Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash
A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs.
Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend - comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?
For some reason, this book reminded me of A Christmas Carol, with Maddy's friend, Beth, playing the part of the ghost of Christmas and showing Maddy the error of her ways of her pre-redundancy life. The message in the story is one of self-discovery and the realisation that what you think you want, isn't necessarily what you actually want or need to make you happy. Although romance, between various couples, features in the book, it's not the focus. At times, I wanted to sit Maddy down and give her a good talking to, as she vacillated about her feelings for her ex, and the fact that I got quite cross with her, is telling, as it meant I was invested in her character and her story.
Then there's Baxter... who couldn't help falling in love with a gorgeous dog like him!
A lovely read about what really makes us happy.
About the Author
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk. Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association's Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can't quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA. When she's not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She's also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019. Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim's second novel and will be published on September 18th 2019.
Connect with Kim on Social Media here: Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm