The Dog-walking Club
by Liz Hinds
Every dog walk brings new drama into the lives of these dogs and their people. A supermarket shelf-stacker, a stay-at-home dad, an elderly widow and a freelance photographer sound an unlikely bunch of friends but they have one thing in common: they all walk their dogs in Beauville Park at roughly the same time each morning.
And that’s enough for Angela, bored organiser without a cause, to get them together to form the Dog-walking Club. For Jock the Scottie, Benji the spaniel, Pixie the boxer, Mitzi the poodle and Bassett the … all sorts, walking each day with their friends is a dream come true. And it changes the lives of widowed Sybil who’s spent a lifetime hiding her secret sorrow, hopeless-with-women Jon who’s wandering almost unwittingly into an affair, freelance photographer Jemma who is at every wedding but her own, and Maggi who is frantically trying to save money to visit her family in Australia.
And for long-suffering Angela a nasty shock turns into a new start in disguise for her and her husband – and their love life.
A Top Read of 2019
The Dog-walking Club by Liz Hinds is a gem of a book. It’s a book about friendship and love, not only of the human kind but the canine kind.
I’m a huge dog-lover. I have two beautiful Labrador Retrievers myself…they are my girls, Honey and Lily! So, this book was right up my alley, and I fell in love with all the characters, doggies included.
Angela is a married mother whose children have now left home, and she is struggling to find something to occupy her time. She finds that when Mitzi, the pup, enters her life. She forms a dog-walking with Maggi, Jemma, Sybil, Jon, and finally, Bernard. Each is from a different walk of life, yet somehow, they form a bond and strong friendship with each other.
What I love is that there isn’t one main character. Each one has a story they are telling the reader. So many writers could get lost doing that, confusing the reader. However, Liz Hinds is extremely talented…she never loses or confuses her readers. In fact, she endeared me to every single one of her characters, especially the pups!!!!
While I adored each and every character, the one that stole the story and held the group together was sweet Sybil, the elderly widow and mom of Jock, the scottie. She was precious! She was each member’s cheerleader and confidante. She was able to listen and really hear the rest of the group, and she was very intuitive. In my opinion, she was the driving force to get each person to go outside of their comfort zone and find happiness.
This is one of my top 10 reads of 2019! There really is no huge overwhelming plot, yet it is fulll of such emotion, both sadness and joy. It is a beautiful testament to friendship and the relationships between humans and dogs.
I’m a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate and gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby.
Writing-wise, I am an experienced freelance writer – published in The Guardian, Christian Herald and various other magazines and newspapers – with an MA in Creative Writing (Trinity College, University of Wales). My short stories have been published in Cambrensis (the now sadly-defunct short story magazine of Wales) as well as in several anthologies including Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe (Parthian) and Catwomen from Hell (Honno). I am also the author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew.
I have self-published two novels, This Time Last Year, and The Dog-walking Club.
I enjoy speaking about my writing to various gatherings and the media, and am an active blogger, facebooker and tweeter.
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