The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson

The next gloriously uplifting book from the #1 bestselling author of The Mum Who Got Her Life Back.

Suzy Medley is having a bad day…

… when a shabby terrier turns up at her door. Just like Suzy, Scout has been abandoned, although only Suzy has been left with a financial mess and a business in tatters thanks to her ex.

Suzy takes Scout in and her chaotic world changes in unexpected ways: strangers have never been more welcoming and her teenage kids can’t wait to come home to visit.

Then a chance encounter on a windy Hebridean beach makes things more complicated, because Suzy isn’t the only one who needs a friend.

Scout has plenty of love to go round… but does Suzy?

I requested this book from Netgalley for a couple of reasons:

1. The cover is cute
2. I love dogs

That's it. Those are the reasons. But after I started reading, I realized that Fiona Gibson has written quite a few books. I'm surprised that I never stumbled upon one before.

Not only that, but after finishing The Dog Share I really hope to read more of her books because I really enjoyed this one.

The story is told from two different perspectives. On one hand you have Suzy. She's in a bit of a pickle. Her partner just left her alone to deal with their failing business (which was all his idea to begin with). Newly single, she must also try to bring the distillery back to life that Paul almost ran into the ground.

And then there's Ricky. He's a sweet, single dad. His ten year old Arthur keeps him on his toes. When he takes his son and his new girlfriend to visit his father on the island where his father lives, he finds that he's in for a lot more than he bargained for.

Something that surprised me is that these characters don't meet until about halfway through the novel. I can tell from other reviews I've read on goodreads that that bothered some readers. But not me. I think it made sense because we really got to know each character separately so that when they finally met each other, we understood why they acted the way they did.

And then there's Scout, the lovely pupper who brings just about everyone in this novel all together.

Suzy finds Scout when he turns up at her hotel one night and she's instantly smitten. I enjoyed the fact that she bonded with Scout so quickly and that although she tried to find his original owners, she found him way too loveable to give up for adoption when his owners were nowhere to be found.

This is a special story because Scout pulls together so many different characters from so many walks of life. I think that's what's so special about having a pet. I know that with my dog, it makes me feel so good to come home at the end of a long workday and have her there waiting for me.

Most of the time I think it's because she wants her dinner, but I'm sure she's happy to see me too! Lol.

I recommend if you like stories about friendship, pets, and starting anew. Of course it's difficult to start fresh and deal with chaos, but at the same time, it might have been just what Suzy needed. After all, without the drama that her partner Paul left behind, she never would have met Scout. Or all her new friends on the island.