The Dog Share is just the right kind of novel for when a reader wants to spend time in an idyllic location with an engaging group of characters. The author makes Sgadansky feel so real that I actually googled it; sadly the island is fictional and no real ferry can take the reader there. Its small town ambience, along with the distillery and the beach, are places that readers will enjoy visiting.
Ms. Gibson tells the story of Suzy who takes over the management of a whisky distillery after her partner abandons it to a messy fate. Readers will hope that things work out for Suzy both at the distillery and in life. They will also enjoy getting to know Scout, the stray whom Suzy adopts and the dog in the title. He seems like the perfect pet.
Ricky is the foil to Suzy. He is a music teacher and single dad to son Arthur who loves Scout. Something happened to Arthur’s mother but Ricky is in no hurry to reveal what. Will he and Suzy find love together?
Ricky’s dad is part of the bridge between these characters. He had worked at the distillery but quit in a huff. Can Suzy get him to come back? Will the distillery succeed?
There is enough plot to keep the reader engaged in what is a pleasant light read. I recommend this one if this is a reader’s cup of tea (or whisky).
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.