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Free to a Good Home

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  255 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A delightful debut novel about a woman coming to terms with past disappointments and forging a bright new future-man and dog included.

Noelle Ryan works as a veterinary technician at a New England animal shelter, helping pets find homes. If only it were as easy to find one for herself. After discovering she can't have children-and watching her marriage fall apart after a
Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley (first published June 9th 2010)
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Paul Pessolano
Sometimes you need a book that is just a fun read and takes little or no brain matter to absorb. This is such a book.

Noelle is a veterinary technician at an animal shelter. Her life, right now, revolves around the dogs she is in charge of. She has just come out of a marriage that fell apart for many reasons, although the parting was very amiable. In fact it was so amiable that her husband left town and left her in charge of their Great Dane. He also convinced Noelle that she should take care of
Tara Chevrestt
A good read, though there wasn't as much about dogs as I expected or hoped for. It's actually a story about a woman recovering from a divorce and learning to live for herself, not others. She just happens to be a vet tech and raises money for the animal shelter where she works.

Noelle thought she was going to have it all. The perfect husband, a gorgeous house, and a couple of children. Instead, her husband has announced he is gay, she is living in a "tiny two bedroom shoebox" and has recently fou
I really enjoyed this book about veterinary technician, Noelle Ryan, who’s trying to move on in her life since her divorce from her husband, Jay. There’s a wonderful cast of characters. I especially enjoyed reading about Noelle's relationship with her ex-mother-in-law, Margaret, and new man in her life, Jasper. There’s also some pretty adorable dogs here, too. :)
Eve Marie Mont's debut novel Free to a Good Home introduces veterinary tech Noelle Ryan, a woman whose life has been flipped upside down. Noelle's marriage began as the stuff dreams are made of, but it began to crumble when she had difficulty getting pregnant. Then her husband Jay left her -- for a man. Now Noelle is stuck in an in-between kind of place, still enamored with her unattainable former husband, living in a rental house, and working harder each day for no increase in salary. Her prima ...more
4.5 Stars

Noelle Ryan is at a crossroads in her life. Should she remain stuck where she is or try to push forward even though she doesn’t know what is to come? Noelle is recently divorced from Jay. During their marriage, she learns she’s unable to conceive. It’s about this time Jay discloses he’s gay. He married Noelle for stability, however he cannot deny who he really is. Noelle is devastated by this, but somehow she remains close friends with Jay.

When Jay comes back to town to ask Noelle to ta
Jessica Lawlor
Free to a Good Home tells the story of Noelle Ryan, a veterinary technician at a New England animal shelter. Still struggling with her recent divorce from her husband who admitted he was gay after the two struggled with getting pregnant, Noelle has closed her heart off to love. A huge dog lover, Noelle is perfectly content to stay at home with her Great Dane, Zeke.

When her ex-husband Jay comes into town and begs her to help him out by giving a shot to his sick mom who has never liked Noelle, Noe

There are times when we read books that we bring our past life experiences with us into the story. Other times we are just looking for a fun read, a way to escape real life for a few hours. And then there are the times we are looking to identify with a character, to see how someone else might handle a situation that we currently find ourselves in. That's why we all rate books differently. My opinion about a book is influenced heavily by my ability to relate to the character, to understand him/he
Carole B-h
Free to a Good Home, a delightful debut novel by Eve Marie Mont, follows a year in the life of Noelle Ryan, a woman whose life has not taken the course she expected. Settling into recently divorced status, Noelle is trying to reconcile her dreams of the perfect life with the one she is actually living. While she keeps herself busy with combing real-estate listings for unachievable dream homes and trying to place unwanted dogs with deserving families, she is ultimately looking for a good home her ...more
Barbara Kavanagh
Free to a Good Home is a great read. I found it hard to put down (and only did so because I had to tend to my duties as a mom...) The best part were the characters - I loved getting to know all of them, from the main character Noelle who is so relatable, to the guy on the cover - Zeke - who is so lovable. I loved watching all of the relationships bloom - including obviously the relationship between Noelle and her love interest but also the relationship between Noelle and her mom which took an un ...more
I received this book as a first read, and what a great suprise. I couldn't stop reading it once I started.

Noelle works for an animal shelter and her love for dogs is amazing. She finds herself in love with an (ex)husband who turns out to be gay, which causes her a lot of issues with trusting a new love. Along the way she finds herself taking care of her ex mother in-law, which opens all kinds of questions and answers in her life. Of course there is new love in the air, and the author doesn't dis
Piepie Beuttel
I LOVED this book; I read it all in one day!

I'm a petsitter, and I identified with Noelle in her job as a vet tech and wishing happy endings for all the dogs that pass through her shelter. I loved how Noelle was completely honest and didn't try to be someone she was not. She didn't try to impress people. She was willing to be a "doormat" but eventually found her own solid ground.

