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Brown Eyes Frances Ive 4*#Review @healthysouluk @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #family #friendship #marriage #dog #BrownEyes

A watchful eye as a marriage falls apart. The phone call, the rows, and the split are all observed by the family Labrador. He knows the habits and senses the moods of his beloved family members. Seeing them unhappy and hurting each other is unbearable. Where did his perfect life go?

With her marriage to Phil in crisis, two children at the challenging teenage stage, and a close friend in peril, Meriel’s world is falling apart. She finds solace in the arms of another man, but is this the answer for her? It is her stubbornness that threatens the family’s future together until a major loss has a life-changing effect on her. A sliver of hope returns.

Like a fly on the wall, Benji the dog sees it all.

Narrated by both the dog and Meriel, Brown Eyes is a novella (a short read) written by the author of Finding Jo and Give and Take with a Capital G & T.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Family life and relationships seen through the eyes of the family dog, Benji the Labrador, is a unique and insightful view of discord, friendship and marriage. Dual viewpoints from the dog and the woman whose marriage breaks down give the reader an emotional and intense idea of life within the family setting.

The dog’s viewpoint is an engaging mix of humour and poignancy, and anyone who has lived with a dog will recognise the behaviour. There is lots of detail in this story, but you empathise with the characters, especially Benji, and want them to work out their problems.

I liked the dog’s perspective best, but all the characters resonate.

A career as a journalist/PR led to health writing for UK nationals newspapers and consumer mags. Out of the blue I was inspired to write my first novel, Finding Jo, which I self-published in January 2021. Brown Eyes is my 2nd novel, written a few years ago. It was inspired by our black Labrador Benji. Before Finding Jo, I previously had only non-fiction books published, including One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis (2019), a positive approach to staying mobile.

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Author, blogger and book reviewer. I am the author of 'The Dragon Legacy' series and 'The Dangerous Gift'. Animal welfare supporter. Loves reading, writing, countryside walks, cookery and gardening, .

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