Book Review: Breath to Breath
Breath to Breath, a novel by Carrie Maloney, is not for the faint of heart, but it’s worth every tear shed and every moment of heartache. Breath to Breath tells the story of veterinarian Anna Dunlap, who finds herself in the impossible situation of working side by side at her veterinary hospital with an animal abuser.
Now, keep in mind I read the book entirely on planes — when I was not only away from my sweethearts, including our new border collie puppy, Clover Lee Hawn, but also ridiculously sick.
Imagine me, totally overcome with some awful respiratory virus, working far from home, having to be smart and charming all day, then flying home late. I mean LATE. Many times I’d be up 20-22 hours straight by the time I fell into bed on the mountain.
You could say I was compromised as I read. So, my only real warning is that if you’re currently grieving and at all tired or not feeling well, the high emotion in several sections of the book will slay you.
I spent parts of several flights (3 trips in 5 weeks, which is a LOT for me) pretty doggone weepy … including when the novel ended (somewhat suddenly). I wanted the story to continue, which I think is the sign of a good book.
Breath to Breath is also quite funny and populated with a whole community of characters. Well-wrought, believable, and heartfelt, these people who rally around Anna are lovely.
I won’t ruin anything by telling you what the animal abuser did or how Anna decided to handle the situation. It’s creative (some would say wacky). I love it so much, though, that I’m toying with doing something similar here on the blog, if I can get others to play along.
So, if you’re looking for something real and genuine to read, take a look at Breath to Breath. I think you’ll like it.