The Dog Walker by Leslie Schnur
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Part voyeur, part dreamer, Nina Shepard, a Manhattan dog walker, has been around the block, so to speak, a few times and yearns to find that something -- or someone -- she can be passionate about. She may not have a boyfriend or a real purpose in life, but she does have a job that offers her one great opportunity: the keys to her clients' apartments. And with these keys, Nina has the freedom to cross several foyers -- and a moral boundary -- and gain access to their lives...where she just might find the things that are missing in her own.
Enter Daniel, a man she thinks she knows from snooping far past his doorway when she comes to pick up Sid, his Weimaraner. Except for owning a designer dog (rather than a stray from the pound), he seems perfect in every way. Now if only she could meet him.
For anyone else that might seem simple, but for Nina life is complicated. Claire, her best friend, is an actress who loses every audition due to nervous sweats. Bono, a sullen and sarcastic eight-year-old, is neglected by his U2 groupie mom, one of Nina's clients. Mrs. Chandler, her eccentric neighbor, would rather discuss Barry Bonds than why the IRS is hounding her. And Isaiah, Nina's ex-con dog-walking colleague, champions the rights of pit bulls. And, of course, there are the dogs themselves: Wallis and Edward, the spoiled dachsunds; Che, the stone-deaf beagle; Safire, the bulldog who stares at walls; and Nina's own beloved mutt Sam.
But it is Daniel who holds the key to Nina's heart. One moonlit night on a pier overlooking the Hudson River they are pulled into the treacherous waters of love. What she doesn't know is that Daniel is an imposter, pretending to be what he is not. And by the time she learns who he really is, after mishaps and mistaken identities, deception and lost dogs, it's too late. She's fallen for someone she never would have expected.
The Dog Walker is the hilarious and heartwarming story about one woman's quest for fulfillment. It is about city life -- any city, all cities -- and the struggle to make real connections. It is about allowing oneself to love fully while being fully oneself. And finally, it is about life itself: unpredictable, joyful, and not to be missed.
 

About Leslie Schnur

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Leslie Schnur was previously the editor-in-chief of Delacorte Press/Dell Publishing. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she currently lives in New York City with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
 
Published July 27, 2004 by Atria Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction

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Billy/Daniel and Nina have immediate chemistry, for no better reason than he’s the sensitive romantic lead Schnur wants us to believe Nina deserves.

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After leaving a thankless publishing job, she takes up what she intends to be a temporary dog-walking gig catering to rich and busy New York dog owners, feeling clueless about the direction of her life and even who she is: "When, at the age of thirty-five, you find out you've been wearing the wro...

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If you are looking for a non-challenging read that is better than your average Chick Lit then ‘The Dog Walker’ might fit the bill.

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Nina Shepard is a single woman who is slightly lost in her current situation.

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In New York City, thirty-five years old dog walker Nina Shepard loves a client she has not met in person except through his canine Sid the Weimaraner and snooping in his apartment when she picks up Sid.

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