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Book Review | When The Skies Cry By Steve N. Lee

I was very kindly asked if I’d like to receive a copy of the fantastic Steve N. Lee’s new novel *When the skies cry to review and of course, I said yes! This is the second book in this dog lovers series. I reviewed the first one As The Stars Fall on my blog, in case you missed it. I fell in love with this series and was so excited to read and review the new book.


The Blurb:

Sometimes, the one you’re saving is saving you.

Harley loses everything when his master dies — his home, his best friend, his reason for living. Day after day, he trudges the streets, trembling from the biting cold, whimpering from the gnawing hunger.

Across town, Rachel has an alimony hearing looming and a make-or-break deadline hurtling toward her. Yet, they aren’t her biggest worries — her autistic son has withdrawn so far into his private world, he barely acknowledges she even exists.

Luckily, the magic of life is in the surprises no one ever sees coming…

About The Author

Apart from animals and writing, Steve’s passion is travel. He’s visited 58 countries and enjoyed some fantastic experiences, including cage-diving with great white sharks, sparring with a monk at a Shaolin temple, and watching a turtle lay eggs on a moonlit beach. He’s explored Machu Picchu, Pompeii, and the Great Wall of China, yet for all that, he’s a man of simple tastes — give him an egg sandwich and the TV remote control, and he’ll be happy for hours!

He lives in the North of England with his partner, Ania, and two black cats who graciously allow Steve and Ania to stay in their house.


The Review:

When The Skies Cry is a unique, well-written story based on the dogs perspective and the perspective of Rachel.


It starts with Harley, a dog whose master has died and doesn’t know how to help. A couple of burglars start stealing from the house, Harley tries to protect the house and his master’s things. He then finds himself outside on the street and all he wants is to be back with his master.


We meet Rachel who has a son with additional needs and as a single mum, we learn about the struggles she faces every day whilst trying to juggle a house, child and work to try and make ends meet. That is until both Harley and Rachel’s worlds collide and we start to see the impact Harley has on her son.


As a working dog, Harley was looking to fill his life with something meaningful. I love the interactions between the characters and enjoyed seeing that bond between Harley, Rachel and Wes grow. We come across some mean characters but thankfully we don’t see too much of those, I love those little things Harley does during the book that makes those big impacts on Rachel and Wes.


I love how you’re right there in the moment with them, and you learn about each character’s journey and where they have come from. This hit me right in my soul and I suggest you have some tissues at hand because it gives you all the feels.


It is such a beautiful book.

 I know you will love this series if you are a dog lover. This is a book I would read again and again. It makes you think about life and how far we have come in our experiences and how we deal with bad luck along the way. A couple of chapters in I was hooked, I just wanted to find out what happens to Rachel and Harley.


If you’d like to get yourself a copy of this book for yourself, here are some links:



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Is this something you could read?? Have you read this?? What did you think??


This post contains gifted items from Steve N. Lee. Which have been marked with *

The author has provided the products for review but has not had any control of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.


One reply on “Book Review | When The Skies Cry By Steve N. Lee”

Thank you for reviewing my book, Rachel. I’m so pleased you enjoyed meeting Harley, Rachel, and Wes. I loved spending time with them and, like you, loved watching them grow both as a family and individually.

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