Publisher: Harlequin - Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Date Read: February 21, 2018
Length: 336 pages
A wise, old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality.
Tomorrow tells the story of a 217 year-old “give or take a year or so” dog traveling in search of his lost master.
His adventures take him through the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles and the world of the Sun-King and to nineteenth century Venice. As he travels through Europe he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once) marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit.
With the rich historical vision of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and the captivating canine perspective of A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrow draws us into a unique, century-spanning tale of the unbreakable connection between dog and human.
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by this book. I went into this book with incredibly high expectations so some of that disappointment is of my own making. When I first saw this book's cover, I knew that I had to read it. Then I read the book's synopsis and knew that I would love it. I ended up liking the book but I didn't love it.
This is Champion's story and is told from his point of view. Champion is not just an any dog. He is immortal and has lived for 217 years. Champion was separated from his master in Venice over 100 years ago and has spent that time waiting for him as he was told to do. He has made connections with others and even rescued another dog, Sporco, but he never stops looking for his master.
The timeline of this story does jump around a bit. We see Champion after waiting for more than 100 years for his master before going to search for him and we also see different points in the past before they lost each other. I never found the time sequence to be confusing. It really seemed like the points in the past were important to the story and felt more like memories. I really liked the historical setting of the novel which spans from the 1600's into the 1800's which I thought added a lot to the story.
I really enjoyed Champion's journey to find his master more than any other part of the book. Sporco was my favorite character by far and I enjoyed his love of life. I really felt like Sporco felt much more dog-like than Champion did. Champion has lived a very long time and is wiser than most humans. His most dog-like quality would be his loyalty to his master.
The book felt a bit uneven to me with some parts falling flat. I liked the parts of the book that were focused on what the dogs were doing the most. During the last part of the book, the focus seemed to shift more to the humans as witnessed by the dog which wasn't as enjoyable for me. There were times that the book felt like it was longer than it needed to be and dragged at points.
I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did. It is a really unique story set in a vividly described period of time. I didn't love the book as much as I had hoped I would but I am glad that I made the decision to read it. I would definitely read more of Damian Dibben's works in the future.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - Hanover Square Press via NetGalley.
About the Author
Damian Dibben is the creator of the internationally acclaimed children’s book series The History Keepers, translated into 26 languages in over 40 countries. Previously, he worked as a screenwriter and actor on projects as diverse as The Phantom of the Opera, Puss in Boots and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. He lives, facing St. Paul’s Cathedral, on London’s South Bank with his partner, Ali, and dog, Dudley.