by Alison Pace

June 2006
ISBN: 0-425-20971-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Hope McNeill works as an art restorer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has a secret crush on a co-worker, its more like a lust than love crush on him, she believes. She is in a so-so relationship with a squash player. She has a deep seeded fear of speaking in public. The one thing she can count on to make her world from not tilting is Pug Hill in Manhatten. Hope believes pugs give people unconditional love. She tries to get to pug hill as often as she can, which isnít very much it seems to her.

When Hope's father asks her to give a speech at their fortieth wedding anniversary party, she wants to say no, but hey this is her father, so she tells him she will. What has she done? She decides to join a evening class to learn how to speak in public without making a fool of herself. Some of the techniques she learns are laugh out-loud hilarious. She knows she has to do this for her parents, but will she be able to pull it off without a hitch?

While attending this class, she realizes her relationship with her boyfriend is going nowhere fast. She also needs to do something about her feelings for her co-worker, should she tell him? Or should she push those feelings way down inside her? The one thing she does not want to change is pug hill. She needs pug hill and those adorable pugs, with their unconditional love and their snorts, and their honest faces. She just wants the same thing for herself, unconditional love, will she find it?

This is a laugh out-loud, funny, sweet book. I could not put it down. The descriptions of all those pug dogs are priceless! I found myself wanting Hope to find unconditional love and keeping my fingers crossed she would get over her fear of speaking in public. Great book.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Pat.

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