“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”
I read so many romances that every now and then I have the desire to seek out books that are on the lighter side, fun, unique and a real joy to read. Atticus took me by complete surprise though because while it was those things, it was so much more than I could have ever expected.
Atticus is definitely worthy of having his own book. He has lived a life worth sharing and has a story worth telling. I am always very wary of reading stories or watching movies for that matter centred on animals. I always end up crying my eyes out, feeling depressed and incredibly sad. So when I took the plunge to read Atticus, it was with a large amount of trepidation, but I’m so glad I did. It was a hilarious and heart-warming story about unconditional love and also that maybe not all hope is lost.
Hazel is a high school drop-out turned bartender, whose husband has thrown her out on the street and therefore is broke and living on her friends couch. Hazel has been through a lot in her life. As a result of everything that has happened, the decisions she has made (right or wrong), she has ended up feeling worthless and incapable of taking care of herself. Hazel lacks any real drive to accomplish anything and has a complete lack of self-respect/love for herself.
When Hazel was walking one morning, completely hungover from a night of drinking and drugs, she hears a yelp; a cry for help perhaps? So when she goes to find what it is, she discovers a dog that is in dire need of help and rescuing. While reading this I was concerned Hazel would not do the right thing and she did contemplate it, so as each thought went through her mind I became really nervous. However, I’m happy to report she took the dog to the Vet for some much needed medical attention.
Little does Hazel know at the time, that in rescuing Atticus he returns the favour to her and rescues her right back; he became everything she never knew she needed and changed her life in more ways than one.
“When the woman appeared, I thought I would just die from pure happiness that someone had found me. She looked nice, although she smelled a little stale.
She also smelled… unhappy.”
Atticus! What can I possibility say about that crazy ass dog? I fell big time for him and loved nothing more than reading his POV, the thoughts that went through his mind were down right hilarious to the point where I can’t remember the last book I read that made me laugh so hard.
Atticus was such a profound and poignant story about friendship, family, unconditional love and the hope of a new beginning. How can you ever expect anyone to love you when you can’t even love yourself? Atticus changed all that and it was an absolute joy to read. Note to my romance reading buds, there is little romance in this story, which was a nice change of pace for me and something completely different, which I adored.
Sawyer Bennett has thoughtfully crafted an addictive and beautiful adventure that I know I will never forget. I could not recommend this story enough, and not just to animal lovers either, but to all who love being immersed in a story that could potentially change your life. Everyone deserves a friend like Atticus!
About the Author:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.