Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Blessings of the Animals

Katrina Kittle's The Blessings of the Animals is one I have seen around the blogosphere. From the first time I saw it's cover, I knew I wanted to read it. (Who says you can't judge a book by it's cover?)

This was an enjoyable, quick women's fiction book. Cami is a vet, in tune with the animals she cares for. While she has always worked around her husband's moods, she is stunned by his announcement that he plans to leave her. Cami is left to regroup and look at her marriage and learn more about herself. Her former sister-in-law and best friend, Olive, is getting married herself, so Cami finds herself still involved in her ex-husband's family. Her brother, David, is openly gay and he and his partner are trying to adopt a child together. For a while it seems that everyone has someone, except Cami. However, there are a few different options for Cami as she explores dating again. Through it all, Cami's attachment and relationship with the animals helps her find some peace and refocus on her future.

I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the ending and how very "real" it felt; Kittle did not compose some trite, predictable ending. Kittle has also written The Kindness of Strangers -still sitting on a pile of books somewhere in my house that needs to get read.


Katie said...

That cover is WONDERFUL. I would want to read it based on the cover as well. The story sounds like just the right mix of sadness, love, and hope. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cover! It sounds like a good story, too. I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

marnesandnoble said...

Tina - I highly recommend The Kindness of Strangers. I've read all of Kittle's books and it is my favorite. It is a hard topic to read about but it is beautiful and incredibly thought-provoking. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.