After the death of her mother and the end of a new relationship leave her heartbroken, novelist Amanda Brookfield
finds her once secure world imploding. As despair deepens, she latches onto the idea of getting a puppy just to
revive her optimistic spirit.
Aware that her lifestyle will not suit becoming a dog-owner and warned by friends not to give up her freedom, Amanda
nonetheless cannot resist Mabel, an eight week old golden doodle. Arming herself with an arsenal of equipment,
she soon learns that there are no short-cuts to training and caring for a dog. In the daily challenges that ensue,
the constant ups and downs, Amanda realises she is starting to come to terms with her bereavement and the prospect
of facing the rest of her life alone.
For The Love of a Dog charts the bigger, more poignant story about the labour of emotional recovery after
the trauma of loss. Mabel shines like a light throughout, the innocent architect of rebuilding her owner’s shattered
self-belief. Mabel’s own journey is equally captivating, as she blossoms into a mischievous, endearing head-turner
of a companion – as affectionate as she is glorious.
An absorbing look at one woman's midlife crisis.
A warm-hearted, perceptive tale of hope and renewal that shows it is possible to start life again.
It makes you realise how sometimes even when you think your life is routine and mundane, that much can happen with
just one small change...some of it was heartbreaking, much of it was satisfying. It left me with a feel good
factor, something that is my mark of a good book.
It was a great read and, just like the holiday, I didn’t want it to end.
I thought it was a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling. I loved the way you kept changing the perspective
of the story by using different characters to move the narrative along. The theme of trust shaken in childhood
and impacting on adult relationships was an interesting one and I loved the fact that while you handled it earnestly
there was always a positive, feel good quality to the story.