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Review – The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

Review – The Thing Is by Kathleen GerardThe Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard
Published by Red Adept Publishing on February 9th, 2016
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 299
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she's not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac.
Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week.
Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it's still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.

Merideth Mancuso has been hiding from the world since the tragic death of her beloved fiance?. In a whirlwind of circumstances deemed by fate Merideth is asked to watch cute little dog Prozac while his owner is healing from a broken ankle. Begrudgingly she takes on the task. Prozac is a therapy dog with commitments to Evergreen Gardens and independent living facility. Prozac’s crazy antics and social commitments slowly draw Meredith out of the emotional fortress she has been living in for so long. Meredith finds surprising comfort as Prozac and his people reach out to her.

In ” an Oyster Shell –  This was a cute but very emotional read that deals with grieving over the loss of loved ones.

The Pearls – The premise of this story was cute and imaginative. A mensa qualified dog? Are you kidding me? It was cute, funny and very poignant. I thought this was a clever way to deal with the subject of grief.

The characters were well developed. I don’t often come across animal characters but Prozac the dog was a hoot. What was going through his mind at different times was just so funny. It is easy to imagine that pets might have an ulterior motive when they come into our lives. The residents at Evergreen Gardens were crazy and realistic.

The overall concept is what won me over in the end. Animals helping us through grief. It was an emotional read that I would suggest to anyone.

The Sand – I enjoyed the book thoroughly, though the concept of a reincarnated dog was a bit of a stretch for me.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Kathleen Gerard

Kathleen Gerard is a writer whose work has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and nominated for Best New American Voices and Short Story America, all national prizes in literature. Kathleen writes across genres. Her short prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, journals and anthologies. Her essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR).

Kathleen’s woman-in-jeopardy novel In Transit won The New York Book Festival – “Best Romantic Fiction” (2011). Kathleen is a book reviewer for and a contributor to Shelf Awareness and maintains the blog, “Reading Between the Lines.”

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