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Book Review: Walking Back to Happiness By Lucy Dillon

Plot:

A delightful new novel from the author of “Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts.”

Juliet’s hiding from her feelings about the recent loss of Ben, the love of her life. If it weren’t for having to walk Ben’s loyal dog, Minton, she’d never leave their half-finished house. Then her mother asks her to take her elderly lab, Coco, along. One dog leads to another, and soon Juliet’s the unofficial town pet-sitter. And when she takes on a lonely spaniel, and gets to know its attractive owner, she realizes that her emotions aren’t as easy to handle as her canine charges..

Review:

I like how both sisters think – how Lucy has portrayed their similarities with their thinking process of ‘should I? Yes let’s do it’ 

I love how Juliet refers to her pet sitting as a ‘lending library of pets’. 

The book is portraying the grievance of Juliet’s late husband therefore it comes across as she is always very sad and has her routine of not really wanting to leave the house.

Her mother Diane tries to push her slightly. Her neighbours realise what she is going through and they try chatting to her. I find all the characters so thoughtful and caring towards Juliet. 

I find that Juliet isn’t appreciative. I wish she would see that her sister does want to make amends, and that she isn’t out to boost especially during a time like this. 

I love the theme of dogs and animals and I love how their portrayed in this novel! It’s the first novel I’ve read by Dillon and I’ve only heard great things involving dogs with all of Lucy’s novels! 

I love the character development of both sisters, Diane, Loucan, Emer, Mark/Michael and seeing how they affect Juliet’s life and everyone’s growing together and on their own. I love how referring to their dogs is how they get on a date. 

This book has not been a let down. However, towards the end I didn’t like the build up to the plot it was leading to. As well as the last 100 pages felt rambled. Just my opinion.

4/5 stars

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