A memoir of a high-functioning alcoholic who loses just about everything he holds dear except one out-of-control Bernese Mountain dog named Hola. ThisA memoir of a high-functioning alcoholic who loses just about everything he holds dear except one out-of-control Bernese Mountain dog named Hola. This is his story of reclaiming his life (and maybe even his wife) by becoming involved with competitive dog training.
Trying every method known, Marty works with the dog. In between, he goes to AA meetings and stays busy. At times, it seems as if he is trading one addiction (alcohol) for another (obsession with training Hola).
Can Hola learn? Can Martin? Will the pair manage to achieve the Canine Good Citizen award?
Notable quotes: Depression is anger without the enthusiasm. (p. 43) Recovering alcoholics, like children and dogs, require routine. (p. 43) Totes. (his word of mouth advertising campaign on various pages)
A hilarious, but truthful take on what it means to be a woman. All the foibles, all the follies, all the joys, and everything in between that makes upA hilarious, but truthful take on what it means to be a woman. All the foibles, all the follies, all the joys, and everything in between that makes up a woman's life.
Moran takes on growing up, fashion, love, birth, and even abortion in an insightful, if irreverent way. Loved her take on high heels. I agree wholeheartedly.
Can't recall when this reader laughed so much, yet there were some sobering thoughts expressed as well.
Recommended for feminists, whether female OR male....more
There were moments that were interesting, but more that weren't. This is a cross between stream-of-consciobut did not finish this auto-theory memoir.
There were moments that were interesting, but more that weren't. This is a cross between stream-of-consciousness writing, literary prose, and tripe. Lots of compounded words that appear to be created just for the writing.
Obviously, this is a gender-bending work, but not compelling enough to finish it. ...more
The title says it all, and we've all known people like this. People we love, but once they leave, we like them oh-so-much better. It is true for Tig,The title says it all, and we've all known people like this. People we love, but once they leave, we like them oh-so-much better. It is true for Tig, too.
Laugh out loud moments combined with moments of poignancy...people we'd like to meet in real life AS LONG AS they don't outstay their welcome.
For Tig, it is Pete, her love, but also her mother and sister Wendy. Each one drives Tig a bit crazy, but maybe it is just Tig that needs to let some things go. But can she?
Will she figure it out before she loses everything she holds dear? Especially the people in her life? What (or who) to keep?
Quotes to remember: That is the definition of magic--making something real out of something fantastic. (p. 244) The definition of life should be long periods of monotony and body maintenance punctuated by occasional moments of glory and despondency. (p. 240)
Full disclosure: I received this novel as a First Reads Goodreads giveaway, but that in no way affects this review.
A historical romance which featuresFull disclosure: I received this novel as a First Reads Goodreads giveaway, but that in no way affects this review.
A historical romance which features feisty Keelan Grey and Landon Hart sparring when first they meet. Dressed as a young lad, Keelan is being trained in self-defense by her father's servant Daniel. She is spirited and beautiful, and she catches the eye of Landon Hart, a sea-going captain of the "Desire." Because of her mother's experience, Keelan knows the heartbreak of loving a man of the sea and vows to never let it happen to her, yet she can't help but fall for the dashing Landon. Especially when he protects her more than once, and his kisses aren't too bad, either.
Keelan's father is dying and he only wants her to get married, and an arranged marriage is in works. That's not in Keelan's plans for her life and the two suitors (old Mr. Pratt and Everett Garrison, her father's physician) are not of her choosing. Still, Captain Hart is a rake, in her opinion, and no matter what, she doesn't want to admit to her feelings for him.
But will she ever realize what she feels for him? Or will she marry another? Will Hart win out?
This is the first of three books, and it seems true to the times. There are a few mistakes despite the editing, but none so glaring as to destroy the enjoyment of the story. The most egregious is the repeated misspelling of the word, court-martial.
While the story ends on the pair's happily-ever-after, there is a mystery to be resolved in the following novel. With an excerpt of the next novel Hart's Passion included in this proof, the author gives enough background from this one that a reader wouldn't be lost if they happen to miss this one, but as for this reader, hopefully, I'll read them in order. That the author loves one of my favorite romances, A Rose in Winter, is just an added plus.