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Review: The Blessings of the Animals

September 7, 2010

When veterinarian Cami Anderson’s husband, Bobby, says he wants a divorce, she is stunned.  Thinking of their daughter, she can’t help but hope she and Bobby can work things out.  When she discovers that Bobby has moved on, she realizes that she must do so as well.   Cami turns to her friends and family as well as her eclectic brood of animals for salvation and it’s there that she finds peace.

That synopsis is pretty simplistic but I don’t want to give too much of the story of The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle away – it’s best if it unfolds slowly as you read the book.  In some ways, Cami is a complicated character and in other ways, she’s rather simple.  She feels a sense of loyalty towards Bobby, because in her mind, he saved her in the past.  This frustrated me at times, but I could also understand it somewhat.  Cami loves animals, though and finds great comfort in being with them – she actually refers to the time she spends with them as church.

Cami’s friends and family are great too.  When she learns the truth about her parents’ past, it actually helps Cami in her healing process.  Cami is forever tied to Bobby’s family, because of their daughter, and they are a hoot – they’re loving, meddling and have a very colorful vocabulary!

Most of The Blessings of the Animals is told in the first person from Cami’s point of view, but there are a few pages here and there told from the perspective of other characters.  The book is quite introspective which sometimes doesn’t work for me, but it did in this case!  Although I had a few very minor qualms with this book (which I would love to discuss with someone), overall I loved it!  I loved Cami and all of the animals. Being an animal lover, I could totally relate to the comfort Cami got from the animals.  This book made me thankful for what I have and also made me tear up in quite a few places.  I sighed and held it close after I closed it for the last time.  You can listen to a Blog Talk Radio interview with Katrina Kittle here.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
40 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2010 5:34 am

    It sounds like a lovely book. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Pam Keener permalink
    September 7, 2010 6:03 am

    Thanks for the review. I have sighed and held a good book close to me in times past. It in a sense sometimes takes my breath away and I love to read books like that.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam

  3. September 7, 2010 6:35 am

    I love when you feel like holding a book close after finishing it, if only for a minute.

    Thank you for the review, I am adding it to my wishlist right away

  4. September 7, 2010 6:50 am

    Love your review. I had to think of Betty White. She’s an animal lover too. I love this part of your review the most of all. ” I sighed and held it close after I closed it for the last time.” Don’t you love that feeling? Thanks for the video. I enjoyed it. I’m trying to tweet it.

  5. September 7, 2010 6:52 am

    I pretty much felt the same way when I finished reading it. I really liked it.

  6. diane permalink
    September 7, 2010 6:52 am

    I’ve been eying this one; think I might enjoy it as well; great review Kathy

  7. September 7, 2010 7:15 am

    I am an animal lover too, and can’t help but fall for a book that has furries at the center of the plot. I don’t like it when they die…I can’t handle that. I love the idea of calling the time spent with animals as church.

  8. September 7, 2010 8:03 am

    Everything you mention is something I would really relate to, so I really want to read this one. Plus then I could find out what your qualms were! :–)

  9. September 7, 2010 8:41 am

    The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it. It sounds like a real treasure. Tha ks for your great review!

  10. September 7, 2010 9:09 am

    Another animal lover here. I think I would be lost without my two dogs and three cats. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy!

  11. September 7, 2010 11:03 am

    I thought this was a really great read, though I also had some minor quibbles with it as well. I really did end up liking Cami and her family though. I would be up to discussing it with you, if you want…Pop me an e-mail if you are interested!

  12. September 7, 2010 11:05 am

    This sounds like a lovely book. I’ll just have to read it. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  13. September 7, 2010 11:28 am

    I know what you mean about a book you hold dear. You just don’t want the experience to end.

  14. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 7, 2010 12:04 pm

    I’m a sucker for animals, as long as they don’t talk. For some reason that usually drives me crazy.

  15. September 7, 2010 12:44 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book, but not one I’ll be reaching for.

  16. September 7, 2010 1:31 pm

    I love the idea that the animals rescue the protagonist. This book sounds excellent. Terrific review, Kathy!

