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3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,302 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
A delightful new novel from the author of "Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts."

Juliet's hiding from her feelings about the recent loss of Ben, the love of her life. If it weren't for having to walk Ben's loyal dog, Minton, she'd never leave their half-finished house. Then her mother asks her to take her elderly lab, Coco, along. One dog leads to another, and soon Juliet's the uno
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Paperback, 405 pages
Published December 9th 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2010)
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Leah
Mar 20, 2012 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, fiction
Picked this one up off the library's new fiction shelf on a whim. I'd just applied for a dog-walking job, hoping that if I got it (I didn't) it would help me out of my depression. It was a good read, nice little details and a not-uninteresting premise. It's the sort of book that I think of as cotton candy - fluffy and sweet and can make me a bit sick if I read too many of them, but just exactly what I'm craving now and then, and this book hit the spot perfectly for the genre I needed. Realistic ...more
Rachel Gilbey
May 27, 2016 Rachel Gilbey rated it it was amazing
As Walking Back to Happiness started, I was wondering if it really was the book for me, as Juliet to start with is understandably still very grief stricken, and I just found her hard work to read about. However as her family continue to try to do anything to get Juliet out of the house, as well as to make house improvements, my enjoyments at seeing Juliet blossom became apparent until I was loathe to put the book down.

I may have said it before, but I am more than happy to say it again, I love L
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Tânia
I’m so glad I took a chance on this author because now I can’t get enough of her books. Juliet’s story was so touching and I was hooked from page one and completely entranced by the time it was over.

I usually pick up chick-lit to take the scenery route, but this was no walk in the park. It has a depth to it that is unsettling and makes you feel things that sometimes might taste salty but you still trudge on in the hopes you can climb out of the swamp with Juliet.

The author’s writing is realist
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Nathalie
Mar 04, 2012 Nathalie rated it it was amazing
I started reading this straight after reading 'The Secret of Happy Ever After', and loved it just as much. I had never read Lucy Dillon's books before, and I have really enjoyed these books so far.
'Walking back To Happiness' is based in the rural town of Longhampton again, and it was nice for me that some of the residents mentioned in the first book I'd read were appearing in this book too. I know I am reading the books in the wrong order, but it doesn't matter as they don't follow on in a speci
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Vicki
Apr 03, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it
I seem to pick up books with Golden Retriever's on the front....the copy I read had that pretty dog on the cover.
It was well worth reading!! It is about a young woman who's husband died suddenly and she was left with just her dog...(not a golden retriever)....It is based on how her dog and family got her jump started back into life and living. It is a very real, heartwarming and family and friend oriented book. I was always ready to pick it up to see what would happen next and never disappointed
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Jane Linfoot
Aug 04, 2015 Jane Linfoot rated it it was amazing
This is a very doggy book. Lucy Dillon writes a perfect pooch tale here, and the canine details are perfect, from the untimely labrador flatulence, down the the last muddy paw print. But as well as getting the canine detail exactly right, the humans in the story are fabulous too.

I loved the way the heroine's story was interwoven with that of her sister, I loved the unexpected twists and turns of the main characters journeys, and the supporting cast were brilliantly drawn. The story pulled me in,
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Carolyn  Storer
Really enjoyed this one. I could identify with a lot of the thoughts and feelings of Juliet and Louise. Also lots of scenes with dogs which were great. Narration was pretty good too. Would definitely recommend.
Gail Hunter
Feb 28, 2015 Gail Hunter rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book, and read through it almost in one sitting. Delightful.
Karen Mace
Jul 27, 2015 Karen Mace rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperbacks
This is Lucy Dillon doing what she does best! A really enjoyable story about how something simple like dog walking (and cat sitting, and tomato plant watering!) helped Juliet recover after the sudden death of her beloved husband. With the help, and hindrance, of her family and neighbours she begins to emerge from the safety of her sofa and weans herself off daytime tv and discovers life after bereavement.

