Unexpected Lessons In Love
From the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of Where the Light Gets in and All I Ever Wanted
‘Real, heart-breaking – I loved it’ Katie Fforde
What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?
Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.
But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?
Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . . .
‘My heart is smashed and repaired for reading this wonderfully romantic and strong piece of fiction.’ Milly Johnson
‘A heartwarming romantic comedy that tells us to be brave and to listen to our hearts.’ Veronica Henry
‘Brilliantly well-written and believable, this book is a real class act.’ Fabulous
I found myself completely lost in Unexpected Lessons In Love, the characters were all so warm and likeable and I got really drawn into Jeannie’s story.
We first meet Jeannie, the main character, on her way to her wedding. She suddenly panics, realising that the whirlwind romance with gorgeous vet Dan, has all happened too fast. As she confesses to her dad that she can’t go through with the wedding, fate takes a very cruel and unexpected turn.
During the following months, Jeannie finds herself living in a cottage next to the vet practice, where her fiance was working. She makes friends with Rachel who runs a dog rescue alongside the veterinary business and is happy to roll her sleeves up and help out with the homeless pups. With her life in turmoil, Jeannie receives huge comfort from the volunteers and dogs, who give her a huge welcome to the community.
I’m so pleased that Lucy Dillon has highlighted not just dog rescue but the horrendous practice of puppy farming which is sadly so widespread here in the UK.
This book does a great job of informing readers about the plight of dogs from puppy farms, whilst integrating it into a compelling and heartwarming story. There is a chapter at the end of the book called ‘How To Help Stop Puppy Farming’ which is so worth reading for anyone who is thinking of buying a puppy. Lucy credits Hope Rescue for helping her research the cruel and sickening way of breeding and selling puppies, this is a dog rescue I have personally been familiar with for many years.
To conclude, this is an amazing story that shows the strength of love and how it can be shown in many different ways. The new business venture to raise funds for the rescue was inspiring and I loved the cast of deep, warm and caring characters. The highlighting of puppy farming is informative, shocking and heartbreaking. I was so in love with all the dogs, they all had their own little personalities and I just wanted to reach inside the pages and give them a big hug!
This is an absolute must-read for anyone who likes to read love stories, adores weddings and is a huge fan of dogs.
Thank you to Transworld Publishers for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Also by Lucy Dillon
Additional Reading About Puppy Farming.
As you may know, dog rescue and puppy farming are subjects very close to my heart. I have written several posts about how the law in the UK is changing with regard to puppy farms and how to spot one if you are thinking of purchasing a puppy. There is also information about what signs to look out for in a puppy and how to help a dog who has emotionally shut down, due to neglect.
As dog lovers, it is our duty to spread this information far and wide to stop this horrendous treatment of ‘Man’s Best Friend’.
If you do come across a puppy farm please walk away without purchasing, no matter how heartbroken you feel for the dogs left behind. Report the owner to the website where you found the advert, local authorities, police, and RSPCA as soon as possible.
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