It was hard for me to resist a story that is told in part by a dog. When that dog, Benji, is a Labrador like my first dog, I just had to read Brown Eyes.
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?
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.
UK Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09Q3N3D15
UK Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1739976800
US Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Q3N3D15
US Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1739976800
Told from the perspective of the family dog, Benji, and Meriel, the lady of the household, the story kept me engrossed from the start. One is quickly drawn into the family story which is full of drama and undercurrents. The author has dealt with the subject with emotion and sensitivity.
How the dog tries to figure out why the family is behaving in an unusual way and why there is so much anger in the air, makes for a very interesting perspective.
I found this to be quite an emotional read.
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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