The only thing that bumped my rating down from 5 stars to 4 was it seemed that she could not get over her ex-husband,
This was Mont's first novel and I think it was well written, easy to read, and a cute love story. Not just the typical guy-girl love story, but many love stories intertwined: family love, unconditional pet love, love for yourself, guy-guy love, and love for others. It wasn't a classic, sappy romantic novel. Mont threw some "real life" curveballs in the storyline that, more often than not, reflect today's modern families.
What a great book! I really enjoyed this. It reminded me of Emily Giffin's books. It was fun, mostly light, and gave me warm fuzzies! :-) I loved Noelle. What a great main character. I could relate to her in so many ways. And the dogs – so sweet! I plan to write more of a review in a few days. Just wanted to get my initial thoughts out there.
Marsha Nelson
I bought this book after seeing it in Goodreads.
I really liked this book. Don't read it thinking it is about dogs because it is not a typical "dog" book. It is the story of a woman who just happens to work in a dog shelter and how her life evolves through many unconventional relationships. I found myself cheering her on knowing she deserved a happy ending.
Laurie Treacy
Very satisfying, feel good read. I really liked the main character, Noelle, and her views on life, family and other things, especially her thoughts on home. She was funny, down to earth and had a big heart. I liked the family dynamics between her own and with her mother-in-law Margaret. Kudos to Eva Marie Mont on such a wonderfully endearing debut novel.
I really liked this book. Noelle the main character has to face the disappointment of not being able to have children and then finds out her husband is gay and wants a divorce. She inherits his Great Dane named Zack and also winds up taking care of her mother-in-law who blamed her for the divorce. it's funny and real.
Sheila Bobo
i really loved this book. i could not put it down. what a wonderful story i was really moved at how unselfish noelle really was. How patient she was with life in genral. I want a Zeke. i read this book in less than a week.
I'm not quite sure how to rate this. Overall I'd give it a 3.5 because I don't really like "chick-lit" but for chick-lit, I give it a 5. Cute story and a big thumbs up to the responsible animal views and care in the book.
Great story! Entertaining read full of warm, fuzzy moments, takes place during a year's -worth of holidays. Perfect for this time of year.
Lisa Steinke
Wonderful novel that kept me engaged, excited and eager for more!
Jul 27, 2011 Cel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cel by: **Won through Goodreads giveaways**
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I couldn't put this book down. I really enjoyed it.
Robin Mcnemar
Excellent book. I cant wait for Eve's next novel!
What a fun short read!
Dec 02, 2010 gina marked it as to-read
Oh I want to win this book!
We are all searching, humans and animals alike, for a home…somewhere to call our own. Noelle is no different, in fact she’s more in need of a place to call home than most. After losing her husband in a way that was so damaging that it makes her question the motives of every man to cross her path she’s finding it’s difficult to move forward with life. In addition to this her quite personal struggle with infertility only adds to her heartache. Her only tie to reality, her dog Zeke, is also a tie t ...more
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
All Noelle has ever wanted is a home to call her own, and a family to fill it with, so she’s devastated when she discovers that she can’t have children and her marriage ends in divorce. With her self esteem at a low point, she agrees to take care of her ex-husband’s grouchy mother. Things seem to get worse when she finds out that her brother’s girlfriend is pregnant, and her boss puts pressure on her at work. Noelle meets a musician named Jasper, but that seems to be going nowhere fast. He seems ...more
Eve Marie Mont‘s Free to a Good Home is a delightful read about Noelle Ryan whose husband, Jay, has finally told her his deepest secret — he’s gay — effectively obliterating her dream and forcing her to reassess her life. Noelle has a successful, if stressful, career as a veterinary technician, but she occupies most of her time with her family and the dogs at the shelter, rather than coping with her own problems. She’d rather solve everyone else’s problems and be the good person that everyone le ...more
Oh chick-lit/dog related books! How I love you these days! Some are more chick-lit then dog centric and some are vice versa. This one was more chick-lit and while the Girl worked with dogs, they weren't super central to the plot. The plot was generic, of course, so I am going to say that I didn't really like the protag at all. She was such a pushover! And I know that is the point, but it was to a point of unbelievability. She was married, but has since divorced because she can't have kids and wh ...more
Stephanie A.
Recommended because I loved Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts , and I was beyond delighted to find that this was almost as charming and engaging. Sure, her ex-husband immediately establishes himself as the kind of character you want to punch in the face ("I knew I was gay, but decided to pretend otherwise before later breaking my wife's heart"), but there are only so many ways to get rid of a first husband when writing a new love story, and all things considered, this one wasn't too emotionally devas ...more
It's hard to believe that Noelle would think it alright to marry a man who knew he was gay, then refuse to
adopt with her, then divorce her for another man, then ask her to take care of his mother [ who hated Noelle] and then ask her to adopt for him and his partner. How could there be such a loser as Jay. She should of gotten far away from him. This is really fictional !!!
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I'm a high school English teacher and author whose young adult debut, A BREATH OF EYRE, was released by Kensington Books in April, 2012 as the first in the Unbound trilogy. The sequel, A TOUCH OF SCARLET, will be released in March, 2013.
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