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Rescue You

(Dogwood County #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  47 reviews
She needs a fresh start. He’s got scars that haven’t healed. With the help of some rescue dogs, they’ll discover that everyone deserves a chance at happiness.

After a year of heartbreak and loss, the only thing keeping Constance afloat is the dog rescue she works at with her sister, Sunny. Desperate for a change, Constance impulsively joins a new gym, even though it seems i
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by MIRA
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Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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RESCUE YOU (Dogwood County Book #1) by Elysia Whisler is the first book in a new Women’s fiction series that had me hooked from the very first chapter. This is a new author that I will definitely be following into the future.

Constance and Rhett are such wonderful characters. Both broken and yet when they meet, they know just what the other needs even as they work through obstacles of their own. It is not a relationship that comes
Emotional and heartwarming. Comforting and raw. Healing and hurt. Elysia Whisler stole my heart with this gorgeous Romance filled with deep feelings and furry friends. Sisters Constance and Sunny have gone through a lot together. Now they’re both focusing on saving others, dogs in particular. Constance is a massage therapist but she doesn’t only work on two legged clients, but the four-legged variety as well. Sunny owns a dog shelter and is known to have “stolen“ a dog or two from a bad situatio ...more
It has taken me a few days to process this book before I could write a review. To say that I loved it seems to be too simple, this book made me feel. Elysia Whisler didn’t just write a story and scratch the surface of what massage was or what PTSD was or what rescue dogs look like, act like or what it takes to help them recover. No, she educated herself on each topic and was able to deeply use that in each situation and character and build them and make you feel them on a level that most authors ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Elysia Whisler's book, Rescue You, a lot of rescuing is going on! Sunny Morrigan runs Pittie Place, a non-profit dog rescue. Her older sister, Constance Morrigan, is a massage therapist who has started working out at Semper Fit gym. Rhett Santos owns the gym and teaches classes there. Sunny and her friends have been regularly raiding Janice Matteri's kennel for years. The dogs are treated inhumanly and Sunny and a vet try to improve their quality of life. Pete Clark trains the suitable dogs a ...more
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Constance Morrigan and her sister Sunny are very busy when it comes to rescuing dogs from puppy mills, even if it means taking illegal actions when they deem it necessary. Meanwhile, Constance has joined a new gym, and this brings her into contact with the owner, Rhett Santos. The two soon find that they have a lot in common, despite Rhett's reticence to become involved.

Keeping the dog rescue afloat is Constance's ultimate goal, even it involves risk and danger. This book most certainly touches
Nicola Short
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just wow!
This story is just beautiful.
Two sisters, loss, rescue dogs, romance, friendships and most of all, finding the strength to go forward with your life.
Rescue You is a emotional, heartwarming story I encourage you to read.
Elysia Whisler’s writing just draws you in and you can’t stop reading until the books has ended. And, then sadness sets in that the story is over.
I hope to read more books by Elysia Whisler.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story!
You cannot help but love this book with romance,mystery, fitness, dogs and friendship.
This novel has it all!
You will not go wrong with dogs and crossfit in the plot!
With each page turned, I got more involved with these characters who became friends!
Sunny is the rescuer and owner of Pittie Place, and it is her whole world.
She will do anything which includes stealing to save abused dogs.

Her sister is a massage therapist named Constance, who needs some self confide
Austin Beach
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
it was a really good book
Maryann Segovia
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! It is not hard to relate to the characters in Rescue You. This is a warm, true to life story about real people with life problems and confusions who want to change or improve their lives in some way. If you have compassion and respect for animals, this book is for you.
Elysia weaves so many emotions throughout the story with respect for humans and animals. This is my favorite type of book to read because just when you think “I’ll stop after this part” - you can’t.
I’m definitely looking f
Sara Ackerman
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, sexy, and full of heart, Rescue You is one of those warm and fuzzy books you want to stay up reading all night. Elysia Whisler has crafted an unforgettable story of loss and love and the power of finding your own strength. If you love dogs and a great, slow burn romance, this one is for you!
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Constance, a massage therapist is looking for a change after breaking up with her cheating boyfriend but can not seem to get motivated. When she promises her sister Sunny that she will try a spin class, she is on her way when she sees another gym and decides to peek inside. What she finds is not only a new lease on life, but also the handsome and intriguing trainer Rhett.

