Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Welcome Home Mama and Boris" by Carey Neesley

Carey and Peter were very close as brother and sister, depending upon each other during the tough times of growing up. Living in Michigan was wonderful until their parents divorced and their lives changed. Would they be able to continue the unfailing love and support into adulthood? What would happen when war intervened and took Peter away? In this memoir/tribute, Carey Neesley tells their story and discusses Peter's legacy.

Peter's life took some bad turns as he grew up, but he remained close to Carey. When she had a baby alone, Peter was there to help. But, the war in Iraq intervened. First, Peter was stateside, then overseas but not in battle. But Peter was always desirous of being with those he served with, taking any of their deaths hard. Ultimately, when he reenlisted, he was sent to Iraq. Anxious to make up for lost time, Peter would volunteer for extra shifts and any other duties that would come up. In the middle of that war zone, Peter found a mother dog and her four puppies. Life in the midst of war. They became instant friends, but all but one of the puppies was killed there. Peter wanted to save the mother (Mama) and her remaining puppy (Boris), but he was killed before he could realize that dream. 

Carey had a very difficult time dealing with Peter's death, but she was determined to make sure he had a legacy. Mama and Boris needed her help, but how would she even start the process of bringing them to the States? What obstacles would she have to overcome? In this inspiring story, Carey brings to life the real and painful aspects of war; along with the hope inspired by those who serve.

I really enjoyed this book because it is a tribute to the hard work soldiers put in and the love of the families back home. The family history brings them all to life, and you will find yourself rooting for Carey and the dogs. The pictures also help bring them to life. I recommend this book to anyone who loves memoirs and true life stories. It will definitely tug on your heartstrings. I received my free review copy from FSB Associates in exchange for an honest review.

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