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Posted July 27, 2012
Charlie: A Love Story by Barbara Lampert
Charlie was the perfect dog, loving, devoted and Barbara’s best friend. Barbara loved dogs but the connection she had with Charlie was deeper and more intimate than the connection she had with any of her other dogs. When Charlie was eleven years old, he got really sick but fought to stay alive. Charlie endured a lot but because of his love for life and Barbara, he never gave up.
This was a heartfelt book that evoked some strong emotions, especially being a dog owner. The connection that the author had with Charlie and her other dogs, were beautiful and unique. I have never had a connection with an animal like that. Her dogs were like children to her; especially Charlie and she treated them more like humans than dogs. I thought that was really special and am glad animals can have people love them and take care of them like that when some are not that lucky.
I’m honestly not a non-fiction reader so this book was a little more difficult for me to get into reading, which is not the books fault. I like animals and thought I would try something a little different from my traditional read when I was asked to review it. The story was written in journal entries, which also took a while for me to get used to. It was well written and an honest account of the love between Charlie and the author who also struggled to make the right choices for Charlie.
It was a beautiful story that pulled at the heartstrings and people who love dogs and are non-fiction readers will love this book.
I received this book from Tribute Books for review.
Posted April 3, 2012
As an animal lover I always enjoy reading a story about a remarkable dog. But in this story instead of just reading about a wonderful dog, I was also allowed to glimpse the amazing relationship between Charlie and the human he loved.
The author writes in journal style, painting a wonderful picture of the garden she tends, but as her beloved Golden Charlie starts battling health issues the journal becomes more about him and his unwavering spirit to live. I really found myself immersed in this story, and couldn't put the book down. While the story is about Charlie we also get to meet his other pack members and learn how they became a part of the Lampert family. The author shares plenty of photos of Charlie and her other dogs that were beautiful. A heartfelt, touching story, that left me in tears, but also had me hugging my dog Marley and being thankful that God allows such remarkable animals to share our lives!
A book that I highly recommend to anyone, animal lovers, or someone just looking for a story about true unconditional love. This book will certainly have a permanent place in my library! Thank you Ms. Lampert for sharing Charlie's remarkable story with us.
Posted March 28, 2012
I highly recommend this wonderful book!
Barbara's journal about her beloved Golden Retriever Charlie captured me right away. Woven in with tales of Charlie and her beautiful garden are many profound and inspirational thoughts about life - and the best way to live it.
I read the book in one sitting - I didn't want the book to end.
Posted March 27, 2012
This beautifully written collection of diary entries, as would be expected from the title and appealing cover picture, is primarily the tale of the relationship between Barbara, a psychotherapist, and her extraordinary golden retriever. As a dog lover (currently living with a not-really-a-substitute cat), I was moved not only by the obvious courage of Charlie as he conquered one medical crisis after another, but with the tremendous patience, dedication, and heart revealed by Barbara. On a roughly parallel track, the book also follows the development of her magnificent garden in Malibu. You can almost see the plants growing, and the meandering pathways developing under Barbara’s meticulous care. Anyone who loves animals (especially, but not exclusively dogs) or is into gardening, will find something in this book to cherish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2012