At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Thoughts This was a good book and at times an emotional read. It is at times a very sad story and while I did enjoy it, I felt that there were too many characters. Also, for me there was too much going on at once and I had a little bit of trouble keeping everyone straight in my mind (which could have been me more than the book).
But when we learned the husband’s secret I was flabbergasted! Would have never suspected that was what his secret was, and then the book took a “wow” turn, getting more real and there were a few more smaller things that happened that surprised me.
Overall I enjoyed this book and would read more from this author. The narrator did a great job.
Book Title: Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages Genre: Educational Fiction Publisher: Richter Publishing Release Date: May 2021 Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (internationally), e-book (EPUB) Tour dates: November 15 to December 6 Content Rating: G
About The Book Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through grade school level relying on educational content. The main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the series explores the world, vanquishing health problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity, and adventure.
Thoughts Dr. Marsha is a kangaroo who tells the other animals that they should be eating healthy, with only an ocasional treat. Dr. Marsha finds out the someone stole all the hotdogs and marshmallows in Washington, and it’s only a week until the 4th of July fireworks and cookout. Terrence Toad says that’s his idea of a balanced meal, but Louie says that the kids are lucky someone stole all that junk food.
This book is a very good book that will help kids understand that healthy food is so much better for you, but a treat once in a while is ok.
The print is large and dark blue on a white background which is very easy to read, especially for children, and the illustrations are really cute with mostly the same colors on every page which is different, and something I really liked.
I enjoyed this book and think it’s perfect for young children to learn about eating healthy!
Author Q & A – Rachel Wellner MD Tell us about your books? Doctoroo and Friends is a series dedicated to teaching kids from pre-school to grade school about basic health issues and maintenance. I use the format of a mystery followed by a global trip Doctoroo and friends take to solve that mystery to enhance the excitement of “catching the culprit” and teaching kids the basic health lesson. My first two book are about good nutrition and hand hygiene respectively and a third book I’m working on now, is about sun protection.
Why do you think you were the best person to write these books? As a physician, I know a great deal about health problems, how to diagnose them and solve them. Basically, the mystery is a “differential diagnosis” as Doctoroo first rules out other causes of the problem at hand until the clues lead her to the right conclusion. I love kids and want to see them grow up healthy and happy, especially in these precarious times of pandemic- I chose to focus on what we CAN do, not what we can’t, to help maintain and improve our health, starting with the youngest young.
What is the hardest part for you about the book industry? I’m finding that just getting the book out there and sharing Doctoroo and friends with the world is challenging, but the books are starting to gain traction, which warms my heart. I believe in these adorable, noble characters and hope that everyone can reap the benefits of reading about them.
What do you enjoy the most about being an author? I truly enjoy spreading positive messages. I’ve done many television spots about breast cancer (my specialty), and I’ve always loved delivering a message to the public in a digestible way so that everyone can understand a complex medical issue.
Is there anything else you would like us to know? I just want you to love Doctoroo as much as I do, and I think you will once you read the books. She’s an international, emblematic female, and a soldier for health. I’m excited to be on your blog!
Meet the Author
Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.
Book Details: Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 38 pages Genre: Children’s Book Publisher: Mascot; Release Date: August 2021 Tour dates: November 26 to December 6 Content Rating: PG – It is a book about how to keep Christmas alive when your kids find out the truth about Santa. Book Description: Shhhh, don’t tell! Keeping Christmas Magic reveals the true story of Santa Claus, asking you to become a Christmas Magic-Keeper. Buy the Book: Mascot ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Amazon ~ add to goodreads
Anna and Gunnar Counselman Interview #2
For a Christmas book, Is there a reason your book cover is so understated? We don’t want kids interested in it. If a parent forgets to put it away, or accidentally puts it on the kids shelf, we want them to skip right over it. Kids book covers tend to be really colorful and bright. We wanted ours to look more like it belongs in a law library, or like it’s an old family heirloom.
