Juliet's been in hiding. From her family, from her life, but most of all from the fact that Ben's not around anymore. Her mother, Diane, has run out of advice. But then she insists Juliet look after her elderly Labrador, and it becomes apparent that Coco the dog might actually be the one who can rescue her daughter. Especially when it leads to her walking dogs for a few other locals, too, including a spaniel, Damson, who belongs to a very attractive man....
Before she knows it, Juliet realises she has somehow become the town's unofficial pet sitter. A job which makes her privy to the lives and secrets of everyone whose animals she's caring for. But as her first winter alone approaches, she finally begins to wonder if it's time to face up to her own secrets. To start rebuilding her own life. And maybe - just maybe - to fall in love again.
©2009 Lucy Dillon (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
For fans of Lucy Dillon & of life in Longhampton this is a brilliant book. The inclusion of a couple of familiar faces albeit fleeting makes the story all the more cohesive. Highly recommended.
I can't get enough of Lucy's books I love the imperfections of her characters and get drawn into the stories as if I am there. Fantastic story again 😀
Whilst I did not suffer the same calamities Julliete, the heroine in this story, the well meaning antics of her mother and friends and the situations she found herself in resonated with me. I walked my way back to happiness with my dogs listening to four of Lucy Dillon's books. Lucy Price-Lewis has a lovely reading voice, one which is a pleasure to listen to, and I found myself walking further and further, listening to the story unfold with great enjoyment.
Whilst it is a romantic story, the path was not straighforward or predictable, something I find important after reading sooo many romances. Lucy Dillon weaves several stories together in a believable and absorbing way. Lucy Price-Lewis gives subtle but differenty defined 'voices' to the characters. As a dog owner, I loved the way Dillon wove in various dogs and their foilbles in to the story.
I have loved all the novels I have listened to so far and would recommend them all. However, I do have a sneaky preference for the first one I heard, the Secret of Happy Ever After, but it is really only because it was the first one I listened to.
The story was lovely and it was rather dramatic at the end and then Bang it finished rather suddenly leaving me feeling cheated. Not even a prologue to tie up loose ends...
A disappointingly predictable story completely ruined by terrible accents. The main character had an inconsistent Birmingham accent that sounded like a sullen man's, whilst the Irish family that played a prominent role in the plot had English accents, despite repeated references to their Irish accents... Ruined what enjoyment I was taking in the book itself.
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