After losing his parents and then his
siblings in two terrible events, Garrett Turner is
devastated. When he adopts a puppy, he slowly begins to
live again. Then he gets the idea of training with his dog,
Mandy, to become a search-and-rescue team. Making a
difference makes him happy; especially when after a terrible
storm he and Mandy find a man in the wreckage.
Dan Boudreaux is traveling aimlessly,
trying to get over the horrors he saw in Iraq, when a storm
comes up. He is trapped under the remains of an old barn
until Garrett and his dog find him. Afterward, his arm and
leg in awkward casts, he’s not sure what to do. Will
Garrett’s offer of a place to stay turn out to be just what
they both need to heal fully at last?
Rescued by Love was a
sweet tale of the healing power of love that was good, but
could have been great. It was easy to sympathize with
Garrett, who’d lost his family so tragically. I also
sympathized with Dan, whose memories of friends lost in Iraq
were very sad. Mandy the rescue dog was a neat addition to
the story. I liked how caring Garrett was as he helped Dan
deal with his casts and limited mobility. The problem I had
with Rescued by Love is that it felt rushed.
Some events were skimmed over. The characters and their
sorrows were not as developed as I would have liked. The
end result was a story that I enjoyed, but at the same time
was frustrated by. Readers who like stories of unexpected
love helping people heal (as I do), or who like animals,
will probably enjoy Rescued by Love.