WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS
December 6, 2011
Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group
$15.00 US/$17.50 CAN
Rating: 4 Cups
Juliet’s life has been anything but normal lately. She is trying to avoid her friends and family. She is also trying to not confront her feelings about her husband Ben’s death. She feels cheated because he died so young and her whole life is gone, Ben was her world, and had been since they were teenagers.
Minton, Ben’s dog is her constant companion. Because he needs to be walked, and her mother insistently begs Juliet to walk her dog as well, Juliet will probably never leave home. She is tired of the words people offer that are supposed to comfort yet seem to only make her grief worse.
Slowly Juliet’s life begins to change with new neighbors, more dog walking, her sister’s marriage a mess, and Juliet and her sisters’ relationship strained. There is so much on her plate, how is she to cope on her own without Ben?
This is a beautiful story of love, life, loss, family, friendship and new beginnings. Walking Back to Happiness is a true testament of how life is a roller coaster and we cannot always have total bliss. We need to have a few bad times in order to grow and live. I adore Juliet and the way she works through her grief and loss with her family, and her new friends gently urging her along, even though she did not see it at first. The dogs Minton, Coco and the rest truly capture your heart as well. Lucy Dillon has written a wonderful feel-good book and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More