Publishers Weekly includes two novels which just happen to have animals as their main characters among the best of summer books of 2012: the debut novel "Albert of Adelaide" by Howard Anderson and "The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service" by Beth Kendrick. Both summaries are from Publishers Weekly.
In his first novel, the 66-year-old Anderson creates a memorable character in Albert, a duck-billed platypus who flees captive monotony in search of the “Old Australia,” but arrives in the outback blistered, burned, and no closer to the mythic land. Along with a lively assortment of animal vagabonds who populate the frontier towns humans have abandoned, Albert finds adventure—and plenty of trouble. Packed start to finish with old-fashioned pleasures: action, fast friends, unlikely heroes.
In The Bake-Off Kendrick showed a talent for portraying the intricacies of female friendships. Now she proves herself equally adept at the unbreakable bond between man (or woman) and mutt. When Lara Madigan’s doggie matchmaking service saddles her with debt and strains her relationship, she moves back in with her mom, whose wealthy dog-owning friends are in desperate need of help. Before you can say “sit,” Lara finds a new career—and makes a perfect match of her own.
I think that both of these books look like fun reads! Maybe I will have to add them to my really long list!!!
Until next time, keep curling up with a good book....