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'...witty, heart-warming and a very real tale of loss and redemption' -- Stylist 20101215 'Heartwarming, romantic and funny, Lucy Dillon's latest offering is the perfect Christmas stocking filler - especially for animal lovers... Shut out the world on a cold winter's night with this entertaining and easy-to-read tale.' -- News of the World 20101129 'Adjusting to being suddenly single, Juliet finds comfort in walking her neighbour's dogs. Suddenly becoming the keeper of all sorts of town secrets, the one person whose life she's not helping put back together is her own. But what if she falls in love again? Warm, fluffy and fun.' -- Cosmopolitan 20101129 'A charming fluffy winter's read.' -- Closer 20101214 Praise for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS: -- . 20101214 'I loved this book! Heartwarming, real and entertaining' -- Katie Fforde 20101214 'Heart-warming, fun and romantic. Marley and Me fans will love it' -- Closer 20101214 'A contemporary Bridget Jones, but with canines instead of chardonnay.' -- Stylist 20101214 'Fluffy and heartwarming, this is the perfect read for a cold winter's night' -- News of the World 20101214 'A charming read' -- Star 20101214 'This heartwarming tale is sure to please' -- Take A Break 20101214 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lucy Dillon lives with her husband and a pair of Basset hounds, Bonham and Violet in London.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244791
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautiful story of love, life, loss, family, friendship and new beginnings.
Coffee Time Romance & More
I just found the whole book enchanting, and it was a perfect Saturday afternoon read for me and I was very sad to see it end.
Leah Graham
I'm looking forward to her next book, A Hundred Pieces Of Me due to be released in February.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pheebie on March 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for any book featuring a dog on the cover. Sometimes the story inside isn't that great; however, this time it was. Dillon creates vivid, interesting, believable characters that I actually liked and cared about. This was one of those books that, despite the sadness of Juliet's loss, felt cozy. I became throughly wrapped up in the intertwining plots and was totally surprised by the twist of 'Mark' / Michael's involvement in the story (did NOT see that one coming - kudos, Ms. Dillon!) I intend to read other works by this author and will absolutely recommend this particular one to friends. I should probably add that I am an incredibly picky reader, especially when it comes to fiction, often putting books down after 40 or 50 pages if the writing, characters, plot or any combination thereof don't click for me. This one was a pleasure from start to finish.
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Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon
Contemporary Romance -Dec. 6th, 2011
4 stars

Juliet has recently lost her husband and remains in hiding from the world. Unable to overcome her grief over losing Ben, she refuses to leave the house even to take Minton, her husband's loyal dog, out for a walk. When Juliet's mum forces her out of the house and into starting a dog-walking mini business, Juliet resists interacting other people but eventually, begins to find her way back into living again. Along the way, Juliet finds herself attracted to the handsome owner of a spaniel and drawn to the chaotic, charming life of her neighbor - an overworked mum with three kids, a dad who's in a band, and an Irish houseguest that helps Juliet fix her house. Slowly, Juliet realizes that it's time to let go and start again...

This was a depressing book in the beginning. For someone who's married, this book hits me right in my greatest fear - what will life be if you lose your other half? I really didn't enjoy the first part of the book simply because it scared me. Towards the end, when Juliet slowly recovers, I started to appreciate the story for what it is - a heartwarming tale of a woman who rediscovers life again. I especially like the sub-plot of Juliet's perfect sister who goes through a mid-life crisis and has an affair. I thought it was really sweet of Juliet to finally get out of her self-involved cocoon and reach out to her sister. The second theme of redemption and appreciating all your loved ones is very touching.

Even though the dogs do play a huge part in Juliet's recovery, the star of the book is clearly Juliet. She's flawed and unlikable at times, but she's real and you can feel her pain. Not for the faint of heart, this is a serious, thoughtful read on life after loss and the resilience of the human heart.

Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on January 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Life takes us on many journeys, this is how we grow. This is the story of the growth of one woman and those who helped her. This is a must read if you have a sister who is also a wonderful friend and a pet who meant the world to you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on March 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book but I was expecting more about the dogs. The cover of the beautiful Golden Retriever caught my attention, yet no mention of that. Maybe change the cover design so it reflects more on Juliet and her recovery. The story was very thought provoking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Time Romance & More on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a beautiful story of love, life, loss, family, friendship and new beginnings. Walking Back to Happiness is a true testament of how life is a roller coaster and we cannot always have total bliss. We need to have a few bad times in order to grow and live. I adore Juliet and the way she works through her grief and loss with her family, and her new friends gently urging her along, even though she did not see it at first. The dogs Minton, Coco and the rest truly capture your heart as well. Lucy Dillon has written a wonderful feel-good book and I look forward to reading more of her work.

Matilda
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on February 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Walking Back to Happiness is about death and life and everything in between. It's a tender and emotional read about a woman who loses her husband, the man she has been with since she was a teenager and ended up marrying and wanting to build a life with. Juliet thought she had it all with her husband Ben, their faithful Jack Russell-ish terrier, Minton and a new home they bought that they were in the process of renovating. But then Ben dies suddenly at age thirty-one and Juliet's life came to a screeching halt. She can't handle the loss and basically shuts down, hiding in her unfinished house, watching mind numbing television for hours and only turning to Milton for support. Milton is her sole purpose for getting up each day and she looks forward to their walks very late at night where no one can bother her. Juliet's mourning consumes her until her mother grows sick of it. Her mum, Diane wants her to start taking the steps she needs to recover from Ben's death, and that means facing the world again, which is in the form of Diane's twelve year old chocolate Lab, Coco. Juliet will start watching Coco a few days a week because Diane must start watching the Toby, the toddler to Louise, Juliet's sister. Since Juliet wants to shut her mother up essentially, she agrees.

Louise will go back to work after almost two years of being a stay at home mother. She's excited to do so because she feels her entire being is now taking care of Toby. There's some strain between her and her husband, Peter, or rather she feels the strain because Peter is clueless to the situation. Peter works long hours and thinks Louise loves staying at home. He can't really understand why she wants to go back to work and would even like to try for another baby to Louise's horror.
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