Book Review: A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron

This edition published in 2018 by Pan Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillian.

Page Count: 319.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home.

Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn’t plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog’s Way Home is a beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. This fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart is in the same tradition as the beloved bestseller, A Dog’s Purpose.

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

“From the beginning, I was aware of cats.

Cats everywhere.”

Just as Bella the Dog, our narrator in fact (mind, she’s not named at this point), was aware of the appearance of cats as far as the eye could see, I was aware of the utter remarkable writing that was this book. I was instantly awed by how natural this book flowed, I mean I was hooked from the start! My heart and emotions were right away invested in this dog and it’s journey and the array of characters, both human and animal, that we meet along the way!

Everything about this book was just so special, and I think what really capped it off was the fact that throughout this entire journey, it was told through the perspective of Bella the Dog, so I felt like I could get an understanding of how her mind works, her perception of other dogs and animals and humans, and how she just had a longing for her human when they were forcibly separated.

“Bella, the psychic dog of Denver,” Lucas said.

This quote said here by Bella’s forever human, Lucas, resonates to me with the entirety of Bella’s personality, purely because she senses and feels the emotions and presences of other humans and animals nearby, when she finds herself in the company of humans such as married couple Gavin and Taylor, and former marine Axel, all of whom have exceptional stories and impact Bella wholly, all whilst she tries endlessly to find her way back to her Lucas; needless to say I just felt like I was accompanying Bella on this journey too. If I could reach out through the pages of this book and give Bella a cuddle, I would. I don’t think I’ve rooted for an animal in a book for a good while, and this one will be with me for a long time!

“I knew though, that life was never that easy, that instead of doors being opened for you, to get anywhere, you have to jump over fences.”

This quote.

This dog.

Bella’s determination, even when things seem bleak at best, honestly never wavers! I admired this dog so much, just for wanting to get home, and loved every aspect of this book! There was really only one character I didn’t like, I felt like I felt towards the other characters how Bella felt towards them, from Lucas and Olivia, to Lucas’ mother, to Cabin and Taylor, and Big Kitty (who was actually a cougar, but honestly her and Bella’s long standing bond was just so exquisite), to the Mother Cat and kittens at the start of the book, just every aspect was a roller coaster of emotions to experience- I feel like, in this book, I have found another new favourite book and I can’t wait to read others by this author!

“If this dog can make a difference I am damn well going to see to it she gets to come here!”

I close my review with this quote, and that absolutely, dear reader, Bella so indeed does make a difference, to so many, in so many ways! I hope she’ll appear in more books, I feel like I could happily read all of the books regarding Bella, Lucas and Olivia!

Happy Reading,



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