Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Age: 17+ (based on the emotional complexity)
Recommendation: Yes, this book is great for anyone interested in reading a story about someone who transcends sorrow and evolves her life with the help of a four legged friend.
Summary: + well built and complex female lead + unique canine perspective +deep emotional growth + well written – a bit slow in the beginning
Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac. Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week. Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.
The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard is a stand alone novel that highlights one woman’s return to the living after witnessing the horrible murder of her fiance. Our lead female, Meredith Mancuso, is a romance writer that has lost her zing. She spends her days alone and numb, staring at a blank computer and coming up empty. Already past her deadline, Meredith is completely put out when her sister shows up unexpectedly requesting a favor. The dog of one of her clients needs temporary board because his owner is in the hospital and Meredith gets suckered into filling the position.
Here is where it gets interesting, told from both Meredith and the dog, Prozac’s perspective, this story gives you both an inside and an outside perspective of her life. As a licensed therapy dog, Prozac keeps a tight schedule, including visiting the local adult living facility Evergreen Garden’s. The tough broads living at EG won’t put up with him missing a visit, so Meredith is forced from her voluntary seclusion into a new social experience.
More women’s lit and less romance, this book follows one woman who reluctantly drags herself out of her comfortable misery and into the forced companionship of a dog and his fan club.
This book started off slowly, but picked up around half way through and carried me home quickly. I really liked that Meredith is painted as someone stronger than she realizes. Someone that can overcome her grief and find happiness after such extraordinarily terrible circumstances. With a little tinge of romance, this book is quite catching. The writing is detailed and flows well. The characters are well built & experience complex emotions.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much Kathleen Gerard and Red Adept Publishing, LLC.