The Thing IsTitle:  The Thing Is
Series:
Author:  Kathleen Gerard
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Published:  February 9, 2016
Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Read on for my thoughts on The Thing Is.  No true spoilers, promise.

Don’t be fooled by the cute and adorable Yorkie on the cover of The Thing Is.  This is a story that will touch you deeply, maybe open your eyes to some truths that you need to see and simply melt your heart.

Prozac is not your average Yorkie.  This little amaze-ball of silky fur is in fact a Spirit Guide Dog and he’s been around the block a few times now.  This reincarnation he’s living with a wonderful elderly lady who has trained him as a Therapy Dog which is kinda cool as he gets to go out and meet with kids and seniors who need a touch of his special-ness.  But when Helen breaks her foot and Prozac is sent off to shelter with a very non-doggie person, his true purpose is shown to him.

Meredith is simply going through the motions of life.  A few years ago, after a birthday celebration dinner her fiance was murdered in front of her eyes and she could do nothing to save him.  Senseless violence over such a stupid thing, and that action took away her love, her future and perhaps even her own life.  Prozac and the elderly people he visits every week will be the catalyst to bring Meredith back from the edge.  Oh, it won’t be easy – and she’s going to be kicking and fighting all the way… but eventually she will start to see that into every life horrible things may and often do happen.  How we deal with them, how we continue to live despite them is the real lesson to be learned and Meredith has the very best teachers.

Meredith’s and Prozac’s points of view will tell the story in The Thing Is.  You will find some laugh out loud moments, definitely some tears – but you will also experience strength and dignity, and at the heart a life meant to be lived not coasted through will finally become a reality for Meredith.

I think you’re gonna love this story and I can almost guarantee a smile and a tear.  This is one story that needs to be on your reading list.

*I received an e-ARC of The Thing Is from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

Available in paperback and for the Kindle