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The Blessings of the Animals

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,863 ratings  ·  405 reviews

From Katrina Kittle, critically acclaimed author of The Kindness of Strangers, comes a wry and moving story of forgiveness, flexibility, happiness, and the art of moving on.

Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdate

Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Traveling Sister Read Review by NORMA, BRENDA and LINDSAY!!
THE BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS by KATRINA KITTLE was not what we expected at all going into this one.  We went into it thinking it was going to be more about the connection/relationship between humans and animals and their power to heal but found it to be more of a complicated chaotic mix of human relationships -- with so many different topics that we found them too complicated to connect with and the importance of the topics were lost in
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars. It was a pleasure once again to be able to read along with Brenda and Norma. Although we didn't love this book like we thought we would, it was still a very enjoyable experience to read together!

To read our full Traveling Sister Read review, please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous blog at:

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Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book back when it came out in 2010 and it has stuck with me ever since. Katrina Kittle is one of my favourite authors and I have and will continue to read everything she writes.

The Blessings of the Animals is one of my favourites. Possibly because at the time I could relate to a few of the things the main character Cami Anderson was going through. I was instantly engulfed in the story within minutes of starting the book.

Cami Anderson is a small town vet who's devoted to animals. Sh
Mar 17, 2010 added it
Started it yesterday morning and already up to page 260. Loving.

Such a lovely book. Read it in a day and a half. Someone here described it as being like a really good romantic comedy, plus animals, which I think is apt. It's the story of Cami, a vet whose husband leaves her, but that description makes it sound more serious than it is--it's about serious things, but it's ultimately a more lighthearted and funny book. Though it did make me tear up once or twice, because the idea of animals nursing
Shannon Rochester
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago but at the time I wasn't writing any reviews. Now I am going back and trying to remember what I liked or did not like about them...sometimes it can be hard if they didn't stand out when I read them. But this one I remember well. I LOVED this book. Cami is a small town vet whose husband decides to give up on their marriage and gets together with another woman. She is devastated but she is also surrounded by her crew of abandoned and abused animals she has taken in over ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, fiction, romance
I am a sucker for stories about vets and the animals they care for. This was an advance I picked up at BEA this year and I liked the way it began. It actually reminded me of Susan Richard's memoir, Chosen by a Horse, in that the opening scene was of a woman going to take some abused horses from their environment. Caring for the horse helped the horsewoman through her own painful divorce. But this was fiction, and great friends and handsome men show up with food, support, and was a fun ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I cannot express how much I ABSOLUTELY adored this novel. I managed to finish it in a day, stealing away moments to try to finish it whenever I could and ended up staying up really late since I was so entranced by it. I want to be Cami, well maybe not with the whole having my husband just up and leave me but more in how she handled it. She was so strong and brave, she ended up thriving while her ex-husband remained as unhappy as before.
She really did end up making the divorce a good thing for he
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I read for my local book club meeting. It was about the social issue of marriage... Is it sacred or is it even needed? I know my answer! :)

I loved the integration of the animals into the story and the dynamics of the relationship between the main character, Camden and her daughter. It was a great book.

Read Katrina Kittle's books! You won't be disappointed!

Chris Conley
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, here’s the deal. As much as I am a sucker for books with garden or cooking themes, I am an even bigger sucker for books with lots of animals. This book has them in droves. Not sweet, cuddly, fluffy animals but the ones we all have in our lives...animals with personalities and opinions. People who love, get angry, struggle and, for Cami, always have a deep abiding relationship with those same animals. Together, Cami and her wildly assorted menagerie find a wonderful doorway to a new life.
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful and incredible feeling to sit down with a book, open up the cover and instantly become engulfed within a story. That was exactly my experience with The Blessings of the Animals. I have been yearning to read Katrina Kittle for a while now and when the opportunity came to be part of her tour for The Blessings of the Animals, I was thrilled to death. Though this is my first book by Ms. Kittle, it will definitely not be my last.

It is a well known idea that animals have the power to
Erin Clemence
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I got the chance to read “The Blessings of the Animals”, I was definitely not going to pass it up. I LOVED “The Kindness of Strangers” and was excited to explore another of Kittle’s creations.
It certainly was not a mistake. The protagonist in this novel is Cam, a hard-as-nails veterinarian and overall animal lover who, after an unexpected and particularly painful separation from her husband, finds comfort and solace in her motley crew of abandoned animals she has collected over the years.
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the best thing I've read in awhile, she's coming to our University in November, can't wait to meet her. I will read other books by her.
I loved reading this book, it was interesting, engaging and entertaining.
Theme: Marriage, the ins the outs, the ups and downs, emotional maturity and immaturity. The writing is very good.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book on a Must Read list somewhere and I am so glad I did. The story and characters are so true and real and it was really a pleasure to read. Katrina Kittle did a wonderful job of portraying relationships and all that goes along with them, animals included. Definitely would recommend this.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Okay, this is not my kind of book. I admit that. But I gave it a try anyway, and I'm not surprised that I didn't like it.

