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The Blessings of the Animals: A Novel Paperback – August 3, 2010
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Cam Anderson is a fixer. As a small-town veterinarian, she ministers to the usual parade of household pets, and as an animal-rescue volunteer she liberates abused horses, abandoned donkeys, stray goats. The one thing Cam can’t salvage is her marriage. The morning her temperamental husband tells her he’s leaving her, she’s dumbfounded. The afternoon she catches him in the arms of a much younger woman, she’s devastated. And the fact that everyone around her seems to be rejoicing in their own relationships isn’t helping. Her best friend is engaged; her parents are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary; her gay brother and his partner are adopting. Though she turns to both an old friend and a new acquaintance to help her learn to trust her heart again, Cam ultimately discovers that her menagerie of maltreated critters are her most reliable instructors. With subtle yet shimmering insight, Kittle explores the resilience of human nature and the indelible role animals play in healing shattered emotions. --Carol Haggas
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Here's some examples from just the first 150 pages which I read... the main character supposedly suffered from anorexia nervosa, but was instantly cured by the sight of a cute boy. As someone who had a family member with this terrible disorder, I was outraged that the author wrote about something so deadly without the necessary research and understanding of it (and shame on the editor who allowed this to be printed).
The next absurdity due to lack of research by the author occurred shortly after that. The main character is a veterinarian, yet when a horse develops two abscesses, in two different feet, she neither lances/drains them nor starts the horse on antibiotics...for three days (which is as far as I got in the storyline). This would be malpractice, gross incompetence and animal neglect if this really happened. Again, the author could have visited a few internet sites about abcesses in horses and gotten enough knowledge to write a believable storyline, but she didn't.
The third ridiculous "event" happens when the two veterinarians are sent to investigate an animal abuse/hoarding situation. A cat climbs up the one veterinarians clothes. This so scares both veterinarians that they run to a neighbors house in fear, and, once there, they sit and have coffee rather than resume their cruelty investigation. Are you kidding me??? Anyone involved with animals, whether veterinarian or abuse investigator, would not be scared of a cat climbing on them...nor would they sit and have coffee and do nothing about the abuse happening next door. The whole scene was absurd.
That was when I gave up. The characters simply were not believable, the dialog cliched, the "medicine" being talked about was incompetent, the animals were being left in painful and abusive situations and yet you're not suppose to notice or care. I could not get past this to continue the book.
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