A Heart For the Homeless [Book Review]

A Heart For the Homeless by Annie M. Ballard … a spotlight on dog rescue

August 12, 2022

A Heart For the Homeless by Annie M. Ballard (cover) Image: silhouette of a woman kneeling between two dogs against a sunset sky

A Heart For the Homeless: Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Animal Rescue, Small Town

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My Summary of A Heart For the Homeless:

Thanks @BookSirens for a complimentary e ARC of #AHeartForTheHomeless upon my request. All opinions are my own.

In A Heart For the Homeless, Dorrie loves dogs and is trying to turn her Pampered Pooch business into a successful enterprise. Her family is critical of the money-losing venture and, honestly, she’d rather give more time to dog rescue than grooming. One day, she meets Chad when he brings in his grandmother’s dog for grooming. Even though he asks her out, their first date doesn’t go well. However, Chad is a photojournalist and Dorrie and Chad keep running into each other at the sites of various animal rescue missions. One day, their interest in animal rescue takes a dangerous turn at the same time Chad’s grandmother is hospitalized. Can they set aside their first-date disaster and work together to protect mistreated dogs and care for the grandmother?

My Thoughts About A Heart For the Homeless:

Brisk Action: A Heart For the Homeless is a pleasant mix of substantial content and page-turning action. The mistreatment of animals drives the majority of the action, and side themes include enemies-to-lovers romance, family drama, corruption, illegal dog fighting, and support for elderly pet owners.

Especially Poignant: Helping seniors with their pets as they are unable to care for them is a significant and heartfelt part of the story. It’s an issue that wasn’t on my radar and I appreciate the attention to the concern.

Romance: Although there’s a significant focus in A Heart For the Homeless on animal rescue, it includes an angsty relationship and growing attraction between Chad and Dorrie. Enemies to lovers is always a fun trope!

Themes: Thoughtful themes include finding your meaning and purpose in life, support for seniors, treatment of animals, organizational corruption, and community.

Recommended: I enthusiastically recommend this compelling story for animal lovers and fans of enemies-to-lovers romance.

Content Considerations: illegal dog fighting activities

Related: Other books about animal rescue include the Hedgehog series by Jennifer Redland.

My Rating:  4 Stars


A Heart For the Homeless by Annie M. Ballard (cover) a silhouette of a woman kneeling next to two dogs against a sunset sky

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Meet the Author of A Heart For the Homeless, Annie M. Ballard

Author Annie M. BallardAnnie M. Ballard writes about women and family ties in the small villages that feel like home. With one foot in the Canadian Maritimes and the other in New England, she digs deep into the lives of her characters. When she’s not writing, she’s happily baking, gardening, powerlifting and trying to make friends with every dog in her neighbourhood.

Annie’s stories include strong women living real lives, good men trying to do better, and always a happy ending.


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