Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be sharing my review for; Saying Goodbye to Tuesday by Chrissie Manby. Firstly, thank you to the publisher for the arc copy via netgalley.
About the Book
Saying Goodbye to Tuesday by Chrissie Manby.
Release Date: 11 November 2021
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
‘Clever, compelling, canine and utterly mesmerising‘ – Helen Lederer
Stupendo the dog has died. But that’s just the beginning of his story.
To love and protect. The code of the good dog is clear. When single mother Tuesday took on mongrel pup Stupendo, she made a friend for life. Through the best and the worst of times, Stupendo has been there for her. Ever faithful, ever loyal, ever true. Nothing could break their bond. Until last week.
Stupendo doesn’t know why Tuesday is suddenly ignoring him or why his doggy antics no longer seem to soothe Baby William. It takes his worst enemy – the cat next door – to break the news that Stupendo has become a ghost.
Somehow left behind on Earth, Stupendo knows he has unfinished business. Enlisting the help of the community of animals in the neighbourhood, Stupendo must get to the bottom of the very human sadness that hangs over his old home and keeps him from saying goodbye to Tuesday.
This broke me on so many levels, I blubbered like a baby on more than one occasion. This book reached in grasp hold of my heart and squeezed until it hurt, then gave me a big cuddle to make me feel better. Just as a faithful dog does!
I am a big, big, big dog lover, I have two demonic pup’s of my own but before them, I had an old, old girl who was by my side, every day for 14 years until I had to say goodbye. That broke my heart, even now having my two boys there is a part that will always be broken. If you have ever lost a beloved dog, you will understand what I mean. This book brought all those hard emotions back to the surface; those tears and the grief of losing my girl all came flooding back, but in a good way this brought very happy memories of my old girl back. I sobbing now, writing this review!
Saying Goodbye to Tuesday is all about Stupendo the very, very good dog who doesn’t understand why his owner Tuesday is sad, he doesn’t understand why she is ignoring him and not playing. It’s when the neighbour’s cat tells him that he has died, but for some unexplained reason he hasn’t walked over the rainbow bridge which makes Stupendo think there is something he is meant to do, there is a reason why he is still here. Being the good, loyal and smart dog he is, he must find a way to help Tuesday so he can cross the bridge and finally say goodbye.
At first glance the simplistic way it’s written and how the story moves steadily forward you would think it was aimed at a younger audience, but that is soon dismissed as we are seeing the story unfolds through Stupendo’s eyes which I thought makes it all the more heartfelt.
I have been reading Chrissie Manby’s books for years, I adore her funny and heartwarming stories all of her books have had me laughing out loud or sobbing (sometimes both) but above all that there is an unbreakable love that permeates through the story and this one is no different. The love here is the unbreakable love of a dog and owner!
Saying Goodbye to Tuesday is a hugely emotional, touching, clever and heartwarming book. It’s easily one of the most special books I’ve read in a very long time, it touches your very soul and lays itself on your heart like a pawprint that will stay there for an eternity.
I cannot recommend this enough, if you have loved and lost a beloved dog I can guarantee you will be sobbing your heart out as all those emotions will come flooding back. It’s a powerful and mesmerizing story that packs one hell of a punch!