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Friday, February 5, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway -Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk On Tour with IRead book tours


Book Details:

Book Title:  Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (8 to 12) ,  49 pages
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher:  Golden Harvest Publishers
Release date:   August 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (gifted Kindle)
Will send print books out:  USA only
Tour dates: Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021
Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G. Appropriate for all audiences.
Book Description:

This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages, and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in the back of the book.
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Meet the Author:

Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and is excited to branch out and offer more. Having grown up on a farm, Leigh Ann's childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies, dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love for, this extraordinary relationship. Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy, live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie. Visit Leigh Ann online at

connect with the author:  website  ~  facebook  ~  goodreads

My Thoughts
I grew up with dogs. I remember when I was 14 we got a puppy named Buddy. Buddy was the best "fur brother" we could ask for. He was super protective of us, he followed us like a hawk and when I had children of my own he watched over them. We had buddy for 14 wonderful years. I'll never forget when we made the difficult decision to put him down. He could not see, walk and had loss control of his bowels. We put him down on Halloween during Super Storm Sandy. I'll never forget that pain. You never forget your beloved family pets. 
I read this book with my 9 and 7 year old sons. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. We did shed a few tears with this book and it prompted discussions about what happens if our current dogs cross the rainbow bridge. This book starts off with a letter sent to a boy from his beloved pet who has passed. The letter helps the boy relive the good times and the memories they had together. This book is a children's book but also could be used for adults to cope with the loss of a pet. 
Well written, emotional and beautifully illustrated. This is a must have to help children and adults deal with the loss of a pet. 
I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours - all thoughts are my own. 
Tour Schedule:

Jan 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 –Book World Reviews – book review / author interview
Jan 19 -Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 -Carpinello's Writing Pages - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 –Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post/ giveaway
Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 - The Momma Spot - book review
Jan 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 27  - Reading Authors Network - book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 1 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 1 - Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews  - book review
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 - Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3 - Pick a Good Book - book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 Pawesome Wisdom – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 4 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 4 - I'm Into Books - book review
Feb 4 - Deborah-Zenha Adams - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  - book review / giveaway
Feb 5 - Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting - book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of the author of DEAR BRAVE FRIEND (1 winner) (open to customers) HERE

1 comment:

  1. Connie thank you for such a heartfelt, beautiful review and for joining my book tour. It sounds like Buddy was a true treasure in your family. It made me smile when you wrote that you and your sons read Dear Brave Friend together and it prompted you into an important conversation. Throughout the book you will find many opportunities that encourage meaningful conversations with your children; something that is so important at this tender age. Thank you again!