Sunny runs a dog rescue and is determined to shut down a neighboring puppy mill at all costs. When she gets caught rescuing a
Elizabeth Cole
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This is the last book that I had to read from the fall selection that I got from Harlequin. I am constantly looking for new authors. Especially with romance. I have plenty of authors that I love in other genres but I am kind of new to the romance genre so I am always looking for new authors. Plus the description sounded sooo
Cristie Underwood
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This is a great piece of chick lit with a story about a dog rescue thrown in, why wouldn't it be a great read? This was a relaxing and enjoyable read for me, as I have been reading so many thrillers that it was nice to take a break and enjoy some chick lit!
Shelleen Toland
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Constance and Sunny, are 2 sisters, who run a dog rescue shelter.
Constance is getting over a heartbreak and has joined a gym. Rhett owns the gym and is in need of rescuing himself. As Constance and Rhett get close to each other he is also helping them with the dog rescue. We are also getting first hand about their neighbor who runs a puppy mil.
This book has all the emotions. Wanting to scoop up the rescued dogs and wanting the puppy mill shut down. I loved how these 2 sisters work together. Wha
Zhenya Kilina
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So awesome! 5/5!
Kathleen Gray
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OM goodness- this made me cry. It's a wonderfully written story of a pair of sisters- Constance and Sunny- and their friends Rhett, Sean, and Pete, as well as the dogs they rescue. Constance is at a low point when she impulsively enters Rhett's gym. Rhett, a veteran of multiple tours, struggles with PTSD and with physical injuries that, as it turns out, Constance, a massage therapist, is able to help. Sunny runs a rescue for dogs and she's been trying to shut their neighbor Janice, who runs a pu ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

There are times in our lives that when the hurt on the inside is much worse than the scars people see on the outside. That's what it's like for both Rhett and Constance. Each have suffered in ways that other's can't see. Their friends and family are supportive but some pain must be worked through on their own.

Constance's world came crashing down when her father was diagnosed with a dehabiliating illness and she and her fia
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2
4.5 Stars - What a great book - loved it! The life of two sisters, Sunny - who rescues dogs (sometimes kidnapping them to save them) and Constance who is going through a rough patch after losing her dad to cancer and her fiancé to another woman. Not going to tell you the story - just read it yourself and enjoy.

Thanks to the publisher Mira and Goodreads giveaways for the chance to read this book!
Sep 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
I won this book through a give away on Good Reads. Wow! This is a wonderful story with a great plot and great characters. It is a very hard book to put down, By the end of the book you want to run out and adopt a rescue dog. I highly recommend this book. Great romance for the lovers of dogs.
Barb Lie
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rescue You by Elysia Whisler is a sweet, romantic and emotional story line revolving around rescue dogs. Constance Morrigan, our heroine, helps out her sister, Sunny, who runs a non-profit dog rescue, Pittie Place. Constance’s main job is as massage therapist, which she is very good at; in her spare time, she will help find dogs that are suffering or treated badly, especially a local kennel who mistreats dogs, even using them as fighting dogs. Sunny, is our second heroine, since there are two PO ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle
This story took a bit for me to work out in my head. I was about a quarter of the way through before I could tell the voices of the sisters apart in my head. It was around the same point I felt the segues smoothed out. Of course, with any new-to-me author I have to get used to their writing style. After I finished this book I found out this is the author’s debut published novel, so she’s not just new to me…she’s new to everyone. For a debut novel, I was impressed.

