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    Enjoyable read,heart warming,funny and sad at times.Lots of great stories collectively of diverent people.Kept you turning the page for more.
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    Creative, fun, and highly entertaining

    Favorite Quotes: “My mind felt like a shaken-up snow globe.” “H&R Block was Monica’s pet parakeet. Only a twelve-year-old numbers whiz - a kid who used to keep ledger books on how much she spent on chewing gum and hair barrettes – would have named a pet after a retail tax service mogul.” “The judge picked up her iPad and pressed it against her chest as if she were going to breastfeed it.” “Annette laced her fingers together and said, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, help us find a parking space.’ No sooner had Annette spoken that phrase than a car pulled out of a parallel parking spot on the street… Well, look at that! Even though I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Episcopalian, that tried-and-true Catholic prayer never fails.’” “‘Oh, I can’t be bothered to learn all that.’ Mary flapped her hands. ‘I’m eighty-eight years old. Why don’t I just take up twerking!’” “If you’re not carting around some baggage by the time you get to be our age, then you’re probably not living.” My Review: The premise of this sweet and multi-layered story was unique and extremely clever. Written from a dual POV with one narrator being a repeatedly reincarnated dog, named Prozac, who enjoyed “a canine Mensa IQ and an extensive vocabulary.” What a brilliant concept! I enjoyed it, adored it, gobbled it up, and continued to ponder it long after I had finished. The writing was emotive, fun, humorous, heart squeezing, and well textured. While the plot initially felt slow to develop, I soon realized there were many things going on many different levels with tentacles extending out in several different directions. Prozac was a Spirit Guide Dog, which were defined as highly evolved creatures with specific placements and “explicit jobs and functions to perform during their limited time on earth.” The Canine Dispatch Board repeatedly transported him to earth, as vastly different breeds, after a quick briefing on his next assignment. Prozac was among the elite of his group and considered “something of a canine Sigmund Freud.” He had well earned the nickname of, “The Human Whisperer” after thousands of years of honing his craft. He personally defined his job description to be that dogs led people to other people. In his current placement, part of Prozac’s role involved being a therapy dog with a busy itinerary, which included visits to a senior living center, which his disgruntled handler once described as “an elderly version of Melrose Place.” He was temporarily placed, through force and ultimately blackmail, into the care of a popular romance writer named Meredith, who was struggling with her own set of issues. The story was exceedingly well plotted, highly entertaining, and craftily unraveled by the two narrators. This was my first Kathleen Gerard experience, but one I would gladly repeat into perpetuity.
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