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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Book Review - Summer at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

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Review by Suze

Ellie is in her element at the Dog & Duck, her own village pub in Little Leyton. She's still together with the rich and handsome Max and finally everything is falling into place. Then Max's teenage sister Katy comes to stay with him. Katy's attitude makes it difficult for Max to get closer to her and find out why she's there. Maybe Ellie can help them out? Max is also spending time with his ex-girlfriend Sasha, a former city girl who wants to live in Little Leyton all of a sudden and Ellie isn't seeing much of him anymore. Max is slipping through her fingers and Ellie feels her relationship is under threat. Will they be able to patch things up or will it be a lonely summer for Ellie?

Summer at the Dog & Duck is a wonderful heartwarming story. Ellie is matter-of-fact in a crisis and is able to solve a lot of problems this way. She's also capable, kind and helpful. I loved her sweet and open character. She's there for anyone who needs to talk and if something has to be organized she always get things done, she gladly gives her time to the village fête and charity events. She makes the guests of the pub feel welcome, but she can stand up for herself as well. I admired her strong personality and think it makes her a fantastic main character.

Max has a lot on his mind and he doesn't always tell Ellie what's keeping him busy, so it's easy for misunderstandings to arise. Max is handsome, he has a good heart and he's a real gentleman. I liked that very much about him. He doesn't know how to handle Katy, they aren't close because Katy used to live in Spain and it's clear she is angry about something. I was really curious to find out what it was and it was lovely to learn more about Max's family and his background. I like books about siblings and Max and Katy have an interesting relationship. I enjoyed reading about each phase they're going through.

Jill Steeples has a great warm writing style. Her descriptions of Little Leyton and the Dog & Duck are vivid and dynamic. I could easily picture the beautiful countryside, the cozy pub and the stately manor. I enjoyed finding out more about each of these settings. I loved reading about Ellie's walks too, because of her fabulous dog and the gorgeous surroundings. Jill Steeples makes her story come to life incredibly well. I absolutely loved this second book about the Dog & Duck and the story put a big smile on my face. It's entertaining, charming and enchanting.


If you love reading about countryside villages, cozy pubs and handsome men Summer at the Dog & Duck would be an excellent choice. It's the second book in a series and my advice is to start with the first one, Winter at the Dog & Duck, to get the complete story.

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  1. I worked at a small neighborhood pub for many years. It was such a fun time and had so many friends. I'd love to read this. I can't resist the title and wonderful cover too!

  2. I love stories set in small villages.It sounds like a great read.

  3. i would follow you advice and start with book 1 then it sure sound lovely i think i would like Ellie
    thank you for this review

  4. I so love a good heartwarming story. Thank you for posting.

  5. This book sounds sweet and has a pretty cover

  6. I love stories set in small villages.

  7. I love the premise!


  8. It can be quite surprising how much goes on in a tiny village!