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Mr Right and Other Mongrels

by Monique McDonell

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An unconventional free spirit with a serious dog phobia ... an over-excited Old English Sheepdog ... a dashing rescuer who is a national media icon and successful landscape designer ... and a whirlwind romance in a span of one month ... has Ally Johnson found her Mr Right?

Allegra "Ally" Johnson is a twenty-six year old free spirit who owns a second hand bookstore in Manly, one of Sydney, Australia's popular beachside communities. Born into an unconventional hippie family, Ally is content to live her solitary life in an apartment above her bookstore.

Edward "Teddy" Green is a national TV icon with a popular home and garden show and author of landscape design books.

While walking down the street, Ally encounters an over-excited Old English Sheepdog, and because she has a serious dog phobia, she goes into a full blown panic attack and jumps into the bed of a truck to get away from the dog. The owner of the truck and Ally's rescuer is none other than the national celebrity, Teddy Green. Ally doesn't know who Teddy is, she had gotten rid of her television years ago when her life began to revolve around her favorite shows. Teddy likes that Ally is unpretentious and not all into his celebrity status, he finds it refreshing.

A mutual attraction takes place between Ally and Teddy, but Louisa Lane, Teddy's jealous ex-girlfriend is determined to nix this budding romance and get back together with him. What happens next is a whirlwind romance in a span of a month, and Ally questions why Teddy chose her and how she could fit into his world, while he sets out to show her that he is her Mr. Right.

Mr. Right and Other Mongrels is an entertaining, flirty and lighthearted romance story. Written in the first person narrative, Ally Johnson takes the reader on a fun ride as she tells her story about her unconventional life, dog phobia and finding Mr. Right. Rich in detail and vivid descriptions, the story takes place in the picturesque coastline of Sydney, Australia. I was sold on the wonderful description of Ally's bookstore, I love vintage secondhand bookstores, the eclectic mix of books and furnishings provides a warm and inviting environment. The author has created a quirky cast of characters that the reader can relate to, and they are just plain fun to get to know. I found the author's writing style to be interesting as she utilizes the local dialect of Australians into the dialogue. As an American not used to the Australian dialect, I found myself thoroughly entertained by the difference in the dialogue. The author weaves a fun tale about the quirky and sometimes tricky dynamics of unconventional families, individuality, insecurities, relationships and dog phobias. I really enjoyed the humorous tone of the story, it made the story an easy and enjoyable read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by CBLS Promotions.

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