Thursday, February 5, 2015

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning Book Review

Book Synopsis:

Two unlikely friends, an old woman and a boy with special needs, take an aging champion to Westminster Dog Show, and heal their troubled families.

Seventy year-old Bess Rutledge has fantasized about winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life, but now she has decided she is too old to follow her dream. She meets Benny, an angry fourteen year-old with mild autism and ADHD, who has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother. He becomes convinced that winning Westminster with McCreery, Bess’ aging champion standard poodle, will finally make his mother proud of him. Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy.

Author's Bio:

Diane Daniels Manning is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas which helps children dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.

When not at The New School, Diane and her writing partners, a Standard Poodle named Misty and a rescue cat named Elvira, convene at the keyboard to share great thoughts and plan the dinner menu.
Connect with her:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Where to buy the book:

​Barnes & Nobles

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​Book Trailer:

Almost Perfect Trailer V1-2 from Kaizen Marketing on Vimeo.

My review;

I just finished reading "Almost Perfect' by Diane Daniels Manning and I really liked this story. The story line was nice and the characters were very likable. This is a story about 2 of the most unlikely people coming together and following a dream. Benny is young boy who wants to prove himself to his parents and Bess has decided she is too old to realize her dream. Their story is a story of friendship and growing together.  I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.

Since this book revolves around the Westminster Dog Show and this year that show takes place from Feb 16-17​, culminating at the end of this tour, don't forget to check out their website:


​Prize: ​
Giving away 13 copies of Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning (5 print copies - USA only, 5 ebook copies and 3 audiobooks from Audible - international) and one $25 Amazon Gift Card (open international)
​ Ends Feb 20, 2015​

You can also win one $50, $25 or $10 Amazon Gift Card on author’s website.
​The author will ask a question about the book as an entry.​

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