Constance’s back story unfolds s
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I believe that everything that happens in your life has an affect on your future. Constance and Sunny have been through more than most. With their father being a Vietnam veteran, the girls were born later in life. When their mother dies when they are still quite young, Constance steps up to "mother" Sunny. Their father is almost deaf and has his own demons to deal with. He recently died and Constance's two year relationship has ended. Both women have baggage and have taken a role that keeps them ...more
Elysia Whisler's novel Rescue You opens with massage therapist Constance slamming on her van brakes to avoid hitting a dog. She gets out of the van and manages to coax the lost dog, who was in bad shape and had recently given birth, to eat a biscuit.

She followed the dog who led her to newborn puppies in an abandoned house. Constance wasn't sure if the dog was a stray or from a nearby overcrowded and dirty puppy mill, run by Janice, an awful woman. She managed to get all the sick, dirty puppies a
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Mary Jo – ☆☆☆☆
There are times in our lives that when the hurt on the inside, it is much worse than the scars people see on the outside. That's what it's like for both Rhett and Constance. Each have suffered in ways that others can't see. Their friends and family are supportive but some pain must be worked through on their own.

Constance's world came crashing down when her father was diagnosed with a de
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Constance and Rhett’s emotional story in Rescue You by Elysia Whistler, book one in her Dogwood County series, was a story of two loss people unsure of what it would take to break through the walls constructed to protect themselves. During the past year therapeutic masseuse, Constance lost her dad to cancer and her boyfriend to another woman, feeling loss and adrift. Working at her sister’s dog recue helps keep her focus. Desperate for a change, Constance impulsively joins a new gym despite feel ...more
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Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Whisler's Rescue You but I gotta start with a little gripe. With Rhett being former military and the blurb comment about the dog rescue being threatened, I expected there to be a little more action in the story. It's an excellent emotional journey piece about people learning to let go of the past and healing so they can have a future. But the adventure really only comes into play towards the end and Rhett isn't that much involved. If that's what you are looking for, I'm afraid t ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Massage for the soul

Constance Morrigan is a massage therapist. Most of her work lately has been on rescued dogs that have ended up at her sister's rescue shelter. Sunny, her sister, rescues mainly pit bulls but other types of dogs also, sometimes taking them from abusive environments. She adopts them out or they go to a friend that trains them to be companion dogs for Wounded Warriors, soldiers with physical or emotional damage, or both.

This past year has been extremely hard for Constance and sh
This title was really immersive, as in, I’m more of a cuddle on the couch type of person than a let’s get sweaty and run 5 miles before we bench-press our bodyweight type of person, but I found myself wanting to hit the nearest CrossFit facility after stopping at the local animal shelter to adopt a puppy. The author brought her environment to life in an engaging and appealing way.

The characters were smashing* in a kick-butt, no-nonsense regard. Constance was sweet and sassy, strong and protectiv
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A poignant and heartwarming story that moved me to tears and made me root for the characters.
It’s a well written story that keeps you hooked and you cannot help feeling for Constance, Sunny and Rhett.
Constance and Rhett are damaged, they have to overcome their grief and their story is about moving on and learning to love and trust again.
Sunny is a complex character and the arc from warrior who doesn’t take consequences into account to a responsible woman.
The dogs are important characters and I l
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel… It was a whole lot more than just a plain old romance. The interesting aspect of rescuing dogs, and matching them with veterans added a whole lot to the plot and the storyline and the characters themselves. I especially enjoyed the energy between the two main characters. And the sisters’ relationship was well done also.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Elysia Whisler was raised in Texas, Italy, Alaska, Mississippi, Nebraska, Hawai'i and Virginia, in true military fashion. Her nomadic life has made storytelling a compulsion from a young age. Her work as a massage therapist, with CAUSE-USA, and as a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and a USAW Level 2 Trainer, lends authenticity and heart to her stories. Elysia is dedicated to portraying strong women, both ...more

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