Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own pain and suffering that we can’t find a way out. I read a book recently about Kate and Jasper, a single mother and her son, who has cystic fibrosis. The medications, therapies, and hospitalizations left the young boy and his mother wrapped in a life in which everything was under control. It was a tough hand they were dealt with, and it took all their efforts to keep his illness in check, but they both dreamed of a life that was somehow more. Yet, it seemed like too much to ask for.
The Wonder of Lost Causes is about how Kate and Jasper found a way into a life of taking chances, being daring, and finding a life worth living. Of course, it all starts with an abandoned dog, Whistler, that had also led a life of pain and suffering and was looking for not just a new home but the right home. The bond between these three changes everything.
Jasper and Whistler have a natural and undeniable connection. In fact, Jasper is convinced that he can understand Whistler’s feelings, and it’s clear that Whistler understands Jasper’s needs. Jasper is convinced that Whistler has wisdom that needs to be shared with the world, and he is the way the words get spoken. Of course, Whistler works his magic on people whether they can hear his words or not. His heart leads the way to a sweet, happy ending.
I loved The Wonder of Lost Causes because it fully honors the human-dog bond. It also dabbles a bit in animal communication, naturally. Those with strong bonds with their companion animals are no stranger to understanding the unsaid words, the feelings that are very clear in their animal friends’ eyes. This was a beautiful book about the change that comes with love and taking a chance on an animal that needs to give their love to just the right person.
P.S. I have not been compensated for this review; I just wanted to share something I enjoyed with my blogging friends.