Review – To All the Dogs I’ve Loved Before by Lizzie Shane

Posted November 30, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – To All the Dogs I’ve Loved Before by Lizzie ShaneTo All the Dogs I've Loved Before by Lizzie Shane
Series: Pine Hollow #3
Published by Forever on November 30, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
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four-stars

First love gets a second chance when a mischievous dog finds a way to keep fetching the town librarian’s high school sweetheart in this charming small-town romance.

The last person librarian Elinor Rodriguez wants to spend time with is her first love, Levi Jackson, but it seems her mischievous rescue dog has other ideas. Without fail, Dory slips from the house whenever Elinor’s back is turned. And in Pine Hollow, calls about a dog herding cars on Main Street go straight to Levi. The quietly intense lawman broke Elinor’s heart once, and now she’s determined to move on, no matter how much she misses him.

As the kid who barely graduated—and still struggles to hide his dyslexia—Levi always believed that Elinor was way out of his league. Even though he ended their engagement all those years ago, Elinor still takes Levi’s breath away whenever he sees her. But with a little help from a four-legged friend, Levi and Elinor may just get the second chance they deserve.
 
Includes the bonus novella I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Hope Ramsay!
  

This was so good! I have to admit that I picked this book up almost entirely because of the adorable cover. Yep, all you have to do is put a cute dog on the cover to get my attention. Plus, the dog is actually a big part of the story which all too often isn’t the case. I was pulled into this book from the first page and found it to be an incredibly entertaining romance.

This was so good! Elinor and Levi almost married each other 3 years ago. That is until Levi dumped Elinor without any explanation. Elinor is no longer Levi’s biggest fan which is understandable. Levi spends his days chasing down Elinor’s dog, Dory, who happens to be an impressive escape artist, so the pair ends up seeing more of each other. But are those feelings still there? I really liked the characters in this book and thought that Elinor and Levi were great together. Both of them had a lot of personal issues to work through and I enjoyed watching each of them grow as a person. I loved the chemistry that these two had and was eager to see them work things out.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is the third book in the Pine Hollow series but I read it as a stand-alone and thought that it worked well. I had such a good time with this one that I am now eager to see if I can get my hands on the other two books in the series just as soon as possible.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley.

About Lizzie Shane

Contemporary romance author Lizzie Shane was born in Alaska and still calls the frozen north home, though she can frequently be found indulging her travel addiction. Thankfully, her laptop travels with her and she has written her way through all fifty states and over fifty countries.

Lizzie has been honored to win the Golden Heart Award and HOLT Medallion, and has been named a finalist three times for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award®, but her main claim to fame is that she lost on Jeopardy! For more about Lizzie and her books, please visit www.lizzieshane.com.

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6 responses to “Review – To All the Dogs I’ve Loved Before by Lizzie Shane

  1. JenM

    I’ve read all three books. I think the first (which had more of a Xmas theme) was my favorite but this was a close second. I love when there’s not only a dog on the cover, but the dog is an integral part of the story as sweet Dory was in this book.

  2. DEBBIE HAUPT

    Oh I love dogs in stories and I too will pick up a book with a dog on the cover and of course you know I’ll never get that song out of my head or Julio’s accent singing it with Willie’s twang. LOL Great review I want!

  3. Carole, I read this review just because of the cover. I mean, it must be cute with a cover like that, right? Glad to hear it was good, and it’s a second chance romance. My favorite!