Who Designed the Cover? You know, it’s a funny story. We knew we wanted the cover to be something that kids wouldn’t be interested in, because it’s a secret. Our worst fear is that a child might read the book before they and their parents are ready. We imagined a leather-bound volume with understated and highly-stylized fonts that kids would struggle to read. But the only example we could find was the typical law library book and we knew that wasn’t right. But then Gunnar swiped his dad’s copy of The Princess Bride to read to their son Tristan. It’s one of the family’s favorite books and movies and so Anna ordered grandpa another copy on Amazon – more of a coffee table book. And the copy that she found had the coolest cover. So, we designed the cover in homage to S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure.
The book includes a signature page for kids to sign. What is its purpose? The first half of the book is a teaser for the story in the second half of the book. But to get the “real story of Santa”, kids have to sign a pledge to keep it a secret. In so doing, they become “Christmas Magic Keepers”, like a secret society that’s responsible for maintaining the magic of Christmas. We try to explain that the magic of Santa is “love”, that Santa so loved to see kids happy, that he spent his life making toys and bringing them joy. Parents took over when he got too old and frail to keep it up. We just love that idea that when you sign his name, and take a bite of the cookie, that a little part of Santa’s love has survived inside you. It’s been said that as long as a person is remembered, they never really die. Well somewhere in history, there was someone who made toys for kids and gave them out at the height of winter when kids probably needed joy the most. His legend survives today and we think it’s amazing to get to be a small part of it.
A portion of your book sales goes to charity. Can you elaborate? Gunnar was an active-duty Marine from 1999-2003and comes from a long line of Marines stretching back to Dec 9, 1941. And since the Marine Corps has been running the Toys for Tots campaign for the last generation or two, we thought it would be a great organization to support. So, 1% of revenues go to Toys for Tots.
Having been married for a decade, did you learn anything interesting about each other through collaborating on the book? Ha! Yes. We learned that Gunnar is great at getting to a pretty good solution to most problems quickly. But we also learned that Anna’s process is slower, and more deliberate and yields much better and more refined creative output. It’s a bit of a metaphor for our marriage. Gunnar gets to 80% quickly, then Anna noodles, takes her time, obsesses about the detail and brings us across the finish line. We use this learning every day when we clean the kitchen…well most days anyways. Gunnar does the blitz clean and gets it to “fine”, then Anna does the final detail. It’s made our marriage stronger.
Thoughts Do you remember how excited you felt at Christmastime when you were growing up? I sure do. My whole family got together to exchange gifts and have our Christmas dinner together.
When I was young, my brother in law (who was more like a brother since he married myoldest sister when I was only 4yrs. old) used to dress up like Santa Clause. When we’d hear the “Sleigh Bells” we’d peak out the window and see Santa walking outside and get so excited that we actually saw him. So yes, I believed in Santa for quite a few years.
When my friends or other kids would say that Santa wasn’t real I’d tell them that yes he was, I had seen him many times on Christmas Eve! I loved Christmas and still can feel the excitement in me today from all those great memories.
But, at some point as you’re getting older, you do start to realize that the presents under the tree are from your parents, while leaving them with the idea that there really is a Santa, but that he has now passed the gift giving on to your parents.
The illustrations in the book are cute, and they are very colorful. The cover is beautiful!
I think this is a great way to explain to kids who are starting to question whether there is a Santa or not!
Meet the Authors:
Anna and Gunnar are the husband-and-wife team behind Keeping Christmas Magic. Anna immigrated from Russia at age 12 and began her American journey in Swampscott, MA, attending Boston University before moving out to California to pursue her entrepreneurial career which has culminated in her co-founding Upstart, an AI lending platform. A third-generation Marine, Gunnar grew up pretty much everywhere there’s a Marine base before going to Cornell for undergrad deploying as a Human Intelligence Officer to Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Bosnia before attending Harvard for business school. Gunnar’s entrepreneurial career has focused in education software and services where he’s founded and invested in a handful of companies including his most recent company, Array. When their then-six-year-old son Tristan started asking hard questions about Santa, they didn’t have good answer. Wanting to keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible they looked for a children’s book to help and when they couldn’t find one, they wrote it. Originally, the poem was just for Tristan and his baby sister Sasha, but some close friends convinced them to submit it for publishing and the more they worked on the story, the more they felt like it needed to be told. They hope that the book does for parents around the world, what’s it’s done for them, help make an otherwise difficult conversation a beautiful experience instead.
