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Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy, lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny. Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes, handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive.
An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love.
Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry?
This story is told from the point of view of Henry, who is a six month old Border terrier pup when the story starts. It tells of the people and other dogs he meets as well as his adventures – and misadventures. Henry is a mischievous and loving young dog who has time and consideration for others. He is shocked when his papa Alan and mama Jenny go off on holiday but never dreamt of all that would happen whilst they were away! From a dognapping to travelling with his friend, Bully the bulldog, this is all a steep learning time for this pup and there are more shocks in store when his mama and papa return from holiday and an ultimatum is made….
A delightful story to escape into, this could prove a difficult read for some as there are a significant number of conversations written in dialect. I initially assumed it was written for a young audience but the portrayal of the sexual and private lives of the canine characters definitely changed my mind about that! It is definitely a story for dog lovers, a coming of age story for Henry, packed with adventure, mishaps and love.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Purchase Link – GetBook.at/Henry
Author Bio –
David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.
When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.
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