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I Thought You Said This Would Work

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

By Ann Gavin

An Endearing, Entertaining, and Enjoyable Read.



Samantha Arias and Holly Dundee are former roommates and best friends who haven’t spoken to each other in years Samantha isn’t sure what went wrong with their friendship. But now they must put aside their silent conflict and embark on a weeklong two thousand mile road trip to rescue their best friend’s Katie, one hundred pound Great Pyrenees dog named Peanut.

Katie has been diagnosed with cancer and wants nothing more than her faithful dog by her side. The problem is her ex-husband has Peanut in California and has recently dropped him at in the divorce just to spite his wife and then moved across the country. Now Peanut has been abandoned at a shelter in California, and Katie wants him back.

Samatha and Holly drop everything to combine talents and help Katie. They are joined in California for Peanut’s rescue by Summer Silva. Summer, who is an astute and hilarious media star has interjected herself and her huge personality into this cross-country road trip of healing and self-discovery.


I THOUGHT YOU SAID THIS WOULD WORK in three words is endearing, entertaining, and enjoyable. It is a relatable story of the complexity and dedication of female friendships, and the rescue of something much greater than a diabetic four-legged friend.

The story is full of twists and turns, self-discovery, and even a little romance. It will have you simultaneously laughing and crying throughout this wild ride. The female characters, Katie, Sammie, Holly, and Summer are fierce, funny, and delightfully flawed.

Bestselling author Ann Gavin’s thought-provoking writing is always a pleasure to read. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Lake Union

Published May 1, 2021

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