Did you know that studies show that when a person pets a dog, their blood pressure lowers?
And the dog’s does as well!
You know what also lowers my BP? A good feel-good read.
But, I have to be honest, the beginning of this book raised it bit!
When Steven’s beloved Oliver goes missing one day – snatched right out of his car, I had some heart palpitations. I was sweating. No joke. If anyone, ever, took my Moose, or even messed with one tiny hair on his cute little tushy, I’d probably be in jail for murder.
The story takes us on a riveting journey of clues and sightings of little Oliver as we weave back and forth between Steven’s past and what the dogs means to him, and the present – and how badly this loss is affecting him.
Steven is understandably devastated, and this may seem like it’s a sad story, but in way, Oliver’s disappearance was one of the most eye-opening and enlightening times of his life.
Steven thought the only good thing he had in his life was Oliver, but it turned out he had an abundance of good things all around him.
Loving and caring people, and the power of community pulled Steven through this harrowing ordeal – and thankfully, no jail time! 😆
A fast, heartwarming read about a search for a dog, but finding so much more.
Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours for the gifted book!
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (January 26, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400223237
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400223237
About the Book:
He Was Searching for a Lost Dog. He Found More Than He’d Ever Hoped For.
On Valentine’s Day 2019, someone stole Steven Carino’s dog, Oliver, from his car. Having lost his mother at thirteen and grown up with an alcoholic father, he could always count on his dogs for comfort and company. But now, with his beloved Oliver missing, Steven felt utterly alone.
Then, the miracle. In a series of near-impossible coincidences, people from different walks of life crossed paths with Oliver and with Steven. Hardworking immigrants, wealthy suburbanites, car mechanics, deli workers, old friends, close relatives, street cops, gang members, a TV news reporter, social media followers around the world, and one very gifted hairdresser all played a part in Steven’s desperate journey to find Oliver. In the middle of it all, Steven realized that no one is ever truly alone–and that the power of community can be life-changing.
Oliver is not just a book about a stolen dog. At its core, it’s a story about kindness, friendship, and the power of faith. As Steven says, “This is more than just a dog story. This is an everybody story. This is a love story.”
Oliver is also available in a young readers format!
About the Author:
Steven Carino was born in Huntington, New York. The youngest of five children, he graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in American History. He worked as a DJ in New York City before launching careers in advertising and real estate and starting his own employment agency. Today, Steven has his own driving business and lives in a cottage in Bedford, New York, with his best friend, Oliver, and an array of sheep, goats, chickens, a horse, a rooster, and a mini-cow named Anna Belle. Oliver is Steven’s first book.