Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!
When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs!
But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.
As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.
Dogs seem to be a feature in two of my recent reads, which lets be honest is never disappointing at least not to me. This book did feature a wonderful dog called Jack who has a wonderful habit of trying to lose his new pet sitter Lisa.
Frank belongs to one of my favourite characters in this novel in Winnie, the first ever client of Lisa’s pet sitting business she is the perfect grandmotherly figure that Lisa needs. She cares so much for the slightly lost Lisa, and tries to help her figure out her life over many a cup of tea.
Although titled The Purrfect Pet Sitter this book for me was predominantly about the broken and rekindled friendship of Lisa and Flick. I absolutely adored their relationship, I don’t think there are many of us out there who haven’t at one point in our lives lost a friend for whatever reason that we wish we could get back, however I can easily say I wouldn’t want my first meeting with any of my old friends to be the same as Flick and Lisa’s.
Watching their friendship grow through this book was wonderful, Flick’s children and husband are added to the mix and their dynamic together is without doubt one of the funniest parts of the novel, the children’s typically child like inappropriate questions and comments had me laughing out loud.
I loved how Lisa is so awkward around her first love Nathan who of course she has bumped into now she is home in the town she grew up in – he’s pretty hard to avoid. Their flirting made me laugh as she’s just like I imagine I would be if I encountered my first love – girly and awkward.
To be honest, if I had a first love who now looked as gorgeous as Carol has painted Nathan to be I don’t think I could have kept my eyes or hands off him. The romance for me was intriguing but it wasn’t what I loved most about the book. I did find the ending didn’t quite hit the right spot for me, although it definitely didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel.
This is a story about growing into who you were meant to be, learning what is most important in your life and learning to embrace life by grabbing your opportunities with both hands. It made me smile, laugh and cry at different times through the novel and it has to be said Carol does write female friendships absolutely beautifully.
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Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of this fabulous blog tour & to Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit for this copy of the book for review.