Title: The Blessings of the Animals
Author: Katrina Kittle
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Cami Anderson knows her marriage isn’t doing well. Her husband, Bobby, has been more and more distant, his restaurant unable to fulfill him like he’d hoped. Cami loves her work as a veterinarian, helping the Humane Society whenever she can. On a day that she and Bobby were supposed to spend together, Cami gets a call about dying horses and has no choice but to rush and try to save the lovely animals. When she returns home, exhausted and in pain, Bobby announces that he’s leaving her. Cami must figure out how to move on from her broken marriage and realizes that it’s with animals that she finds solace and healing.
I’d heard great things about Katrina Kittle’s books, but never had actually read any of them. When a review opportunity for The Blessings of the Animals came up, I passed on it, but after reading the amazing, glowing, gushing reviews of this book, I was kicking myself for not having accepted it. Then in came a wonderful book blogging friend who offered me her copy once she was finished with it. I was ecstatic, and it was all I could do not to tear into this book the moment I received it.
I loved The Blessings of the Animals. I loved the main character, I loved the animals and her relationship with them (and that’s saying something, considering I’m not really an animal person), I loved the story, I loved all the secondary characters – it was just a wonderful, sweet book from beginning to end. Cami was an incredible character and I loved watching her stand on her own two feet as the novel progressed. She found inner reserves of strength that she didn’t know she had, learning to let go of the anger and sense of betrayal she felt. I know this is vague, but I can’t really put into words why I liked her so much. She’s just someone I’d want as a friend, at my side when things are bad.
The storyline of The Blessings of the Animals might seem like an overdone cliché from my summary, but trust me, it’s not. From beginning to end, this story did not go anywhere that I thought it would. Instead of being about Cami trying to find a new man, or reconcile with her old one, it was about Cami the person. Her work, her life, her relationship with her daughter, her friends. That’s not to say there weren’t love interests, her husband or otherwise, just that the book wasn’t about that. It was about Cami being happy by herself.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed The Blessings of the Animals. It was an amazing novel, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read something by Katrina Kittle. I’m definitely going to go out and pick up her backlist, and you can be sure that any review offers I get in the future for books of hers will be met with an automatic YES!