Teresa R. (Evansville, IN)
Ever By My Side
A warm memoir of a young man, his parents, his animals, and his children, This is a well-written volume that evokes a gamut of emotions from the reader. I wish that it was longer or a little more descriptive- but I enjoyed it a great deal.
Valerie C. (Chico, CA)
Not his best work
First a disclaimer, I am a veterinarian. Second, I really enjoyed his first book, "Tell Me Where It Hurts". So, I was really looking forward to reading his newest work. Unfortunately, it disappoints to the extent I'll not finish it. Too many other books to spend more time on this one. His complaints about his childhood and parents comes across as whiney and ungrateful. His humor felt flat for me. I hope others enjoy it more.
Peggy K. (Long Beach, CA)
What a delightful book. Perhaps it is because the author is of my age and many things he talks about are easily understood and remembered. If you love animals you will love this book. It is full of stories about animals and at the same time you learn a great deal about the author's life. It doesn't have quite the scope of the James Herriot books but it definitely fits close to it. It is a book for young and old, for those who perhaps once wanted to be vets or even for those who are vets today. Keep a box of tissues close by because you are going to feel the tears at times but just sit back and enjoy.
Donna W. (Wauwatosa, WI)
I loved it! It's a memoir, it's about animals, and it was a delight to read. The book is witty, insightful and heartwarming. It is full of incidents from the Dr.'s life as well as incidents from various animals lives.....some producing tears and many producing laughter. I couldn't put it down!
Joan P. (Owego, NY)
Ever By My Side
You might think that a book about a veterinarian would have a limited audience. That's not the case with "Ever By My Side" It not only deals with how one man is affected by the animals in his life but how it lead him to choose his career. I t also explores his relationship with his father who had a different life plan for Dr. Nick. It shares the impact of animals on Nick's children.
The writer's style is conversational and makes you want to listen to all he has to say. Some of his stories are funny and remind you of the animals in your own life. I couldn't put this book down, I loved it.
Karen R. (Locust Grove, VA)
A celebration of pets
The author of this heartwarming memoir had me hooked by page 8. He shares stories of how animals have had a profound impact in his life and on his human relationships - with his father, as a father himself and husband, and as a veterinarian. It made me laugh and cry with the memories of my own loved pets. I highly recommend for animal lovers, young and old and for book groups where it would raise some interesting discussions.
Barbara E. (rockville, MD)
Ever By My Side
I'll adored this book. From it's opening paragraphs, I was hooked. Nicholas Trout is a wonderful storyteller and writes in an engaging and captivating way. His characters, both human and animal, come vividly alive on the pages of this enchanting book. The portrait of his parents, especially his father, is particularly powerful. I laughed and I cried in almost equal measure throughout the course of this emotionally charged and exceptionally satisfying book. I highly recommend this book. A delightful read with many lessons to be learned from both the humans and pets in this book.