it isn't all plain sailing and a feud with her sister finally comes to a head but there are
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Carolina
Apr 25, 2015 Carolina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ljudbok, pocket, 2015
Jag hoppas verkligen att Lucy Dillon aldrig slutar skriva böcker. Jag älskar hennes böcker. Jag är helt fast. Jag vet faktiskt inte om det finns något negativt att säga om hennes böcker, någon av dem. Massor av livliga och färgglada karaktärer som det aldrig blir krångligt att hålla reda på, härligt med alla underbara hundar som har varsin personlighet, härlig story som innehåller allt med kärlek, tragedi, sorg, vänskap, skratt med mera. Jag rekommenderar alla att läsa denna härliga böcker! Det ...more
Karen
Jul 18, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read about coming back to yourself after a devastating loss. With the help of family, new friends and plenty of dogs Juliet makes it through the first year after her husbands sudden death. The characters are interesting and there side stories so you don't get drawn to deeply into Juliet's grief. All in all a good book.
Cassandra
May 31, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein sehr schönes Buch um eine junge Witwe, die durch Hundesitten wieder Lebensfreude gewinnt.
Dina Toum-Benchekroun
Aug 30, 2015 Dina Toum-Benchekroun rated it really liked it
Walking back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon, is an enthralling novel that follows the story of a young lady, Juliet, as she grieves over the death of her late husband, Ben. Throughout this emotional and tender novel the readers learn that Ben played a major role in Juliet’s life and without him she is falling to pieces, little by little. Despite the fact that Juliet is living in a house that is under construction and half finished, she is always hiding at home watching mind numbing television and m ...more
Margaret
Jun 16, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
Dillon creates such real characters that I feel as though I know them. She includes dogs in her stories and even the dogs have special character traits that make me smile.

Two sisters are estranged because of something each of them said over drinks one night. It takes a long time for the conversation to be revealed, but the estranged part of their relationship isn't the key plot.

Louise is struggling with her identity. She left her job to be with her son while her husband continued working long,
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E. Ce Miller
When Juliet Falconer’s husband, Ben, dies unexpectedly, Juliet feels as though she might as well have died with him. Together since they were teenagers, Juliet has never known a life without Ben — and at 31 she has no idea where to begin.

Where she does begin, it turns out, is walking dogs and caring for assorted neighborhood pets. Then she begins rehabbing her house, with the assistance of not-subtly attractive Lorcan, who lives next door under somewhat mysterious circumstances.

Naturally though
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Dalila.
Mar 18, 2016 Dalila. rated it it was amazing
I loved the way the heroine's story was interwoven with that of her sister, I loved the unexpected twists and turns of the main characters' journeys, and the supporting cast were brilliantly drawn. The story pulled me in, in a way I didn't expect, and I couldn't put it down. At times poignant and tragic, this uplifting book has amazing depth, created by the wonderfully observed detail.
Jami
Jul 11, 2012 Jami rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal-books
I really enjoyed this book; I certainly could relate to the dog issues! I also liked how some of the characters (dogs and people) from the first book popped in periodically. It was a bit difficult to get into at first, but after about the first 30 pages, I enjoyed it. It was also fun reading/figuring out the UK expressions that Americans don't use. I'll definitely read her next one!
 Kath
Mar 07, 2016 Kath rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, little slow to start but once I got into it, I was hooked. It was really emotional on parts - when I'm reading a book, I lose myself in it to where the characters are "real" ,I can envision them, where they live etc. So when Juliet is reliving her time with Ben her husband who died 8 mths prior in his 30, it broke my heart....watching her reclaim her life very slowly with the help of her friends and the oh so beloved animals that I love so much, it makes you know, you ...more
Kim Kimselius
Apr 23, 2015 Kim Kimselius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En sorglig inledning, som lyfter ju längre in i boken man kommer. Det var härligt att åter träffa personer från tidigare böcker.

En bok som ger både en varm och sorgsen känsla.
The Snow Queen
May 24, 2016 The Snow Queen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this within 2 days only and that shows how I really enjoyed this novel.

It's not only a story of moving on but it's also about forgiving, family, friends and yes, even pets. Even though there are times that I hate Juliet's melancholic and struggling drama to move forward, I was able to realized that it's part of her journey and it should not be made hastily.

