Two Captivating #Reads Sam, A Shaggy Dog @sgc58 and Allie and Bea @cyanhyde


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I’ve come down sick with a cold/flu and yes, I’m a big baby, lol. I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up with commenting or your blogs. Hopefully, this will be a short-lived thing or hubby might throw me under the trailer 🙂

The two reads I want to share this week are heart-warming stories about foster families.

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Millions of families around the World believe that their pet, dog or cat is the most intelligent, beautiful and loyal friend that anyone could have. And they are absolutely right.

Told from a collie’s perspective, Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story is a completely captivating tale (tail?) of a puppy’s journey through life with his two-legged family.

It doesn’t take long to realize Sam has his new family firmly under a furry paw. When he won’t eat because of the food’s location, Sally sets him up in the household fireplace- fire-free, of course- which bites him in the butt, or should I say face, as he comes out covered in soot!

There are many ‘learning’ moments throughout the story and a ton of affection that’s sure to warm the staunchest heart. The author embedded candid photos highlighting the love she has for this beautiful animal.

This is a must-read for any animal lover. Sam is a sweetheart, and his foster family aren’t bad either 🙂


An Amazon Charts bestseller.
Humor and heart move the fast-paced journey of an unlikely pair coming together to form a family of their own in this touching story from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde.

When retiree and widow Bea is scammed by a caller claiming tax evasion, she is forced to give up her home and escape in the night with her old bakery van converted into temporary housing. The plan is to travel as far west as a tank of gas will take her and then wait until the next social security check arrives in her new bank account before deciding what to do next.

Fifteen-year-old Allie lives in a ritzy neighborhood. She has everything she wants until the Feds arrest her parents for tax fraud. Suddenly, Allie’s easy life is gone, and she is forced to survive in a strange and hostile new world. A narrow escape from a sex trafficker lands Allie in front of an old bakery van and a cynical grandmotherly woman who reluctantly agrees to give her a ride to the next town.

Two mismatched individuals find a friendship they never expected in this candid story of love, redemption, and forgiveness- a 5* read!


That’s it for me other than this cute pick of kiddo surrounded by cats at a pet sanctuary. Oh, yeah, send lozenges! lol

36 Comments

  1. joylennick says:

    First-off, Get Well soonest! I’ve read some of Sally Cronin’s writing – she’s so natural and a lovely, giving person. Sam was a gorgeous dog! Her – Sally’s – poetry is great too. Thank you, Jacquie. Cheers. x

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    1. Thanks very much Joy and delighted with this lovely review from Jacquie.. thanks so much for your lovely comment. ♥

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    2. I always think of Lassie (do you know the show?) when I see a Collie. They’re gorgeous creatures.
      I’ve read a few of Sally’s books and enjoyed them all- she’s a talented writer.
      Thank you, Joy!

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  2. I hope you’re feeling better soon, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I’m drinking tea and honey, along with a dash of Neo Citron. Should be good in a day or two 🙂

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  3. Kymber Hawke says:

    Hope you’re feeling better soon, Jacquie! What sweet reads and what a sweet kiddo, too. I’m adding these to my tbr. 🙂

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    1. Great, thank you! It’s nice to see him smiling. I worry about them being down there all alone.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Oh goodness, take care of yourself, Jacquie. It’s definitely flu season. Thank you for sharing your new reviews/endorsements. I love anything Sally writes. She captures life as few can and along with it, my heart. 🤗

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    1. Thank you so much for your faith in me Gwen.. it is reciprocated..♥

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    2. Perfectly said, Gwen. Sally has a knack for wrapping her characters around our hearts.

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  5. Great reviews. Congrats to Sally and Catherine Ryan. Sorry you’re unwell, Jacquie. Sending lozenges and love! That sure is a cute pic. Get well soon. Hugs 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you, Harmony. I need more vitamin C, I guess 🙂

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  6. several of my friends came down with what they thought was a cold but It turned out to be Covid. You should take the test to find out Jacquie!
    I hope you are feeling well soon.

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    1. I hope that’s not it, Wayne. I already went through Covid once- not fun.
      I hope your friends have mild cases, especially with our hospital issues!

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      1. everyone isn’t taking care, so the odds of getting it are greater I think, even a second time

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        1. Yes, masks are a rarity now. Mom and I still wear them when we go out though.

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  7. Terrific Reviews, Jacquie. I hope your cold/flu gets better soon.

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    1. Thanks, John. I’m sipping Neo Citron and cuddling under a blanket listening to the much-needed rain fall 🙂

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      1. There you go. Good thing to do.

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  8. Darlene says:

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I always use that as an excuse to read more. Sally’s books are all winners.

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    1. I’m into a couple of great reads from D. Wallace Peach and Jacqui Murray right now 🙂
      I agree about Sally’s work. Her kindness is the voice of her novels.

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  9. Thank you so much Jacquie for giving Sam such a lovely boost and so pleased that he is still touching other people’s hearts. I do hope you feel better soon… ♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Sally. I loved all the photos you included in the book. We, as readers, got to know Sam too 🙂

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  10. Oh, I adore the kiddo pic with the kitties. Sorry you’ve gold a cold/flu. No fun.
    Dr. Sandra recommends: Plenty of hot soup. Vitamin C and sleep. Oh my.
    I loved Sam. And Allie and Bea sounds extremely good. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Dr. Sandra, I’m taking your advice 🙂

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    2. Thanks so much again for your boost for Sam Sandra..♥

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  11. petespringerauthor says:

    I hope you feel better soon, Jacquie. We tend to understandably overreact these days to any mention of a cold or flu.

    I’m not familiar with Allie and Bea, but I have lots of good memories of Sam and his loving owners, Sally and David.

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    1. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a Wall Street award-winning novelist, Pete. She blends older characters with their various ailments or foibles with young people in an opposites clash plotline. They’re wonderful reads.
      And yes, I’m scared to go out anywhere and cough- I might be banned, lol

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  12. Jan Sikes says:

    Oh no, Jacquie! So sorry you are under the weather. Hoping for a quick and complete recovery. Love the photo of your grandson. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these books!

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    1. Head colds are so annoying. These are entertaining reads, Jan, you’d enjoy them.

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  13. Hi Jacquie, I am sorry you are ill. Sam is a wonderful read, Michael and I both enjoyed it. The other book sounds interesting. A great picture of your grandson.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. It gives me peace to see his smile.
      Sam is a heartwarming story, while Allie and Bea teach us to not be afraid of new relationships. They can be more rewarding than expected.

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  14. This sounds like a book I’d enjoy. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie.

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    1. They’re both excellent choices, Jacqui- heartwarming.

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