Fiona Gibson returns to the blog with a story of finding yourself out of necessity, all with the help of a lost little dog with
The Dog Share
Suzy had everything in hand, or at least as in hand and trouble-free as possible until her latest relationship fell apart, leaving her with a mountain of issues, a distillery that she now had to rescue and plenty of questions about why she hadn’t seen problems sooner with her relationship. Never really being ‘career minded’, unlike her much touted (by her mother) sister, she’s built a niche workspace – writing obituaries for several newspapers. But when a trip with her former partner to the Hebrides island of Skagdensy brings her no end of challenges, particularly when he decides that he must buy the distillery, make changes, and eventually make plenty of enemies on the island. Now Suzy, after realizing that she can take over and make a difference to the island that she found enchanting, and perhaps turn the business around – she’s determined to do so.
But that first meeting was horrible, and the isolated little cottage that she’d rented is without wi-fi and complete with the rainstorm and no mod-cons, she’s wallowing. Until a scratch at the door reveals a little dog who instantly captures her heart. Having no options but to find him a home, she brings him to the mainland intending to surrender him to the shelter, when she changes her mind and brings him home. Funnily enough, Ricky and his son Arthur are back on the island to celebrate Arthur’s eleventh birthday with his grandfather – and the dog is one that Arthur tried to get Ricky to bring home to Glasgow. A busy schedule as a traveling music teacher in several schools, and with Arthur’s sport schedule and no garden – the dog idea was kiboshed, much to Arthur’s distress.
A bit of a weird mix of personal revelations and challenges, history and attraction, as well as the lovely little dog Scout who seems to capture hearts and imaginations allow him to spend ALL his time on walkies and playing with people that Suzy has met during their walks. From Cara – a new resident who had just lost her older dog, to Ricky and Arthur – the connections and times spent with and around Scout allow Suzy to finally feel a part of the island, the people and slowly the changes to the distillery’s business become welcomed. A bit slow to start – the story does work out in ways not unexpected but wholly welcomed, and the lightness provided by a dog who, without prejudice, loves and appreciates everyone is lovely and sweet.
Title: The Dog Share
Author: Fiona Gibson
Genre: Animals, Comedic Elements, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Scotland
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 4 March, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 34 minutes
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Suzy Medley is having a bad day…
… when a shabby terrier turns up at her door. Just like Suzy, Scout has been abandoned, although only Suzy has been left with a financial mess and a business in tatters thanks to her ex.
Suzy takes Scout in and her chaotic world changes in unexpected ways: strangers have never been more welcoming and her teenage kids can’t wait to come home to visit.
Then a chance encounter on a windy Hebridean beach makes things more complicated, because Suzy isn’t the only one who needs a friend.
Scout has plenty of love to go round… but does Suzy?
A wonderfully funny and uplifting story about friendship and second chances (and whisky!), perfect for fans of Gill Sims and Jill Mansell
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.