In the end of her bereavement, she not only open her world to new friends and a new beginning with Lorcan; but she also go
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Jina Howell-Forbes
Lucy Dillon writes incredible stories, and this one was as good as her last. I usually find "chick Lit" too light and fluffy, but not so with this author. Her characters are very complex and multi-faceted. Lucy also vividly creates great human/dog relationships. There are multi-layers in her relationships, and several main characters that weave together. She jumps back and forth in time a little, but always in a seamless way. Her books do tend to start a little slowly, but that is because you se ...more
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Svidjela mi se, mrvicu je slabija od njezine Napusteni psi i usamljena srca, ali jos uvijek vrlo zanimljiva.
Donna Irwin
Jul 24, 2011 Donna Irwin rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! The perfect holiday read.
Sharon
Aug 14, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
4.5 stars
Initially wasn't sure if I would get into this book. Juliet being a young widow seemed to be struggling and her grief especially at the beginning felt raw at times.

However as the book progresses I found I had to keep reading as Juliet made friends with her neighbours, and grew a little stronger each day.

We learn a little bit too about Louise, her sister, part of a seemingly perfect family with a young child, career and loving husband and how things may not always appear as wonderful on
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Martin
Jun 10, 2014 Martin rated it it was ok
Chick Lit? Probably... I picked up this book because I wanted to read a good "dog story."

There wasn't very much "dog story" in Walking Back to Happiness but it was OK...

The characters were all likeable and fun (especially the neighbours) but the point of view being solely female was a bit foreign to me. Even the male characters were described from a decidedly female point of view which makes it, at least for me, that much more interesting.

I enjoyed the book but I'm still shopping for a good "d
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Michelle
(3.5 stars) Juliet is still reeling from her husband's unexpected death. She is left in the midst of a massive renovation project on their half of a duplex, with little income other than the life insurance payout after losing her knack for baking in her work for a catering company. Chaos reigns next door from the large family who lives there. She does have a support system in her dog Minton (named by her husband so he could say Bad Minton), her parents, and her sister. Her sister has her own str ...more
Fluffychick
Feb 10, 2011 Fluffychick rated it really liked it
4.5 really!
Newly widowed Juliet has nothing left in her life since the death of Ben except their dog, Minton and daytime TV. Despite her family's best efforts it is only when she is forced into looking after her parents ageing Labrador, Coco, that she begins to face the world. She finds that dogs are easier to cope with than people, but through the doggie network she finds herself in great demand for her dog-walking, pet sitting skills. An attractive spaniel leads to her meeting her gorgeous, fr
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Leah
Dec 16, 2010 Leah rated it it was amazing
Juliet’s been in hiding. From her family, from her life, but most of all from the fact that Ben’s not around anymore. Her mother Diane can’t do anything to help. But, when she insists Juliet look after her elderly Labrador, it becomes clear that perhaps the dog, Coco, could help her daughter where she couldn’t. Catching on, her neighbours ask Juliet for help with their pets too. But then so does Mark, the gorgeous spaniel-owner she meets out dogwalking. And before she knows it, Juliet realises s ...more
Bookaholics
Dec 27, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon
Contemporary Romance –Dec. 6th, 2011
4 stars

Juliet has recently lost her husband and remains in hiding from the world. Unable to overcome her grief over losing Ben, she refuses to leave the house even to take Minton, her husband’s loyal dog, out for a walk. When Juliet’s mum forces her out of the house and into starting a dog-walking mini business, Juliet resists interacting other people but eventually, begins to find her way back into living again. Along t
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Rea Sinfield
May 31, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it
One of my favourite books which I read in 2010 was by a new author to me, Lucy Dillon with her award winning book Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts. The way she brought the reader into the story made its mark on me. One of my Christmas presents was Lucy Dillon's new book Walking Back to Happiness which I knew by the style of the front cover was Lucy Dillon's book. I was hoping it would be just as good as the previous book.


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The story is mainly based on Juliet whose husband Ben has passed a
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Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria, worked for a while in publishing in London, and now lives in Herefordshire with her two basset hounds, near the Welsh border. She has written five novels for Hodder & Stoughton, all set in the fictional Midlands town of Longhampton, which looks a bit like Hereford, although the inhabitants tend to sound rather more Northern than that.

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