Troubador Rosie

Released: 28/03/2018

ISBN: 9781788034616

eISBN: 9781789010312

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A gentle, romantic and reflective story about recently retired Will Williams who is severely grieving after the death of his wife, Rosemary, following a long illness. His two children work abroad and he is alone after the funeral and grows deliberately recluse.

A few weeks later he's puzzled and annoyed when a lady arrives at his home delivering a schnauzer puppy. Called Rosie, it was ordered by his wife to be delivered to him after her death, together with a note from her.

His wife had always wanted a dog but Will didn't like them and had never agreed. But after a very difficult initial spell, he gradually grows to love Rosie and appreciate the companionship his little new friend brings to his life. Rosie also helps him overcome his grief and appreciate more than ever the wise and loving foresight of his wife. 

Two travel adventures follow in Switzerland and Austria where doggie-centred dramas ensure - including the injury and loss of Rosie.

All dogs have a small monetary market value and any are worth nothing at all. But to their loving owners they are priceless.

Rosie by Bill Whiting is a most beautiful and touching account of life, loss and love. Following the death of his wife, Bill Whiting felt lost and alone. Grief "hit me like a bursting dam." The hole left by his wife consumed. He realised that little irritations over the years and "working for tomorrow's happiness" meant nothing when your life partner is gone. "All the gold in the world could not buy her back." Rosie is an account of very raw grief.

However hope reached out beyond the grave in the form of a small Schnauzer puppy called Rosie. "Utter helplessness meeting total hopelessness." Bill Whiting's wife knew that he would need a new purpose after she was gone.

The book tells of Bill Whiting's new found bond with Rosie. She becomes the love of his life, establishing that rules are there to be broken. The account is very beautiful and very touching. Have the tissues close by. I certainly needed them.

Bill Whiting shares some of his life with the reader. We hear about past events and present predicaments. What shines out from the book is love. A love that lasts a lifetime. A love that cannot be replaced. Loss is helped by the love of and the love for a little dog called Rosie. Perfect for pet lovers. Perfect for those who have loved and lost. Perfect for anyone. A beautiful love that does not die.

by Julia Wilson

What a beautifully written story of love, loss and grief. Loved this book.

by Marcia Stewart

This book had me with all the feels. It is a good look into grief, coping, friendships, and love. I completely enjoyed it and would recommend it.

by Crystal Wright (via NetGalley)

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