Review: Buckley’s Story by Ingrid King

08 Dec

Buckley's StoryMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

Buckley’s Story was a heartwarming story of a cat and her person.

From the author’s website:

Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier.

Buckley is diagnosed with heart disease after only two years of living with Ingrid, and caring for Buckley through her illness only deepens the bond between cat and human. Interspersed with well-researched information about cat health in general, and heart disease in particular, the author describes the challenges and rewards of managing illness in a feline companion, and ultimately helping her through the final transition. Ingrid shares both the day-to-day joys of living with a special cat as well as the profound grief that comes with losing a beloved animal companion.

Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension.

I really enjoyed reading about the connection between the author and her special kitty. Even as the story turned more serious, the link between them was wonderful. Buckley (as well as her “sister” cat Amber) was lovingly described, and I felt I got to know this sweet, energetic little tortoiseshell kitty.

I also liked looking into Ingrid King’s life as she followed a new career path, and explored alternative medicine as it applies to animals. As a normally skeptical person, I admit to an interest in Reiki and the power of energy to heal. The book briefly passed my comfort level as Ms. King consulted a (psychic) animal communicator, but it wasn’t enough to impact my enjoyment of the story.

The author’s strength isn’t as a writer (although she did a competent job with the book) but as a cat lover with a story to tell, and as an insightful person looking at the relationship between people and beloved pets.

I’d recommend this book to animal lovers willing to walk this path into illness and inspiration.  Consider buying this book as a Christmas present for someone in your life that appreciates the bond between a cat and her special person.

This is a review stop for Ingrid King and Pump Up Your Book Promotions.   Thank you to them for this opportunity (and the copy of the book).  Check out the other tour sites on Ingrid King’s blog!


Posted by on December 8, 2009 in books, reviews, tour


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2 responses to “Review: Buckley’s Story by Ingrid King

  1. Literary Feline

    December 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I am so glad you enjoyed this book, Laura. There are many aspects of this book that appeal to me, including the author’s change in career path and where that led her. I’m really hesitant though to pick it up because of the illness factor. Someday I am sure I will be ready to go down that path, but not quite yet.

    Isn’t Reiki interesting? A pen friend of mine took it up several years ago and says it’s made a huge difference in her life.

  2. Ladytink_534

    December 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I love memoirs like this! I haven’t tried this one yet though.


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