Theo is a 33-year-old Maths teacher who has little happening in his life. His mother decides he needs livening up and surprises him with a puppy called Poppy.
Theo tries to rehome her, but realizes he has fallen in love with her.
Caring for Poppy brings him in contact with Josie, a dog walker, who also happens to rule his heart.
Having Poppy and Josie in his life changes Theo’s perspective towards his profession. He regains his lost passion for teaching and motivates his pupils to believe in themselves.
The story is sweet and wholesome, but Theo is a lacklustre character–a bit too dull. Josie has much more spunk as the dog walker with an economics degree who defies her parents with her choice of career. What does she see in Theo? Their romance lacked the warmth and spontaneity I was looking for.
I did find it interesting that Theo’s feelings were described in such detail, from going weak in the knees to speaking in a squeaky voice when he got tense. He seems to be a timid man, afraid of confrontation, and forever on the defensive.
The highlight of the novel is the adorable Poppy, whose expressions, feelings, and activities are so endearingly described. It’s hard not to fall in love with her. I loved how she cuddles, whimpers, makes those great big doggy eyes, puts her wet nose on Theo’s cheek, wants to be picked up, and is a total crowd pleaser. It was good to see how Theo’s difficult pupils, who came from dysfunctional homes, took to Poppy.
If you love dogs, you will surely enjoy this book. There’s even a recipe for dog cake at the end of the book!
Publication date: May 7, 2020
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…?
About the Author
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 can and travel the world in it.
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