“Charlie: A Love Story, a valentine to a special Golden Retriever, is pure magic. From the moment you meet Charlie and Barbara in her garden, you’ll be captivated. Here is a story you’ll never forget. This lovely book is destined to become a classic.”
– Arthur Vanderbilt, award-winning author of
Golden Days: Memories of a Golden Retriever
“Charlie: A Love Story is absolutely beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. Charlie was truly an astonishing dog. I can think of few people as aware of the capacity for love in other animals as Barbara. She has captured the love of a dog faithfully and fully.”
– Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving
and the bestselling Dogs Never Lie About Love
"Charlie is one of those rare dogs who leave a lasting impression. Although many people loved him, no one knew him the way Barbara did. Their relationship was extraordinarily close. In this very heartfelt, special book, Barbara captures Charlie's character and their relationship with clarity and immediacy. This is a tender yet very real story of the love and devotion of a dog and his master equally beloved of each other, a story I think will always be remembered."
– Robert Olds, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Chief of Surgery, VCA Brentwood Animal Hospital
“It is a great relief to read a memoir that does not involve some kind of confession regarding the numerous ways people find to screw up their lives. Charlie: A Love Story is for anyone who has ever loved a dog and been loved in return. Lampert is a psychotherapist, and the best therapy in her life is her Golden Retriever, Charlie. He inspired the author as he overcame numerous health problems, exhibiting a zest for life and courage…This is a short, wonderful read.”
− Alan Caruba, Bookviews, February 2012
"Charlie had a special glow, energy, strength that most of us wish we had in times of illness, strife and stress… He truly lived his to the fullest. As you read this journal you will hear Charlie’s bark, his voice, see him hug and his affection for Barbara on each and every page of this outstanding memoir, journal and diary to this dog who will live in her heart and her life forever.
Charlie is now a part of more than just your life Barbara, many others and mine who will read his story.
Told with love, vividly describing and sharing her emotional journey from start to finish, the story embraces the reader from the first page until the very last."
− Fran Lewis, Goodreads, January 2012
“Charlie: A Love Story started out as a gardening journal but soon became a day-to-day account of the unique friendship between Barbara and Charlie… Your heartstrings will be pulled by this once-in-a-lifetime relationship.”
– The Malibu Times, January 26, 2012
“What Barbara Lampert has captured in Charlie: A Love Story is the true testament of friendship and resilience. No matter how things might seem for you, this book will inspire you to keep moving forward, making the most of each and every day.”
– Cyrus Webb, host of Conversations LIVE! online radio and publisher of Conversations Magazine
“As a lover and owner of Golden Retrievers, I loved not only the dog Charlie but had great admiration for the author. She never gave up on her Charlie, and Charlie never gave up on wanting to live. A beautiful Love story even if it is about a woman and her Dog. Any book about a Golden Retriever would be great but this was Exceptional.”
– Madonna “yonkers”, reader
“This was the most honest, touching book about a relationship with a dog that I've ever read. I loved this book, and even though it made me cry like a baby, I will be reading it again. Highly recommended to anyone who loves or is close to their dog.”
– Vicki Newell, blogger at I'd Rather Be Reading At The Beach
“As a dog lover, this wonderful memoir hit all the emotional chords: I laughed, smiled and cried. Charlie: A Love Story is a testament to the beautiful relationship that people can have with their pets, whether it is a dog, a cat, or a rabbit. This wonderful story is a must for all pet owners.”
- Kathleen Anderson, blogger at Jersey Girl Book Reviews