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A New Leash on Life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
It's not that often we get to enjoy a beautifully written romance that also sympathetically imparts a message of such importance about the welfare of our animal friends. Suzie Carr's style makes her writing a real pleasure to read, at times it's almost like listening to music. I chose to reread certain parts before moving on with the story, as the words flowed in such a way that I wanted to enjoy them a second time. The love story is well told, and we get to hear the first person perspective from both characters, which is so much more personal and enlightening than the standard narrative. The subplot focuses on the animals abandoned by their human owners, and the struggles of those passionate enough to want to help. It's not judgemental, it's not 'silly-sad' and it drives the message home.

This is one of those books that I will put aside, to read and enjoy again, some time in the future.
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on 8 July 2014
This is the first book I have read by Suzie Carr and I was not disappointed.

I love the way that the chapters were in the first person viewpoint; So if the chapter was titled either Olivia or Chloe you would get that chapter in that person's viewpoint. This was good as you got to know how they felt and I could actually see the world through their eyes. The heartache the grief and the love that they were both looking for.

Not only did you have a love story running through this book but you could see the compassion that the author has for the dog shelter and the way that the volunteers took their jobs so seriously in protecting dogs like General and Snow Flake. We see how passionate Chloe is in looking after these animals after a hurricane. Also the other characters Josh, Helen, Natalie, Aunt Marie and Ayla. I loved Aunt Marie with her words of wisdom and Helen with her calming influences.

Suzie has really written a complete book because you usually get the background stories of the main characters but she has manged to make every character believable as though you could actually walk into the rescue centre and carry on a conversation. Also help them with the various duties they did during the day.

I will certainly read this book again as it made me laugh, cry and also seriously think as to when I do get a dog or cat I would get them from a rescue centre rather than a breeder or puppy farm. As we say in the UK "A Dog is not just for Christmas. It is for life." Your pet is a family member like your son or daughter.

Thank you for writing such a touching book with a strong message running through it.

This author is going on my list to read in the future.
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on 1 October 2013
Veterinarian, Olivia Clark, owns and runs a no kill animal shelter. After a hurricane causes substantial damage, Olivia is at a loss to know how to fund the repairs. Although she does everything in her power, including public appeals, the whole town is hurting from the devastation the hurricane brought and no one has much to spare.

At last there is hope. Chloe Homestead is Olivia's ex girlfriend from thirteen years previously. Chloe is now a millionaire. She's also the only girl Olivia has ever loved. When Chloe offers to help financially, Olivia at first balks at the idea. But she's in no position to refuse. The animals have to come first.

As Olivia and Chloe begin to work together to re-build the shelter, Olivia finds herself once again under Chloe's spell. Unfortunately, Chloe is hiding a deep dark secret. A secret she has hidden for thirteen years. If the secret comes out, it could threaten the existence of the shelter and put paid to any chances of any future relationship Olivia and Chloe may have.

I've often looked at Suzie Carr's books and never bought them before. My reason being the DRM on them. I'm pleased to say that Suzie is now offering some of her books DRM free. I've sorely been missing out on good books if this book is anything to go by. I loved it. I may be a little biased as I love animals and they play a huge part in this story. But putting the animals aside, I totally enjoyed the whole book.

Both Olivia and Chloe are so different. Well formed and multi-faceted characters, they dance around one another throughout the book. The book goes between the past and the present so that the reader gets to know how their lives previously shaped them into the people they became. The secondary characters are equally as well written and I include the animals in with them as well, as they are essential to the progression of the story.

There is a lot crammed into this book. It is not a simple romance with animals. The story starts out on a slow and meandering path and gradually builds up in it's intensity. It certainly evoked many emotions in me. Mainly due to Chloe. I have to say, I wasn't endeared to her at all for most of the book. Although she isn't my favorite character, I did warm to her in the end.

The story is told throughout in the first person. Suzie Carr has done this very well.

Although this is the first book I've read of Suzie's, it won't be my last. I hope to read them all if they become available DRM free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2015
What can I say this is the Forth book of Suzies I've read, and once again I wasn't disappointed. She makes you believe in the characters and feel their emotions, As always I didn't want it to end and then I've just got to start reading the next one to have my Heart Strings tugged again. Keep up the good work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2015
This book is full of love, laughs, hope, disappointment and despair. Just the right ingredients for a good love story. Mixed in with the story is the backdrop of an animal shelter and its tenants. You fall in love with some of the animals too. Good characters, good dynamics and all in all a lovely story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2012
If you like women and dogs this is the book for you! This was my first and favourite Suzie Carr novel. I love how the story gives you the two perspectives. I thought the story was harrowing at times but was always believable. Definitely on my list of favourite authors now :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2014
Many of this type of book have no story line and is simply a voyeristic ramble, but at least Suzie Carr attempts to stretch this into a story line and does it quite well; worth a read I guess simply because the auther tries to write a story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2012
Read every single book by Suzie Carr within the last 3 weeks... Addictive writing style and at last somebody who writes about a "normal" same sex relationship! Keep them coming
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2015
A lovely story, well written and engaging. I would definitely recommend this book and will be looking for more books by this author.
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on 2 February 2014
This is a truly beautiful story about two women who fall in love as teenage girls. The story follows them into adulthood as life gets in the way and forces them apart. The author tells the story of their ups and downs and their paths to each other in this touching story. Loved it and highly recommend it.
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