Every once in awhile I need something light; some easy reading with conflict, happy ending, no complex characters or plots I can’t follow. Enter Beth Kendrick’s The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service. It fit the bill perfectly!
The book tells the story of Lara Madigan, a dog trainer with a big heart, a wicked mother, an unreasonable boyfriend, and a lovable pack of needy dogs. Although she can’t seem to get a handle on her own life, she finds perfect homes for her rescued pets, matching each dog to the perfect forever owner even while her own life is in shambles.
Without giving anything away, I got the happy ending I wanted! I’ve read several books by Beth Kendrick, including Second Time Around and Nearlyweds and they’re always satisfying. If I could make one suggestion it would be that her “mean” characters be not quite so, well, mean. There are characters you’re meant to dislike in many books. But to me, hers are over-the-top un-likable, which makes the inevitable turnaround hard to buy. Even the most dysfunctional characters need to have some redeeming qualities, especially if we’re supposed to like them in the end. On the other hand, I don’t need my chick lit to be fully grounded in reality, so I will continue to look forward to Ms. Kendrick’s new releases.
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