Hello readers! Welcome to another book review! This time, I’m reviewing Melissa Storm’s newest addition to The Sunday Potluck Club Series: Wednesday Walks & Wags! This was an interesting reading experience, everything from odd skin description, weird plot twist, and a fewother odd choices!
Content Warningsparent loss, cancer patient, grief, mourning
In the rapidly blooming courtyard beneath Bridget Moore’s new Anchorage apartment, the signs are unmissable: spring has come. As she unpacks boxes, Bridget hopes that she too is moving forward. With her tight schedule—college, working as a vet tech, volunteering at the animal shelter, caring for her beloved dogs—Bridget strives to keep too busy to register the pain of losing her mother just months ago.
Bridget’s new neighbor, Wesley, also seems to be running from something—quite literally. He and his two energetic dogs jog by twice a day. It isn’t long before their paths intersect at their complex’s weekly dog-walking group. Bridget’s fellow members of the Sunday Potluck Club encourage her to enjoy Wesley’s company, though they understand all too well how tricky it can be to navigate life after loss.
But just as nature rebounds after the toughest winter, Bridget’s friendships, both human and canine, are a reminder that love and joy go on. With each weekly dog walk, Bridget is rediscovering the simple pleasures that mean so much. A warm smile, a sun-drenched evening, a waggy tail—little by little, they may help Bridget find the path to happiness again.
Right so I’m writing this just as I finished the book, thoughts very fresh. Side note I didn’t know this was a sequel, but surprisingly, I wasn’t lost, at all. At the beginning you get a pretty good summary of what happened before the book started, you could even say it seems like a good standalone book. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, you can determine yourself, I think it’s not the best thing since it wasn’t marketed as a sequel, but that’s also my fault for not looking into it.
Anyways, main character Bridget is described as half Inuit, with frizzy black hair, and here’s the thing, I would’ve loved to hear more about her Inuit family tree, but it was brushed off to the side. The only time it pops up is when she mentions that her love interest Wes is white, and we’re talking about white blonde hair described every time he’s in a scene or raises an eyebrow (I wish I was kidding), and she says he looks like an Alaskan Prince. I’m not kidding, I had to take a second to think about it, laugh and tweet about it. It was…a thing. But I won’t talk more about the rep because well, it could’ve been discussed more in depth in the first book, and since I’m not indigenous, it’s not my place whether to say it was well done or not!
Next up, the romance, it was pretty well developed, we get a nice strangers to kind of friends to lovers situation. The characters get to know each other and the readers get to see how their relationship slowly develops into something more towards the end. I can’t say I enjoyed the plot twist that turns their relationship off course. I won’t say what it was, but let’s just say it was an odd placement and sure in the end it makes for a fine obstacle, but it wasn’t my favorite twist.
However something I did like was that when it all went downhill, her friends were there to support her, and give her the right advice. Now I say right advice because sometimes the truth hurts, in a kind of non spoiler description, they told her that she should stay away from him until she gets the full story. Although at times, they may have gone over the edge with what she had to do, as oppose to what she should consider doing, but that plays into the fact that she was the one that was babied in her friend group for being the youngest.
So there’s two major sub plots: college/career frustration and the grieving of parent loss.
First one, that’s more discussed is the parent loss, I liked how this was handled. It shows how the process is truly different for each person, and how it takes a very long time to come to term with such a loss. Bridget keeps a box with memories of her mom, and it becomes the physical representation of that loss, and how it affects her. Something that’s also talked about is how this affects your relationship with those who are still around, i.e. another parent and/or siblings. We got to see how Bridget was able to take decisions to better her life and better her friendships/relationships.
Second subplot, school and career frustration. This isn’t as important until the end of the book, but it’s still appreciated. Dealing with adults going back to school finishing up the last few years of school, or even starting a career for the first time!
So after so many good opinions, why is it only a 3 star? I feel like it was meh in some parts, like I said, I didn’t like the plot twist, I felt like I was just missing something, maybe a bit more conflict or a little bit more development for the characters. I also would’ve liked to see more of her family and scenes where she was alone just thinking about some situations.