Book Details: Book Title: Ponce: What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth by Jim Halveron Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 164 pages Genre: Satire / Historical Fiction Publisher: Gail Force Publishing Release Date: November 2021
What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth For the most part, history is written by the winners. That includes most accounts depicting the conquests of the New World. Most records and artifacts of Native Americans were destroyed by the conquistadors to complete their total dominance in the new lands. Occasionally, historians working with native populations piece together some lost archives, but those examples are few and far between.
Until students found the original hand written notes by Ponce De Leon’s chronicler, the world could only piece together unfounded summaries of the events at the Fountain of Youth. The only documented facts of the second foray into Florida detailed Ponce’s death upon his return.
Now we can relive one of the short-lived victories of Native Americans over the Spanish conquistadors. Catch a glimpse into the culture and lives of Florida’s native population; how they lived in a land of plenty, how they adopted horses into their lives, and how the outfoxed the mighty Spaniards.
Thoughts St. Augustine is one of my and my daughter and her family’s favorite places to go in Florida. I go once in a while but they go every chance they get. We’ve stayed anywhere from a day to a weekend or week. We’ve been to the Fountain of Youth many times.
As soon as I saw this book was available for review I knew I would be joining.
The book is rather short at only 164 pages but it is a very good fictional account of what Ponce’s journey might have been like. I loved reading everything the author had to tell, especially the journey Ponce took and the story of what happened along the way. It was very interesting, especially learning about the Native Americans in Florida at that time because my father’s family at that time were Native Americans.
I plan on passing this book on to my daughter. I think the next time we visit will be even better after reading this book.
If you have any interest in the Fountain of Youth or plan to visit St. Augustine, Florida in the future, this book would be perfect for you.
Guest Post: Egocentric Culture Different culture does not equate to a lack of culture.
Although Ponce is a satirical book, look carefully at the culture of the Native Americans who encountered Ponce de Leon on his second foray into Florida. Unlike Pizzaro and Cortez, who destroyed cultures by burning, looting, and defiling everything in sight, Ponce sought something illusive that he needed help to find. The Natives failed to suffer from European diseases, and therefore, they were not physically disadvantaged. The Native American culture was every bit as inculcated and viable in Florida as the Spanish culture was in Spain.
Prior to the arrival of Ponce de Leon, the Native Americans lusted for nothing. Hunger was not an issue. They had nuts, berries, roots, and fruits for the picking. Wildlife was plentiful, and when the tide receded the table was set. They enjoyed clean air, sunsets, and a natural flower garden. They conceived natural medicines and techniques that improved their lives in the natural environment. In the modern world, people pay large sums of money in attempts to replicate that lifestyle a week or two at a time. When horses arrived, they assimilated them into their lifestyle and culture.
The Natives questioned whether the conquistadores had come for conquest or escape when the Spanish described their lifestyle back home. The description of their castles shed light on why the strangers lived with strong odors that the Natives could identify from long distances. The Natives questioned the value of living in a large stone building with no fresh water to drink, wash clothes, or bathe in. The Spaniards brought those sanitation practices along with their heavy clothing to the New World. The concept of fences, proprietorship, popes, kings, and queens produced no envy. In the end, the Natives granted that the Spanish would never relish a free lifestyle unbounded by the need for more.
It is our loss today that the Native American cultures were destroyed. How many natural medical remedies were lost forever? What if we could all just slow down and smell the flowers in a natural setting? What if we could enjoy a peaceful enlightened life? What if we realized we have enough, rather than the thought that we all have the same amount – not quite enough?
Meet the Author: Jim Halverson grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.
