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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


 “Kendrick writes with a wicked sense of humor and great wisdom.”
(Chicago Tribune)

“Graced with a stellar cast of captivating characters (including an adorable pack of scene-stealing canines) and written with both sharp wit and genuine wisdom, Kendrick’s latest effervescent novel is a hopelessly, hopefully romantic treat.”
(Booklist (starred review))

"Kendrick not only shines in portraying the subtleties of female friendships, but also at rendering the unbreakable bond between man (or woman) and dog….Kendrick has a…talent for matchmaking: pairing her winsome heroine and her delightful group of canines in the service of a tale of nurturing one’s true calling and rekindling relationships."
(Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

After growing up with a purebred Bernese mountain dog, Beth Kendrick fell in love with a scruffy stray terrier named Murphy and has been a sucker for rescue dogs ever since. She lives in Arizona with her family and two rambunctious red mutts. Despite owning three vacuum cleaners, she is constantly covered in dog hair.

More About the Author

I write fun, lively women's fiction as Beth Kendrick and a series for teens under the name Beth Killian.

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Customer Reviews

I really recommend this book for easy adult reading.
Heidi L. Marshall
This book had me excited with the title, thrilled by the cover and once I started reading it, well, let's just say, you have to go buy a copy immediately!
Beth Kendrick fleshed out the personalities of the dogs in this novel better than most authors develop secondary human characters in their books!
Meredith G. Schorr

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bellingham Bookworm on June 9, 2012
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I first must confess that I am a Beth Kendrick fan and I have loved most of her books. Nearlyweds and the Bake-Off are two of my all time favorite books. That being said I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because while I love dogs and I love books, I don't typically love books about dogs.

So I can report that I was pleasantly surprised to be sucked into this book from the first chapter. The main female character is well fleshed out and multi-dimensional. As the book progresses you begin to understand why Lara is so drawn to dogs that no one else wants because they aren't perfect.

This book has a light romantic theme to it. However, the bulk of the book is spent on explaining the past and developing the future of Lara's relationships with her parents: The impossible to please Justine and the flaky "fun" dad Gil.

This book isn't the usual fluffy, mad cap chick lit. It has heft and it shows that a heroine can suffer financial, emotional and romantic set backs and still be OK without an amazing and flawless prince to swoop in and fix everything for her.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Heidi L. Marshall on May 16, 2012
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I suppose that the title of this review says quite a bit. I have to admit that this isn't really the type of book that I am drawn to. The title and of course the cover art was irresistable to me. It is an easy book to read. The main character Lara was very believable and I could really identify with her having been involved with dog rescue most of my adulthood.

But, the best characters were the dogs. The author described their personalities so well that I felt like I knew them. I really recommend this book for easy adult reading. Young adults would enjoy it and perhaps learn something about the humane approach to pets. It is great summer reading.

It is not deep literature.....but it earned 5 stars from me for its ease of reading and totally captivating characters both canine and human.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Reynard VINE VOICE on October 14, 2012
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This was a cute book, I read it cover to cover in one sitting. I knew from the cover it would probably be interesting, and I was right. I had a real problem with some of the characters though, and that's what kind of ruined the book for me in some regards, making it a 3.5 star kind of book.

Lara is very good with dogs. So good in fact that she is known as a matchmaker of sorts for people and their dogs. She can find a stray the perfect home. Too bad she's not as good at matchmaking in other regards though, especially with her own love life. When she and her boyfriend have a fight over her rescued dogs, Lara finds herself homeless, and back living with her mom, who's not the most maternal of people. But she also gets new opportunities in the form of dog training clients from this move too, so thinks are starting to look up.

Lara is an ok character. She's strong willed in some ways and flaky in others, but for some reason it just doesn't mesh together and make her seem like a real person. I think she gets walked on too much, and that it is excused too easily during the book. Her boyfriend I didn't like at all either, and I'm not sure what she saw in him really. The same with her parents, I can understand a child being attached to someone because they are a parent, but she would have been better to just walk away from the both of them. The only really redeeming character in this would be her friend Kerry, and even she had problems of her own.

The plot was cute though. And that's what saved this book. I liked the concept of a dog matchmaker and all the hard work that was put into finding good homes for dogs. That kind of thing just gives me the warm fuzzies. And when it was talking about the dogs the descriptions were better and the ideas were better too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Beaverson on April 16, 2013
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I had high hopes for this author. After reading reviews of her books, I thought she would be added to my list of light, fun reading. I started with this book because I love dogs and thought the idea of being a matchmaker for rescue dogs was a good one. But the idea of this book is the best thing about it. I'm almost half way through, and the matchmaking is almost nonexistant. SPOILER ALERT - Evan buys Lara a ring, then throws her out of his house because of the dogs. What? She had been a "crazy dog lady" for years and all of a sudden he can't handle it? Justine, Lara's mother, is one of the rudest, nastiest characters ever. She is cruel to her daughter and what does Lara do? She takes all of her mom's crap and feels she deserves to be treated this way. And, her mother's behavior is her fault? I can't even finish this book. It isn't worth a minute more of my time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Way on May 3, 2012
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THE LUCKY DOG MATCHMAKING SERVICE is a sparkling, charming book by well-regarded women's fiction author Beth Kendrick. This may be my favorite of her books to date (although I still have a soft spot for her debut novel, MY FAVORITE MISTAKE.)

Lara Madigan never met a rescue dog she didn't love and appreciate. She's able to see past the matted fur and bad behavior to the canine soul underneath. It may take her awhile to find a human being who is able to see the dog's true potential as much as her, but when she does, Lara creates a match made in doggy (and people) heaven.

A chance television interview leads to Lara being crowned the "Dog Matchmaker" of her Arizona town, and soon Lara has more dogs dumped on her than even the most industrial-strength lint removers and air fresheners can cope with. While Lara accepts each animal with an open heart, her live-in boyfriend - despite writing a napkin contract that declared he would be a dog person - decides he likes chew-free furniture more than he loves her.

Now homeless, and with more pets than even the most intrepid landlord would allow, Lara has no choice but to move her in with her mother, a fashionista who places emphasis on appearances over emotional connection. The good news is that the residents of the posh neighborhood can't wait to hire a local "celebrity" (thanks to the TV interview) and Lara soon finds her talents in demand. But while she is an intuitive expert at solving dogs' emotional issues, her own remain unresolved.

Lara's emotional journey is the heart of the book, and a wonderful, fulfilling journey it is for the reader. Meanwhile, Kendrick does a terrific job populating the book with characters - both canine and human - who make you laugh and cry.

Highly recommended.
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