Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Pug List by Alison Hodgson Book Review

About The Book:
“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:
It all began when the Hodgson family woke to hear their alarm system going off in the middle of the night. Thinking it was her small book light, Alison thought nothing of it as her husband started to go check things out. Within minutes, their house was burning down as the arsonist, was asking if them if the house was theirs. At the time, Alison and her husband were unaware of who the man was and were in fight or flight no realizing whom he was. Their house was one of many houses in the neighborhood to be burned down. While their nightmare started on that evening, slowly the family rebuilt and it all began with their daughter begging for a pug. Not only was the Pug healing for her, but their entire family and it slowly helped them heal as they put the insurance claims, new home and life ahead of them. 
This book is inspirational in dealing with loss and suffering. The author is very honest about the trials that her family faced, but was able to see the beauty in which the trials created through their suffering. I think anyone who deals with loss, suffering or knows someone who has been through a household fire, can relate to this book. We all grieve differently, but pets can help us get through difficult spots, along with our faith. I give this book 4/5 stars. This book was given to me by Zondervan for my honest opinion and I was not compensated to write a positive review. 


Aurelia said...

I also reviewed this book partly because we have two pugs. I liked it as well.

justcommonly said...

Sounds good.