A Poppy In Remembrance (Michelle Ule)
Loved this, and I’m not just saying it because she’s a friend of mine. I’ve read a number of her novellas, but this book had a completely different feel to me and so far it’s my favorite work of fiction from her. It’s so much more than a budding romance story, and I enjoyed her development of the settings. War is not pretty, and she communicated that wonderfully without getting into cringe-worthy nitty gritties. I was pleasantly surprised and had a hard time putting the book down. I read it right after reading Michelle’s biography on Biddy Chambers (Oswald Chambers’ wife, a fascinating read), which added a level of deepness to this novel since the Chambers are fairly prominent secondary characters.
Finn the Wolfhound (A.J. Dawson) — a free download from Amazon
I enjoyed the writing style a lot. The first few chapters are lighthearted and wonderful, then it gradually becomes sadder and darker here and there as the dog goes through life, somewhat Black Beauty-esque (but better, in my opinion, as I did not particularly care for Black Beauty). The adventure kept me involved. An Irish wolfhound moves from person to person, experience to experience, starting in an English countryside and ending in the Australian bush. There are some detailed fights with humans and other animals, some parts I almost skipped because I knew they were going to be sad. But I read on, and the ending was rewarding.
My keyboard has been preoccupied working on the Christmas newsletter. Timber (the dog) almost wrote it this year, but when I saw the draft he submitted I just couldn’t do it. I told him I’d put his version on the blog later, though, so there’s that.
(Which begs the question: Somewhat corny newsletters “written” by pets, yes or no?)