<p>After the death of her mother and the end of a post-divorce relationship leave her heartbroken, novelist Amanda Brookfield finds her once secure world imploding. As despair closes in, she talks of getting a puppy to revive her optimistic spirit. </p><p>Amanda is advised that her lifestyle will not suit becoming a dog-owner but she can't resist Mabel, a beautiful golden doodle puppy. Arming herself with an arsenal of equipment, Amanda learns that there are no short-cuts to training and caring for a dog. Through battling daily challenges and constantly regrouping, Amanda realises she is starting to come to terms with her bereavement and the prospect of facing the rest of her life alone. </p><p><i>For the Love of a Dog</i> tells the bigger, more poignant story about the labour of emotional recovery after the trauma of loss. Mabel shines like a light throughout, the unwitting architect of rebuilding self-belief. Mabel's own journey is equally captivating: as she blossoms into a mischievous, endearing head-turner of a companion – as affectionate as she is glorious. </p>
<p>A memoir by bestselling fiction author Amanda Brookfield about how owning a dog was the path to taking back true ownership of herself. </p>
I know all too well what it is to be 'saved' by a dog and this is the theme of Brookfield's delightful and entertaining 'memoir of a meltdown, recovery and a golden doodle'
'A charming novel for anyone who knows the true power of a dog's love'
'Heartwarming ... I was impressed by the author's bravery to write so openly about her recovery from such a grief-stricken time. I found her honest description of heart-break, despair and seeking her sense of balance again very thought-provoking'
'A poignant and often hilarious examination of how a zest for life can re-emerge from the rubble of loss. Written with the novelist's unflinching eye for telling detail and the courage of self-reflection, Brookfield's writing entertains as much as it enriches'
'A captivating, charming memoir'
Cambs Times and Barking and Dagenham Post
<p>Amanda is a bestselling fiction author. </p>
<p>A lovely gift or self purchase</p>
<p>MARKET: <i>Swimming with Seals</i>; <i>H is for Hawk</i>. </p>