Fixing Freddie is a novel by Paula Munier about a divorcee, a boy, and a beagle. Well, of course it is about far more than that, it’s about life. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked the book up, and when I say I picked it up, I mean, I downloaded it to read on my eReader, what I found was a well written book that I had a hard time wanting to put down. I’m not one for real life, I’ve got enough of that, but as I began the first few chapters, I found myself enjoying the writing as much as the story. Paula has crafted a humorous glimpse into her life. A telling first person narrative of things that happened and her reaction to them. I’ve met Paula, but I didn’t know Paula, and as often happens, I found out she is so much more than just a pretty face.

Like everyone, Paula has had ups and downs, disappointments and joys. When we first join her on her journey, she’s just bought a new house and her young son reminds her that she once promised if they ever had their own home, he could have a puppy. Mind you, they’ve already got one dog, Shakespeare and a cat, Isis. As any a mother will tell you, although she tries to say no to the boy, she can’t, we all cave. Enter Freddie. From day… I’ll say two, Freddie is a handful, but it’s not a story so much about the pup as it is about life’s lessons learned through this pup. There are the usual peeing and pooping, romps out into the middle of a half frozen lake, attacks on neighbors and to a degree any male who enters. Through these episodes Paula has done a great job in telling us her story and what she learned along the way. I have to say from my own point of view, and hind site being what it is, I’d have laid the ex out flat .

When I was a kid we had a baby sitter whose husband, Carl, trained beagles to hunt. They are happy little dogs, who will lick just about anything, love to follow their noses and are hard to resist. Reading the book brought back memories of my own childhood with these dogs. Carl had anywhere from 5 to 25 dogs on his property at any given time and we were always allowed to go play with the dogs when in house. He kept them in pens in a long barn and as much as he trained them, he loved them, but as you will read in the  story, beagles in the house have their own issues. I can remember one time after begging, we were allowed to stay outside and sleep with the dogs in the old chicken coop, we had a blast. The next morning, we weren’t allowed in the house until we’d showered in the outside cold shower. Once, he allowed us to pick a puppy from a new litter with the understanding they were ours only until they were sold. Mine, squirmy, pushed my brothers, or maybe it was my sister’s puppy, down the steps.

I really enjoyed Fixing Freddie as much for the story as the memories it invoked.  Anyone who picks it up I’m sure will come away feeling satisfied by the story and the writing.

Now, to be honest, I did find a few flaws in the editing of the book. Just confirmation that even those who can pay for an editor, still have errors when it’s put on paper. We all try, and we edit, and we ask other to edit, and pay someone, and yet those darn spelling, punctuation, grammatical errors often still rear their ugly head. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Actually, I didn’t find any spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors, I’m not that good, but there were two places where a word was missing.

Anything I didn’t like about the book? There were a few times  Paula went  a little long on a subject and to be honest, I skipped a couple of paragraphs because I was impatient to see what happened.  This isn’t the first book where I’ve done that, won’t be the last I’m sure. I’m still recommending it to my reader friends. Go get your copy of Fixing Freddie.

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