The Thing Is By Kathleen Gerard Review

Cover picture of The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard.The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard is an interesting read. It is about a dog who is really a sort of guardian angel. I say sort of because he is obviously still all dog too.

I have been depressed myself. Grief can hit you really hard. It took me longer to get over it than it did Meredith(the main character). Perhaps because I didn’t have a dog like the one in this book.

There are some interesting characters in this book. I really liked all the people who live in Evergreen Gardens, the independent living facility where the dog, named Prozac, is a pet therapy dog. Those old folks are feisty.

I really like how they got together to find a way to stay independent too.

The end of the book wasn’t what I expected at all.

I liked this book. I would be happy to read any other books the author writes. Especially if they contain dogs.

About the book:

Can a woman mired deep in the throes of grief have her heart and soul rallied by a therapy dog named Prozac who possesses supernatural wisdom and a canine Mensa IQ?

Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac.

Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week.

Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and even love—along the way.

THE THING IS—a perfect read for fans of General Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, and Dog and Pet Lovers!

Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Romantic Comedy
February 9, 2016
Red Adept

You can buy a copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

About the Author:

Promo picture of author Kathleen Gerard.Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her work has been awarded many literary prizes and has been published in magazines, journals, widely anthologized and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Kathleen writes and reviews books for Shelf Awareness. Kathleen’s woman-in-jeopardy novel, IN TRANSIT, won “Best Romantic Fiction” at the New York Book Festival.

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This post is part of a Blog Tour for Tribute Books.  I received a free paperback book to review.


  1. Hi Elle – I so appreciate your participating in the Tribute Books Blog Tour for THE THING IS. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and shared your thoughts so honestly. I really identify with your feelings about grief – everyone heals at his/her own pace and there is no timetable. Sometimes you just have to feel what you feel until you don’t feel it anymore – and that can take a VERY LONG time. Keep the faith…and thank you again for your help and support! :)

    1. You’re welcome. My mom enjoyed the book too.

      Grief is weird. I have lost several people in my family and it was different every time.

      I hope you sell a lot of books. I expect there are many folks out there who are down on themselves because they think they are taking too long to heal, or not long enough.

      There may be a few who have no idea that dogs can help. Imagine that.

  2. I’m a huge dog lover, so the first thing that caught my interest was that adorable dog on the cover. Then I read the blurb and knew right away I wanted to read this book. I’m still grieving the loss of my husband 17 months ago, and then 8 months later I lost my babydog . I had her for 18 years and she was literally my shadow.

    I recently rescued a puppy mill dog, and we are helping each other heal.

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