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    Missy is one of those characters with a side that makes them hard to like, she’s not an outwardly affectionate person and she lives a very small life with little interaction however a chance encounter with Sylvie and her friend Angela gives her a glimpse at a different version of herself. The book tells you glimpses of Missy’s background and her relationship with her husband Leo and their children so it gives you a snapshot of how she became the closed off lonely woman she now is but is well balanced with time spent with spiky Angela and her young son and warm hearted Sylvie along with other dog owner friends. There’s a good balance of personalities and whilst not the easiest book to read due to Missy’s personality it is nevertheless very heartwarming.
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    A Well-Rounded, Complete Tale!

    I don't think you can fail to be touched by this story; it has something for everyone and is packed with, more than anything, understanding. Missy Carmichael finds herself living alone in the large family home where only she is left now. Her grown-up children each have their own lives and she finds each day is the same - they all run into each other with nothing to distinguish them. Then a stroll in the park results in tentative friendships which have the potential to change her life . . . Such a wonderful story! The kind which you just sink into and identify with each character so easily. There are lots of Missy's around, but rarely do we see behind the outer shell. This novel absorbed me, heart and soul; I have smiled and wiped away a tear more than once whilst reading. I'm always amazed at the intricate details some authors can pluck from their characters, and Beth Morrey has written intimately and tenderly about Missy. A heart-wrenching novel but one which definitely has the feel-good factor too. This is a well-rounded, complete tale - beautifully written,  and fully worth 4.5*.

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