“Sometimes it seems as if my emotions are strapped to a roller coaster, and the shady-looking fairground guy is having a smoke and has forgotten to activate the stop button.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Avon Books UK in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I’ve been craving more contemporaries than usual lately, and there was just something about the blurb of The Dog Share that caught my eye immediately. I love books with a focus on animals, and I loved the sound of this story where a dog played a significant role. I’ve been looking forward to pick it up ever since, and when I was in the mood for the genre again I decided to simply give in and read it. And I most definitely liked what I found! Sure, I was a bit surprised by the lack of romance at first, as you won’t find much of that until well into the second half, but as a whole I found The Dog Share to be an enjoyable reading experience.
The first thing that stands out in The Dog Share is the setting. The story mainly takes place on the small Scottish island Sgadansay in the Hebrides. The many descriptions really made the setting come alive, and it sounds like a wonderful place to visit. The island life and its inhabitants and history play a big role in this story, as is the whiskey distillery of course… And I think the setting is one of the reasons I ended up enjoying the story this much.
Another reason I ended up enjoying this story is our boy Scout of course. Like I said, I love stories with a focus on animals, and the dog Scout is always present as the plot evolves over time. He is not only the link between the different characters, but also brings a cheerful note to the story and really lightens up the mood. Because there is one thing: it is not all rainbows and sunshine in The Dog Share, as main character Suzy has a lot on her plate and won’t have it easy getting her life and the distillery back on track.
The story is told in alternating POVs, switching between Suzy and Ricky. While I do feel the building up took a little too long and I would have liked to see more interaction between the two earlier in the story, as a whole the two POVs complemented each other and it was interesting to learn more about both characters, their past and their families. The Dog Share feels more like family drama than romance, focusing on the family relationships and flaws as well as personal struggles rather than your next epic romance story. I personally didn’t mind too much after adjusting my initial expectations, but definitely don’t expect a healthy dose of romance or you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a family-focused contemporary with a wonderful setting and a touch of drama though, The Dog Share will be a great fit.