3 out of 4 stars
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Away To Me, My Love, written by Naomi McDonald, is a non-fiction memoir about the author's life with her former Border Collie dog, Luke and her close ones who've helped her throughout her life.
Naomi McDonald had been dealing with her fears and self-doubt for a long while because of the trauma she faced in her childhood years. This book explores her life and her journey through self-realization, how she learns to deal with her past and how her closet friends, family and her best friend, Luke, helped her overcome those fears to follow her calling in life. And it mainly involves sheepherding.
Since this book is based on a true story, I had high hopes that the book will have a lot of genuine care and heart into it. And it turns out that I was right. The author did say in the book that being a storyteller was not her intention. She wrote this book just to relive the moments she has with her dog that changed her life. And I think that speaks volumes on why I like this book. The author gives out little snippets of her trauma while still making the pacing of the book well-rounded. Her perspective on life developed gradually was interesting and made me learn more things about animals in a light that we tend to overlook. The book's tone overall was well balanced. It can get wholesome whenever the author interacts with her beloved husband, Mac, and Luke, or it could be pretty sad whenever the author felt some guilt on the people she had hurt unintentionally. And this book was well professionally edited. I have only found a few errors in the book while everything else was clean.
However, there is a problem I have with this book and that's mainly on how the epilogue was handled. Now I'm sure that the author has good intentions on how she ended the book and wanted some closure since her friend, Luke, did, unfortunately, pass away. I get that they have a bond that can never be broken, but sometimes I feel like how the execution of the ending was somewhat off. It might just be my personal feelings on how it was executed, but it somewhat sours my feelings on the book a bit. Sweet, but not my cup of tea.
Overall, I do enjoy my time reading this book. Even though that ending was not my preference, it was nice to see through the author's story and how wholesome and worthwhile it was. I'll give this book 3 out of 4 stars. If you are a fan of animals or would love to know why people love animals, especially the man's best friend, this will be perfect for young adults like you.
Away To Me, My Love
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