by Beth Morrey
Reviewed by Linda: Millicent Carmichael, a retired librarian living in London, is at loose ends after the death of her husband and the departure of her two adult children from her life (her beloved son moving with his family to Australia and her daughter vowing to have nothing to do with her after a horrific argument). She pretends all is well in emails to her son, but begins to feel her life is at an end. Then to her surprise, a dog she never wanted forces her out of her prickly shell. Utterly charming.