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The blessings of the animals
Katrina Kittle
Adult Fiction KITTLE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Beginning with the end of Cami Anderson's marriage, Kittle (The Kindness of Strangers) wades through heartache and tragedy yet manages to find elegance and charm in her latest novel. Cami's distress is palpable as she deals with her husband's seemingly inexplicable decision to leave her and their teenage daughter, Gabriella. Juggling her veterinary practice, her now cynical daughter, and her own feelings takes up all of Cami's time but she soon realizes that she has no monopoly on struggle: her brother and his male partner lose their adopted daughter to the child's biological mother. Cami taps into her own experience with loss to help the couple, which leads her to take a more honest look at her marriage and the new life ahead of her. While Cami stumbles through post-divorce dating and raising Gabriella, her family of animals-horses, cats, dogs, and a goat-provide respite. Cami's reflections, in tandem with those of delightful friends, present a long-view of the nature of marriage and relationships. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Love and relationships are at the heart of Kittle's (The Kindness of Strangers) fourth novel. Veterinarian Cami Anderson feels she'll fall apart when husband Bobby, miserably dissatisfied with the limited amount of time Cami spends with him owing to her active participation in animal rescue, walks out on her and their teenaged daughter. In trying to recover her emotional equilibrium, stumbling Cami faces numerous changes and challenges. As the novel unfolds, it is clear that it is her inimitable relationship with her foster animals, including an abused horse, as well as her friendships and family bonds, that help her awaken to an improved-Bobby-free life. Kittle serves a lovely buffet here, offering something for everyone. A surprise folded in now and then keeps us on our toes; characters, both human and animal, are believable, compassionate, and realistic. Verdict With Muriel, the goat, adding much-needed whimsy and spirit to all our lives, this lovely novel is a blessing.-Andrea Tarr, Corona P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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