This is the fifth book in the Black Dog Bay series by Beth Kendrick, but if you've missed the others in this series, this is still a great stand-alone read. I found it to be a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Jocelyn Hillier works with her mother at their laundry service, catering to the wealthy residents of Black Dog Bay. She also tends to the three show dogs that Mr. Allardyce owns, walking them each day.
When Mr. Allardyce dies suddenly, Jocelyn is shocked to learn that she has been named in the will as the dog's caretaker- and the person who will live in the Allardyce mansion. Although this seems like a stroke of luck, there's trouble ahead as Mr. Allardyce's son, Liam, shows up demanding his inheritance. And Jocelyn is still recovering from a broken heart herself as the rich boyfriend she thought was in love with her dumps her.
Kendrick does a great job of adding in subplots: Jocelyn's best friend catches her ex-boyfriend's fiance cheating, which adds for some hilarity as well as some suspense. And in addition to Liam trying to get his inheritance, the dog's trainer is out to take the dogs away from Jocelyn, claiming she's an unfit caretaker.
I really liked this book and want to catch up on the series. There is definitely no need to skip this one if you haven't read the others, but I am planning to go back and catch up on all of the happenings in Black Dog Bay. I can't wait to hang out with these characters again.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.