The Blessings of the Animals: A Novel

The Blessings of the Animals: A Novel

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by Katrina Kittle
     
 

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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

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divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete.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

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Lesley Kagen
“Wonderfully poignant characters and a deeply satisfying exploration of love in its many incarnations, some of them a bit furrier than others, make this novel Katrina Kittle’s most insightful yet. Don’t miss it!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062006790
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/03/2010
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
3,811
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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The Blessings of the Animals 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 64 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Veterinarian Cami Anderson returns from a horse rescue to find her husband of eighteen years packing. To her shock, he tells her he is moving out. Even more shocking, within a week she discovers that he is living with a girl not much older than their daughter, a young woman that Cami had employed at her practice. The Blessings Of The Animals follows Cami's life after this door slams shut on a big piece of her life. Readers get a viseral sense of what this kind of betrayal feels like. The book explores the depths of her shock, anger and despair, and how she begins to move beyond the nightmare to carve out a new life that expands her horizons and brings her contentment, love and even joy. Kittle fills the book with vibrant characters. There is Gabrielle, the couple's smart, vivacious teenage daughter who reacts by breaking up with her longtime boyfriend and refusing to let anyone get close. Cami's birth family is introduced. Her patrician mother and father, who raised her in the horse-racing and training business, show up in stark contrast to her ex-inlaws, who are a extroverted, noisy and nosy bunch. Her brother is gay and in a relationship that seems very stable. Friends surround Cami, from her best female friend to a male doctor friend who has been in her life since childhood, and who now wants to make the friendship something more serious. Then there are the animals. There is Moonshot, the horribly abused stallion she rescued that day, who comes back to life and health under Cami's care, all the while restoring her own sense of well-being. There is a comic goat, a rescued three-legged ginger tom, and various other dogs and horses and donkeys. The animals unfreeze her heart and help her remember what she loved about her career. What a joy it is to find a book that you can't wait to pick back up! Kittle's deft portrayal of this common situation and her insight into how life can start over will strike a chord in readers. This book is highly recommended for all readers.
_JAQUELINE_ More than 1 year ago
Any animal lover knows the many blessings they are. Cami is a veterinarian and this is the connection for her love of animals. What humans can't seem to give naturally animals can. This is one of those starting over kind of books with heartfelt life lessons that bring the tears to sting the eyes. When her husband, Bobby, a chef and restaurant owner, leaves her for a young waitress, she has to explain it to her 17 year old daughter somehow. Cami's solace is her brood of misfit rescue animals who in the end are responsible for teaching her what she was searching for. This is a joy to read and one to remember.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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. My Review: I loved the story that is woven throughout the pages of this novel, The Blessings Of The Animals by Katrina Kittle even though there are elements about it you may not care for. One of these is the gay marriage between Cami's brother Davy to his partner David and their subsequent attempted adoption of a child. This is something that goes against my beliefs but I found that I could still enjoy the story of Cami and her daughter, Gabriella, as they struggle to find a way to keep their farm intact while going through a rough divorce from her ex husband Bobby. Since dealing with this exact situation in my own personal life, I could relate to Cami's struggle to see her husband leaving and divorcing her as something as a blessing of a life to come. The wonderful parallel between a horse she has rescued from an abusive woman as part of an animal control raid, teaches her through the love and compassion of caring for a wounded horse, that she too can learn to trust and love again. There are so many great parts of this book, between all the animals that Cami gets stuck with caring for when no one else will and besides the horse, Moonshot, is the relationship she has with Muriel her beloved goat. This story truly is a must read for anyone that has that unique connection with animals and the love that coexists between us and them in our own language of love. I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and would still rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars for the story content.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
When searching for new books, I often look to authors that I truly enjoyed in the past, and search for recommended books that are written by "like" authors. Katrina Kittle is one such author. After much review I chose this selection, "The Blessings of the Animals". I was very disappointed in this novel. It lacked depth, character development and really did not have much of a plot. Come to think of it a BLAH book. You know what I mean, you don't hate it but don't like it either, and in six months you will have forgotten you ever read it. Too many good books out there to waste your time.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Read this in three sittings. I enjoyed my last Katrina Kittle read and I was super excited when I saw this on the Crazy Book Tours website. From the way she describes her characters and their settings to how they interact and the situations they find themselves in - her writing just draws you in and keeps you hooked. A woman battling through separation and divorce, as she tries to raise her teenage daughter and continue her growing veterinary business. I felt connected to these characters real fast and wanted so much to know what was going to happen next at every moment. Telling a story about a woman who is going through such a large transition with friends surrounded was such a great positive twist. I loved that she had a great cast of characters that came in and out, but they also had their own distinct storylines that also kept me glued to it. I would recommend this book to my lady readers who love a story that keeps you hooked from the first page to the very end.
bcarr More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this book. It is often said of a non-fiction book, it reads like fiction. Several times while reading "The Blessings of the Animals", I had to remind myself it was indeed fiction. It was a touching story told beautifully. If you have ever been loved and comforted by a four-legged friend it is a must read. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book I am 3/4 of the way through. I can't wait to see what happens and at the same time I don't want it to end.  If you are an animal lover this is a book for you. If you been hurt this is a book for you.  Again not done with it yet .  I may come back and change my review to five stars.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I liked the ending..
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seemed to be contemporary chick lit but turned out to be a much more thoughtful book about the aftermath of divorce and the meaning of friendships. Positive, amusing, well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deeply emotional, beautiful story
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What a great story, I loved this book! It shines light on the healing properties pets have for us.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts out good and you think...this will be a good one. So, you keep reading along, wait for the main character to get to be more than just what you read and then, bam, the book ends. What? That's it? Are you kidding me? You make me read 350 pages to get here? What a terrible ending. The author actally had too many characters in this book and left her main on the side. Too bad because it could have been good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on page 24, and as an equistrian myself, I've already cried once. Definate read for anyone with a love for animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love animals interspersed with family drama, you will enjoy this book. A truly heartwarming anf enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching book. Enjoyed it very much!
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Very insightful book about our connection to animals
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I could not put this book down. It made me laugh and cry. I never wanted it to end.