Sarah & Zoey has received two five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite!
Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Sarah Stuart for Readers’ Favorite
Sarah & Zoey by Linda Watkins opens with Sarah, who is happily married to successful corporate lawyer, David Palmer, and mom to Thad. Her only problem is an unfinished article for the Boston Globe that stops her going on a sailing trip with her husband and son, and mild concern over dark clouds on the horizon. David and Thad don’t return for lunch. They don’t return, period. Sarah is plunged into a deep depression, but she adopts Zoey, a dog being rehomed in Boston, a thousand miles from Randall James Watson. Zoey leaves behind Mindy Sue, Watson’s abused wife, whose life she saved almost at the cost of her own, but can she save Sarah’s sanity? Will Mindy Sue recover from a broken spine, and contrive to evade Randall’s revenge?
Linda Watkins has written a fascinating, in-depth study of two very different women. Sarah, a wealthy “world-at her-feet” woman who loses her husband and son in a freak storm at sea, and a poor country girl, Mindy Sue, who miscarried her baby and has been living with her violent drunken husband ever since. Zoey is the dog who links them across class and distance with her gift of unconditional love. Every character is beautifully drawn, the contrasting lives and settings are vivid and so very different, the pace is fast, and the end utterly unpredictable. Sarah & Zoey is a powerful, heart-tugging story that must be read at one sitting; it’s too enthralling to put down. I loved this five-star novella, and I’ll be looking for more by Linda Watkins.
Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite
Sarah and Zoey by Linda Watkins is the story of two women, Sarah and Mindy Sue, and a dog named Zoey. Sarah is a journalist and lives with her husband and son and is happy and content, until tragedy strikes and everything she held dear is cruelly taken from her. Mindy Sue lives with an abusive husband, her only comfort being Zoey, a rescue dog she adopted from the local pound. In a drunken rage, Mindy Sue’s husband attacks her and Zoey gets involved, trying to protect her mistress. After Mindy Sue gets away and races to the hospital, her belligerent husband takes it out on Zoey, leaving her close to death. Sarah hears about the story and offers to give Zoey a home. The two bond and Zoey helps Sarah recover from the tragedy that had shattered her life. When Sarah and Mindy Sue eventually meet, they realise that Zoey had helped them both to recover from the hurt of the past and look forward to the future.
The author, Linda Watkins, has written a captivating story that will appeal to animal lovers who believe that an animal can understand human emotions, and they can be instrumental in healing both body and spirit. Zoey is a calm and gentle dog, but protective of those that she loves. Sarah and Mindy Sue are both hurt either physically or mentally; put them together and the story pulls it all together. A heart-warming novella with a feel-good factor that readers of this genre will enjoy immensely.
Sarah & Zoey is available for preorder on Amazon and other booksellers for a special price of 99cents. Publication is slated for September 15, 2017. Once the novella is published, the price will increase to $2.99.
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