The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue. Published by North Star

Annie Doherty shows up at just the right time. Daniel Ashe spends more time than he might like at his office as a literary agent where his job consists of gently crushing other people’s dreams when he has to refuse their screenplays. So much time, that he isn’t able to care for his dogs the way he should. Annie magically appears, a red-headed Irish dogwalker, ready to help Daniel out. The two communicate through a diary that Annie leaves at Daniel’s house, where she weaves magical stories about his dogs lives, both past and present (one elderly wiener was once a great lion). He in turn leaves her notes, trying to explain away his clumsiness around her (he has a thing for redheads) and other bits an pieces about his life. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. Little did I know I would be swept up into one of the most magical and lovely stories I’ve ever read. From the dogs and their lives in circuses and aboard pirate ships to the relationship between Annie and Daniel to Donahue’s incredible ability to romance the English language, this is a book to savor, pass on, and keep in your heart

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