Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Pug List by Alison Hodgson

Goodreads Summary

“What if a wheezing, sneezing, allegedly house-trained, ticking time bomb of an orphan pug is the key to helping a family feel at home again, after an arsonist set their house—and life—on fire? If you asked me, I would have said it’s a bad idea; we can do better. Unfortunately no one asked me, and The Pug List is my family’s story.”

In the fire’s aftermath of insurance battles royal, rebuilding plans, parenting in the face of life’s hard questions and a scorching case of post-traumatic stress, now is absolutely the worst possible time to adopt a dog. But to Alison’s seven-year-old daughter, Eden, it’s the perfect time—and The Relentless Campaign begins.
Until one day Alison peeks inside Eden’s diary—dubbed “The Pug List”—and realizes in one fell swoop that her girl’s heart is on the line, and resistance is futile (“The pugs make me happy FOREVER.”).
Enter “Outrageous” Oliver, and the hilarity, healing, and irresistible hope that follows.

My Thoughts

I feel like I've said this over and over, but this wasn't exactly what I was expecting out of this book.  There wasn't as much talk about the little pug as I imagined there would be.  Since the  name of the book is The Pug List I assumed it would be mainly focused on the pug.  It really wasn't until way later in the book.

The Pug List told about how the family lost everything in a fire.  Thankfully I have never had to deal with anything like that, but some of my family lost there house and everything they owned in a fire.  I can't even imagine the pain and heartache that would come with losing everything you own, all of your old photos and mementos.  So heartbreaking!

While I didn't love this book, I still enjoyed it well enough.  I can definitely say that my dog filled a space in my heart and I can't imagine my life without her now.  My dog is definitely a part of my family now so a story about a dog helping to heal a family touches my heart.

*Note: I received a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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