How could you not love a book that has such an adorable cover! Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning is a charming and sweet tale about an old woman, a young boy, and of course dogs. I listened to the audiobook of Almost Perfect narrated by Caroline Miller and I thought her narration suited the story being told. I found the story delightful and I think listening to it on audio just added to my enjoyment of it.
Bess Rutledge is seventy years old and most of her life has been about dogs. Her dream has always been to win the Westminster Dog Show but at her age now she realizes it isn’t likely to happen anymore. But then fourteen-year-old Benny comes into her life and shakes things up. Benny hasn’t had an easy time in life so far. He suffers from mild autism and ADHD and he struggles. Bess’ old dog McCreery does wonders for him as pets so often do and he loves the dog. Needless to say it isn’t long before Benny gets the notion to compete in the Westminster Dog Show himself and with none other than than McCreery – the aging standard poodle he loves so much!
Both Bess and Benny have different reasons for wanting to win at Westminster. Obviously for Bess it’s been her dream but for Benny it’s a way to hopefully impress his mother who is no longer with him and his dad and doesn’t seem to want to have much to do with Benny either. He needs his mother and if he can finally prove himself worthy of her love maybe she’ll come back. The journey Bess and Benny take on their way to and at Westminster is one that will change both of them.
Almost Perfect was a really enjoyable story for me and it touched my heart in all the right places. If you’re like me and you love dogs and the Westminster Dog Show then you’re sure to enjoy this heartwarming tale. For me the audiobook really brought the story alive in my mind and enabled me to almost feel as though I was right there with everyone.
Recommended for dog lovers and those who just enjoy a good story! In addition this book is on tour at the perfect time since the Westminster Dog Show will be taking place on February 16/17 of this year. Visit the website for more information!
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