Book Title: Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages Genre: Children Publisher: RiaJay Publishing Release date: October 2021 Format: Print – Hardback USA, e-book PDF Tour dates: October 25 to November 19 Content Rating: G – Suitable for all readers.
Book Description: Imagine having someone that is just like you in the world. Or what if there were not just like you, but everyone thought they were? Twin sisters Alexia and Denise might look alike on the outside, but they are very different on the inside. Join the sisters as they reveal what makes them unique. An enduring story of siblings who share a strong bond that parents will appreciate, and children will love.
Thoughts This is such a cute book! Alexia and Denise are twin sisters who look so much alike that people get them mixed up sometimes. That’s pretty much where the sameness ends. They both like to do different things, like different foods and clothes, etc.
I have a twin brother (so nobody got us mixed up), but growing up we liked a lot of the same things like going camping, riding bicycles and mini bikes, watching tv, and we pretty much liked the same foods. Across the street from us were twin brothers who were a year younger and like Alexa and Denise, they looked alike but liked different things.
If you have children, whether they are twins or not, I think they would like this book.
It’s illustrated by Folksnfables and are big and clear and colorful.
This would make a great gift for any young child, especially twins.
Brielle has a bold and bubbly personality and never meets a stranger. You can call her the life of the party because there is never a dull moment when she is around. Brielle is a curious conversationalist who will talk to anyone who will listen.
Nadia is a soft spoken, articulate, gentle spirit. Initially she is reserved, but once comfortable she will win you over with her contagious laughter and the silly jokes she keeps in her back pocket for the right time. Nadia is caring and always does what she can to help others feel better. She is very in tune with her emotions and very direct when expressing them. Connect with the Author:website ~ facebook ~ instagram
Book Title: Chipper Makes Merry by Kimber Fox Morgan Category: Children’s Fictions (Ages 3-7) Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Simple Wonder Press, 34 pages Release date: October 2021 Content Rating: Rated G – Suitable for All Ages
A “Mom’s Choice Award Winner”!
Tip toe, tip toe, crackle, crunch!
Chipper the Fox sneaks through the forest to spread cheer to his weary friends. Will his merry making be a success? Or will a smelly fish disaster and a log pile tumble ruin his plans?
“Chipper Makes Merry” takes you on Chipper’s arctic quest filled with lessons of love, kindness and determination.
This is such a cute story with a very good message. These cute animals seem to be going through a tough winter and like a lot of people, they get sad during that time. They are cold, sometimes hungry because they can’t find food, etc. and just want the snow to end and the sun to shine.
Chipper the fox see’s his friends having a hard time and decides to do what he can to cheer them up. All of his ideas are great, but things don’t always go as planned. Still, his thoughtfulness is appreciated for the kindness Chipper has shown them.
The book is geared toward a reading age of 4 – 8 years, and I think that is appropriate for this book, although I do think that some children who are younger or older will love this book also.
The book is illustrated by Kim Sponaugle, and she did a great job!
About The Author
Morgan is a fun wife, and imperfect mom of 3 crazy kiddos and 2 little lemon (problematic) dogs. She tries to live her strengths the best she can. She likes to say she is creative, not crafty. Morgan is a homemade Halloween costume type of mom. She lets her kids mix the play doh. She bakes fun birthday cakes (cutely, but far from perfection). She loves a homemade valentine and a school project. Chipper the Fox is an extension of Morgan’s creative strength. Originally designed as character to create merry during the holiday season, Chipper has grown and developed into a story of determination and love.
Book Title: No Names to Be Given Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) Genre: Vintage Women’s Fiction Publisher: Admission Press Inc Release date: 08/2021 Format available for review: audiobook ( MP3 audio ) Tour Dates: Sep 20 to Oct 8 Content Rating: PG + M. No bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes.
“A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.” Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.
“An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them.” Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella.
“A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.” Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese. “Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit.” Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something.
“I found myself thinking about Becca, Sandy, and Faith frequently as I went about my day—I was always excited to sit down and find out what happened next.” Sarah Welch, author of Austin Brown Dogs: The Shelter Dogs Who Rescue Us.
