Does the name W. Bruce Cameron sound familiar? It should. His novel A Dog’s Purpose, which told the captivating tale of a dog searching for his purpose over the course of several lives, was a huge hit—readers couldn’t put it down, and it spent 49 weeks on the New York Time’s Best Sellers list.
Lucky for us, Cameron is back with a sequel. A Dog’s Journey picks up where A Dog’s Purpose left off—Buddy’s beloved person, Ethan, has passed away. With Ethan gone, Buddy is sure his ultimate purpose has been fulfilled and his “life” is over. Of course, Buddy’s purpose has not been fulfilled (and we are left feeling probably never will be…and that’s a good thing!), as years later, Buddy is reborn as Molly, and adopted by Clarity—Ethan’s troubled granddaughter.
As time goes on, Buddy continues to die and be reborn, each time returning as a faithful companion for Clarity. Throughout his many lives, and Clarity’s one, Buddy is always there to do what Ethan couldn’t—protect and take care of his granddaughter. This pure tale of unending devotion and true love reminds us just how amazing the bond we have with our animals is.
Haven’t most of us looked at a beloved pet and seen a nuance, a glint in their eye, a response to something we say or do, and found ourselves reminded of another pet long gone? All of us who have lived with and loved an animal can be comforted by the idea that those who are so very special to us never really do leave us. Their spirits stay with us forever. They take different forms and continue to love and take care of us throughout our lives. A Dog’s Journey perfectly demonstrates this notion.
A Dog’s Journey is a worthy sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, and a compelling story you are sure to love. Just be sure to keep the hankies handy, because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be crying the whole time!
To learn more about W. Bruce Cameron, read excerpts from A Dog’s Journey, and more, visit the book’s official website.