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Dakota by Martha Grimes
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Feb 03, 10

Read from January 24 to 27, 2010

Andi Oliver is a beautiful young woman and a drifter. Andi cannot remember her real past so she has made up a background for herself. She rarely tells anyone that she actually suffers from amnesia and doesn’t know where she is from or if she has a family.

Grimes introduced Andi in the novel Biting the Moon. As Andi walks along the road, she discovers a donkey that has been mistreated. Andi manages to free the donkey and takes the donkey with her. When she reaches the town of Kingdom, she runs into Eula Bond that owns a vegetable stand. Eula is a kind woman and points her in the direction of the stables where she can put up her donkey for the night. Eula also tells her of a good place to spend the night.

Andi is befriended by a local rancher who offers Andi a place to stay and a job. The duties on the ranch leave Andi a lot of spare time so she takes a job at Klaven’s pig farming facility. Andi has a soft place in her heart for animals and can’t stand the abuse the pigs have to suffer at this facility.

Andi is an interesting character with a big heart. The book dwells on many animal rights issues and in places is difficult to read and learn the truth about how animals are really treated in some of the farm facilities and the slaughtering houses.

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