Thursday, November 29, 2018

Darcy the Dog Who Talked

Author Liane Carter herself is the primary narrator of this story, considering dogs to be children, and having a job of walking them regularly. The perspective occasionally shifts to that of Blackie, a Labrador and greyhound mix in the kennel who wants a home and has a troubled past, stemming from having puppies and abuse at the hands of previous owners. The dog was considered to be an “escape artist,” given her ability to leave over six-foot-tall barriers, and in spite of her background, Liane’s heart cried out to the canine, who has to wait a week before she can go home with new masters.

Blackie is ultimately renamed Darcy, and Liane takes her home, where problems began to show, given her howling throughout the night that disturbs the neighborhood, among other things such as a fear of riding in cars, the main narrator and her husband Lee planning to heighten their backyard barriers so the dog can’t escape. Fortunately for the couple, Darcy is house-trained, although she is a bit of an aggressive walker, and gives chase to neighborhood cats. The dog eventually warms up to her owners, who take her to the park, where she fraternizes with other canines, not to mention a place nicknamed Rabbitonia, where she hounds wild rabbits.

Many obstacles come in the way of Darcy and her owners, such as the canine’s reluctance to drink water and be bathed (or showered in cold months), and the narrative takes a turn later on, accounting for a poignant tale that dog owners will certainly appreciate. Admittedly, this reviewer half-expected a fantastical tale about an intelligent animal, and there are some odd stylistic choices such as frequent capitalization of words for emphasis, and the brief passages told from the dog’s perspective seem something of an afterthought. Even so, animal lovers everywhere will enjoy this short and sweet yarn.

Book Details:

Book Title: Darcy The Dog Who Talked by Liane Carter
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 152 pages
Genre: Pets / Memoir (told from dog's perspective)
Publisher: Independently published
Release date: June 18, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 26 to Dec 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild language - such as hell, bloody, damn)

Book Description:

I'd never adopted a dog before. I had no idea what to do and this dog needed someone who did. An abused dog and a clueless human, we embarked on a journey of love, struggles and joy.

"Every abandoned Darcy dog needs a Liane."
- Teresa Roberts, Veterinary Nurse, Hertfordshire, England

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Meet the Author:

Devoted to giving her readers smiles, tears and tension in both her poignant non-fiction and fast-paced fantasy adventures, Liane Carter bares her soul. Author of The Chronicles of Joya, The Dream Devils, Darcy: The Dog Who Talked and Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude, she has written features and a weekly column for Costa Blanca News, articles for Writing Magazine, and has taught over 150 writing workshops. She pours her innate joy into her books and also expresses it in nature, playing instruments, creating art and dancing.

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