Review: DEAR BRAVE FRIEND by Leigh Ann Gerk

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Denise Alicea

This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

Join us for this tour from Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021!Book Details:

Book Title:  Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (8 to 12) ,  49 pages
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher:  Golden Harvest Publishers
Release date:   August 2019
Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G. Appropriate for all audiences.


Book Description:

This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy
and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog
passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy,
the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and
therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and
suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most
difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that
can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in
this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any
family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages,
and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in
the back of the book.

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Review:  Grek’s Dear Brave Friend will tug at your heartstrings and make you cry. It’s such a great book and can help children deal with a death of a pet. I think it’s super important for children to have a sense of understanding when a pet passes and that they will always be with them. Just reading this myself was a beautiful reminder of the pets I’ve lost and I had to cry.  The illustrations are also beautiful and accompany the message very well. The lovely message that this shows children and adults alike. I highly recommend this book for children and also for adults!

Meet the Author:

Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over
eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and
the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual
and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She
currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and
is excited to branch out and offer more. Having grown up on a farm,
Leigh Ann’s childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies,
dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her
playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the
human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love
for, this extraordinary relationship. Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy,
live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin
daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their
first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie. Visit Leigh
Ann online at with the author:  website facebook goodreads

Tour Schedule:Jan 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Book World Reviews – book review / author interview
Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Carpinello’s Writing Pages – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post/ giveaway
Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – The Momma Spot – book review
Jan 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 27  – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 1 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 1 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews  – book review
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Pawesome Wisdom – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 4 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway

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Leigh Ann Gerk

Thank you Denise for your lovely book review and for your support during my book tour. I’m so glad that you were able to take the time to remember all of the precious fur babies who added so much meaning to your life. They will always live in your heart !


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