I was sent this book free-of-charge (yay!), by NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
by Bill Whiting
The NetGalley description reads:
A gentle, romantic and reflective story about recently retired Will Williams who is severely grieving after the death of his wife, Rosemary, following a long illness. His two children work abroad and he is alone after the funeral and grows deliberately recluse.
A few weeks later he’s puzzled and annoyed when a lady arrives at his home delivering a schnauzer puppy. Called Rosie, it was ordered by his wife to be delivered to him after her death, together with a note from her.
His wife had always wanted a dog but Will didn’t like them and had never agreed. But after a very difficult initial spell, he gradually grows to love Rosie and appreciate the companionship his little new friend brings to his life. Rosie also helps him overcome his grief and appreciate more than ever the wise and loving foresight of his wife.
Two travel adventures follow in Switzerland and Austria where doggie-centred dramas ensue – including the injury and loss of Rosie.
All dogs have a small monetary market value and any are worth nothing at all. But to their loving owners they are priceless.
…which sums up the story very well.
I found this to be a charming book, which was a light, easy read – perfect for me in my health situation. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found myself engaged by the characters: the slightly grumpy Bill, his children, his wife, and, of course, Rosie the dog. There was a good mix of story, and philosophy, and although I felt the telling of one adventure was stretched out a little too long, it was well-written and held my attention.
It is a lovely story, in which the author explores grief, what it means to lose the person who was your rock, the love of your life. He does not shy away from writing about the harsh realities of loss, but what I found truly touching was the obvious love that he held for his wife, the loss of whom was somehow helped by the appearance of the puppy in his life.
It is not a great sweeping tale, but a homely story. It certainly touched me, and I give it a solid 4 stars ****