Sunday, October 4, 2015

Book review of Finding Shelter by Emma Lee

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Finding Shelter by Emma Lee
Today is #WorldAnimalDay so it seemed an appropriate day to review Finding Shelter: One Girl. One Camera. One Thousand Rescue Animals by Emma Lee, a memoir of a year spent helping out at an animal refuge in France. Woven into her beautifully written (from the heart) account, Emma fills us in on her early life, explains how she came to be living in France and the events that occurred that led her to becoming committed to helping out at the refuge.

In places, this is a very funny book and anyone who has ever owned a dog is likely to be chuckling away and agreeing with her at some point, even if some of her stories are a bit yucky. However, this is also a very emotional read too. As Emma cries over the lives some of the dogs have had, her writing made me cry too. Emma is honest, both with her descriptions of the glamour, or should that be poo-paddling, of the daily life of a volunteer at the dog refuge, but also when she talks about her past. Her admission that more than once her animals have saved her was very moving and she is now giving back. Emma is on mission, powered by emotion, grief and compassion, her aim is to get all the oldies at the refuge adopted. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be going towards updating the digital technology at the refuge to enable more dogs to find their forever homes.

I am sure this book will encourage more good people to take action and help, like Emma and her friends. I’ve known Emma online for a number of years and even met her a few times, so some of her stories and the people she writes about were familiar to me, but this is a book all compassionate animal lovers will enjoy, even the bad bits helped me to understand what goes on in the refuge world. It is hard, it is sad, but it’s certainly not all bad. Take a cosy seat with your favourite pet on your lap, a box of tissues to hand, a hot chocolate ready to drink and curl up with this book today.

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Refuge de l'Angoumois
For those readers who are in the Poitou-Charentes region, the refuge Emma helps at has an open weekend on the 10th and 11th October and The Hope Association who raise funds on behalf of many animal charities will be holding their three day book sale on the 16th to 18th October. I’ll certainly be at the book sale; it’s an event I never miss.

Finding Shelter: One Girl. One Camera. One Thousand Rescue Animals is available in ebook format and a link to Amazon can be found below.



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The Hope Association