Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Henry’s Tale by David Pipe. Isn’t that the cutest puppy you ever did see. How could I resist this one.
Published January 23, 2018 by Widminster Books
Genre: Literary fiction, humour, canine, coming of age
About the Book: Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy, lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny. Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes, handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive.
An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love.
Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry?
As an animal lover, specifically a dog lover, when I saw this cover, I could not resist this book. Henry is an adorable 6 month old Border Terrier who is in for the adventure of his young life. Henry’s papa, Alan, loves him to bits, unfortunately, his missus does not feel the same way. She wants to party, she wants to shop and more than anything, she wants to go on a holiday. She convinces Al to leave Henry with a neighbour while they go off on a week’s holiday. Henry’s life will never be the same.
I enjoyed reading this story of Henry’s adventures. I enjoyed how this story is told through the eyes of the animal characters.They speak to one another and in some cases, speak to the humans around them. Henry is an extremely naive puppy, perhaps due to his age, but his friend Bully, the English Bulldog is about to educate him in the way of a real dog, not a pampered pet. I loved the humans they meet along the way as well as Henry’s father. They loved dogs and helped when they could. Henry’s mother was a piece of work. A materialistic, selfish woman who the author did a good job of developing her character into a hateful person. She was the one character I could not stand. I felt so bad for the neighbour looking after Henry. She was caught up in every dogsitter’s nightmare when Henry disappears. I liked that the story didn’t just end when Henry made it home, but shared what happened to him and his family after his return. I was happy with the ending of the book as it was about time that Henry and Alan had something good happen. My one issue with the story is that there is a lot of dialect used and there were times I couldn’t quite understand what was being said, otherwise, this is a fun story. Just a warning, this is not Homeward Bound, it is not a children’s story. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon my request. The ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Purchase Link: GetBook.at/Henry
About the Author: David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.
When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.