  17. September 7, 2010 3:13 pm

    I am a sucker for books where animals play a part but they sure pull on my heart strings!

  18. September 7, 2010 3:22 pm

    Great review. I sure thought this one was a good one. I intend to read Ms. Kittle’s backlist!

  19. September 7, 2010 4:07 pm

    This book has been in the back of my mind for a few weeks…it really does sound interesting.

  20. September 7, 2010 5:08 pm

     “I sighed and held it close after I closed it for the last time.”

    Ohhhh I love when that happens!

  21. September 7, 2010 5:30 pm

    I don’t know that I’ll read this book, but I like the title.

  22. September 7, 2010 5:33 pm

    This book is calling to me!

  23. September 7, 2010 7:38 pm

    Books about animals almost always wind up making me cry….

  24. September 7, 2010 7:46 pm

    I tear up pretty easily too and that happened to me after reading a short but very special note on my Facebook. This book certainly sounds like a good read. I like introspective.

  25. September 7, 2010 8:27 pm

    I could see this book being very popular because of the animal angle. I thought it was a book about a vet!!!

  26. September 7, 2010 9:27 pm

    love the cover–so endearing. it’s been a while since i hugged a book after finishing it. i had to resist the urge to TOSS mockingjay across the room last week. 🙂

  27. September 7, 2010 9:41 pm

    I loved her first book and have been drooling over this one. Must get to the library soon and check this one out. I loved reading your thoughts!

  28. diana mack permalink
    September 7, 2010 9:50 pm

    loved this book….i did think she was way too charitable toward her husband…i would think shock would trend toward fury before being rational……

  29. September 8, 2010 7:11 am

    This does sound like something I would love to read!

  30. September 8, 2010 11:38 am

    I just became aware of this book and author today as I prepared my WoW post. Glad to hear how much you enjoyed it – I thought it sounded really good. It sounds as though it really spoke to you. I enjoyed your review.

  31. September 8, 2010 12:49 pm

    I’ve heard such great things about this one — I definitely need to grab a copy!

  32. Melissa S. permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:16 pm

    I just finished this on my vacation in the UP – I loved it too, didn’t want the story to end but I really liked the way it ended too. I’m hoping to try her book Traveling Light later this week. I love when I happen upon a book by an author and I love the book and they have more books to read. Hate it when I run out of their books to read!

  33. September 8, 2010 2:44 pm

    I felt the same way you did after I finished reading. Definitely enjoyed it. I would love to discuss your qualms if you want! You can e-mail me jennala(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com.

  34. September 8, 2010 3:24 pm

    i’ve seen this book around quite a bit lately and i’m glad it’s receiving such good reviews. i’m going to have to get my hands on this one soon.

  35. September 8, 2010 5:06 pm

    Loved your review, Kathy! I really want to read this book! I’m thrilled to learn that the main character, Cami, finds comfort in her animals and is an animal lover! I think it’s terrific and says so much that Cami calls her time with the animals, church. Sounds like my kind of church! I think when you’re going through a difficult time, there’s no comfort that compares to that of a beloved pet.

    Thank you for a great review. If I have a chance to get & read this book soon, I’ll let you knw :o)
    ~ Amy

  36. September 8, 2010 7:05 pm

    This is the first I’m hearing about this one, and it sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I’m a huge animal lover.

  37. givingreadingachance permalink
    September 9, 2010 1:51 am

    Oh I Know I will love this book as well, i love animals… and yeah I feel happy and find peace with them too!

  38. September 11, 2010 7:50 am

    I’m so glad that this worked for you overall. I love that line (like someone else said): “I sighed and held it close after I closed it for the last time. “

  39. September 14, 2010 5:04 pm

    So glad you liked this one. I keep reading good reviews about this one, hopefully I can get a copy soon.

  40. September 23, 2010 2:14 pm

    I loved the Kindness of Strangers and can’t wait to read this one!

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