When I read Pamela Fagan Hutchin’s blog post announcing the launch of her books, my first thought was “Gosh, her blog posts are so funny. Imagine how her book must be! How do I get a copy?”

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.

Puppalicious and Beyond. #BookReview

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.

About the author, Pamela Fagan Hutchins
(I had to get this picture in, because Eric is so much part of the story)

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 

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


  1. My Inner Chick Reply

    —Amazing Review, Vidya.

    I’m not sure who I love more:
    YOU or Pamela!

    I remember the post about One Eyed Petey. I sobbed my head off…

    I Loooooooooooved this review.

    Pamela, I hope your books ROCK THE Freaking UNIVERSE!

    thank you, dearest, Vidya. xxx

  2. Wonderful review Vidya!

    I liked the way you got me engrossed in the story!! So I can well imagine how much you must have liked going through all of it. 🙂

    And yes, wherever there are animals involved, or as you mentioned you feel sad when one gets injured and rejoice when they recover – it always gets more interesting for me to know what happens in the end.

    The cover of the book also explains a great deal about the fondness Pamela and Eric have for their pets, and not to miss the little cat on her head! The picture of both of them speaks volumes as well and shows how much in love they must be 🙂

    I guess such humorous books do lighten up our otherwise stressed and monotonous life, something that all of us ought to read.

    Thanks for sharing more about Pamela, whose blog and other details I would surely be checking out soon after. 🙂

  3. Terri Sonoda Reply

    Good review Vidya! I read Puppylicious. It was a fun read.

  4. I’m laughing just reading the review! But I’m not going to tell my friend about the book title. Years ago, he started adding “licious” to words. I had never heard anyone do that. Now it’s everywhere! He should have copyrighted it–ha!

    • I know what you mean, Galen – I’d be a rich woman if I had a rupee for the number of times I’ve heard something / some phrase we thought was a family copyright – becoming a fad! He he. Hugs! Puppalicious is a lovely book!

  5. Wow, Vidya, you just humble me. Thank you for your kind words and your support. You rock!

    • I thank you, Pamela. I love it when I get emotionally tied to a book. I’ve read it twice already. And am pretty sure I’ll go back and forth, reading the bits I especially enjoyed. And so, I thank you for the pleasure! Hugs!

  6. Cathy | Treatment Talk Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    Love your review. As I enjoy animals and humor as well, sounds like a great book! I will go and check out Pamela’s blog. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, dear Cathy! Do visit Pamela – she’s kind of super-fabulous! You’ll love her writing style.

  7. Vidya,

    You do such an incredibly thorough job with your reviews. You are a blessing to authors. It is so clear that you have read the whole book and that you “get it” and that you enjoyed it. You paint such an accurate description of the tone and what is in store for the readers it makes them understand exactly what they would be getting if they choose to purchase it.
    You are a professional.

    • Such kind words, Eric. I enjoyed the book so much! 🙂 Actually, I secretly hoped I did the book justice in the review, you know? That comes from the super-excitement of loving a book!

      Thank you so much for the privilege 🙂

    • I am crushing on the spelling of your name, Claudya. It’s the little things in life 🙂

    • Hi Miranda! Welcome! 🙂 Yes, you can get it on Kindle. So glad you came by! I love your blog too! 🙂 Thank you!

  8. Bill Dorman Reply

    I want to win a book……..:). I wasn’t familiar w/ Pamela but will certainly check her out as I seek out humor; and she sounds like she’s a good one.

    Thanks for sharing Vidya.

    • Yay, Bill. You’ll like her! She’s a laughter riot with a lovely dose of gentle cynicism that I enjoy. Thank you for .. um.. entering 😀

    • Hi Bill! Good luck, and I’m excited you commented to enter 🙂

  9. Fran Sorin Reply

    Vidya…..After your raving review, it would be hard not to want to buy the book. Any writer who can make me laugh grabs my attention. Will check it out on Amazon.Thanks so much for her sharing her….Love Fran

    • Thanks Fran – I just loved the book! I’ve read it twice already! 😀 Do read and let me know how you liked it! Hugs!

  10. Vidya,

    The book was a STAR and Pamela’s book signing this weekend. She set a record for the most books sold EVER at that store during an author signing. Thank you for contributing to the wonderful buzz about the book.

    • Wow! Eric! I loved hearing that! I am quite sure all her books are going to be toppers! Thrilled!. 😀 Thanks for telling me!

  11. Betsy at Zen Mama Reply

    Thanks for another great book review! Can’t wait to read the book. Thanks Vidya!

  12. Thanks for this Vidya. I knew Pamela’s book would be too funny. Great review too.

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