by David Pipe
Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy, lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny. Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes, handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive.
An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love.
Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry?
What a lovely, charming book for all dog lovers!
The title is exactly what the book is about…Henry’s Tale, and he does indeed have a story to tell us. He loves his human father, Alan, but his mother, Jenny, leaves a whole lot to be desired. She is not nice to Henry at all. She loves the superficial things in life…designer clothes, shoes, and pretty much anything she can buy with her credit card. Alan is a wonderful man, and one thing that makes him unique is he can understand Henry. Henry can understand him. It really is a love story between these two.
One of the other things I loved about this book was that it was told from Henry’s POV. What I learned about the other characters I discovered through Henry and even his pals, the other dogs in the book!
I had received an ARC of the book, and once I read the synopsis, I knew I had to download my own copy, especially when I learned that part of the proceeds go to the Border Terrier Welfare. If you love dogs, you will fall in love with this one. It is a beautiful story of the bond between dogs and humans.
David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.
When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.
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