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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,202 ratings  ·  257 reviews
If you love dogs, if you love Christmas, you will love this book about an aging pug named Teddy Roosevelt, and his very human 'family.' 

All she wants is a settled-down life.

What she gets is a dog—and a whole new normal . . .

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed and nearly homeless—a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson’s latest problem, arriv
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2017)
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Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I love to read Christmas -themed books leading up to Dec 25! I chose this book because it had the cutest dog on the cover and the dog was to be an integral part of the story.
It was an alright book- a sweet story about moving on. Brydie divorced her husband 6 months prior, moved away to Memphis and is trying to get her life back on track. She agrees to house sit/ dog sit for a woman she doesn’t know, who has been placed into a nursing home. Into her life comes Nathan (a gorgeous doctor), a new jo
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful, uplifting story, perfect for a holiday read. The cute face on the cover made me pick up the book. There are real recipes in the back, including one for pupcakes.
This cute cover! Teddy Roosevelt was adorable!

This was a quick, fun read! There isn't really an emphasis on Christmas until the end -- "Pupcakes" doesn't come into play until the very end, as well. I knocked it down a star because the storyline was just a little bit predictable.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun Fact: I LOVE pugs. They're actually my favorite dog breed, and if I'm ever to own a dog one day, it's definitely going to be a pug.

Therefore, when I heard about Pupcakes, and more importantly, saw the ADORABLE cover, I was 100% sold. I needed this holiday book in my life and PRONTO.

The Result? I've read a decent amount of good holiday books so far this season (Chasing Christmas Eve and Holiday Spice), but Pupcakes is by far my favorite so far! Combining a relatable and lovable cast of char
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Really cute story, but I just didn't like the MC. Loved all the other characters (especially Teddy!), but Brydie really got on my nerves. I am also obsessed with this cover.

Solid 3 stars
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pupcakes is not only for the dogs but for dog lovers as well! I could not put this book down. I was having such a grand time reading this book. Literally, I finished this book in a matter of a couple of hours.

Everyone that I was introduced to in this book I fell in love with. Brydie, Nathan aka Dr. Sexy, Pauline (Teddy's owner), Teddy, and Sasha. I have never owned a pug but after reading this book, my next dog may have to be a pug.

Brydie needed Teddy just as much as Teddy needed her. Plus, yo
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin is my latest seasonal read and it really is as cute as its cover. This is the story of recently-divorced Brydie Benson, who moves to Memphis to be closer to her friend and finds herself in need of an a low-cost place to live. When she happens upon Pauline Newmann’s offer of living rent-free in her large furnished home, Brydie can hardly believe her luck. But there is a catch: Brydie has to agree to take care of Pauline’s beloved pug, Teddy Roosevelt, and she has ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
First let me say it took me forever to read this book. However, it's not a reflection on the book because once I actually sat down to read it, I read the majority of it over a 24 hour period. While the cover is marketed as a holiday read, it actually takes place during the months of October, November and December so if you aren't a big Christmas-themed reader, don't let the cover throw you.

Byrdie Benson has moved to the Memphis area to be closer to her best friend following the collapse of her m
Puglas! When I saw this cover, I didn’t even need to read the synopsis. I am glad I read this one. It is a sweet read about a woman, Brydie, trying to get her life together after her marriage falls apart.

She house sits for an elderly woman that has recently suffered a health scare. Brydie must also take care of the dog of the house: Teddy Roosevelt. Brydie learns to love Teddy and how to take command of her life.

This is quick and easy and fun. I will definitely pick up others by this author.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin is a charming novel about new beginnings and coming to terms with a painful past.

Brydie Benson was blindsided by her divorce and she is starting over in Memphis, TN where her best friend Elliot Jones lives. Brydie is struggling to let go of the future she expected to have with her ex and with a little nudging from Elliott, she finally manages to become more engaged in life. Her progress in moving on does not really begin until she moves into a house where she rec
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My last 2018 book
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Six months ago, Brydie had a house, a husband and a business. Now she have none. But it's time to move on, even if she doesn't feel ready yet, and quit her best friend's basement to let her live her family life. That's why Brydie accept a house-sitting deal from a friend's acquaintance who's going in a nursing home. She can live there rent free as long as she take care of the woman's Pug and take him every Sunday to visit the owner. Brydie is not a dog person, so at first, she's not sure what to ...more
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
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I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy via Edelweiss of this book.

Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin was such a cute and sweet read. While the romance aspect itself was nice, I really enjoyed the dynamics between Brydie, Pauline, and Teddy the dog. It was really about Brydie finding her purpose and actually gaining the confidence to break away from the shadow of her failed marriage and ultimately that of her somewhat controlling mother.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
On the whole a really cute, charming Christmas novel.

