Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac.
Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week.
Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.
I love stories where the animal characters take the lead and this is one of these. The aptly named Prozac is a Yorkshire terrier, in his current form, at least. Prozac is a dog spirit guide, who helps humans and when his current ‘owner’ is incapacitated, he is foist on the unsuspecting Meredith, with hilarious and often poignant results.
Meredith is depressed and grieving. She doesn’t like dogs and this leads to some inevitable posturing as dog and human come to terms with one another. The other stars of this story are the residents of the Evergreen Gardens care facility. They all have a story and a tragedy and Prozac as the therapy dog helps them all but will this still be the case when he lives with hermit like Meredith?
There is gentle romance, a curious mystery and lots of fun in this story, which is unusual and intriguing. It’s a story about acceptance, learning to adapt and not taking situations or people at face value. If you like your stories quirky with unique protagonists, then this one is for you.
I received a copy of this story from Red Adept publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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