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on June 04, 2012 :
Leigh Somerville McMillan’s It all started with a dog reads like a tall glass of iced tea on the patio on a hot and humid summer’s day. A Washington DC lawyer of a certain age, Rachel Springer has begun to grow old alone, enjoying her large comfortable home in town and occasionally visiting relatives on the farm where she grew up. Rachel has no desire to change anything in her life or her work, but change comes uninvited in the shape of a delightful dog and continues on from there.
People, like the dog, have a knack for worming their way into Rachel’s heart. Coincidence wears the pleasing guise of love and fate in this novel, with heartwarming characters, both young and old, real-world issues, honest problems and enjoyable relationships. Rachel’s interfering friend hides a heart of pure gold and her visitor’s wounded heart bleeds diamond threads.
It all started with a dog weaves a delightful web of relationships, infusing them with love and summer sun, and tying them together in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Slow and well-detailed backstories befit the pace of a detail-oriented woman slowly turning her life upside down, and the whole is a fine tale for a long hot summer’s read.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)