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I loved this book! Heartwarming, real and entertaining. Katie Fforde Warm, fluffy and fun. Cosmopolitan Witty, heart-warming and a very real tale of loss and redemption. Stylist --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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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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(3.5 stars) Juliet is still reeling from her husband's unexpected death. She is left in the midst of a massive renovation project on their half of a duplex, with little income other than the life insurance payout after losing her knack for baking in her work for a catering company. Chaos reigns next door from the large family who lives there. She does have a support system in her dog Minton (named by her husband so he could say Bad Minton), her parents, and her sister. Her sister has her own struggles in going back to work after the birth of her son. While she initially wanted to stay home, both financial and other pressures push her back into the legal profession. Juliet is pushed into walking her mother's dog so that the dog is not around while she is babysitting, and this accumulates into Juliet being an unofficial dog walker/pet sitter. A problem in her house introduces her to one of her neighbors, Lorcan, who is a friend of the family and helps out when the father is on the road with his rock bands. Lorcan is a contractor and offers to help Juliet with her remodeling, doing it piece by piece to help with her budget. Her family also secretly helps out with the costs. As Juliet slowly comes out of her grief, she begins a relationship with one of her dog walking clients, but this ends up having some major unintended consequences. The story is a nice portrayal of a woman coming out from grief and putting her life back together.
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Lucy Dillon has sauntered into my heart. I have read most, if not all of her book, and feel like I am living two lives, one
in

Lucy Dillon and her cast of characters, including the dogs, have sauntered into my heart and mind, enriching and
entertaining it delightfully. I could move to Longhampton tomorrow and feel like I was at home. I think I have read
most of her books and they are all excellent.
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I lost my husband suddenly, so I could relate to this womans feelings. This was very well done.
The interaction between family members was very true to life. It does take some of us along time to recover
and move forward after the death of a spouse.
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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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