I’m so pleased to be taking part in this blog tour today. Thank you so much to Hodder & Stoughton for the invite and for my gifted copy of the book, I absolutely loved it!
The blurb …
‘Margot doesn’t have time for love. Will is afraid to love’
And neither of them are expecting to fall in love with Blossom; a gentle Staffy with a tragic past, a belly made for rubbing and a head the size of a football.
After their first meeting at the rescue centre, both Margot and Will want to adopt Blossom so reluctantly agree to share custody. But Will’s obsession for micro-managing and clear cut boudnaries and Margot’s need to smother Blossom with affection, means that soon they have a very confused and badly behaved dog on their hands.
Can they put their differences aside to become successful ‘co-pawrents’ and maybe even friends? And meanwhile, does Blossom have plans of her own?
My thoughts …
This book was an absolute delight!
Margot is fed up of being let down by the men in her life, including her recalcitrant cat Percy, and at the age of thirty-six, knows that she doesn’t have time to waste on non-committal men any longer, so she decides to channel all her love into a rescue dog.
Will is on a break from his high powered career after recovering from a nervous breakdown and thinks that volunteering at an animal shelter will help him forge the connections that are lacking in his life.
When they both fall in love with rescue dog Blossom they reluctantly come to an arrangement to share her care, on a weekly rota. Will and Margot don’t particularly like each other but can’t bear the thought of letting Blossom go. This clever little dog knows how to work the situation to her advantage and soon has them both eating out of her paws. As her behaviour starts to deteriorate they seek the help of a dog trainer and Margot and Will slowly start to become friends.
I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming book and loved following Will and Margot on their individual journeys. I thought the characters were so well drawn and I particularly liked Will’s story, his family and his personal development and how Blossom helped teach him how to love again.
This is not your average ‘rom-com’ it is beautifully written, whip smart, touching, relatable and so funny – especially Percy’s antics and the reference to Kong dog toys – if you know, you know!
This really is a wonderful story especially for dog lovers, like myself. I could relate completely to the way Margot and Will fell in love with Blossom and how easy it is to go gaga over our furry friends!
It’s one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read for a long time, which left me smiling and having a little happy cry, and I would highly recommend it!
P.S. It was also lovely to read the author’s note ‘In Memoriam’ where Sarra tells us about her inspiration for Blossom, the beautiful late Miss Betsy ‘You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it’ ❤️
Rescue Me will be published by Hodder & Stoughton on 21st January 2021
About the author …
Sarra Manning has been a voracious reader for over forty years and a prolific author and journalist for twenty five.
Her seven novels, which have been translated into fifteen different languages include Unsticky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, The House of Secrets and The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp.
Sarra has also written over fifteen YA novels, and light-hearted romantic comedies under a pseudonym.
She started her writing career on Melody Maker and Just Seventeen, has been editor of ElleGirl and What to Wear and has also contributed to The Guardian, ELLE, Grazia, Stylist, Fabulous, Stella, You Magazine, Harrper’s Bazaar and is currently the Literary Editor of Red magazine.
Sarra has also been a Costa Book Awards judge and has been nominated for various writing awards herself.
She lives in London surrounded by piles and piles of books.
Follow Sarra on Twitter @sarramanning and Instagram @sarra_manning
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