Thursday 4 March 2021

Book Review: The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson

The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson book cover

AD* | 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?

The Dog Share is a contemporary chick-lit novel. Suzy Medley is in over her head, but the unconditional love of a small terrier helps her turn her life around. It's uplifting and heartwarming - with Scout by her side, it seems as though there's nothing that Suzy can't do!

The story is mainly set on a remote Scottish island with a bustling, close-knit community and all the highs and lows of island life. Many of the inhabitants are employed by the local whisky distillery, but with the business' future hanging in the balance, tensions are high as Suzy embarks on her own island adventure. 

Suzy herself is friendly and intelligent, yet lacking in self-confidence and belief in her own capabilities. She's instantly likeable and it's all too easy to relate to her. With a string of failed relationships, two grown-up children flying the nest, and the threat of bankruptcy looming on the horizon, the last thing Suzy needs is a new pet and a relocation. However, with a strong plan, plenty of helping hands, and a small pup by her side, Suzy is determined to make the best out of her situation. She is bold, brave, and inspiring - sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone to truly reach your full potential. 

The romance element to the story is a sideline to the main plot, rather than being the overarching focus of the book. It's understated and natural - plus it has the perfect meet-cute situation! While the developing relationship is sweet and enjoyable to read about, the real star of the story is Scout and his own relationships with each of the main characters. Everyone loves Scout, and he loves them all back equally. Who doesn't love a story about a rescue dog finding their forever home?

Part romance, part contemporary fiction, and partly just a simple reflection on the love of animals, The Dog Share is a delightful read sure to warm your heart! 

Rating: 3 stars 

The Dog Share is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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