Pros: Good writing, flawed yet interesting characters, focuses on the importance of compassion, hope and new beginnings.

Cons: Somewhat frequent use of the f-word and the pug actually played a minimal role in the story.

Overall a good read especially for the holidays.
♡ Kim ♡
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one!!

Actually, I love all of Annie England Noblin's books!
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The cutest book you'll read this year!
I definitely enjoyed this story. Brydie is down on her luck, sleeping on a friend's couch, jobless, and needing something to change. Her friend sets her up as a house sitter for a lady that was moved to a nursing home. This comes with the mysteries of the locked doors, a spoiled pug, and stipulations. Part of the arrangement is to take the pug to the nursing home for weekly visits, where she befriends the lady and encounters a handsome doctor. The cast of su
Heidi Burkhart
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
All of the elements that I wanted when I picked up this sweet (holiday) story.
Andrea Bandiera
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute and entertaining read.
(Mellifluous Grant)
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Light, easy holiday read, with a super adorable pup you just want to adopt! Also has recipes! Love a good book with recipes!
Michele Pfrogner
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun, easy holiday read, but many mistakes. The publisher was obviously rushing to get this book out for Christmas 2017: Dr. Reid is not a "veterinarian" (back cover); Bill is the third husband of Pauline, not the "second" ("She wondered if that was what Pauline had felt with her second husband, Bill," page 139); to what "baggage" (page 321) had Dr. Reid referenced in the previous chapter (the "diner scene"); a line of dialogue seems missing on page 232 between Mia and Brydie ("Maybe after dinn ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because of the cover - the pug wearing a Santa hat is very cute! This is a light, fun story that was just what I needed.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After a divorce, Byrdie Benson is struggling to get her life back on track. Both cooks/bakers by trade, she and her cheating husband Allen sold the bakery they operated together in their small town. Now, Byrdie has moved to Memphis, TN. Her best friend and real estate agent, Elliot Jones, has helped her find a great place to live free, except that she must take care of Teddy Roosevelt, the owner’s older but lovable pug, in return for living in the house. Teddys owner, Pauline Neumann, loves Tedd ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brydie’s journey of rediscovering who she was and what she really wanted from life was touching, and sometimes comical, as she could take two steps forward and fall ten steps behind. However, each lesson learned made her all the stronger for it.

Pauline, Teddy Roosevelt’s actual owner, was a riot and her opinions were straight up logic. She lived a colorful life and was able to help give Brydie a different perspective on love, loss, and starting anew. A couple of memorable quotes:

“Bless your hear
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a bookcovers that have dogs on them – my eye catches on them in bookstores and at the library. So when I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin, it was like yes please (although, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of pugs, there is just something about them…) Ms. Noblin is a new author to me, but after reading Pupcakes, I can say that it won’t be the last time I read something by
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brydie Benson is ready to embrace adulthood, have a home of her own, and be free to live her life on her terms... and not dictated by the friend who owns the spare bed she's crashing on. So, when she's offered a beautiful home to live rent-free, as long as she agrees to the owners few minor requests, she decides to give it a shot. After hearing the conditions she is a little reluctant to agree, but after weighing her options she quickly decides that it's too good of an offer to pass up... and re ...more
Jessie Georges
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet story. When Byrdie gets divorced and starts her life over, her life takes an unexpected twist. In spite of never having owned a dog, she becomes the caretaker for Teddy who is a grumpy, opinionated pug. Teddy "introduces" Byrdie to many people she would otherwise not have met, including Teddy's elderly owner Pauline.

Pauline reminds Byrdie, "The minute you begin to forget what you've experienced is the minute you cease to become the person you were and begin to become someone else. Someone
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this light story about everyday life. I was drawn in by all the characters and I was excited to learn more about them each time I picked up the book. I was left,however, with wanting to know more about Brydie and her bakery. Maybe we will get a sequel.

I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book I picked up at the library sale last year when you could fill a bag for $6 and then decided to read it now, since, well it's Christmastime of course. I loved Pauline and the characters at the dog park and ShopCo, a nice read leading up to Christmas, and it's not all pugs and dog cookies either... ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
Super sweet Christmas story about love, loss, dogs and baked goods. Some of my favorite things! (Not the loss part but the other stuff!) Overall this story was adorable and entertaining. The audiobook really got me into the holiday spirit.
A very cute audio book! Though the cover is holiday decorated, the story hardly revolves around it. Regardless, this was funny and light hearted and most of all relateable. I think fans of Debbie Macomber and any light and romantic Christmas stories will love this one! Great on audio!
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