A Loyal Companion

by Barbara Metzger

Please note that I consider myself a companion, not a pet to be pampered and sheltered, smothered and caged for another’s pleasure. I accept my soft bed, my regular meals, but I work for them, training Miss Sonia.

I read a Barbara Metzger many many years ago. I must have not been impressed because I never wanted to read another one until an online discussion intrigued me enough to give this one a try. I thought it was a cute idea to have the story told by the heroine’s dog. Afterall, I loved Flush by Virginia Woolf and Thomasina by Paul Gallico. It happened to be available for download from my library so I decided to give it a whirl. And what a delight it was! It had the intimate lighthearted vibe of a Marian Chesney novel and was just as free-wheeling. It was funny and wise and the romance was sweet. It was peopled with well rounded and likable secondary characters and hiss-worthy villains.

Fitz the dog ends each chapter with a teaser for the happenings in the next chapter. The beginning of each chapter is his musings, on the foibles of the humans around him, social conditions, religion, and suchlike but also advances the plot, which is then taken over by an omniscient third-person narrator.
The structure was unusual. I hope her other books are just as good and it wasn’t just the unconventionality of this book’s approach that charmed me. I’ve already got my eye on another one.**4 stars out of 5**

July 17, 2019

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