Gordon A. Long
on Jan. 10, 2012 :
FOR THE LOVE OF DAISY
By Cas Peace
Review by Gordon A. Long
Every once in a while, you read a book that actually outshines its publicity. Rarely, you find one that comes across with more than the author expected or, I suspect, even realizes now. For the Love of Daisy is such a book.
Sure, it’s a book about the author and her dog, the trials they go through, and the incredible devotion that keeps them both fighting against all odds. That’s what the publicity says, so we assume that’s what Cas Peace thinks she wrote.
It is all that, and also a tale of the fortitude required to deal with the decline of loved ones, when age proclaims its inevitable verdict on their mental as well as physical beings, when there is nothing you can do but hold on and wait for the end.
It’s about the grieving process, and what you do to stay sane in a situation over which you have no control. It speaks of the desperate need for respite, the wonderful healing of a cherished hobby, and the solace of a solid marriage when everything else is slipping away. It’s about the support of family, friends, and the caring professionals who help us through the dark times.
Because this is a review, I have to mention that it is also a bit rambling, convoluted in story line, and sometimes wordy when everything has already been said. It’s also the true story of the life of a dog, so you already know the ending. Still, the story leaves you uplifted and better prepared for your own trials.
For the Love of Daisy is a moving and heartwarming tribute to the strength of the human (and canine) soul in the face of adversity. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Aug. 25, 2011 :
Take the time to read a good book. Noisy wheels have not allowed me much time for reading these days, but Dalmation Daisy tramped her big paws across my screen and I had to read a chapter, or two, or three and more. As dog lover I no longer have a dog. This work by CAS PEACE makes me wish I did. Those people blessed to share their life with a four-legged friend will understand the full joy of dog loving and dog owning, (really they own you,) but it is seldom considered when overcome with the joy of the moment with a new puppy that they will outlive that sweet creature, but most times that happens. For the Love of Daisy covers the full cycle of the partnership, the shifting emotions, the sunshine and the shadows and identifies strongly with the emotions stored inside dog lovers. CAS PEACE does it so well. Her writing flows in the smooth style of her other novels that have made her the success she is. Read a good book. Read For the Love of Daisy and be glad.
RJ New Zealand
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)