Monday, March 3, 2014

Book Review: Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life by Claire Cook

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I purchased this book for personal useNo compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to review it.

Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life  cover


 Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy used to consist of juggling her job as a preschool teacher with the demands of her interfering family. But after a rocky start, Sarah and John Anderson have shared six months of dating bliss. Now their relationship is basically on hold because Sarah's brother, Michael, and his dog, Mother Teresa, are staying with her. And John's new puppy, Horatio, hates Sarah. With a passion.   Michael hopes absence will, in fact, make his wife Phoebe's heart grow fonder. Sarah hopes she can do her sisterly duty and send Michael on his merry way before she ends up single again herself. John hopes Sarah and his puppy can work things out before it's too late. Sarah's bossy big sister, Carol, hopes both Michael and their father will start dating again.   When Phoebe packs up their daughters and heads home to Savannah, Georgia, Michael follows her from Marshbury, Massachusetts, and the Hurlihy clan tags along for reinforcement. Including Dad, who has finally upgraded his Smith Corona to a laptop and already has a date with a woman named Sugar Butt.   

I adored the movie with Diane Lane and John Cusack, so when I saw the ebook on sale, I had to grab this follow up! You know how you get a followup book and then you hesitate to read it? Yup, that was me, but I finally started it, and then could NOT put it down! I laughed my way through this book and it was SO easy seeing it playing in my head, with all the actors from the first movie (seriously, they need to get them all back for this book-made-into-movie!). It was like slipping back into a favorite coat- warm and cozy! Course the fact that Irish dancing was a prominent feature in the first few chapters was appropriate to our month of March as well! Everything is here that you loved from the original- sibling rivalry, relationship issues, working with kids (nerds), love and family- but it has been finely honed to the perfect read to lift your spirits from the 'when is winter gonna END?' blues!  RUN, don't walk and grab this book today! You won't regret it and may find yourself re-reading this one over and over!

About the Author:
I wrote my first novel in my minivan at 45. At 50, I walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. If you have a buried dream, trust me, it is NEVER too late! I guess it’s no surprise that reinvention is the overarching theme of my novels and my life. I like to think the heroines in my (eleven and counting!) novels have helped lots of women find their own next chapters, and I also take great joy in sharing what I’ve learned so far on the Reinvention and Writing pages at My books have been called everything from romantic comedy to women’s fiction to beach reads to chick lit. Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me what you call them. I just hope you read and enjoy them!

I was born in Virginia, and lived for many years in Scituate, Massachusetts, a beach town between Boston and Cape Cod. My husband and I have recently moved to the suburbs of Atlanta to be closer to our two adult kids, who actually want us around again! I spend a lot of time hanging out on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Pinterest (, and I hope you'll join me there! And don't forget to sign up for my newsletter ( so you stay in the loop about upcoming releases, as well as giveaways and insider extras.

I have the world's most fabulous readers and I'm forever grateful to you all for giving me the gift of this career. Midlife Rocks! 

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