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More About the Author
Carol currently writes from the heart and through a dog's eyes. Often telling her stories to Laberdoodles, Basset Hounds and any stray that happens by, it wasn't long before people stopped to have a listen as well. Now Carol writes for people and speaks to large audiences, dogs included.
Contact Carol at http://www.carolmckibben.com
Top Customer Reviews
Luke is an adorable golden retriever, who loves his humans without reservation. He tells us there are tale of woe and carries us along on his journey to bring them back to wholeness. This is the story of a broken family, like so many others, and yet unlike them. Ashuldt to my mind is the typical male today, when everything's going well, he is a great partner, but the moment, tragedy strikes, he sticks his head in the sand, and cannot handle the emotionalism involved. Sarah's choice to leave when she found out she had breast cancer was brave and motivated by her love for him and her understanding of his limitations.
Reading this book, I found that Luke made more sense than his humans. Carol writes Luke's thought's in such a manner that we feel and understand Sarah's reluctance to add her growing illness to the number of issues that her partner has to deal with. We also can see how difficult a time Ashludnt has had accepting his brother's death and we feel for him. We empathize with him and understand that he blames himself for the tragedy, added to that is the glaring malpractice suit that threatens to destroy his life and career.
What you have here is a story that will touch your heart, a story courage , forgiveness, and most of all unconditional love.Read more ›
Author: Carol McKibben
Publisher: Troll River Publications
"Real love means caring about another without the thought of what we might get for ourselves. Real love is when we don't put conditions on people in order to love them. It's not real love when other people like us for doing what they want us to do," Sara explains in Carol McKibben's novel, "Luke's Tale - A Story of Unconditional Love."
This one hundred and seventy-three page tome has a photograph of the back end of a large dog's body walking on sand on the front cover. With mild profanity, the book is targeted toward both men and women who have a love for dogs and how they blend into a family unit as it discusses cancer, death, blindness and psychology. Unfortunately, many punctuation and page flushing errors distract from the reading.
Written from a dog's point of view, Luke is a young golden Labrador Retriever who is owned and deeply loved by Ashlundt, a psychologist, and Sara, a twenty-three year old student working on her doctorate in psychology, as they live in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
The first chapter begins in three years into the future where blind Luke is grieving at a hospital but the reader is unaware what is happening, who is hurt or why he is there. This part of the story is later played out about two thirds through the book.
Reverting to the past, one day Sara abruptly announces to Ash that she is leaving to study abroad for a while, leaving him in care of their canine companion. Moody, angry and prone to temper-tantrums, Ash practically ignores the dog as he wallows in self-pity, selfishness and rage as he tries frantically to track her down.Read more ›
Ashlundt is a psychologist whose life, he feels, has become futile when he is entrapped in a malpractice suit involving the suicide of a patient.
On the other hand, Sara discovers she has breast cancer and has little hope in life. She decides to face this dreadful situation alone, not even wanting to tell her husband about it. And so their lives begin to move apart, each lost in their own misfortunes.
During this difficult time in their lives, Luke acts a common bond.
The author tells a very moving story, revealing many of the emotions felt by not only the owners, but Luke himself and his endless efforts in bringing his owners back together.
The story is full of unconditional love, forgiveness, courage and emotions that a pet can have for humans. The beauty of story lies in its description from Luke's point of view.
Though I am not a person who is easily, this story really brought tears to my eyes. I suspect it will have the same effect on nearly everyone who reads this book. I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a pet lover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book as a gift from the author. If you have only one takeaway from this book, it should be the unconditional love you feel for someone else. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Indiquinn
What a wonderful story of unconditional love as told through the narrative of life's most loving creatures, a beloved pet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janice Beatty
Great book, Luke's unconditional love was awesome. Our pets do love unconditionally. Can't wait to read more!Published 8 months ago by Lori
Luke's Tale by Carol McKibben is a heart-rending story of a couple torn apart by cancer, a couple who love each other dearly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by tassy
Luke's Tale is a cute, predictable story told in a childlike manner from the dog's point of view. It's the story of his owners, their issues and how Luke was able to help them... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Christine G
Boring, silly, and predictable. I stopped reading it about a quarter of the way through.Published 17 months ago by bluiiz
I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone especially dog lovers!Published 19 months ago by Anne Smith
This was a refreshing book - seen through the eye of a beloved dog.
I would recommend it , especially to those that have animals. Easy read