Friday, April 15, 2016

Dear Abby - Meet Lady (A Rescued Pet Spotlight)

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful week in your part of the world!  I have a special friend for you to meet today.  

Lady is a 4 year old Dachshund/Terrier mix.  She was rescued during a scary flood in Oklahoma.  Even the animal shelter was flooding!   

She is a very pretty girl, and we Dachshund/Terrier mixes have to stick together.  Read on to learn more about Lady's dramatic story.

Abby:  What is your background and how did you end up in rescue?: 

Lady:  I’m not sure how I arrived at the rescue but I wasn’t there very long until the heavy rains started to seep under doors and before long it was flooding the aisles.

People who volunteered at this shelter tried to get the cages out but soon the water was so deep that they asked us to swim out. They watched us but I was able to swim and soon was reached by someone on higher ground. They dried me and put me in a crate. Then they took us to an old fire station that was on high ground.

The people who ran the shelter sent word out on TV and begged people to please adopt us if they could give us a good home.

A number of people responded. I was a little afraid of some of the loud little people but then my mom came in and she walked straight to me. She did some signing and then took me in to get a shot.  I wasn’t really afraid because she held me and I felt loved.

Abby:  How were your first days at your new home?

Lady:  My new home had two dogs that lived there, both bigger than me. One was friendly but one was a little unsure of me. My mom made sure I was not left alone with them until she was sure they both accepted me.

Abby:  What are a few of your favorite things?

Lady:  I love to have something in my mouth. It may be a little piece of paper or a sock. I especially like socks. Mom bought me a toy that I love to play with, throwing it in the air and catching it.

Abby:  Do you have any tips for people who want to adopt a rescue pet?

Lady:  I want my friends to have someone who will not neglect their care. The people who rescue us should love us but not just for a little while. We need a forever home and good food. We want to be loved and will give our entire loyalty and love in return.

Abby:  Is there a rescue group you want to send a shout out to?

Lady:  A group in Madill, OK called SOAR Southern Oklahoma Animal Resources is great and a no-kill shelter.

Lady, thank you for visiting my blog today and sharing your story!   My Momma and your Mom are bookseller friends, and I have heard that your Mom is a wonderful, dedicated animal lover.

Friends, if you have comments for Lady or just want to say "hi," I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Have a great weekend!


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro

Book Synopsis
In Depression-era Boston, a city divided by privilege and poverty, two unlikely friends are bound by a dangerous secret. . . .

Maeve Fanning, a first generation Irish immigrant, was born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston’s North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable, and headstrong, Maeve is determined to better herself despite the hardships of the Great Depression. However, she also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin—a rebellious appetite for experience that soon finds her spiraling downward in New York City. When the strain proves too much, Maeve becomes an involuntary patient in a remote psychiatric hospital, where she strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic young woman, who, like Maeve, is unable or unwilling to control her unladylike desire for freedom.

After her release, Maeve returns to Boston to start over again, landing a job at an antiques shop catering to the city’s wealthiest and most peculiar collectors. Run by an elusive English archeologist, the shop is a haven for the obscure and incredible, supplying one-of-a-kind artifacts to its customers while providing Maeve with unique access into the world of New England’s social elite. While delivering a purchase to a wealthy family, Maeve is introduced to beautiful socialite Diana Van der Laar—only to discover she’s the same young woman from the hospital.

Reunited with the charming but increasingly unstable Diana and pursued by her attractive brother James, Maeve becomes more and more entwined with the Van der Laar family—a connection that pulls her into a world of moral ambiguity and deceit. Bewitched by their wealth and desperate to leave her past behind, Maeve is forced to unearth her true values and discover just how far she’s willing to go to reinvent herself.

A rich, universal story of ambition, transformation, desire, and betrayal, Rare Objects is acclaimed writer Kathleen Tessaro’s finest work to date.
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My Review

Opening Rare Objects is like entering another world.  This exceptionally engrossing novel will transport you to Boston in the 1930's.  You will meet Maeve Fanning, who aspires to a life beyond her working class background, and who reinvents herself among the social elite in order to pursue a new future.

I love historical fiction and found the setting and time period of this book unique and interesting.  I rarely seem to find historical fiction set during the Depression Era.  

Maeve is an unusual character.  I did not always like her, but I always found her interesting, and I kept reading to see what would happen next, especially as she began work at the antiques shop and met Diana again.  Maeve's life in two worlds was fascinating.   I felt a bit of anxiety at times, worrying about Maeve and her double life.  As Maeve declares early in the novel:  "... if you can convince others, there's a chance that someday you might just be able to convince yourself" (p. xiii).

As a lifelong fan of all things vintage and antique, and a vintage seller, I especially loved the details of the antique shop, with the rare objects there, and the map with pins detailing the travels of the shop's mysterious owner.

The writing is beautiful.   I loved this passage, describing the antique shop, so much that I have to share it with you:

"There was a sense of solemnity and guardianship, like being in a library or a church.  And like a church, the shop had a muted, far-removed quality, as if it were somehow both part of and yet simultaneously annexed from the present day.  The essence of aged wood, silver polish, furniture oil, the infintesimal dust of other lives and other countries, hung in the air.  I could feel its weight around me, and its flavor lingered on my tongue.  Time tasted musty, metallic, and faintly exotic.  

Almost everywhere else, time was an enemy, the thief that rendered food rotten, dulled the bloom of youth, made fashions passe.  But here it was the precious ingredient that transformed an ordinary object into a valuable artifact - from paintings to thimbles" (p. 67).

The narrative of this story is so dense and detailed, but it moves quickly along, thanks to multi-faceted characters and well written dialogue.

Rare Objects is a rare book.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Author Bio

Kathleen Tessaro is the author of Elegance, Innocence, The Flirt, and The Debutante. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.

Find out more about Kathleen at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.