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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
A Place To Call Home: Toby's Tale by G.A. Whitmore is the story of Toby, a dog born to a breeder who saw no value in him or his sister because of his color. The breeder felt because Tara and Toby were white German Shepherds that they would reflect poorly on his dog breeding business and wanted them both killed. Fate intervened instead and the pair found a chance at life. Sadly, Tara didn't make it but Toby winds up with a family in Connecticut. The home isn't peaceful, causing Toby to distrust most humans. Can Toby ever trust humans again, and will he ever find a place to truly call home?
Even though the author labels this a work of fiction, the characters become very real as you read the story. G.A. Whitmore writes from both canine as well as human perspective. While this might sound confusing, it isn't. Instead the author flawlessly transitions between characters which allowed me to glean a greater understanding of not only the story, but the characters as well. I was pulled right into the head and heart of each of the characters, especially Toby. I could feel his joy and hope as a young pup on the farm, and then the confusion and grief he felt as his life shifted. The many twists in Toby's story gripped my heart and caused me to shed more than a few tears, but also kept me filled with hope that he would eventually find his forever home.
Another unique aspect of this story was that the animals could communicate with each other, and Toby even had dreams where he was encouraged by family members. In a great read for young and old alike, Ms. Whitmore takes readers on an emotional journey with A Place To Call Home: Toby's Tale. Anyone who enjoys reading animal rescue stories will find this a must-read, but really there is much more to this story than that. The author touches on alcoholism, abuse, discrimination, as well as the importance of patience and not giving up. Truly a story that grabs the heart and won't let go!