My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Own copy
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published July 1st 2011
(first published June 29th 2011)
'Candice Gunderson and her purebred pooch, Phoebe, are driving through the Indiana countryside on their way to an appointment with a dog breeder. If all goes as planned, the “meeting” with Charles the Conqueror will result in a lovely litter of puppies.
Unfortunately, Candice is hopelessly lost, the GPS in her car has gone haywire, and she needs to find a bathroom in the worst way. The pair pulls up alongside a little house in hopes of finding some helpful inhabitants.
What she finds is Bull Ramsey, a cute farmer, and his mutt, Jack, who is more than happy to have a “meeting” of his own with Phoebe.
Candice is determined to maintain control of the situation and prove she is an independent woman. A few unexpected events and mischievous farm animals won’t interfere with her plans. She can handle this, right?'
Off Leash was such a cute short story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
This story was fast paced, heartwarming and most importantly fun. I don't think there was one moment while reading that I felt the story was a single bit boring or unnecessary and even though it was only quite short, it was a refreshing and much needed break from some of the heavier reads I have experienced lately.
It's obvious from the start that the main character, Candice, lives in a world without much responsibility and where almost everything seems to be too perfect on the outside. When fate brings her to meet Mark, a farmer who is content with living the simple life and who has an entire town of people willing to put their life on hold for him when the situation arises, Candice begins to realise that her life really isn't as perfect as it seems.
At first I wasn't a big fan of Candice's character because she seemed to be a bit of a snob, but when you think about the world she comes from and the fake people she's been surrounded with it's easy to realise why she acts the way she does.
On the other hand, Mark is an instantly likeable character who seems to be a genuinely caring guy who knows what's important in life.
In the space of just one day, Mark teaches Candice a huge life lesson and in the end the reader is left feeling satisfied and as if they have become a part of the small community that the story centres around.
Overall I loved this story and just wished that there could have been a little bit more of it! It's a truly fun novella to read when you feel like a bit of time-out and will leave you with that feel-good vibe at the end.
Amazon: Off Leash