Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills

Waiting for Doggo
By Mark B. Mills
Published by Headline (13 August 2015)
ISBN: 978-1472218339

Publisher's description
No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.

My verdict
Waiting for Doggo is a feel-good read about loyalty, love and honesty.

Dan thinks he's settled down with his girlfriend Clara, until she suddenly walks out on him, leaving nothing other than a note and a rescue dog called Doggo. Doggo isn't exactly blessed in the looks department (in fact, he's rather ugly) but he makes up for that with his loyalty and companionship.  Clara gave Dan strict instructions not to leave Doggo home alone. So when he moves to a new job in advertising, Doggo goes with him - and quickly becomes the star of the office and the star of the book.

The writing is quirky, tender and perceptive, without being overly sentimental and slushy. The characters are realistic and believable. This is a shortish book, but is full of humour and packs a lot into its 200 or so pages.

This is a story about discovering who you are and what you want out of life. It's a brilliant read.

I received an Advance Reader Copy through Bookbridgr and through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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