Charlie: A Love Story Book Summary
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.
For every person who has ever cherished a dog, Charlie: A Love Story will bring that special love rushing back. Each page is a journal entry detailing the author's bond with her dog, Charlie---a Golden Retriever with the heart of a champion.
It's clear from page one how much the author loves animals, but Charlie has a special place in her heart. His brave battle with melanoma is at the center of the book. He fights the odds with great determination and the love of his family... mom, the author; dad, the author's long-time husband; and various siblings including a few cats and canine buddies Arthur, Barney, and Sabrina.
Although the author's words clearly convey her love for Charlie, I wish there had been more details about his younger years and hers. A little more meat behind the story. As it is, you get only a small glimpse into their bond. Still, I was so sad when Charlie inevitably passed on.
For dog lovers everywhere, especially those who know how hard it is to say goodbye to our furry friends.
Note: I especially loved the pictures throughout the book. They were a nice addition and another way to showcase the mother-dog relationship.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Barbara Lampert's Bio:
Barbara Lampert is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships. She’s been in private practice in Brentwood, California for over twenty years. She considers her work a calling and loves what she does. She has a doctorate in medical sociology and two master’s degrees – one in psychology and one in sociology.
Barbara has adored dogs her whole life. They’re her passion! She considers them the magic on the planet. Barbara has had dogs most of her life and hopes to have at least one by her side always. She notes that for a lot of people, their dogs are their best friends. She loves helping people know that’s ok – that a soul-satisfying relationship may be found with any being and needs to be treasured.
Besides her love of dogs, Barbara is an avid gardener and finds herself gardening in much of her spare time. She sees her garden as a work of art. She loves being in nature – the miracle of growth, the ever-changing landscape, its beauty.
Today Barbara lives happily in Malibu, California with her husband David (married twenty-eight years!) and their six-year-old Golden Retriever, Harry.
Barbara hopes that Charlie: A Love Story will be a tribute not only to a magnificent dog but to all dogs everywhere.
For more information on the author, visit her website and Facebook page.
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