House Trained - A Novel

House Trained
Written by Jackie Bouchard
Paperback, eBook
Fiction, 301 Pages
$14.95, $3.99

Publisher's Synopsis:
Alex Halstad seems to have a life lifted out of the glossy pages of a magazine: there’s Barry, her handsome husband; Marie, the couples’ perfectly-trained labradoodle; a flawless home; and an exciting career as an interior designer. Except for one problem - on the inside, Alex’s life is anything but blissful.

Her family can’t comprehend her childless-by-choice lifestyle, her business is failing, and soon she’ll have to admit to Barry that she’s wiped out their savings to keep her company above water. And that’s nothing compared to what’s coming next. When a teen who claims to be the daughter Barry never knew he had shows up at the Halstad’s doorstep with her fifteen-month-old daughter, Ruth, and asks to move in for the summer, Alex feels overwhelmed.

All she wants is the peaceful life of yesterday when it was just Barry, Marie and herself, when her business was booming and her marriage wasn’t crumbling. As Alex’s world falls apart, it’s up to Marie to teach her about the important things in life, and how to be the best daughter, sister, wife and person possible.

Jackie Bouchard grew up in Southern California, then moved to Bermuda, where she met her husband. Now back in San Diego, American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie’s novels include  Rescue Me, Maybe, and What The Dog Ate.  Find her online at

My Thoughts
Right from the start this book was funny.  The main character, Alex, likes her life the way it is, with no kids.  When a teen girl shows up with a baby, saying she is Barry's daughter, it changes their world instantly.  Alex is a neat freak and does not like the idea of sharing her house with kids.  She soon learns that life isn't all about her and her wants.  There is plenty of humor and a loveable dog throughout the story.  A fun and quick read!  I Rated This Book:  4/5 Stars ****

1 comment

  1. Thank you for the review! Glad you enjoyed the book. :)


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