The Summer of Falling in Love
The thought of having a dog hasn’t crossed Theo Martin’s mind. It’s not that he doesn’t like dogs – he does – but the idea has simply never occurred to him.
It has occurred to his mother though, and when she decides to buy him a puppy because she thinks it will “liven him up a bit”, his life is turned completely upside down and not for the better as far as he’s concerned. But when he discovers that having a cute dog on the end of a lead attracts a great deal of female attention, he soon changes his mind. All kinds of women stop to pet the pup and while they coo over Poppy, they talk to him. A lot. And for Theo, it looks like his love life is taking a very welcome turn for the better.
But what about Josie Wilde, his dog sitter?
Forced to employ someone to walk his dog when he’s in work, he finds himself increasingly attracted to her, but unfortunately Josie’s interest in him appears to be purely professional. As the summer unfolds and he falls head over heels in love with the sweet and vulnerable pup, he finds himself falling for Josie.
For Theo, it’s not so much ‘love me, love my dog’, but more like ‘love my dog, love me, too’. Please…?
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes.
She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that!
Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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Theo is a maths teacher, tired and jaded by the constant demands being placed on him, and seriously wondering if teaching is still for him. With a week to go, he can’t wait for the summer term to end. When his parents leave him in the lurch with an 11 week-old pup, he’s convinced it’s a joke and they’ll be back any time now to take the sweet little thing from him. But, they don’t return, in fact, they hot-foot it to Harrogate for a week, leaving Theo with the Cockerpoo, Poppy. When he manages to speak to his mum – now in Harrogate having a jolly old time – he learns the reasoning behind their little joke that isn’t a joke. His mum tells him he’s stuck in a rut and needs to get out more and live life. Poppy is his responsibility now, and having a pup will give him a new purpose, not to mention get him out of the house over the summer holidays.
Theo thinks she’s gone mad, especially as he still has to go to school for one more week. How can he possibly look after a dog, let alone an untrained puppy? He has no option but to find her a new home. But how?
After spending only a few hours with Poppy, he realises he can’t just give her away to anyone. That wouldn’t be fair on her. So, he searches out a company that offers dog-sitting, and hires Josie to look after Poppy until the school term ends, thus giving him time to find her a more suitable home.
Trouble is, Poppy is super cute, and Theo starts to get attached to her. Not just her, though, as he takes quite a shine to Josie too. Could Poppy really be the solution to his mundane life?
If you love dogs, then you’ll love this book. Poppy is adorable, with oodles of fun and energy to keep Theo on his toes. Having a dog opens Theo up to a whole new world. Firstly, there’s all the women stopping him to say hello, and not to mention some less scrupulous dog-nappers, and even some kids in his class who see him out with Poppy and show new interest in school.
This really is an uplifting story, heartwarming and with lashings of the feel-good factor. A sweet, humorous, entertaining read that will tug at your heart strings and make you want a Poppy of your own.
I can’t recommend reading The Summer of Falling in Love enough!
I can’t thank the author enough, coming along with a doggie story at exactly the right time for me. Having just lost my dog after 16 years together, reading had become a bind. I couldn’t focus, read page after page without absorbing a word, until this book. They often say that when you fall off your bike, you need to get straight back on it. Well, this story took me back in time, made me smile, laugh, and cry. It may have mended a teeny piece of my broken heart.
But, enough about me, people go and get this book. You’ll feel better for it, trust me 😉
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