Then, realizing I hadn’t read the entire post, I noticed she invited reviewers. Was this my lucky day or what? So I promptly offered to review. She asked me which book I wanted to review. I said “any” when I actually meant “all”.
Anyway, pretty Pamela promptly sent me “Puppalicious and Beyond: Life Outside the Center of the Universe”. And of course, I got right down to reading it.
The moment I opened the pdf file, I was floored by the cover design. Charming. It isn’t that I judge a book by its cover, but I LOVE this style of illustration. Took me right back to all sorts of pleasant memories, and in that happy state of mind, I dug into Chapter 1.
The book is set in the Caribbean and Texas. Pamela seamlessly weaves through reality and fiction, natural and supernatural. Her narration style is effortless and makes you wish the book would never end. She takes you along through “delight, fright and every emotion in between”.
Puppalicious has hilarious accounts of Pamela and her family’s experience and reaction to bats, geckos, frogs, gungalos, and centipedes, rats,bats….yikes. But the chapter about frogs made me laugh the most – especially the way it ended! I really enjoyed reading about how this family acquired each of its pets. And lost some. Sniff.
Now, I am not going into a chapter by chapter review. All I am going to say is – I am full of admiration for Pamela who writes so humorously about experiences that would have had me playing the harp in heaven. (Pamela, do you really love geckos? Ugh!). Grabbing frogs by the sackful on a daily basis…clearing out centipedes, tackling rats and wild dogs….I would never have the guts to do that. I do have a healthy love for animals… but I’d fret about seeing just one house lizard inside my house. Errgh.
Puppalicious is a laughter riot from page one. I felt as though I was a ghostie, omnipresent, right there, witnessing all that she described. I laughed a lot, obviously – often causing my family to wonder if I had gone completely nuts, only to discover that I was enjoying a book. They are used to that. I usually go nuts when I am reading P G Wodehouse, Kathy Lette, Allison Pearson.. you get the idea. Pamela is that good. But it is not just the humor; what makes her a totally lovable writer is the way she shares her experiences. The love for her family and the affection for her pets is apparent as you turn the pages, drawing you right into their circle. Sometimes she had me on the edge of my seat, fearful about what would happen next; and then, relief washed over me when I reached the part where it all turned out well.
One of my favorite chapters in the book is where she talks about tuning in to another person’s energy and how it intensifies the closer you get. I found this gripping. I recall reading an instance of this on her blog. Thrilling. In fact, I remember Pamela also shared this in a comment on my post about Intuition here on this blog.
Throughout the book, there are also glimpses into her other novels via excerpts from them… and thank you, Pamela, I am now desperately waiting to know what happened next. Curiosity sure freaks my meows and bow-wows.
Pamela and Eric make an amazing couple, very much in love and their love for animals – a joy to read. My heart broke each time an animal got injured and rejoiced when it recovered. I love their compassion. Layla’s story had me crying. And Petey? That terrier…what a hero! Cowboy’s cute. And am sorry, Pamela, I am never going to stop laughing at your five second rule!
Folks, you MUST read Puppalicious.
It is Delightful. Funny. Entertaining. Creative. Engaging.
Pamela Fagan Hutchins is an accomplished story teller who lives, loves, laughs, works, and writes in Texas with her husband Eric and their blended family of three dogs, one cat, and the youngest few of their five offspring. She writes fiction and non-fiction focusing on special needs parenting, blended families, relationships, and athletics.
Pamela is also an employment attorney and human resources professional, and the co-founder of a human resources consulting company. She spends her free time hiking, running, bicycling, and enjoying the great outdoors. She blogs at http://pamelahutchins.com
She is the award winning author of many books, including:
Easy To Love But Hard To Raise (anthology)
Hot Flashes And Half Ironmans: Middle-Aged Endurance Athletics Meets the Hormonally Challenged
How To Screw Up Your Kids: Blended Families, Blendered Style
Love Gone Viral: Couples Who Make You Wanna Puke, And How To Be Part Of One
The Clark Kent Chronicles: A Mother’s Tale Of Life With Her ADHD/Asperger’s Son
Prevent Workplace Harassment
Pamela – Friend. Amazing Writer. Superwoman…I don’t know how she does it.
Did I mention Pamela is one generous woman? Do check out her ultra-helpful note on how to help indie authors and what to do before you put it out there.
Go grab her books on Amazon. You can also get the Kindle Version
(Winner will be announced on Monday June 11, 2012)