Juliet’s been in hiding - from her family, from her broken 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 realizes 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.
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Dog fanatic, loves brit Lit, Classics, Irish Lit, and an Occasional smart chic lit. Audible obsessed. Love my dogs like the good life.
Insightful, warm, well done.
Lou and Minton the dog.
I absolutely love Jilly Bond. I have actually searched out books because they we're read by Jilly Bond.
There were so many. This book had many many moments
Definitely a good read. We'll worth the credit.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
Similar to Lucy Dillon's previous books - easy to listen to, funny, dog friendly etc. Jilly Bond is the perfect narrater for this style of writing. The charaters are all likeable and real and the dogs just bring it all together.
Its the story of widow Juliet's 12 month grieving and how a pushy mother, disfunctional sister, crazy neighbour, a very charming Irishman and a few dogs help her see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Its a really lovely feel good book which softens the pain of loss whilst still keeping it real and funny. Its how we'd like it to be.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
I'm a sucker for animal stories and I think the Lab on the cover of this book probably sold it to me before I read the review.
This is a story of loss and heartbreak that adds dogs, pets, family and friends to help heal the loss of a loved one.
Overall I enjoyed this book, but I did struggle with the Jilly Bond's narration. Jilly sounds sixtyish and her voice is a little too mature for the main character and her male voices sound like Yogi Bear's voice. So this was a little distracting at times.
But if your'e looking for a feel good story, with a little laugh and a bit of a weep.. you wont waste your money!
I wouldn't listen to it again for the obvious reason that I would know what was going to happen!! I very rarely listen to a book more than once.
The shock of finding out that it was Mark/Mike who had been the one that Juliets sister had had an affair with. - I actually gasped!! I really wasn't expecting that.
I liked the different voices that she did even though some of the accents were a bit questionable! and she did tend to sound like Julie Walters when she did the voice of the mother. But generally speaking she was quite good.
Yes, it was sad in parts and also very funny in other parts. And as previously stated, I did gasp at the revelation of the affair between Louise and Mark!!
It was very enjoyable and kept my interest all the way through - I didn't skip bits of it as I sometimes do with other books when some authors go into too much detail or description. I also love dogs and it is obvious that the author does too, so I enjoyed the description of the dogs/cats personalities. I will also download the other book by the same author.
"Pleasent enough, but no more!"
I have reached chapter 17 and I just don't care enough to continue with it. I find that its a pleasent enough book to have on in the background, but that is not really what an audio book is for. I find it hard to put my finger on what was missing. I think perhaps the characters just were not sufficiently well drawn.
"living through a breavement."
the first download part of this book deals with Juliet struggling to come to terms with her husband ben's premature death interspersed with what is happening in her older sister, louise's life. for me this went on too long but may help someone going through this in their life.
for me the second part was really good as Juliet comes to the anniversary of ben's death and has a new life. louise has her own troubles which brings the sisters back together.
I usually don't buy books narrated by jilly bond as I don't like her way of performing a book but in this case she wasn't so bad and I got engrossed in the story.
"This is my fav audible book"
The connection of the dogs
the whole of the book
Thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm, the different emotional tones
Absolutely, I had to restrain myself or would have listened round the clock!
I will definitely listen to this again. Recommend to anyone who has the love of animals. When it finished, I felt as it I had gained a new friend.
Got caught up with the story . very enjoyable .
Narrator easy to listen to
"Honest from the heart"
Main character - you feel and see her slowly come to life
No - easy to listen to
Really enjoyed the storyline, the tragedy of loss and life beautifully negotiated
"A warm easy read"
The positive view of life it offers
The characters including the dogs
He multiple voices
yes if life had not got in the way.
Its a good old read. makes you laugh not quite cry but offers a positive view on life.
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