Review: The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson

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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?

Source: NetGalley and Avon Rating: 4/5 stars

When Suzy Medley’s life gets turned upside down, inside, out, and sideways, she has no idea what she’s going to do.  Her worthless boyfriend is gone, she’s stuck with a business that is on life support, and a dog she doesn’t want has wandered into her rental. 

Sometimes in life, a person can only deal with one catastrophe at a time.  First up for Suzie is the wandering canine.  Suzie has never wanted a dog, but she’s also not cruel.  When the mutt wanders in on a cold, rainy night, Suzie swears it’s a one night only arrangement.  The trouble is dogs have a way of working into your heart and doing so quickly.  In no time flat, Suzie is committed to her new companion and with Scout by her side a whole host of new opportunities open up.

Next up on Suzie’s to do list is figuring out what to do about her ex’s disastrous attempt at running a distillery.  Knowing nothing about running anything, especially a once top-notch distillery, but looking for a new adventure, Suzie decides to make a go of the business.  Trouble is, no one at the distillery wants anything to do with Suzie and if she’s going to make a go of this venture, she’s got to learn the business from the ground up and prove to the employees she is nothing like her rat-bastard ex.

Suzie’s time on the small island that is home to the distillery is both a wonderful and somewhat perplexing experience.  Suzie loves the environment, Scout loves all the walks along the beach, but Suzie is making little headway with the distillery staff.  As if the universe is once again looking out for her, Suzie meets, thanks to Scout a lovely yet very lonely woman, and a handsome man and his delightful son.  Suzie comes to relish the time she spends with these new friends and with their help, she is able to slowly begin working her way towards a successful relationship with the distillery staff.

The Bottom Line:  This was an easy read for me and that is in large part because of the dog.  I am always drawn to books with animals that play a prominent role in the story, and Scout certainly does so in the Dog Share.  In fact, I found Scout to really be the central character of this read as it is he who brings Suzie into the orbit of the various other characters.  Without Scout, Suzie may never have found her HEA.  Through is own rescue, a very happy Scout helps so many others find their own sort of rescue, healing, and happiness.  Without being obnoxious or unrealistic in his role, Scout really brings the whole story together in a most delightful manner.

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