Published November 2018
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Synopsis: Every dog walk brings new drama into the lives of these dogs and their people. A supermarket shelf-stacker, a stay-at-home dad, an elderly widow and a freelance photographer sound an unlikely bunch of friends but they have one thing in common: they all walk their dogs in Beauville Park at roughly the same time each morning.
And that’s enough for Angela, bored organiser without a cause, to get them together to form the Dog-walking Club.For Jock the Scottie, Benji the spaniel, Pixie the boxer, Mitzi the poodle and Bassett the … all sorts, walking each day with their friends is a dream come true. And it changes the lives of widowed Sybil who’s spent a lifetime hiding her secret sorrow, hopeless-with-women Jon who’s wandering almost unwittingly into an affair, freelance photographer Jemma who is at every wedding but her own, and Maggi who is frantically trying to save money to visit her family in Australia.
And for long-suffering Angela a nasty shock turns into a new start in disguise for her and her husband – and their love life.
As a dog lover, the cover of this book drew me in. I wanted to find out more about how these dogs brought this group together and changed their lives. I was not disappointed at all. This is a story about friendship, love of dogs and humans, sharing, caring, helping each other, and trusting yourself and others.
The Dog-Walking Club is made up of people that were so different from one another, at first glance you would think this would never last. Liz Hinds did a great job of developing the characters in the story and giving us glimpses into their lives as they develop lasting friendships with one another. It didn’t take me long to become attached to the characters and want to read more. The humour in the story (falling in the mud, stepping in poop, pulling dogs out of brambles etc.) had me smiling and at times, laughing out loud. Don’t think for a minute that this is only a story about the dogs. Each and every person in the story had a dog for a different reason, and it brought different things into their lives. It was heartwarming and delightful to read about the support people get from their fur-babies, as well to see how friendships develop because of the love of dogs. I read this book in one day as I wanted to find out what would happen next, in fact, I wanted to grab a leash and a dog and join them. I definitely recommend this heartfelt and inspirational book to anyone who loves a nice character driven story (human and canine), especially one about friendship, life’s struggles and moving on. Thank-you Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About Liz Hinds: I’m a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate and gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby.
Writing-wise, I am an experienced freelance writer – published in The Guardian, Christian Herald and various other magazines and newspapers – with an MA in Creative Writing (Trinity College, University of Wales). My short stories have been published in Cambrensis (the now sadly-defunct short story magazine of Wales) as well as in several anthologies including Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe(Parthian) and Catwomen from Hell (Honno). I am also the author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew.
I have self-published two novels, This Time Last Year, and The Dog-walking Club.
I enjoy speaking about my writing to various gatherings and the media, and am an active blogger, facebooker and tweeter.