Ever since reading Jojo Moyes' Me Before You, I've craved romance and love stories. On a shift in the library bus I came across a bestseller book (which can only be borrowed for 14 days, rather than the usual 30 days) and instantly knew this was a must-read. Already on the bus that day (8 hours and just about no "customers"). I ate over half the book. I finished it the very same evening.
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts is in one word summarized cute. It has about 3 main characters from whom you get a point of view and several more important supporting characters. And then there's all the dogs of course. The setting is a cute little village of sorts and the whole atmosphere is pleasant.
Spoiler: absolutely nothing dreadful happens. Without being downright plastered with a big happy face, this is a happy book. Yes there are heart aches and annoying situations and frustrations and battles to be fought. But it's all just so damn pleasant and nice and dear God I want to live in this book and have life be this simple and nice.
So what I'm trying to say is, this is a very good book, but I suppose some might find it too simplistic and lovely (spoilsports). I loved it though and recommend it to anyone who needs a cheer-me-up read or something nice and uncomplicated for the holidays.
Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts
(read in Danish: Ensomme Hjerter og Herreløse Hunde)
by Lucy Dillon
471 pages / published in 2009
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2014