Free to a Good Home

by Dawn


At the opening of Eve Marie Mont’s debut novel, Free to a Good Home, we meet Noelle, and on this Christmas, she is a newly divorced thirty-three year old veterinary tech, very unsure of what comes next. Unfortunately, her ex can still make her heart race, even though she knows that his being gay made the relationship more than unworkable. She’s also still reeling from the discovery that she cannot conceive a child, another turn in life that she was completely unprepared for. With all of that on her mind, she’s certainly not imagining a new beginning right around the corner. As readers, though, we know that the next year as chronicled in the novel, will hold lots of ups and downs, hopefully with the storybook happy ending.

If you’re looking for a summer novel with charm, humor, and a main character whose likability leaps off the page, let me encourage you to get to a bookstore or library. Noelle is the quintessential character who is less than fully self-aware– always there for others, but not necessarily keeping her own best interests in mind. She could be perceived as somewhat unbelievable… unless you know people like her (or you are that person!). Over the course of a year, Noelle not only learns some things about herself, but also deepens relationships with some other people in her life as well. With a new perspective, new beginnings come naturally.

Giving the book a special feel are both the New England setting, with the seasons playing out on the pages in lush descriptions, and the animal shelter component of the story, which provides some thoughtful parallels between the human and canine experiences.

With a comfortable and contemporary tone to the first-person narrative, not only is Noelle’s character extremely likable and easy to relate to, the whole novel flows quickly, making Free to a Good Home a wonderful summer read, when a long, lazy afternoon begs to be spent reading!

We’re happy to be able to offer a copy of Free to a Good Home to give away to one reader. Please leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. addresses only.

The winners of The Iron King are #16 (Grand prize winner of #25 gift card plus the book) Carolyn, #4 Benita G., #18 Monica @ Paper Bridges, #13 Carla Pullum.

The winners of Travels with Gannon and Wyatt are #5 – Amy Rosen, #10 – Benita G, and #15 – Katklaw777

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Dawn’s ideal summer day involves a little sun, a little water, and a whole lot of reading. Oh, and don’t forget at least a few minutes blogging away at my thoughts exactly.

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When she's not reviewing books, Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Sandra K321 July 7, 2010 at 7:12 am

I would truly enjoy reading Free to a Good Home. I’m a sucker for books with dogs.

2 Tina July 7, 2010 at 7:57 am

Please enter me! This book sounds great.

3 Tina L July 7, 2010 at 8:54 am

Sounds like a good book. I’d love to win and read it.

4 Mary (Bookfan) July 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

Free to a Good Home sounds like my kind of book. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

Mary (Bookfan)

5 Becky July 7, 2010 at 9:53 am

I would love to enter this giveaway – sounds like a fun summer read.

6 Lori July 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

I would love to read this book, it sounds like a good summer read. Thanks for chance to win it!

7 Petula July 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Sounds like a fabulous read. I think I need something light, fun and interesting.

8 Eve Marie Mont July 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Thanks, Dawn, for the lovely review! And thanks to all who entered the giveaway for your interest. To whomever wins, happy reading!!

9 Anita Yancey July 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me. Thanks!

10 Benita G. July 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility.


11 Steph July 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Sounds like a great book. Count me in

12 Linda Kish July 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

This sounds like a terrific summer read.

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13 Evelyn H July 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Would love to win a copy of Free to a good Home.

14 Hannah July 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for reviewing it. Please enter me in the giveaway.

15 Laura R. July 8, 2010 at 12:45 am

Would love to win this! =)

16 Melanie July 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

That book sounds like one I would love, plus, most importantly, the cover is real pretty. :-) I would love to win it. My library doesn’t carry it and usually that’s how I roll.

17 katklaw777 July 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Looks like a another good one, thanks.

P.S. thanks for Travels with Gannon and Wyatt, I am sure I will enjoy it.

18 Nancy July 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I’d love to win this one!

19 Upstatemomof3 July 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Oh I’d love to read this.

20 Casey July 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Sounds like fun read! Thanks

21 Sandra July 8, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I’m not entering for the draw, I live in Canada. Just wanted to say I’m glad Dawn enjoyed the book and am adding it to my tbr list. I am not one for animal books but the cover of this book has drawn me in a way most don’t and I’m hoping I like it too. Thanks for reviewing it.

22 Dawn July 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Thank you, Sandra! The cover is quite adorable, and I hope you enjoy the story!

23 Adele July 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Looking for a good summer read and Free to a Good Home sounds great.

24 Stephanie July 10, 2010 at 9:10 am

Wow! I love this site! I am so glad I found it! I would love the chance to win this book, or any of the featured books, for that matter! Thanks!

25 JHS July 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I’m dying to read this one!


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26 juli July 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Would love to read this book!!!

27 Beth C July 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Free to a Good Home sounds very good! Love to be entered.

28 Kelly Massman July 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thanks for a chance to win a book! Yay!

29 Steph July 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I love books with dogs. Please count me in.

30 Judy Dudley July 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Please enter me in this giveaway – Thanks!


31 Christina July 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I’d love a light summer read. I’ve been plowing through books during my bus commute!

32 Katie Schroeder July 14, 2010 at 6:09 pm

sounds like a delightful read!

33 Beth C July 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I’d love to be entered for this book!

34 DarcyO July 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

Sounds like a great read. Please include me.

35 karenk July 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

thanks for the opportunity to read this novel :)

36 edj July 18, 2010 at 11:00 am

A nice summer read sounds perfect just about now!

37 Marj McClendon July 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

This seems like it’d be such an engaging read. Perfect for right now.

38 Ginny July 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I love reading debut novels!

39 Ruthie Bloszinsky July 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm

My book club would love me…please enter me!


40 Martha July 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Would be great to win this book! :-)

41 Grammy July 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for the great review, and a chance to win this book. As an empty nester, I drove 400 miles to rescue a beautiful German Shepard 2 years ago. He has become a valued member of our family and I can’t imagine life without him in it.

42 Carol M July 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

This sounds really good! Please enter me. I know I would enjoy this story.

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