Scarlett barely had time to register the furry flash of red before it rugby-tackled her in the park. One second she was talking to the dog owners and the next she was staring up at the grey March sky through the bare branches of the horse chestnuts.
I love Michele Gorman's books. She knows how to have fun with her characters while also dealing with real issues of relationships. It can be a difficult balance to find, but Gorman seems to do it with ease.
Scarlett and Rufus are struggling to have a baby and it is causing a strain on their relationship. Their best friend Shannon is trying to work up the courage to talk to "Mr. Darcy", but will she become the wedge that breaks Scarlett and Rufus apart?
As you can tell, the main characters are dealing with some heavy issues, but the secondary characters add levity to the story. Scarlett and Shannon co-own a dog walking and training business. Shannon does the dog walking as she finishes up art school and is where she encounters "Mr. Darcy" (it is the name she came up with since she hasn't been able to ask him his name). Scarlett trains dogs and we really get to know 3 of her clients - Charlie with his vacuum cleaner dog Barkley, Max and his humping dog Murphy, and Margaret who needs to show her dog Biscuit who is in charge (actually she needs to do that with her whole family). Whenever dogs are involved, you know there are going to be moments of hilarity.
I hate that it took me so long to read through Love is a Four-Legged Word, but life got in the way. Thankfully, Gorman made it easy to slip right back into the story with relatable characters and engaging writing. Each time, it felt like I was getting together with old friends and catching up on what they had been doing in the intervening time. I know the holidays can be crazy, but this would be a great book to pick up whenever you found yourself with a few minutes to spare.
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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.
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