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The Dog-walking Club
Every dog walk brings new drama into the lives of these dogs and their people. A supermarket shelf-stacker, a stay-at-home dad, an elderly widow and a freelance photographer sound an unlikely bunch of friends but they have one thing in common: they all walk their dogs in Beauville Park at roughly the same time each morning.
And that’s enough for Angela, bored organiser without a cause, to get them together to form the Dog-walking Club. For Jock the Scottie, Benji the spaniel, Pixie the boxer, Mitzi the poodle and Bassett the … all sorts, walking each day with their friends is a dream come true. And it changes the lives of widowed Sybil who’s spent a lifetime hiding her secret sorrow, hopeless-with-women Jon who’s wandering almost unwittingly into an affair, freelance photographer Jemma who is at every wedding but her own, and Maggi who is frantically trying to save money to visit her family in Australia.
And for long-suffering Angela a nasty shock turns into a new start in disguise for her and her husband – and their love life.
I loved reading this delightful story and learning about this great mix of characters and their dogs! They have accidentally formed a dog walking club and in doing so have made some unexpected friendships. Whilst it may have started as company whilst walking their pets, it has developed into a supportive groups of friends and just how supportive they can be is revealed as secrets and dreams are shared, advice is given and even romances blossom. They may well be disparate individuals but this is truly a heartwarming story filled with love, hope and, of course, dogs!
It is a story to bring a smile to your face at some of the antics. It includes some dramatic events, explores family relationships and expectations, and has laugh out loud moments, too. Every dog owner would probably enjoy being part of just such a group as the members get to know each other and welcome new members. There are shocks, surprises, temptations, new starts, romance and more in this, making it a lovely story to escape into – I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
I’m a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate and gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby.
Writing-wise, I am an experienced freelance writer – published in The Guardian, Christian Herald and various other magazines and newspapers – with an MA in Creative Writing (Trinity College, University of Wales). My short stories have been published in Cambrensis (the now sadly-defunct short story magazine of Wales) as well as in several anthologies including Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe (Parthian) and Catwomen from Hell (Honno). I am also the author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew.
I have self-published two novels, This Time Last Year, and The Dog-walking Club.
I enjoy speaking about my writing to various gatherings and the media, and am an active blogger, facebooker and tweeter.
My everyday blog: www.liz-and-harvey.blogspot.com
My writing blog: http://notanotherwannabewriter.blogspot.com/
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