April 11, 2012

A to Z Challenge - Just Because I love Dogs - Book Review: Charlie, A Love Story by Barbara Lampert

Today marks the letter J of the A to Z Challenge so I thought I'd share a book review today. (See contest at end.)

I grew up with dogs and can't seem to not have one, even when the loss is so hard to take. I get so attached, but it's also hard to bear that quietness when your dog is no longer with you.

About the Book:

Charlie - A Love Story tells of the love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and author Barbara Lampert.

When Charlie turns 11 and starts having health problems, a journal Barbara was keeping about her garden quickly became a journal about Charlie. The book is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And as a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, Barbara also brings that sensibility and understanding to Charlie’s story.

That love and connection with a pet is what makes the book CHARLIE, A LOVE STORY by Barbara Lampert a good read. There have been a wealth of dog books out lately riding on the wave launched with one of the better known books and movies about Marley. (I'll admit I didn't read or see the movie - too sad.)

Most dog books end the same, with the human mourning the loss or sharing those sad last moments with the reader. I knew going in that this book was about the author losing her best friend, but what kept me reading was learning about Charlie himself.

While the struggles of dealing with a beloved pet's illness or the everyday events surrounding it can be a little less interesting to read given their universality, celebrating that dog's life and remembering their quirks and the fun moments, are what make us drawn to books with dogs as the subject. Seeing Charlie's personality come to life is what I enjoyed most in this book.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more about the book and some tidbits from the author.

*** Comment here on blog to win a copy. Leave an email or way to contact you. US shipping only. ***

Blog Widget by LinkWithin