A Pug's Tale
I’m afraid this review may be a little bit biased, as I own two pugs myself that I love very dearly. It is also fair for you to know that I have over one hundred pug pictures saved on my computer. That being said, A Pug’s Tale is a good book, pugs aside. I’m sure I would have enjoyed it even if there had not been as many loveable, fat pugs.
Hope lives in New York and restores art at the Metropolitan, where she knows a couple of security guards who let her sneak in Max, her pug (may I please have her life?). She has a boyfriend who is abroad, and after an event at the Metropolitan called Pug Night (held in honor of an important patron), Hope also has a serious problem: A small but valuable painting has gone MIA, and Hope is determined to find it herself.
She involves no one but her coworkers, and the generous patron herself, Daphne. Throughout the stresses of finding the culprit, Daphne is very supportive of Hope, and their pugs become fast friends. Then, Hope receives a clue via an anonymous e-mail towards finding the lost painting, and the search truly does begin.
Everything in between includes a cast of colorful characters, in a setting that is realistic, but still fictive enough to make the book a pleasure to read. I was especially a big fan of the accurate descriptions of pug mannerisms and general cuteness.
There isn’t really a romance in this one, just a few Skype chats with the boyfriend who is doing charitable works overseas. However, I didn’t mind that much, and found that I could relate to Hope, as she works on building herself up and not building with another person. The good news is that Hope is never completely alone, and nor does she ever feel that way, because she always has Max.
If you’re seeking an upbeat chick lit novel, especially if you also like dogs, I suggest picking up A Pug’s Tale. It’s the kind of book that you can look forward to reading after a long day.