Finding Mr. Right
Don’t let the premise of this funny book put you off because adultery is involved. The actual adulterous affair happens before the book begins, however, and the lead characters are not the adulterors. Lydia Keane had an affair with her best friend Amy’s husband, David. Lydia and David are killed, and Lydia has to come back to earth to make amends and find Amy “The Best Possible” new husband. The catch and the funny part? She has to do it as a dog – a Welsh corgi to be exact. A fat Welsh corgi. Did the book live up to its humorous promise? Mostly.
Lydia was a shallow, beautiful woman who liked her men handsome and rich. After her death, when Stanley, her unearthly guide, informs her that she must find Amy the best possible husband, she thinks it will be a snap. The guy has to be handsome and rich, right? Wrong. As most of us know, there usually is more to a guy than his finances and looks.
Lydia may irritate some people because she is so snotty at first. Referring to Amy as her best friend but also calling her dull and boring are a little contradictory and patronizing. However, Lydia’s snottiness makes the situations she gets into as a dog all the funnier. Watching her fight her doggy instincts, like herding sheep and eating constantly, are so contradictory to her formerly human nature you can just see her growing and changing as a dog/person, even as she resists it.
Poor Amy has to overcome her wariness of men owing to a string of bad luck she has had with the male sex. In addition to her husband’s affair and murder, her house has just burned down. Then just as she takes Lydia/dog into her care, she suddenly has two men buzzing about and must decide between the two. You’ll pretty much be able to tell which one is supposed to be Mr. Right and which one is not going to work out. You’ll also be able to tell who the villain is because after awhile it becomes obvious there is one, and that it is this person who is responsible for Amy’s predicaments.
Finding Mr. Right was crowded with characters, but there weren’t so many as to overwhelm it. The antics of the dogs are cute, especially Lydia’s, whose nickname becomes Miss Piggy is a clever indignity to be sure. Lydia’s attempts to sabotage the man she thinks is wrong for Amy are extremely funny and any dog lover will appreciate parts of the story being told from a dog/human point of view. I sure did (I swear my dog is a little human). Amy’s roommate is a bit flaky, but funny too.
Dog lovers will enjoy this book. While I didn’t laugh out loud, I did smile a lot. Parts of the plot are obvious, but the characters, especially the dogs, make up for it, and it ended up as an enjoyable, funny read.