I am delighted to be today’s stop o the blog tour for; Brown Eyes by Frances Ive. I am very excited to share my review for this heartfelt and emotional book with you all, firstly, a quick thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Brown Eyes by Francis Ives.
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
A watchful eye as a marriage falls apart. The phone call, the rows, and the split are all observed by the family Labrador. He knows the habits and senses the moods of his beloved family members. Seeing them unhappy and hurting each other is unbearable. Where did his perfect life go?
Her marriage to Phil in crisis, two children at the challenging teenage stage, and a close friend in peril, Meriel’s world is falling apart. She finds solace in the arms of another man, but is this the answer for her? It is her stubbornness that threatens the family’s future together, until a major loss has a life-changing effect on her. A sliver of hope returns.
Like a fly on the wall, Benji the dog sees it all.
Narrated by both the dog and Meriel, Brown Eyes is a novella (a short read) written by the author of Finding Jo and Give and Take with a Capital G & T.
UK Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09Q3N3D15
UK Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1739976800
US Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Q3N3D15
US Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/dp/1739976800
This book is truly lovely, it pulls at the heartstrings, it’s beautiful and emotional.
I know that I had to review this book, the moment I set eyes on it, I felt a pull towards it – you know me anything to do with dogs in stories and I am there, especially when it shares the dog’s perspective on what’s going on and I wasn’t disappointed, it was absolutely beautiful. It’s a simple story of family breakdowns and heartache, a story that could be about any family out there.
Usually, I try and steer clear of these kinds of stories, I think there are enough families being torn apart in the world why would you wish to read about them too, but with it partly about the effects of what is happening in the household on the dog then I very eager to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed it’s sad and at the time a little melancholic but once we look through Benji’s brown eyes at his fractured family you feel compelled to keep reading, personally if it wasn’t for Bwenji then this book could have felt a little too intense for my liking.
Meriel is a woman who could be any one of us, he could be yourself, your sister, your neighbour or a best friend. She l has found herself in the position where everything she knew about her life, it’s not perfect, it’s monotonous and she is sensing a divide between her and Phil, her Husband she never expected what’s to come. Her marriage is fraying at the edges, she’s being the dutiful housewife and mother, keeping everything ticking along and she has found herself in a rut, she and Phil are drifted apart but it’s not until she founds out about his affair that she changes her stars chucks him out and tries to start afresh. This is easier said than done when her whole family has been torn apart and she doesn’t know how to put them all back together.
The most heart-breaking parts, the parts which crunch the heart into tiny pieces were those chapters told through the eyes of the dog. Benji has a simplistic view of life, his life revolves around his humans he understands them far better than they do themselves, it brought a tear or two to my eye when he is questioning what is going on in his family, he is confused and upset over how his favourite people in the world suddenly hate each other and start hurting each other. He doesn’t understand and he doesn’t like the tension, the arguments and the tears. This story really hammers home just how special the relationship between owner and dog is, how to intune our canine friends are with our happiness and emotions.
This is a relatively short book, but it packs a punch. Told through the eyes of both Meriel and her loyal Labrador; Benji. It’s incredibly easy to read, it’s a little on the slow side at times, especially when the narrative came from Meriel but apart from that, this is such an enjoyable heartwarming.
This is all about family and life’s challenges, friendship and learning to forgive, it’s honest, emotional and relatable, a great read that has been hijacked by a big fluffy dog!
About the Author
Frances Ive: A career as a journalist/PR led to health writing for UK nationals newspapers and consumer mags. Out of the blue I was inspired to write my first novel, Finding Jo, which I self-published in January 2021. Brown Eyes is my 2nd novel, written a few years ago. It was inspired by our black Labrador Benji. Before Finding Jo, I previously had only non-fiction books published, including One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis (2019), a positive approach to staying mobile.
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