Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blog Tour Review: Charlie - A Love Story by Barbara Lampert

Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and the author, Barbara Lampert. It takes place in Malibu, California. When Charlie turned eleven years old and started having some health problems, a journal Barbara was keeping about her garden quickly became mostly about Charlie.

Charlie: A Love Story is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And as a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, Barbara brings that sensibility and understanding to Charlie’s story as well.

Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about an extraordinary dog and an extraordinary relationship.

Publication Date: January 16, 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Source: Thanks so much to Nicole Langan of Tribute Books for letting me be a part of this blog tour!


I wasn't expecting to become so emotionally invested in this story. I don't have any pets, but I do have three small kids, and found it easy to relate to alot of the Author's emotions in the book.

One of the things I was most surprised by was how intimate it would be to read through these very personal journal entries. They started out focusing on gardening and doggie Charlie puttering around with her. Since Charlie is getting older he begins facing a multitude of health issues. As the story progresses and Charlie is facing his last days the emotions are so raw and honest.

Truthfully this book was so touching to me. As I said before, I don't have any dogs but I can relate to the intense emotions that the author was talking about in relation to my kids. Forever wouldn't be long enough to spend with them. Charlie: A Love Story reminded me how important it is to cherish the days I have with my loved ones because every single day I get to spend with them is a gift.


Barbara Lampert said...

Thank you for hosting me on your site, and for your very touching and perceptive review of my book!
My best to you and your readers!

Tribute Books said...

Jackie, it says a lot - not being a dog owner - just how much you were touched by Barbara's book. Thank you for your heartfelt and moving review.

Jackie M. said...

Thanks so much Barbara and Nicole! I really did connect with this book so much! Thanks for having me as a stop on the tour :D

Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

This sounds like a sweet book!!!

Barbara Lampert said...

Thank you so much! Yes, Jackie wrote a wonderful review of Charlie's story!