Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"The Blessings of the Animals," by Katrina Kittle

"The Blessings of the Animals," by Katrina Kittle

From Katrina Kittle, critically acclaimed author of The Kindness of Strangers, comes a wry and moving story of forgiveness, flexibility, happiness, and the art of moving on.

Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete. Couples all around her are approaching important milestones. Her parents are preparing to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Her brother and his partner find their marriage dreams legally blocked. Her former sister-in-law—still her best friend—is newly engaged. The youthfully exuberant romance of her teenage daughter is developing complications. And three separate men—including her ex-husband—are becoming entangled in Cami's messy post-marital love life.

But as she struggles to come to terms with her own doubts amid this chaotic circus of relationships, Cami finds strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage's great mysteries—and its disconnects. 

If you love and own animals you will enjoy this book.  If you don't own any animals you will still love this book and will understand why an animals love is one to be treasured.  However it is not all about animals, it's also about how to survive a marriage break up which ended ultimately in divorce.

It also includes a varied cast of both human and animal characters which you can easy relate too.  One of my favourite funny scenes was the Christmas Card photo shoot.  The way the author describes it, you imagine you are there.

The book moves along at a fast pace and doesn't leave you bored.  It does however leave you wanting more and NEEDING to turn the next page to see what happens next.  This is the first time I have read anything by this author but it won't be the last as I really enjoy the way she writes.

Stars out of 5 : 5 Well worth the read in my opinion and will appeal to a broad range of readers. 

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