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 “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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I wanted to read this because I really liked Nearlyweds and some of her other books. Her other novels are full of humor and romantic twists.

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.
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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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In addition to her real job, Lara helps run a dog rescue with her best friend. She has recently moved in with her boyfriend, who reluctantly tolerates the dogs until he reaches a breaking point and tells her that he is not a dog person. Stunned, she moves out, and ends up living with her mother, who begins touting her daughter's dog training services. Lara is hired as a handler for a prize Bernese Mountain Dog and begins enjoying her life until she inadvertently finds out that her former boyfriend/fiance has a new female in his life. This is your typical feel good light romance, but I did have a few pet peeves that have little to do with the actual story. One, it really bothered me that it was implied that valley fever could potentially be transmitted from dog to human or dog to dog. This is untrue. It is a fungal spore disease that is transmitted by inhaling the spores from infected soil. The second was about dog conformation scoring and placements. The story presents an overly simplified version of how this works, which makes sense as it is not key to the plot.
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