Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle

About the book: Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete. Couples all around her are approaching important milestones. Her parents are preparing to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Her brother and his partner find their marriage dreams legally blocked. Her former sister-in-law - still her best friend - is newly engaged. The youthfully exuberant romance of her teenage daughter is developing complications. And three separate men - including her ex-husband - are becoming entangled in Cami's messy post marital love life.

But as she struggles to come to terms with her own doubts amid this chaotic circus of relationships, Cami find strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage's great mysteries.

Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, which received the Great Lakes book Award for Fiction. She lives in Dayton, Ohio.

My thoughts: Katrina Kittle is one of my favorite authors and The Blessings of the Animals did not disappoint me. If you're an animal lover then this books is for you. I loved that when Cami's marriage is falling apart she turns to the animals on her farm, which include several horses, dogs, a cat, a goat and a pregnant donkey. This book made me laugh and made me cry. This book made me think differently about the institution of marriage and what it truly takes to make a great marriage. I was really sad to read the last page, I wanted to know more. This book is going on my keeper shelf and I will be reading again.


  1. Hi Deb!

    I've been trying to reach you via email:-)

    My second book is being released, CHASING AMANDA. We had such a good time on the blog tour for Megan's Way that I thought I'd see if you'd like to participate again. Send me an email and let me know.


    Melissa Foster

  2. Sounds like an interesting read since there appear to be many animals in the story.

  3. Sounds like an interesting book considering that there are some animals in the story.