#BookTour #Review – The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

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The Thing Is

by Kathleen Gerard

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

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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.

 

Author Bio

Kathleen Gerard

Kathleen Gerard is a writer whose work has been awarded ThePerilloPrize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and nominated for Best New American Voices and Short Story America, all national prizes in literature. Kathleen writes across genres. Her short prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Her essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR).  Kathleen’s woman-in-jeopardy novel IN TRANSIT won The New York Book Festival - ”Best Romantic Fiction” (2011). Kathleen is a book reviewer for and a contributor to Shelf Awareness and maintains the blog, “Reading Between the Lines.”

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My Review

This is my second doggie themed book this week! Forever a sucker for an animal especially when posing on the cover of a book. This Yorkshire Terrier is called Prozac which possibly should have hinted that it wasn’t going to be a cutesy story.

This features Meredith, she is grieving for her fiance, killed pointlessly following a quarrel in a car park! Thoroughly depressed obviously so her sister takes it upon herself to get her a puppy .. enter Prozac. As anyone who has had a pet knows they can lift your spirits .. Prozac however seems to have a magic quality and keeps returning to help others.

Open your mind, take on board the emotions and sweetness of this spirit guide. I feel I should remark that it’s not a wise arrangement to foist a pet onto somebody without prior agreement but for the sake of the story I let that one pass. An ingenious tale which takes a different slant on the relationship between people and animals.

I particularly like the aspect of turning loss into a positive and moving forward. Good, easy to read book.

Thanks to the author and Sage’s Blog Tours for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion. stars-3-0._V192197091_

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