Zoe's Daddy is a veterinarian. He loves caring for animals. Even if it means bringing an abandoned, talkative bird home, temporarily of course.
One day, Zoe and her sister, Alice, notice new neighbors moving into the house down the road. They soon discover that the woman's name is Mrs. Croft and that she is caring for her nephew, Phillip. The girls are thrilled to have a new playmate for the summer but there is one problem. Phillip doesn't talk. An even bigger problem? Mrs. Croft doesn't like dogs.
During a terrible storm several days later, both Phillip and Jack (Mama's newest foster dog) go missing. Will Phillip break his silence to call for the help that he desperately needs? Will Zoe be able to solve the mystery of their disappearance before it's too late? Can Mrs. Croft learn to love the animal that she fears most?
I absolutely love this book! Being a former foster parent, I can totally relate to Mama's struggle to place her foster dogs in forever homes. I too, wanted to keep every dog that we fostered. I love that this story sheds light on the importance of fostering as well as volunteer animal transporters. I am a volunteer transporter with All American Dachshund Rescue. Without the help of these incredible volunteers, many of these amazing dogs would still be stuck in the pound or worse, killed due to lack of space.
The characters in this story are rich and vibrant. I love Alice's no-holds-bar personality. She says exactly what she feels and loves being the comedian. Zoe is clever and very observant but is not as sure of herself as Alice. The two make a fascinating pair. Phillip's character is very complex and always keeps the reader guessing.
This story beautifully highlights the special bond that dogs have with their humans. Dogs seem to sense the way that humans are feeling long before the tears fall from our eyes or the cries of joy emit from our lips. They seek only to make us happy and love us unconditionally. This bond is truly priceless and deserves to be celebrated.
Overall, this is a fantastic read for animal lovers of all ages. This book would also make a wonderful gift for the shelter/rescue worker/volunteer in your life.