30 Before 30 - October Book (The Blessings of Animals by Katrina Kittle)

The second book I decided to read for my big challenge was...

I'm really trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to the books I read. I have a tendency to read books in series or mysteries so this was way out of my norm.  Actually, all I did to choose this book was click through my Kindle for titles that caught my attention... "animals"... sure I'll read it! At the beginning I thought I would be disappointed because this book was all about relationships, love, blah blah blah... I'm not into mushy gushy books... however it didn't take too long before I was completely absorbed!


From Katrina Kittle, critically acclaimed author of The Kindness of Strangers, comes a wry and moving story of forgiveness, flexibility, happiness, and the art of moving on.

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divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete.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 finds 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—and its disconnects.


As I read through this book I couldn't help but think about the animal relationship in my life. I am so thankful for having a strong love and bond with a dog that makes me stop and take in the little things in life. Even though he doesn't know it, he has taught Dan and I a lot about ourselves and what it means to be a family. I think this book is right... animals are a blessing :)

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