In her first work of contemporary women’s fiction, bestselling author Kay Bratt draws on her own life experiences to create a raw, yet inescapably warm, novel about friendship and a wary heart’s unexpected capacity to love.
A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara’s heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone—on foot.
Cara sets off to Florida to see the home of her literary hero, Ernest Hemingway, accompanied only by Hemi, the stray dog who proves to be the perfect travel companion. But the harrowing trip takes unexpected turns as strangers become friends who make her question everything, and Cara finds that as the journey unfolds, so does her life—in ways she could never imagine.
This books was heart-wrenching in so many ways. It’s about twins Cara and Hana that have been in the foster system since they were 7 year’s old and their mother died. Even though this is a heart-breaking story, it’s so worth the time and effort to read it!! 😭 It’s mostly about Cara and a stray dog, that won’t stop following her around. The thing is, Cara is on the run for some reason and I won’t spoil it for you because you need to read it!!
Cara loves reading books by Ernest Hemingway (don’t we all?) so she decides to go to Key West, Florida and have an adventure. She even names her dog Hemi – How cute is that? I might do that the next time around. I seriously love that name, y’all! Along the way she meets some of the sweetest people who help her on her journey, but then there are those few that we ALL meet that can just turn a trip to s*it, if you get my drift. I don’t cuss so I have to substitute, LOL. So, these drunk guys who are as cold-hearted as a freezer truck of ice cream and everyone knows how much I love my ice cream – attack her. I wanted to reach through the book beat the ever-living snot out of them, beat them some more and then do it all over again…That’s just how I felt about the whole thing. They needed to be snuffed out. Anyway, Cora and Hemi finally make it to Key West and there she meets Luke…Oh Luke. How we love you Luke and be still our beating heart!💓💓Cara thinks he’s the owner of the mission there and he’s only the caretaker of the mission place for DOGS y’all!! Not people but dogs! OMG! I’m such a sucker for men who love dogs it’s not even funny. So, he’s a caretaker for strays, mistreated dogs, unwanted dogs and until they can find them a “forever home” he takes care of them. Swooning over here ladies…swooning over here. Long story short, they hire Cara to help him out.
My absolute fave in the story is Luke’s daughter, Ava Marie she may be 8 years-old but she acts like she’s 40! She is just adorable. I’ve said it before that some authors just can’t write children. They throw them in there and in this book, you can tell that the author knew how to write children into a book!! She writes her smart too. Like the part where she had to write a report for school and she chose the importance of spaying and neutering your dog! Now that’s some smart girl there!! I loved her. You just come to love these people that you meet in the town.
Through it, Cara remembers past hurts and she remembers her sister Hana. I wanted to shake Hana so hard her head fell off. You really need to read the book to find out why because I’m not telling you.😜
I was so not expecting the end and it was a doozy. I didn’t see that coming…like at ALL and I want to tell you so bad but I don’t do spoilers…
You’ll just have to buy the book and read it like I did. You won’t be disappointed and it’s well worth the money because it’s HEA and it’s filled with laughter, crying and some ruff patches, get it “RUFF” patches? LOL! Loved it!! Five stars easily!
I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.