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Juliet's been in hiding. From her family, from her life, but most of all from the fact that Ben's not around anymore. Her mother, Diane, has run out of advice. But then she insists Juliet look after her elderly Labrador, and it becomes apparent that Coco the dog might actually be the one who can rescue her daughter. Especially when it leads to her walking dogs for a few other locals, too, including a spaniel, Damson, who belongs to a very attractive man....

Before she knows it, Juliet realises she has somehow become the town's unofficial pet sitter. A job which makes her privy to the lives and secrets of everyone whose animals she's caring for. But as her first winter alone approaches, she finally begins to wonder if it's time to face up to her own secrets. To start rebuilding her own life. And maybe - just maybe - to fall in love again.

©2009 Lucy Dillon (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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brought tears to my eyes.

Cannot stop listening once I started the book. Just love this group of books. Awesome

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Fantastic easy listen

A very moving well told story with relatable characters. Not to much drama but enough to keep you listening

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soothingly predicable

I listen to Dillon when I need something simple and with a guaranteed happy ending. this one was less ambitious than others, with one of the story arch's being too convenient and easily resolved. Price-lewis is normally good, but someone who could do an Irish accent for Lorkin was really needed.

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Enjoyable read

It took me a while to get into this story, if it wasn't for the dog factor I may have given up. A little predictable with a few twist and turns, in the end I really enjoyed it, try to hang in there.

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So realistic

I love the style Lucy Dillon writes in. They're always relatable and hit close to home. This one was no different.

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WHERE IS THE EPILOGUE??

Loved this bought, I switched between reading and listening, but was disappointed that the AUDIBLE version didn’t include the EPILOGUE as published in the book. Without it, it ends very suddenly!

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Amazing!!

Lucy Dillon never disappoints!! I'm almost through listening to all of her novels and can't recommend them enough, getting a little sad there are not many left now!

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  • lynsay g
  • 10-08-2016

Another brilliant trip to longhampton!

For fans of Lucy Dillon & of life in Longhampton this is a brilliant book. The inclusion of a couple of familiar faces albeit fleeting makes the story all the more cohesive. Highly recommended.

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  • Steve
  • 22-07-2016

Finished suddenly, left me handing

The story was lovely and it was rather dramatic at the end and then Bang it finished rather suddenly leaving me feeling cheated. Not even a prologue to tie up loose ends...

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  • L Hayes
  • 02-05-2017

Enjoyable

Another good read from Lucy Dillon. I found it a little slow to get going, but otherwise I would recommend it.
Another good performance by Lucy Price-Lewis.

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  • JANET PIETRASZ
  • 25-02-2017

Great story BUT

What a great story, I loved it BUT the midlands accent was very distracting !!! Also it ended very hurriedly. At the end !! I hope there is a sequel !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2017

Another great listen

Another great story by Lucy Dillon. I couldn't put it down. Sad storyline but good setting.

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  • Jeanette
  • 30-09-2016

More more more!

I can't get enough of Lucy's books I love the imperfections of her characters and get drawn into the stories as if I am there. Fantastic story again 😀

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  • Kindle Customer Mrs L
  • 20-09-2016

Walking My way back to happiness

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Whilst I did not suffer the same calamities Julliete, the heroine in this story, the well meaning antics of her mother and friends and the situations she found herself in resonated with me. I walked my way back to happiness with my dogs listening to four of Lucy Dillon's books. Lucy Price-Lewis has a lovely reading voice, one which is a pleasure to listen to, and I found myself walking further and further, listening to the story unfold with great enjoyment.

What did you like best about this story?

Whilst it is a romantic story, the path was not straighforward or predictable, something I find important after reading sooo many romances. Lucy Dillon weaves several stories together in a believable and absorbing way. Lucy Price-Lewis gives subtle but differenty defined 'voices' to the characters. As a dog owner, I loved the way Dillon wove in various dogs and their foilbles in to the story.

Have you listened to any of Lucy Price-Lewis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have loved all the novels I have listened to so far and would recommend them all. However, I do have a sneaky preference for the first one I heard, the Secret of Happy Ever After, but it is really only because it was the first one I listened to.

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  • Bean
  • 27-10-2020

Listen was almost as soothing as normal

Lucy P-W is usually a fabulous narrator of Lucy Dillons books but her accents this time were not quite there.
No Irish builder or next door neighbour. Australian accent was loose
Midlands accent was variable.
But as always as I weed and prune it’s great to escape.
The story was sad, a little predictable and therefore heartwarming. Thank you.

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  • JT
  • 22-02-2020

Enjoyed the story and...

This is a nice story that addresses grief, loss, family and more...I really enjoyed this part of the audiobook!

I did read a review prior to purchasing which said the performance was awful due to the accents. I wouldn’t go this far. Yes, at times I found the lead character’s Black Country accent a bit hit and miss but the performer never really attempts an Irish accent so you can’t say it was bad!

It’s an enjoyable book!

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  • 11-12-2018

OK eventually but so slow. Insightful

Good insights into how we all see things from differing points of view. Rather tasteless debasing of the 2 older women, making 1 out to be whiney & selfish when she’s lost her only son for goodness sake, & the other to be a bit neurotic when all she was guilty of was selfless love for her daughter. Over all pretty good in highlighting how we all make decisions & act in ways that aren’t meant to hurt others but are a desperate grab for happiness & a sense of meaning in life. Can’t stand the Brummy accents, but the narrator was good.

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