I confess I borrowed this book from the library, and haven't bought it from Amazon (!) but I thought it was so good, I read it twice. Amy, her husband Will, Guy the vet and Serena, Amy's sister are all likeable characters, and the animals are given such fantastic personalities. I would say they were given an animorphic quality which we have all seen in our own pets. When Will passes away, Guy, who had fancied Amy when he first met her, becomes her best friend and confidante, and we see Amy struggle with her grief, even neglecting her children, but Guy is always there to help and support her. We all know how it's going to end, but if you are a hapless romantic who wishes for chocolates and roses in their own lives (me!) then it's worth buying. And watch out for Hamish, the Gordon Setter, who is equally daft and clever in equal measures! Nobody's pants are safe with him around.