The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard

The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (276 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Ever since the death of her fiancé, Meredith Mancuso 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.

This book is such fun to read. It’s written in the first person with two points of view: Meredith, who is still grieving for her deceased boyfriend and Prozac (yes you read that right) a dog who needs a temporary home.

Prozac is no ordinary dog, he’s a Spirit Guide Dog presently acting as a Certified Therapy Dog for Helen, an elderly British lady. Meredith reluctantly agrees to take care of Prozac while his owner is in hospital, but she is not prepared for the hijinks of Prozac and the elderly residents of Evergreen Gardens, one of the locations where he works as a therapy dog.

Despite the depression of Meredith, the story is very light hearted and moves quickly from disaster to disaster and the resolution of these hiccups in life. Along the way Meredith finds a way out of the doldrums, Prozac would make anyone smile – or lose their temper. She also finds her life is not completely destroyed and she can begin to live and love again.

This is cleverly written with delightful characters, each of them unique in their own way. The older ladies and men are exactly as one would expect – full of fun and devilment.

A truly enjoyable book which dragged me in and wouldn’t let me stop reading until I got to the unexpected conclusion.

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