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The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service Paperback – May 1, 2012
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“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
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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.
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.
This book started strong. The couple of Lara and Evan struggle to make a new life in a new home with her five dogs. The dogs can be destructive, but Lara has a way of dealing with them. Evan doesn't. They break up twenty percent of the way through the story. Lara eventually moves in with her mother.
Kendrick can write some quick witty banter. The conversations or arguements between Lara and her mother Justine provide that fun banter.
It seemed like I waited for the story to begin while I was in the midst of the story.
I still enjoyed the story and the characters, dog and human, to stick with it.
I didn't care for the ending. I felt the business she was so devoted to got no mention in the final chapters. I really felt the story ended three chapters before the book did. I don't know if she had to pad it out to justify the cover price. I can't see how her editors would think the reader needed the end it got. The unnecesary end ruined this for me.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not sure what made me pick up this book - I don't usually read "chick books" - so it must have been the dog angle, cuz I have a rescue pup of my own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dSavannah
A good book. It was a little long at some parts. The storyline was good. It dealt more with Lara and the dogs than her romance. I think the romance was 10% of the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle
I read this book in one evening. It was a sweet story for animal lovers, with a love story woven in. Happy ending too !Published 8 months ago by Mme. G
loved the story, things you kind of knew was coming and others came as a surprisePublished 11 months ago by Rita Kragulski
This is a delightful read! Each character was so interesting that I didn't want to see the story end, especially for some of the people whose "happy ending" wasn't yet... Read morePublished 12 months ago by gottaread1
Nice gentle romance. Won't change your life but it's fun to read with romance and humor. I liked it and will read her other books.Published 12 months ago by Emily Ann Maxwell
Great story with sparkling, humorous dialog. All her books have the same flavor of humor and empathy for the modern woman. This one is especially for dog-lovers too.Published 16 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
I like to read stories about dogs but this was pretty superficial.Published 16 months ago by Veronica