The Truth About Love and Dogs #BookReview

Written by Lilly Bartlett


150 hrt


Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.








Engaging and Light-Hearted!  Stars 4


A fine tale about dogs, their owners, love and relationships which will keep you glued to the book until the very final page.

Scarlet and Rufus are soulmates; although the first bloom of marriage has long since worn off, they love each other deeply. However, problems in their personal lives are raising their ugly heads. Scarlett, as a dog behavioural expert has her own business along with best friend Shannon who is a dog walker. The thing is, Shannon is Rufus’ best friend too and when he utters her name and not his wife’s in the throes of passion, does it sound the death knell for the marriage?

This is a multi-faceted read; we find ourselves involved in both Scarlett’s marriage and her business. Both story lines are interesting, honest and – especially the canine clients and their owners – very funny. I don’t think it would be possible to read this without putting yourself in Scarlett’s shoes, and wondering how you would cope with the situation she finds herself in. Focusing on her clients brings plenty of lighter relief – not only does each dog have it’s own character traits, but their human sidekicks are varied and so very funny. Scarlett improves much more than just their pets’ behaviour!

An engaging and light-hearted read which I just loved; very entertaining indeed and well worth reading. I’m very happy to recommend this to all lovers of rom-coms who like a novel with both a serious and an amusing side!

My thanks to Michele Gorman for my copy of this novel. This is, of course, my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Self-published
  • Publication Date: 14 March 2019
  • Purchase Links: amazon




Meet the Author


91MkQkBzc+L._UX250_  Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of laugh out loud moments, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name.

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