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Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Julie Klam, a single 30-year-old part-time insurance clerk, feared that she’d never find her significant other. She had begun consulting various psychics and getting tarot card readings to find out when she might find Mr. Right. She did eventually find him, but he was a bit shorter, furrier, bug-eyed, and smooshed in the face than she expected. His name was Otto. Otto was Julie’s furry soul mate, but first came Paul, her future husband who fortunately had a place in his heart for a lady crazy about filling her house with dogs.

Thus began the long train of events which filled Julie’s house with a husband, a daughter, her dearly loved dogs, and fosters needing to be rescued. Julie’s love for dogs led to her desire to contribute to society by helping the little furry rascals she found so dear. She joined a group specifically aimed towards fostering and finding new homes for Boston Terriers who had been given up to shelters or left for dead. Some pups found wonderful homes, others wormed their way into the Klam family’s heart and found their forever homes right there.

You Had Me at Woof is quite the romantic love story, just not the kind most people might expect. Julie has an immense love for dogs, Boston Terriers in particular, and has enough love to go around for all the lost and abandoned dogs. Otto stole her heart and she just kept going from there. Julie, her husband and her daughter pulled through all the sad little sick dogs, the obnoxious traumatized biters, and the sweethearts they could not bare to let go of even though they knew they were going to a good home and a family that would love them just as much.

I am amazed at the patience of both Julie and her husband. I don’t think I could tolerate dogs that had biting problems if I were Julie, or a house of chaotic hyper pooping machines if I were Paul. I give Julie a lot of credit for having so much patience and devoting so much time to creatures often overlooked for the unique little souls they are. I warn you now that there are a few tear-jerker moments, but this book is well worth it.

You Had Me at Woof is full of amazing people AND dogs.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Riverhead. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.