Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts
Author: Lucy Dillon
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Women's Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Longhampton, England
Overall Rating: 5.0+
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Lucy's Website/Blog: Nond found - see Facebook
Talk about "falling into" one of the best books of 2011! This amazingly sweet, romantic, heart-warming story is one that will enchant every single reader who gets their lucky hands on it.
In the blink of the proverbial eye everything goes haywire in Rachel Fielding's life. She loses her job, she loses the man she's loved for the last ten years (a married man who never seemed to want to leave his wife and commit), and her Aunt Dot has passed away. Rachel is assigned to be the executor of Dot's estate and ends up learning that the most incredibly wonderful things happen to you when you least expect it.
Aunt Dot didn't leave behind much but a house and a kennel for dogs. She was a dog person, Aunt Dot was; she understood the friendship and camaraderie that an animal who truly loves you can add to your life. Although the kennel should be boarding dogs and taking in money, Rachel soon finds that most of the kennel is used for rescue dogs that Aunt Dot could not say no to. And one of those "unloved" is named Gem, a border collie that was Dot's own best friend who Rachel has inherited.
To say that Rachel is not a dog person is an understatement. She has no clue how to take care of them and her ability to learn matches her ability to not give a darn one way or the other. The hair that falls off of them alone messes up her favorite suit, but when she moves into Dot's old house to begin her executor duties, she soon finds out that Gem is the perfect match for her brand new life.
Megan is the lovely girl who worked with Dot for years and begins to train Rachel on how best to take care of the sweet pups. George is the local vet, and his rudeness is equal to his stunning, rugged Daniel Craig good looks. George sees Rachel as nothing more than a London princess...but he soon finds himself completely enamoured and amazingly intrigued.
Along with this budding romance comes a story of Zoe, who is recently divorced from a complete idiot and the hard-working mother of two. She had no idea that a dog match would allow her to find the perfect "match" that she wasn't even looking for. Add on a married couple named Johnny and Natalie who have been struggling for the last year to make a baby. Natalie has been wanting a child more than life itself, yet not until a basset hound named Bertie comes along, who likes nothing more than to eat everything that God put on the earth, will she come to understand the real meaning of life.
Every page is an adventure with these marvelous characters that you find yourself wishing were real. The fun, humor, romance - and even a little mystery thrown in by Aunt Dot, herself, makes this an intriguing read, and one that you'll remember forever. My advice? Buy this one...NOW! Woof! :)
Until next time, Amy
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