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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244791
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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

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Customer Reviews

The characters are well developed & very like able.
Melissa
Anyone who has had their life flipped upside down can relate and be inspired by this wonderful story of hope and survival amidst life's worst curveballs.
Jocelyn
Juliet Falconer is a young woman who has suffered a great loss at a very young age.
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8 of 8 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 MFC on May 23, 2012
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Lucy Dillon has done it again! This is the second book of hers I have read and I loved both equally. Being a dog lover helps a lot but the books are not all about dogs but people and their relationships with our four-legged friends and how they can help us. I will definitely be looking for more books of hers to read. I was glad to see Amazon had it and I could get it quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn on May 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Life and death. Love and honesty. Betrayal, fear and jealousy are all at the heart of Lucy Dillon's literary journey, Walking Back to Happiness. Juliet is a young widow who is turning her back on life. She finds solace retreating into her own private world, surrounded by memories of her husband, Ben. Overcome with grief, the only voyages Juliet takes beyond her front door is to walk Minton, her deceased husband's loyal dog. Juliet's mother encourages her to interact more with people and lovingly pushes her into starting a dog-walking business. While still very much mourning Ben, Juliet begins an innocent flirtation with the owner of a spaniel and gets pulled into the messy and chaotic folds of her neighbors' lives.

The emotional component of this novel was very realistic and heartfelt. It was not a simple, "watch her get over loss of her husband and move on to someone new" kind of book. It was very honest and often heart wrenching but ultimately hopeful and life affirming. Anyone who has had their life flipped upside down can relate and be inspired by this wonderful story of hope and survival amidst life's worst curveballs.

Highly recommended read.
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