Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review of The Thing IS

The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard
The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard a very humorous novel.  Not only does it have humor, but it also has romance and mystery, plus a plot that holds the reader’s interest.  The story is told by two people.  One is a very intuitive dog with the name Prozac.  The name is apropos because he is a therapy dog.  That means his presence makes people feel better.  The other voice in the story is Meredith.  She ends up with Prozac.  By “ends up”, I mean that Prozac originally belonged to a lady who was hospitalized, so she asked a trusted friend to dog sit.  The trusted friend was Meredith’s sister, who is too busy and allergic to dogs.  It may seem to be a complicated introduction to the story, but this rigmarole is part of the humor.  Meredith is not in the mood to help out.  But somehow she’s sweet-talked into it. 
Prozac has responsibilities.  He ministers to a nursing home.  This place has a judge that keeps threatening Meredith, a bully receptionist, some sweet old ladies, a delinquent, and a love interest.  What could go wrong? 
The author, Kathleen Gerard, uses the characters for the humor.  The events of the story come from the characters -- their pettiness, their carelessness, their selfishness--their human frailties. 
The Thing Is, is an easy read.  It has everything: humor, mystery, romance, suspense and my kind of ending. Read it and find out yourself.
I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  And my review convinced a lady in my cribbage group to order it.  I read it to the group and she wrote down the ordering information and said it sounded like the perfect summer read.  Thank you, Kathleen Gerard.
Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her work has been awarded many literary prizes and has been published in magazines, journals, widely anthologized and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Kathleen writes and reviews books for Shelf Awareness. Kathleen's woman-in-jeopardy novel, IN TRANSIT, won "Best Romantic Fiction" at the New York Book Festival.

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February 9, 2016
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Tribute Books said...

Faith, I love how you introduced the book to a lady in your cribbage group, and I know Kathleen will too. Thanks for the great review.

Kathleen Gerard said...

This review is so wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed THE THING IS, and I thank you for helping to spread the word about the book. My sincerest gratitude! Keep the "faith" and Happy Reading :)

Kathleen Gerard said...

Something how you wrote that "Prozac ministers to a nursing home." Never thought of it that way :) Thank you SO MUCH for reading the novel and for sharing your thoughts so openly and candidly! I wish you much continued success on "One True Faith" - a beautiful blog!

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