Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Review: 'Almost Perfect' by Diane Daniels Manning


The title of this book sums up how I felt after reading it, that is was ‘almost perfect’.
It’s an enjoyable read with a theme I think we can all relate to about striving for perfection to please others and not yourself, and realizing that it might be too late to live your dream.
I loved how all the characters interacted and were eventually changed by one another. There’s Bess and Benny each wanting something and then realizing it’s basically the same thing and finally coming together to make it a reality.
The author did a great job showing us how Bess was once like Benny’s mother. Benny wants nothing more than his mother’s attention and approval and Bess’ son David wanted the same thing but her dog breeding business came first. Can she right a wrong using Benny and will her and David’s relationship ever be healed?
Benny did at times have dialogue that seemed a bit beyond his years and was the only weakness in this story. All characters were well rounded and the setting so clearly described that I felt myself emerged in this small town setting.
And who doesn’t love a book with animals? For this one it’s poodles and a lovable dog name McCreery who I felt myself cheering for when Bess and Benny decide to let him compete at the Westminister Dog Show. I won’t give away what happens but the book has a great ending that puts a smile on your face.
One final thing I like about this book is the author is donating 100% of the profits from its sale to various charities serving children and animals so what better way to help them out and get an enjoyable read in the process.

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