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Walking Back to Happiness

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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...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published December 9th 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2010)
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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
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...more
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...more
At a first moment, I've just seen the cover pictured a little and cute dog playing and I thought it was a book about dogs, the relationship between a dog and its owner. I love animals but I am not a big fan of books about dogs and I have to admit that if I can I escape them. I told: "If it is really bad I can leave it after few pages". Instead, I finished it in few days!
Juliet is a young widow that can't come to terms with the death of her beloved Ben and, most of all, she feels guilty because t...more
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,...more
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
Loved it!! The perfect holiday read.
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...more
(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
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...more
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
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...more
Rea Sinfield
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.

The story is mainly based on Juliet whose husband Ben has passed a...more
I really liked the 1st Lucy Dillon book I read, Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts. The characters in that one make brief appearances in this book as both are set in Longhampton, England.

I wanted to love this one too but the subject matter was incredibly sad. Juliet's young husband Ben has a sudden heart attack and leaves her alone in the world. They had been together since high school. Maybe the subject matter hits too close to home.

At any rate, the 1st part of the book moved rather slowly. Juliet di...more
Juliet's hiding from her feelings about the recent loss of Ben, the love of her life. If Juliet didn’t have to walk Ben's loyal dog, Minton, she'd never leave their half-finished house. Then her mother asks Juliet to take the elderly lab, Coco, along for the walk. One dog leads to another, and soon Juliet's the unofficial town pet-sitter. When she takes on a lonely spaniel, and gets to know its attractive owner, she realizes that her emotions aren't as easy to handle as her canine charges.
"You don't have to stop loving the past to enjoy the rest of your life."

Life and death. Love and honesty. Betrayal, fear, and jealousy are all at the heart of Lucy Dillon's literary journey, Walking Back to Happiness. Juliet is a young widow who is turning her back on life. She finds solace retreating into her own private world, surrounded by memories of her husband, Ben. Overcome with grief, the only voyages Juliet takes beyond her front door is to walk Minton, her deceased husband's loyal dog....more
Juliet is hiding away again. It wasn’t even a year ago that she lost her beloved husband Ben to a young and tragic death, and Juliet just wants to shut the world out and go about her grieving in her own way. However, her mother Diane and sister Louise have different ideas about what Juliet needs, and manages to get her a job as the neighbourhood’s unofficial dog-walker. Reluctantly, Juliet agrees, and finds that the fresh air and dogs are all she needs to finally start coming out of her shell. S...more
Walking Back to Happiness is about death and life and everything in between. It’s a tender and emotional read about a woman who loses her husband, the man she has been with since she was a teenager and ended up marrying and wanting to build a life with. Juliet thought she had it all with her husband Ben, their faithful Jack Russell-ish terrier, Minton and a new home they bought that they were in the process of renovating. But then Ben dies suddenly at age thirty-one and Juliet’s life came to a s...more
Bella Grewal
Handlar om att ta sig tillbaka efter en stor sorg. I detta fallet är det Juliet som vid 31-års ålder helt plötsligt blir änka. Hon får i samtal veta att efter ett år blir det lättare. Men det gäller i nuläget att orka ta sig dit. Hon fastnar framför TV´n och hennes hund får se sin motion flyga all världens väg.

Sorglig och samtidigt livsbejakande. Allt är inte som det ser ut. Döm inte hunden efter håren, eller relationer runt omkring dig efter vad du tror att du ser. Bra och tänkvärd.
I really liked this book, if I had to describe a Lucy Dillon book with a word I'd describe it with the word: charming. I'm not much of a dog lover, that is why it's a four star review. But I liked the other parts very much.

I loved the sometimes messed up sister relationship going on, since I have a sister as well. And maybe since I'm an older sister I liked the character of Louisa more than anyone else, maybe not to some, but to me she was a veeery relatable character, having to be perfect all...more
Gwyneth Stewart
A fun read, especially for dog lovers. Juliet is a 31 year old widow. Her husband, whom she had been with since high school, died suddenly, leaving her with a fixer-upper house with nothing done and a Jack Russell terrier who was more his dog than hers. In a desperate effort to get Juliet out of her house and involved in life again, her mother asks her to talk her ancient chocolate lab, then starts recommending Juliet as dog-walker, pet sitter for all her friends. Soon Juliet has a full roster o...more
Again, this was another one of Dillon's books that could have been very trite and negligible, but instead I found very engaging and empathetic. The story of a young widow, Juliet, and her sister Louise, were really touching and it's when you can read a book that gets you angry and crying and reacting in such a way that you can tell that you're getting into the story and becoming involved with the characters. At times I wanted to cry so badly for Juliet and her loss, but the loveliest part of thi...more
I was a bit afraid of reading this book. To make a long story short, I didn't feel like crying and this was just that kind of book that I thought would make me cry. I was not at all in the mood for a Ps. I love you story but one sunny spring day I decided to open it anyway. Thinking that I had to get some balls.
The book surprised me and I didn't cry at all, maybe because I am a cold hearted b**** you may think but I rather think that the author didn't want us to cry just feel sad for her.
Mandy Bookaholica
Liebe kommt auf sanften Pfoten von Lucy Dillon erzählt über den Schmerz des Verlustes und dessen Heilung durch die Mitmenschen, aber auch den Vierbeinern, die Teil unseres Lebens sind oder wie im Fall von Juliet, werden können. Auch wenn das Buch einen großen "Trauer-Anteil" beherbergt, dem ich sonst nicht besonders zugetan bin, hat es mich in diesem Buch gar nicht gestört. Vielleicht war meine Stimmung in sensibler Verfassung, jedenfalls lasen sich diese Abschnitte sehr schön. Außerdem tauchen...more
I'm a sucker for books that feature dogs on the covers and as integral pieces to the the overall storyline. Lucy Dillon has once again written a book that touched my heart and has proven to me that animals really can help heal a broken heart. This was a great story about grief, loneliness, family, and the quest to be happy. I became really invested in Juliet's story and even though I've never lost a spouse to death, I felt a connection to her grief and inability to move on with her life without...more
Another fabulous book by Ms. Dillon. I love that she includes dogs as main characters in her books, I wish there were more books like this. This is another story set in Longhampton, this time a new widow in her early 30s struggles with moving forward with her life. She meets many dog friends, and a few people friends that help her just keep going forward. I love this book because of the involvement of dogs and the romance, which is not over done. There is good family drama without being overpowe...more
Beth Gordon
Juliet is still mourning the death of her husband while her sister Louise is working through issues of identity after becoming a new parent. The story is primarily Juliet's, but the perspective rotates to Louise occasionally. Julie's family is concerned that her mourning process is taking too long, so they cook up some schemes to get her back into the real world.

Fluffy and predictable read for book club.
First, you should know I am a complete sucker for a book with a dog on the cover. Second, some of these stink, but not this one. Juliet is a young widow having trouble recovering from her grief. Her family has been trying to help like crazy, but she is quite resistant. So this book is about healing and finding a way to move on in the face of tragedy. Juliet becomes a pet-sitter in her small town and tries to find a way to move her life forward, but she holds back, not wanting to betray her marri...more
Good book! I really enjoyed it. My son got it for me for Christmas because it was about dogs but it ended up being much more than that. It's the story of Juliet a young widow gradually coming back to life with the help of her meddling family and a fledgling dog-walking business that she's kind of forced into by her mom. The secondary plot involves Juliet's sister, a new mom who is struggling to find herself and recapture the magic of her marriage. I love how it ends up being the little things th...more
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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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