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A fabulous tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-2020

A love story that’ll make you laugh out loud and warm your heart and soul in equal measure. Complex characters brought to life with a deftness that makes you wish they weren’t fiction.

Engaging but flawed

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-2020

I've read two of Lucy Dillon's novels previously and enjoyed them; there are always dogs with fabulous personalities and this novel is no exception. This novel had mixed reviews but I thought it was worth a try. I'm not sorry I listened but overall, it seemed to draw me in but not quite deliver. I was immediately intrigued by the plot; not a standard romance trope. And yet... Jeannie's humanity was real, her desire to "do the right thing" a believable premise but after a promising start, the story felt as if it were plodding verbosely to a conclusion that could have been seen coming in Chapter 5. A few of the supporting characters drew me in, I liked that the author was approaching marriage from a slightly more complex perspective, the puppy farm rescue was endearing. I kept listening to see how the conclusion would be written and characterised despite knowing where it was going, but felt the last hour & a half drew too much together in a simplistic, almost trite way, like the stories we wrote as children that went on and on and then suddenly, in one page, wrapped up. I would concur with other comments regarding the narrator's inconsistency with accents.

A slow revealing of a unique story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-2020

Not since A.S. Byatt’s ‘Possession’ has a book held me so much in its grasp. So often I wanted to stop and yet the intriguing, quiet draw of the storytelling, coupled with the utterly beautiful reading of it, kept me from letting go. I’m glad I didn’t let the pace stop me from continuing into the unique plot and beguiling characters. It’s worth the time to get this yarn into your soul. It will be with you forever.

Enjoyable, but for me, missing the wow factor

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-2019

I'm not a big fan of novels written in first person. Perhaps that's influenced my overall thoughts about the story. I kept waiting for the part that would hook me in but for me, it never came. Added to that, it felt a bit like the conclusion wrapped up issues that had taken 11 hours to develop, in a 15 minute sprint to the end. Overall, engaging enough that you keep listening but not so much that you can't put it down, or feel if you didn't know how the story continued, you'd be wishing you did. Aoife McMahon is wonderful, as ever, with her narration, full of expression and interest as she reads.

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