Thursday 13 October 2016

Book Review - Love is a Four-Legged Word by Michele Gorman

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Title: Love is a Four-Legged Word
Author: Michele Gorman
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: 13th October 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Best friends Scarlett and Shannon spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur, running their dog business together. Scarlett’s intensive training course, Ruff Love, fixes owners as much as their pets, while Shannon spends her days walking spoiled pooches. 

They share more than their business though: they also share Scarlett's husband, Rufus, who's been Shannon's best friend since childhood. It's a cosy setup. Unless one of them has a secret... 

When Scarlett and Rufus's baby plans are decimated by a surprise turn of events, their marriage hits the rocks and they both turn to Shannon. All three relationships are pushed to breaking point, but when loyalties become divided, how do you decide who's most important? 

I was really excited when I was offered a copy of this to review. I love dogs, I love dogs in fiction and I love Michele Gorman, so it seemed like a match made in heaven. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times within the first chapter, as we are introduced to some of the canine companion in the book, and the reasons they needed time with Scarlett, an animal behaviourist. 

So it starts of as this incredibly sweet romantic comedy, as we meet Scarlett, Rufus and their mutual best friend Shannon. However as the story progresses, there are many far deeper issues running through the book, which enriched the reading experience for me. 

There are themes such as infertility, and marriage power struggles explored in great detail as Scarlett and Rufus are struggling to have a baby. There is also Scarlett's marginally unconventional family where she has a meal weekly at her dads, which also includes her step mum, her mum, and her sister, Gemma, who has some exciting news of her own. 

As Scarlett and Rufus start to get more serious, the light relief you need is still there in two forms. First in Shannon's meetings with a certain Mr. Darcy, who she has a massive crush on, and then in the form of the dogs. 

What I loved so much were the dog training sessions and how Scarlett's clients would slowly become more like friends, and in Margaret and Biscuit's case, she does so much more for Margaret than just helping Biscuit behave better. Their talks were great, and showed another dimension to Scarlett's personality. 

With a huge assortment of dogs in this book, with a whole range of issues, some from the dogs, and some thanks to the owners, I'm sure that if you have a dog, you will recognise them within at least one of the ones featured in the book. 

Love if a Four-Legged Word is a wonderful mix of humour, romance, serious discussions, friendship and all around engrossing writing that keeps your reading long into the night. 

Thank you so much to Notting Hill Press for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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