer. But when she does, the story takes off. 

The different dogs she meets give her peace even when diagnosing some who have illnesses or need treatment without letting on she’s more than a dog sitter to their owners. She meets some of the locals and those who are summer visitors. 

Nathan, an entrepreneur on the island, and Morgan hit it off first as friends and then  evolve to more, but little do they realize what it could mean for their futures. 

Morgan and her younger brother are estranged, but when he becomes engaged, he extends an olive branch which Morgan grabs onto. There were both heartwarming and heartbreaking moments as the story twisted and turned. 

There is closure with the epilogue that takes place one year after the story ends, but I still wanted more. The book was reminiscent of those penned by Elin HilderbrandKristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis, some of my favorite authors, so this is high praise indeed!

If you’re looking for a nice beach reach this summer. Look no further. Dog Friendly by Victoria Schade is a quick-paced read that will leave you wanting more. Buy Links

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About The AuthorVictoria Schade has been a dog trainer and writer for over seventeen years. During that time her dog duties have included working behind the scenes on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl as the lead animal wrangler, appearing on two seasons of the Animal Planet show Faithful Friends, writing dog training content and appearing in educational videos for NBC/Universal, Pet360, PawCulture and petMD, and writing two dog training books, Bonding With Your Dog and Secrets of a Dog Trainer.

Victoria shares her 1850’s always-in- need-of- renovations home with Millie the Smooth Brussels Griffon (who wants you to know that she is not a skinny pug), Olive the mixed breed dog, the occasional foster pup, and her incredibly tolerant husband, Tom.




JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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If you're looking for a nice beach reach this summer. Look no further. Dog Friendly by Victoria Schade is a quick-paced read that will leave you wanting more. 4-STAR REVIEW: DOG FRIENDLY by Victoria Schade