Book Review: Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw by Peggy Frezon

How One Woman Finds

Faith and Hope through the

Healing Love of Animals

The majority of the books I have reviewed are  sent to me directly from the publisher, or in some cases from the author themselves.  Often an author will read a review I have done, enjoy it and contact me. Or,  often an author is referred to me from a friend, of a friend of a friend.

In the case of Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw it was a little different.

I was already familiar with author, Peggy Frezon because I am a follower of her blog, Peggy’s Pet Place.  One day. while visiting Peggy’s blog, I  was drawn to the cover of today’s book.  One look and you will know why:

Yes, that is a Sheltie on the cover, and yes after seeing that I approached Peggy asking if I may review her book.  Peggy informed me that the book wasn’t about Shelties at all, regardless, I was intrigued.

I was even more intrigued when upon reading the first few pages I discovered that Peggy had written this book for and about her mother, Luanne.

It is a story about hardship and courage and about how Luanne’s love of animals helped her get through challenges that would break many of us, but somehow through it all Luanne always had hope.

Luanne didn’t just love dogs. She loved chickens, pigs, goats and cats and her experiences with her furry friends will have you smiling and nodding your head in recognition, and yes, you may even shed a tear or two.

One of a number of things that  I loved in this book, was  when Peggy was relaying a story of a hardship that Luanne was being forced to endure,  she would tie the hardship back to an event from Luanne’s childhood, a flash-back if you will, which enables us to understand  how her love of animals in her difficult childhood laid the groundwork for the woman of strength that she would become.

From Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw:

COMFORT: When Luanne was a young girl, she knew a thing or two about instability. Her real mother died when she was three. Her second mother died when she was seven, and her father and her third mother divorced. She’d lived with relatives and strangers. But a dog, now that was one thing that remained constant. Or at least in the beginning, the desire for one.

I am certain that you have had struggles in your own life that your  love of animals helped to see you through. You will find yourself nodding your head, smiling and even shedding a tear as you relate Luanne’s tale of faith and the healing that SHE received from animals to your own life. You will love this story and appreciate how as Peggy states, “Luanne’s story shares how pets can love, comfort and teach us as we take our own journey through life.”

Luanne’s arduous journey will remind you, as I paraphrase what Peggy so perfectly stated: to be grateful for the roof over your head, the pets under your roof and for the healing bond that exists between humans and animals.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: PEGGY FREZON is the author of the memoir, Dieting with my Dog. An award-winning writer and pet columnist, she is a regular contributor to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and staff writer at Be the Change for Animals. She also writes the popular blog Peggy’s Pet Place.

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LATE BREAKING NEWS FROM PEGGY FREZON!! “As a special bonus, If anyone here buys the book, I’d be happy to send you a signed book plate and bookmark. Just leave me a DM on twitter (@peggyfrezon) or Facebook or email peggyfrezon (at) gmail (dot) com. Be sure to say you found me through Dakota’s Den!”