Book Description: Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given.
The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era.
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House. Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage. How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.
Thoughts This book is about 3 young girls in the ’60’s who were from very different backgrounds, and who ended up meeting when they were sent to a home for unwed mothers. Their parents couldn’t accept their pregnancy and wanted it to be keep a secret. For one of the girls, if her pregnancy was found out, it would have ruined her families reputation, especially her father’s.
The author did a great job of writing about a very hard and personal thing for anyone to go through, especially a young girl. I liked learning how the girls ended up in the situation they were in. Each one made me feel different emotions and I was eager to find out how each one played out.
The story continued after they had their babies and I enjoyed finding out what happened after that. I would give this book a 5*.
This was narrated by Reagan Boggs and she did a fantastic job! I would definitely read another book by this author and listen to another audiobook by Reagan Boggs.
Meet the Author: Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS.
She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart.
As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public.
Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well. A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star. connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads
A stunning breakout novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing in which a woman is convicted of her sister’s murder.
Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life miserable in high school and who may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name.
Thoughts I’ve loved every book by Chevy Stevens that I’ve read so I decided it was time to catch up on the ones I haven’t read. This was the next book on the list.
There weren’t as many suspenseful parts as there were in the other books of hers I’ve read, but the ones it did have were very intense.
The beginning was good, the middle was better, and I loved the ending, other than one sad thing.
This is part love story, part family drama, part mean girls, part murder. It gave me all the feels!
The audiobook is narrated by Jorjeana Marie and I thought she did a great job!
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
Thoughts I really wanted to love this book and I did. But it came slowly, toward the end of the book. Until then I was just 1/3rd of the way there.
I loved the idea of Poppy & Alex meeting on vacation. I love that they got together every year after that for their yearly vacation together. Until they messed that up. And then two years later they go again and things went the way I wanted until they didn’t. Again.
Even though the book was really good and kept me wanting to know what was next, I wanted to shake them. Neither one was 100% truthful with the other until towards the end of the book. And even then, after a few more chapters I was saying “oh good grief”.
But then the ending came and it was what I wanted all along. Now if only the author does a follow up. I really hope she does so I can have answers to all the questions wandering around in my head about what came after that.
The audiobook was narrated by Julia Whelan, and she did a great job!
Book Title: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12), 38 pages Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Mascot Release date: Aug, 2021 Format available for review: print – hardback (USA), pdf Tour dates: Aug 23 to Sep 10, 2021 Content Rating: G
Book Description This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.
Thoughts I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs, and I’ve rescued a few animals . One of my dogs was born in a puppy mill at a woman’s house where she had over 300 dogs. I have no idea what my dog went through in her 2 years there, but I do know it was something that made her not trust people. She wasn’t housebroken, wouldn’t go through a doorway if I was standing there. I was told that it was because the woman would slam the door to the cages the dogs were in if they tried get out. I had to back away from the door and then she hesitantly went into the room. I could go on and on, but I’m sure most of you know about puppy mill dogs. It was so sad to see her that way knowing she was treated so badly.
It took some time, but finally she realized I wasn’t going to hurt her and that she would never go hungry or thirsty again. Now she is the happiest dog and I love seeing her little tail wagging every time anyone goes near her. At first she didn’t even know how to play and it took me months to get her to understand it was something to have fun with. Then she realized she wasn’t in a cage and could go wherever she wanted. That’s when she started doing zoomies, and it was a wonderful thing to see.
The author of this book did a fantastic job of telling the story of how a mistreated and/or neglected dog or any animal acts. The beginning is sad but the patience and love the author and her family had for this dog was very uplifting and made me love this book. Hope described exactly how my dog acted when I brought her into a new home. She was so scared of anyone hurting her again. I had many different feelings while I was reading it, and it actually made me tear up.
I think every child would love this book. I also think they would benefit from it in case they ever have an abused animal come into their life or experience abuse themselves. It will also teach them not to abuse or mistreat an animal in any way.
Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.
Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.