Wednesday, September 7, 2016
"This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without."
How do you pick up a book and start reading it, when you don't know ANYthing about it? The quote above was the first line in the dustjacket. There were a few more indications about what it was about, with comparisons to The Art of Racing in the Rain and the Life of Pi, but that was it. But, I had seen a lot of bloggers raving about this book. And I finally read a review that told me what it was about. OOoh... But if you don't want me to spoil it for you, and you want to discover the story on your own, just pick up the book and trust me. Also remember to grab a box of tissues.... And now cover your eyes for the rest of this review.
Now, if you are still curious and have kept reading, here is the gist of the book... It's about the depths of our love, fierce loyalty and the need for forgiveness all wrapped up in a ball of wonderfulness!
Lily is a dachsund owned by Ted, a L.A. guy who at the start of the book is alone and miserable after having ended a long term relationship with a guy named Jeffrey. But Lily is really his greatest love, sharing confidences about cute boys, playing monopoly on game nights and eating pizza on Sundays. Lily has been with Ted through rain or shine, and he's not about to let Lily be abducted by some... Octopus. Now, I don't mean that literally, but the octopus plays a big part in the story. "The Octopus" appears one day on Lily's head. It's actually a mass that looks just like an octopus with its' arms hanging down around the sides of Lily's head. And this is the start of the fight of a lifetime...
The story is imaginative, charming, and will leave you with the warm fuzzies. It will also make you start to choke up in spots, especially if you have had or have a special furbaby in your life. I don't want to say much more, but the story really is heartwarming and the author paints such an amazing true picture of that deep loving relationship we have with our babies that just happen to have four legs. Dog lover? Just read it, you won't be sorry.
Lily and the Octopus by Steve Rowley is published by Simon & Schuster, and can be found at your local bookstore now!