"If you can write, that's great. If you can tell a story, that's even greater. But if you can work a resilient premise into both, you're worth digging to find."

Monday, June 8, 2015

Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalván

Synopsis: There is so much to admire and respect about this story built around a man and his best friend, Tuesday... a relationship that developed from a deep mutual need to be there for each other. Priceless.

Writing Style: Journalistic, comfortable natural writing that smoothly transitions between time periods.

Pacing: Moderate page-turner.

Premise: What's unique about this story is the service ECAD, a nonprofit group located in New York originally named East Coast Assistance Dogs,  provided for the disabled; and the unique relationship that developed between Tuesday (the handsome Golden Retriever) and Luis (a wounded Warrior).

Personal Highlights: The ‘Tuesday stories’ are simply the best, in the same vein that the numerous difficulties veterans like Luis faced once separating from active service and returning 'home' were hard to read, but powerful and well told all the same. Gosh, I melted after reading his father’s regret. Out of love his parents didn’t want him to go into the military for many of the reasons that motivated his separation from service, which was the same love that compelled them to be there for him by assuring their love for him no matter what. Priceless… as priceless as every time I got to read another one of Tuesday’s facial expressions I smiled and melted. I loved this book. It is an important story. Highly recommended.

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