Jan 20, 2021

Book Review of *Dear Brave Friend* by Leigh Ann Gerk @ireadbooktours

Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk

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.



Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over ten 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 cherished therapy dog, Gracie. 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dear Brave Friend is an absolute must-read for anyone who has lost his or her beloved pet. A dog that has passed, through a letter he tells this story. He tells about the memories that he had with his friend, and for this friend to know that he lives on through him. The illustrations perfectly match the story. I loved this book and I am 64, so it is for all ages.

I would like to thank the author and iRead Book Tours for the review copy in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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