Reviewed by Annika
TITLE: Finders Keepers
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2018
LENGTH: 218 Pages
Needing a change of scene, Griffin Burke moves from Brisbane to Coolum Beach to start a new job. The beautiful white sand, aqua-coloured ocean, blue skies, and summer breezes are everything he longs for. What he finds is a mud-covered dog, lost and hungry, with a nametag and a phone number.
Dane Hughes is stuck in Surfers Paradise at a week-long work conference when he gets a phone call from his distraught mother. His dog, his fur baby, Wicket, has run away. Unable to leave and feeling helpless and miserable, he gets a text from a guy. “I think I found your dog…”
Griffin and Dane start talking, and Griffin agrees to look after Wicket until Dane can collect him. With a few days left before his new job starts, Griffin takes Wicket on some coastal adventures and sends Dane photos of their fun, and so the start of something new and kind of wonderful begins.
Griffin might have moved to Coolum in search of a new life, but what he finds is so much more. What he gets to keep just might take some four-legged help
Look this way all doggie lovers, this is the book for you!
This book is all sweetness and mushiness and fluffy, though with some mud and grass stains thrown in for good measure. After all, you can’t expect a dog to be out in the rain and dirt to come home clean can you?
Griffin is new to town and is out exploring before starting his new job, one day he finds a what appears to be abandoned small and muddy brown dog. He decides to take it home and try to find its owner. It all started with the text he sent to the number attached to the dogs collar.
Dane is in a panic, his beloved dog Wicked has run away and he can’t be out there looking. He’s stuck at a work conference, feeling truly miserable and praying his fur baby will be alright. Then he gets the text that will change his life: “I think I found your dog…”
That text marks the start of something new for both of them. It starts as a connection to Wicket but soon grows into something more. Both feel that there is something special between them, a connection they can’t explain and don’t want to. Their relationship is borderline insta-love. But it worked. It didn’t feel like it came out of the blue but grew into something real and wonderful and so, so sweet.
Bernice was a hoot and a half, special brownies and all. She and K were great secondary characters and everything quirky hippies should be. Not sure if I’d survive having them as neighbours or renting from them myself, but I had a lot of fun whenever they were around. I never quite knew what to expect.
Then there was Wicket. I just loved and adored him. This fluffy ball of cuteness sure made my heart melt, with every lick and cuddle. He can definitely count me in with the hoards worshipping at his paws 😉
There wasn’t much seriousness to this story, it was completely angst free. Backstories for the characters were all but non-existing. But you know what? I didn’t mind that. I didn’t mind that at all. It didn’t feel lacking in any way. It felt like we were here and now, in the present where the past and future didn’t matter much. For some reason it worked for this book, without it having this shallow feel to it. It focused on what was most important.
Finders Keepers is a definite must read for all dog lovers out there. It’s cute and fun and everything a feel-good story should be.