Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pet Friendly by Sue Pethick

Pet Friendly
by Sue Pethick [not currently in Lincoln City Libraries’ collection — try InterLibrary Loan

If you like the Hallmark Channel’s romance and light mystery movies, or the tone and devices of “Murder, She Wrote”, this short novel should appeal to you and would be a handy vacation/beach read. A combination of modern G/PG-rated romance, a non-homicidal mystery, and a lovable little dog, this story gives the male protagonist as much or more consideration as the female ‘heroine’. The basic setup involves a 30-ish game-app millionaire in ‘retirement’ who inherits a very intelligent dog and then literally stumbles upon a vacation inn from his youth, along with the woman owner who became his first love there. Throw in his self-absorbed fianceé, the tricky pooch, and a paranormal convention and let the complications ensue. This is a quick and entertaining read, although I had an issue with some of the characters’ names and the sparse treatment of some of the characters’ backgrounds. Also, the conclusion seemed rushed and was incomplete at tying up all of the dangling plot threads. Nicely, however, a bonus section at the back of the book describes the website and gives a lot of suggestions for traveling with pets.

This title is not currently in Lincoln City Libraries’ collection but can be acquired through Interlibrary Loan in print or as an audiobook.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Unleashing Mr. Darcy, by Teri Wilson, the Chet and Bernie mystery series, by Spenser Quinn, the Pet Rescue mystery series, by Linda O. Johnston, the Animal Magnetism romance series, by Jill Shalvis or the Rescue Me romance series, by Debbie Burns.]

[ official Pet Friendly page on the official Sue Pethick web site ]

Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

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