Review: Lessons from Tara

Posted on Sep 28 2016 - 12:00pm by Claire Herbaux
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You may recognise the author. Yes, I may have talked about his mysteries and thrillers, but this is different. This is one for anyone with pets. Dogs would be ideal, considering the title reads “Life Advice from the World’s Most Lovable Dog”.

Now you may have guessed, it is not actual advice from a dog such as “always mark your territory” or “sit nicely and your bowl will get filled twice as much” but life advice. About courage, teamwork and appreciating the little things. Life with animals does teach us a lot. We have all learnt something from our pet; now imagine if you have 25 to 40 at all times – the lessons multiply!

Animals show our humble side, our human side, our emotional side. And this book shows Rosenfelt’s funny side. You will notice similarities between him and his character Andy Carpenter. The book is full of Rosenfelt’s reflections on life with an awful lot of pets, what we learn, his wife’s habit of bringing home more than just the dog she went to pick up, as well as fun insights into his writing life – especially his failures!

“That mistake was even worse than when, in New Tricks, I wrote that Laurie was shot in the thigh and almost bled to death because the bullet severed her carotid artery. And it was definitely worse than when I wrote in Airtight that they found the victim “lying facedown on his back.”

Unfortunately, I could go on and on.

But I won’t.”

Lessons from Tara, by David Rosenfelt

First published 2015

ISBN 978-0-7515-6367-2

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