Mini Review: Lawyer for the Dog by

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I loved everything about this book. Sally’s life is a mess, mostly self-inflicted, but she’s such a likable character you want her to figure things out. Forty-nine, divorced, and emotionally bruised after her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, she just wants some normalcy back. Unfortunately, when Judge Baynard, her ex-husband, appoints her the lawyer for a dog in a divorce case, things seem to be going even more off the rails. Sally doesn’t know anything about dogs, and she’s quite sure she doesn’t want to learn. Soon, she’s caught up in the case, captivated by Sherman’s bright black eyes and soft doggy sighs. Now she’s more determined than ever to do right by Sherman, but the feuding couple are giving her all kinds of headaches.

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Manga Review: FukuFuku Kitten Tales V1 by Konami Kanata

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FukuFuku Kitten Tales is typical of Konami Kanata – Cute!  FukuFuku has her owner wrapped around her little claws in this collection of short slice of life comics  about the kitten and her elderly owner.  From her first day in her new home to her first introduction of the joyous warmth of the kotatsu, FukuFuku quietly and endearingly takes ownership of her new person. 

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Review: White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

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Zoe’s mother rescues Great Pyrenees, massive, white dogs with fur that coats everything.  Her father is a veterinarian, and he occasionally rescues animals in need as well.  With her parents setting an example of compassion and love, Zoe realizes that her new neighbor, Phillip, needs rescuing, too.  Phillip hasn’t spoken since his parents started having troubles, and now he’s living with his aunt and uncle, hopeful that his parents can work out their differences.  His aunt is overwhelmed, not sure how to care for him or show him the support he needs.  His uncle is never home, busy with his career.  When Phillip sees Kodi, Zoe’s family dog, he is instantly drawn to the large, gentle animal.  Watching their interaction, Zoe is determined to use the animals to help Phillip come out of his shell.

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Review: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

 

 

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I am often reluctant to reread childhood faves, because as I’ve aged, my reading tastes have changed.  Since The Black Stallion was written almost 80 years ago, the age of the novel also gave me pause.  I impulsively checked it out of the library anyway (I do have an ancient hardcover copy somewhere in my own book collection, but it’s so much easier to read a digital copy).  I remember the first book in the series being one of my least favorites, but after finishing it again, a gazillion years after my first outing with the Black and Alec, I must have remembered incorrectly.  I can’t see how later books can top the excitement and adrenaline rush of this one.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Sit! Stay! Speak! by Annie England Noblin

 
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SIT! STAY! SPEAK!
A Novel
Annie England Noblin
Released Sept 9th, 2015
William Morrow

 

Echoing the novels of Mary Alice Monroe, Allie Larkin, and Holly Robinson, this charming debut novel tells the unforgettable story of a rescue dog that helps a struggling young outsider make peace with the past.

Addie Andrews is living a life interrupted. Tragedy sent her fleeing from Chicago to the shelter of an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt’s somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. There she reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. If only they didn’t make her feel so much!

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves: Home Sweet Home Edition

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I’m back from OKC and trying to get all caught up at work and on the blog.  I have to say, I enjoy going out of town, but I miss my puppers when I’m gone.  Here are some pix of them.

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Review: Keeping Secrets by Maggie Dana

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I always have the urge to read a horsey book right before a horse show.  I kept seeing the Timber Ridge Riders series on Amazon, and wanted to check it out, so when I had the chance to do just that, I jumped at it.  I don’t ride hunt seat, so I always find depictions of hunter shows interesting.  The horse care details were spot on, and nothing made me cringe due to inaccuracies.  I’ll tell you what did make me cringe: the behavior of Kate’s rival, Angela.  What a spoiled, selfish girl!  If I was her coach, she would have been booted from my barn.  Her casual treatment of the animals and her teammates had me boiling mad!

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Review: Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

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Oh, dear, where to start?  I loved this book!  I received a surprise copy in the mail, and I was chomping at the bit to read it.  I had posted previously about Ice Dogs, because I think the cover is so striking, but I was worried that something bad was going to happen to one of the animals.  What if one of them died?? That would have ruined the reading experience for me.  I am STILL traumatized by Where the Red Fern Grows, and I read it when I was, what, 13.  While I can’t remember the death of every human character in A Game of Thrones, I still get upset over the death of Lady.  Ugh!  Reading stories with animals can be so trying for me!

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