Book Review: Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now. I received it as a gift from my friend Allie some time ago.  I decided now was a good time as any to pick it up and read it.

I’m not a short story reader, nor do I really read collections of essays. As I started reading this I found the familiarity of James Patterson-style chapters, but with each mini-chapter telling a new story. I really didn’t think I was going to be the target reader for this book either. Scottoline writes a lot about her age, empty nesting and her divorces from Thing I and Thing II. I have to say I chuckled every time I read that.

While I couldn’t be sympathetic or understand some of the issues she writes about in the book, I found myself identifying parallels in my own life as she talked about her relationship with her daughter Francesca in her own words and in Francesca’s, as well as with Mother Mary.  But where I felt I could bond with her most were the sections where she wrote about her struggle to be a writer and her love of animals.

The particular story that stayed with me was about the death of her and Francesca’s beloved Golden Retriever Lucy. While Lucy was a dog, her bond with the Scottoline women reminded me much of my mom and I’s bond with our dear cat Skippy who passed years ago now. The mannerisms, the loyalty to Francesca and the grief over her death brought me back to a moment in time from years ago. It also opened my eyes to the life lessons Scottoline has introduced throughout the book.

In each and every story I read I found myself learning something about life. I know now to always to wear a bra because you never know when a Corgi is going to bite the tip of your finger off. I know I’m not the only one who is a constant interrupter and that it’s a good thing I am or a conversation would be extremely boring. I learned that wanting to have something done ASAP will cost you a lot of money, but if you have the money to spend to have it done ASAP why not? I also learned a lot about not giving up on your dream and even if you struggle in the beginning, it can happen for you. Reaching your goals takes time. Life isn’t always easy, but you fight the fight for what you want.

I recommend this book, written by a 50-something, to anyone who is a mother, who has a child, who is an animal lover, who has a best friend, who is a writer and who wants to be a writer at any age.  Take it from a late 20-something.