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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Review: Dixon's Place

When Bill and Meghan Corradini, an affluent and self-described spoiled young couple, decide they want ducks to adorn the pond they plan to build at their dream home, neither of them can imagine the mayhem, heartbreak and joy that will ensue.

Bill decides to purchase a couple of ducks but when there are just three left, he cannot abandon the third sibling, so all three come home with him and are promptly named after players for his beloved college team, the Oregon Ducks—despite the fact that all are female. He and Meghan set about spoiling and pampering their ducks, lavishing them with love.

Unfortunately, despite precautions, tragedy strikes and it changes Bill and Meghan in a profound way. Bill tells Meghan that he wants to make a difference in the lives of abandoned, abused and neglected animals. They decide to devote their time and resources to doing just that.

Along the way, both mature and their bond is deepened and strengthened as they face numerous emotional trials, most revolving around the animals they rescue and usually end up adopting. Within short order, one animal becomes two and the additions to their household multiply. Their lives are irreversibly changed and enriched.

In caring for these animals, Bill and Meghan discover their purpose in life, serve as examples to their friends and family and realize their deep capacity for love—both for the animals they work with and for each other. Their story is inspiring and never dull. It will resonate with animal lovers everywhere.
When the book began, I have to confess that I didn't much care for either Bill or Meghan whose lives seemed to revolve around the acquisition of material things. They didn't seem to like each other very  much either. Their jobs required long hours of work, and on weekends, they killed time and waited for Monday to come.
The arrival of their ducks heralded a huge change in their outlook on life. Other living creatures with personalities and needs now depended on them for survival. Their hearts were touched, and they devoted themselves to their ducks.
Now that their eyes were opened to the huge number of abused and neglected animals in the US, they didn't stop at ducks. They ended up with bunnies, birds, and dogs, sixteen to be exact, and somewhere along the way they bonded as a family and grew into people to be proud of. Bill even reconnected with the daughter he'd lost contact with. Prepare to be emotional. Things happen to some of their animals. 
The book is heartwarming for any animal lover. I don't know why some people are so mean to animals, but they are, and we need a lot more people like Bill and Meghan to step up and make a difference in the lives of animals. I enjoyed the book, and in case you still were wondering, I think I'd like Bill and Meghan quite a lot.
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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

William Corradini said...

Thank you for hosting. I will be around to answer any questions.

bn100 said...

Cute cover

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shahi - Online PhD in Business Administration said...

That sounds like an interesting story with a very important underlying message. I am a big animal lover, how could you not be. There is a lot to be learned from a story like this one. It would be very emotional to read about some of the setbacks that their adopted animals encounter.