A couple’s best friend?
Stylist Jessica knows it takes more than a goldendoodle to save a marriage. She and her ex-husband Sebastian had too many irreconcilable differences for even their beloved dog Baxter to heal. But when Baxter heroically rescues a child and the video goes viral, Jess and Sebastian are thrown together again, and her life takes some unexpected twists. Suddenly she’s in the spotlight with everyone watching — the press, the new guy she’s seeing, Sebastian and the past she never imagined she would face again.
Shafer, the inspiration for Baxter, is on Tumblr and Twitter.
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Baxter the Superdog!
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“Laura Caldwell served as the invited speaker for The University of Iowa Honors Convocation, as well as for our top-ranked Nonfiction Writing Program. Laura is absolutely captivating as a speaker. The students in our Honors Convocation Ceremony found her engaging and inspiring. She shared both passion and insight about the craft of writing with the UI Nonfiction MFA students. Laura infused her remarks with both humor and intelligence – two key elements to a great talk.”
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