Book Review: The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.


Dog lover I am, I was really looking forward to reading this cute looking book. You can’t deny that covers, both UK and US one, are very eye catching and would grab attention of any dog lover.

If you are a dog owner, you can definitely relate to so many situations in this book. Dogs can be so naughty and get up to so much mischief. Reading about all the different breeds and their behavior was so humorous, especially as they are not misbehaving in your own house 🤭

Scarlett is a dog trainer, what a dream job for many of us. Hardly any stress, spending time with dogs is fun and always entertaining, owners can be more challenging but she can bond with them as well as their four legged family members.

I adored how this book was split in two topics that were interlaced through out the whole novel. Dogs and all the funny moments they bring, switched into harder topic of relationship issues between Scarlett and her husband Rufus and what seems like newly created relationship triangle, their best friend Shannon happened to get herself into.

I found some parts of this book a bit heartbreaking as it covered a topic that can be hard to swallow when it hits a bit too close to home. However after I got into the story, I couldn’t stop reading to see how the problems and situations of their relationship will pan out. And of course, dogs definitely kept this book very lighthearted and uplifting.

I enjoyed author’s writing style and how the story flowed so naturally. Every page was very engaging.

If you are looking for uplifting, funny and also emotional read, I can 100% recommend this book to you. It will deliver all that and much more.


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There are many great looking novels by Lilly Bartlett for me to discover yet and for anyone who isn’t aware, Lilly Bartlett is a pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power chick lit under her own name and has many more novels for you to choose from.

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