It's told (mostly) from the point of view of Cami, a veterinarian whose husband leaves her one morning when she's out on a humane society rescue. This is a common theme for her: rescuing animals. Throughout the book, we learn that her husband has rescued her from anorexia, and finally, at the end, she learns to rescue herself and live happily without necessarily needing a man.
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
From My Blog...[return][return]The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle is a beautiful woven tapestry of the many facets of love. Dr. Cami Anderson is a wife, mother, Veterinarian and a volunteer for the Humane Society. Cami believes her life is going fairly well until the morning she arrives home with a rescued horse and her husband Bobby announces he is leaving her and their 17-year-old daughter Gabriel. While the story is primarily told through Cami, the reader does get a glimpse into t ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Don't let the three star rating make you think I didn't like this book. According to Goodreads, three stars means I liked it. Four stars would be "really liked it". I thought this book was good. Did I really like it? No. I appreciated its message of feminine independence and self-respect, but I ultimately had a hard time overlooking the weaker characters and the plodding pace of the story overall. Put in more simpler terms, it was a good character study, just a little too drawn out. Which made i ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
During the year-or-so around the unexpected breakup of her own marriage, many profound, jarring, and wonderful events take place in the close-knit circle of friends and family around veterinarian, mom, sister, friend, and newly-ex-wife Cami. Most such events relate in some thoughtful yet blunt way to marriage. Indeed, this compelling, packed-full domestic drama is largely an exploration of, and meditation on, the many significances of marriage. That, and how the connections between humans and an ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it

Vet, Cami, is looking forward to celebrating her birthday with her husband and daughter when she gets called out to an animal rescue. When she gets home she is greeted with her husband's packed car and the announcement that he is leaving her. Even though her family and friends have rallied around her, she seeks solace in the animals. With the help of her friends and family, and the solace of the animals, Cami starts putting her life back together and reali
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Cami Anderson is a Veterinarian that has hit the lowest point on her life, and her only safe refuge are the animals that she tends too. Recently divorced to a man name Bobby, she contemplates on her failed marriage and wondering if there way to fix what was broken. It seems like most of the people around her are celebrating, while she is distressed and confused about her life. First her parents are celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, which is a milestone step to them. Secondly,her brother`s ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I don't know how Katrina Kittle does it... this is the third book of hers that I've read (with her first published book recently added to my TBR) and I have absolutely adored all of them. The Blessings of the Animals was no exception. It's just something about the way she brings the characters to life and makes them (and everything about the novel) feel so genuine. There was just a certain quality to this book (and the others I've read) that sets it apart from many of the other books I've read, ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, animals
I picked this book up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
I was puttering around during a layover when this book caught my eye and pulled me into a bookstore.
Of course, put a horse on the cover of any book and I will run to it like a moth to a flame, but I considered this a feat considering the state of mind I was in. I was a complete wreck from the events I had just experienced in the past 24 hours. To come across something that was able to pull me away from my thoughts for a mere millisecond
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Of course, as the title suggests, the animals play an important role through her hero journey. The animals in the story are really made 3 dimensional and of course, play a pivotal role in Cami's story. You end up really love these highly visual animal characters in this story and there is at least one tear jerking scene (but it isn't about death, to relax those like me who hate those stories).

Not only is this story about Cami's journey through divorce and how she is saved by her animals and fri
What a beautiful, beautiful book! It takes readers from gut-wrenching to laughing hysterically.

Camden Andersons' husband announces that he's leaving on the morning that should have been the "kids out of the house, let's make waffles!" morning. On the same day, she rescues an abused high-spirited horse that she coaxes back to health and sanity throughout the book. That horse, along with a couple of dogs, 1 4-legged and 1 3-legged cat, a goat, a draft horse and a miniature donkey help her learn ho
Quirky Shauna
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Lots of gratuitous profanity.
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“Can’t you just give him antibiotics?” Tyler asked. “Wouldn’t that be faster than all this soaking and dealing with .. pus?
I rested a hand on the horse’s withers. “Some people do. But you know what I’ve found? It makes the infection appear to get better. Everything clears up for three or four weeks, and then, just when you think you’re out to the woods, it comes back. There aren’t any shortcuts. You’re better off going slow and letting the ugly stuff
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved going on Cami's journey as she plows through the heartbreak of hearing her husband one day say that he is leaving the marriage after being unhappy for such a long time. Cami examines her motives for marrying Bobby in the first place and then what her life will be without him. Her first concern is to make sure her daughter remains in touch with her father and to also make sure that her daughter doesn't become completely soured on the idea of love and marriage. As Cami begins her journey t ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book I finished quite a while ago, but I never moved it to the read shelf. And that is so wrong, because every woman should read this. I don't know how to explain it, but it was the perfect book for me to read at a very crucial time in my life about working through relationships ending, and realizing what is important. And anyone who knows me if you add animals in to get that point, it kind of is a win win kind of book in my eyes. I felt the heroine was my friend, and the writing was real. ...more
Wendy Beckman
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: Katrina is a friend of mine, but I tried to stay objective. Nevertheless, I could not put this book down! The basic story is about Camden, a veterinarian who also volunteers with the local humane society in animal rescue cases. Katrina also in each of her books tackles a topic that is important to society today. For example, in "Kindness of Strangers," it was child abuse. In "The Blessings of the Animals," she looks at marriage. This is a great, great book and interfered way too ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While this book isn't likely to win any literary awards from "the readers who matter", I felt an instant attachment/connection to the book within the first chapter. My review is likely biased (because I aspire to becoming a veterinarian and because animals are a part of almost every aspect of my life), the way in which the author shared her own all-too-real experiences through the main character Cam speak of a lifetime of real life scenarios and wisdom. Katrina Kittle artfully crafts solid writi ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book in two days. I couldn't put it down. K. Kittle makes the characters so real and her writing pulls you in. Cami faces her divorce after 18 years and you go along on her journey of forgiveness, and finding happiness again along with her teenage daughter. She is forced to analyze her own marriage for what it was, to analyze if marriage can ever really work, and to actually enjoy her life now. With her being a vet, it is a bonus to include all the animals in her healing. Great book! ...more
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