Book Review: Please Don’t Feed The Mayor by Sue Pethick

Title: Please Don’t Feed the Mayor
Author: Sue Pethick
Release: February 26th 2019

Description: When the lumber mill closes, laying off most everyone in Fossett, Oregon, Melanie MacDonald plans to revitalize her beloved but beleaguered homestead by running her border collie Shep in Fossett’s mayoral race . . .

Shep wins by a landslide.

Review: 3 out of 5 Stars

A cute story with a simplistic writing style that makes for an easy, quick read.

I was instantly drawn to this book by the cover and the idea of a dog becoming mayor. I know its happened for real in some towns in America, so I was definitely looking forward to the concept.

The blurb suggests that I would be reading about the dog Shep and his owner Melanie’s adventures as he wins the election and they become media darlings. Unfortunately, the only part of this book that matches the blurb is that there is a dog running for mayor.

It was slightly off-putting when a huge chunk of the story focused on the main characters ex-husband (a lawyer, who seemed rather controlling) and the escaped criminal who was seeking revenge on him.

The other things mentioned, such as the rival reporter, the vengeful loser of the election and the dog napping were barely existent and not even in the context the blurb suggests. While the personal appearances on game shows etc by Shep and Melanie, were not even in this novel and those are the things I would have like to have read about.

Shep was by far the most interesting character in this book. The author gives him a real personality, and perhaps intelligence even beyond what I dog can have. It works. I chuckled at Shep and his antics, but I wanted more. I would have liked more focus on the actual campaigning too. Not just a few mentions of Melanie and her ex canvasing a few houses and making love heart eyes at each other. I didn’t even like either of them to care about their romantic status.

Despite this, and even though the novel was nothing like the blurb, I enjoyed it. Its a fun read and would recommend it to people who like these kind of stories.

I received an advance copy from NetGalley for an honest review

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