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Rosie by Bill Whiting #Review #Contemporary

Title: Rosie by Bill Whiting

Author: Bill Whiting

Publisher: Matador, Troubador Publishing

Pages: 110

Published: February 28th, 2018

Rating: 5/5

This is such a moving, unforgettable story that features a lovely schnauzer puppy, called Rosie and Will Williams whose beloved wife, Rosemary, died after a long illness. Will is struggling to cope after her death and is finding solace in Scotch. His children live in Germany and the US, he’s retired and is isolating himself from the world around him. That’s when he has an unexpected knock on his door and a stranger delivers Rosie. Initially he doesn’t want her but the lady informs him that his wife ordered the pup to be delivered to him along with a letter from her. The story takes the reader on a journey with Will, as he initially resents and rejects the pup but comes to love her and she helps him overcome his grief to face life – and adventures – again.

This is such an emotional roller coaster read! I certainly needed the tissues handy at time but then there would be something to have me laughing out loud. It is a delightful read, reflecting on the power of pets to give new meaning to life after tragedy and the adventures these two have are brilliant! I can’t give more than five stars, but this one easily earns all of those and more. It is a story I suspect I’ll read again and again in future and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone!

I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.


A gentle, romantic and reflective story about recently retired Will Williams who is severely grieving after the death of his wife, Rosemary, following a long illness. His two children work abroad and he is alone after the funeral and grows deliberately recluse.

A few weeks later he’s puzzled and annoyed when a lady arrives at his home delivering a schnauzer puppy. Called Rosie, it was ordered by his wife to be delivered to him after her death, together with a note from her.

His wife had always wanted a dog but Will didn’t like them and had never agreed. But after a very difficult initial spell, he gradually grows to love Rosie and appreciate the companionship his little new friend brings to his life. Rosie also helps him overcome his grief and appreciate more than ever the wise and loving foresight of his wife. 

Two travel adventures follow in Switzerland and Austria where doggie-centred dramas ensue – including the injury and loss of Rosie.

All dogs have a small monetary market value and many are worth nothing at all. But to their loving owners they are priceless.

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

4 comments on “Rosie by Bill Whiting #Review #Contemporary

  1. carhicks
    May 26, 2018

    Lovely review Elaine. I can’t agree more with your thoughts. This is a wonderful story that I read at just the time I needed it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      May 26, 2018

      Thanks, Carla. Loved your review of it, so glad it – and your own dog – helped you at such a difficult time in your life. Hope life is being kind to you and you’ve been inspired by the story to have adventures of your own.

      Liked by 1 person

      • carhicks
        May 28, 2018

        Right now I am so busy volunteering that I am going a bit crazy. A couple more weeks and I get to relax and enjoy my pool. My adventures will be in the fall. Not sure where I am going yet, but I will go somewhere.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. bicted
    May 28, 2018

    Hope you have a great time, whatever you’re doing and wherever you’re going!


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