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A"funny and pitch-perfect" (Chicago Tribune) tale of thirty-something love. First time in trade paperback.
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"I've lived in Marshbury all of my life, and never even knew it had a trailer park. My father was way ahead of me, of course. He'd not only located the trailer park, he'd found a woman there to date."

Forty-year-old preschool teacher Sarah Hurlihy thought she'd set herself up for a great life. She'd married the man she loved. They bought a house, decorated it, and then sat, looking at each other, trying to remember why they'd gotten married in the first place. But Sarah didn't have to wonder for long; her husband took up with a younger woman, sounding the death knell for their marriage, and propelling Sarah back into singlehood -- at the same time as her newly widowed father.

Thrown unwillingly into the suburban dating pool alongside her dad, Sarah is ambivalent about the whole process, despite her ticking clock and thoughts that she might enjoy a child of her own. But Sarah's large, loving Irish clan comes to her rescue -- her married sister placing a personal ad in her name and regularly monitoring Sarah's dating progress; and her brother, Michael, helps her feel lovable when he seeks out her comfort and advice while riding out his own rocky marriage.

In Must Love Dogs, Claire Cook ably captures the pitfalls of the midlife singles' scene, with a generous dose of humor and a heaping portion of characters who know better than to take themselves too seriously. (Summer 2002 Selection)

Publishers Weekly
Following up on themes from her debut novel, Ready to Fall, which looked at the pitfalls of cyberspace romance, Cook here chronicles the perils of various tried and true dating ploys, from personals ads to the use of adorable pooches as date bait. "If I didn't have a job, I might have stayed in bed until I rotted," muses Massachusetts preschool teacher Sarah Hurlihy, almost 41, divorced and dateless for two years. She's out to change all that when she bravely answers a personals ad in a local paper, but instead gets the ultimate nightmarish response her would-be date turns out to be her widower father, something her sprawling Irish Catholic family naturally finds wildly funny. Her oldest sister, Carol, decides the best way for Sarah to move on is to create her own personals ad, and soon Sarah's love life is lively, if not downright rambunctious. "God hates glib," "God hates ugly" and "God hates a smarty-pants" are all standards in the Hurlihy family lexicon, but Cook employs just enough glibness and smarty-pants humor to make this tart slice-of-the-single-life worth reading. As for "ugly," Sarah also learns some serious lessons about what the word really means and it's not a prospective suitor's nose hairs, his bald pate or his beer-belly bulge. Breezy first-person narration makes this a fast-paced, humorous diversion. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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This utterly charming second novel by Cook (Ready To Fall) is a fun read, perfect for whiling away an afternoon on the beach. Sarah Hurlihy is 40 years old, divorced, and happily teaching preschoolers a multicultural curriculum. But her interfering, overzealous Boston Irish family thinks that she should be dating, and with much love she is pushed into answering a personal ad from a gentleman seeking a lady "who enjoys elegant dining, dancing and the slow bloom of affection"; the clincher is that he's a man who "loves dogs." That man turns out to be the last man on earth any woman would want to date, but Sarah pushes on, slowly falling headlong into the dating game with decidedly mixed results. Meanwhile, Sarah's widowed father has his own dating troubles, brother Michael is deep in marital problems, and sister Carol is having difficulty at home with her temperamental teenage daughter, who turns to her favorite aunt for comfort and body-piercing support. Somehow, they all seem to end up on Sarah's doorstep at the most inopportune moments, keeping the laughs going all the way to the not-quite-storybook-perfect ending. Suitable for all public libraries. Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Stacy Alesi
This utterly charming second novel by Cook (Ready To Fall) is a fun read, perfect for whiling away an afternoon on the beach. Sarah Hurlihy is 40 years old, divorced, and happily teaching preschoolers a multicultural curriculum. But her interfering, overzealous Boston Irish family thinks that she should be dating, and with much love she is pushed into answering a personal ad from a gentleman seeking a lady "who enjoys elegant dining, dancing and the slow bloom of affection."
Book Page - Amy Scribner
"Reading about Sarah Hurlihy's travails is like talking to a comedic self-depracating friend. Cook's humor breezes through the pages as she details the perils—and perks—of plunging back into the dating scene."
Boston Herald - Rosemary Herbert
"a laugh-out-loud novel...a light and lively read for anyone who has tried to re-enter the dating scene—or tried to 'fix-up' somebody else."
Hartford Courant - Carole Goldberg
"a book that's got more giggles than soda bread has raisins"
The Washington Post - S. V. Date
"If 'Must Love Dogs' is any indication of her talents, readers will hope that Claire Cook will be telling breezy stories from the South Shore of Massachusetts for seasons to come."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451410948
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Cook
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 ClaireCook.com.

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!

Biography

Raised on Nancy Drew mysteries, Claire Cook has wanted to write ever since she was a little girl. She majored in theater and creative writing at Syracuse University and immersed herself in a number of artistic endeavors (copywriter, radio continuity director, garden designer, and dance and aerobics choreographer), yet somehow her dreams got pushed to the side for more real-life matters -- like marriage, motherhood, and a teaching career. Decades passed, then one day she found herself parked in her minivan at 5 AM, waiting for her daughter to finish swim practice. She was struck with a now-or-never impulse and began writing on the spot. By the end of the season, she had a first draft. Her first novel, Ready to Fall, was published in 2000, when Cook was 45.

Since then, this "late starter" has more than made up for lost time. She struck gold with her second book, Must Love Dogs. Published in 2002, this story of a middle-aged divorcee whose singles ad produces hilariously unexpected results was declared "funny and pitch-perfect" by the Chicago Tribune and "a hoot" by the Boston Globe. (The novel got a second life in 2005 with the release of the feature film starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.) Cook's subsequent novels, with their wry, witty take on the lives of middle-aged women, have become bestsellers and book club favorites.

Upbeat, gregarious, and grateful for her success, Cook is an inspiration for aspiring writers and women in midlife transition. She tours indefatigably for her novels and genuinely enjoys speaking with fans. She also conducts frequent writing workshops, where she dispenses advice and encouragement in equal measure. "I'm extraordinarily lucky to spend my time doing what I love," she has said on countless occasions. " The workshops are a way to say thank you and open doors that I stumbled through to make it easier for writers coming up behind me.''

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In our interview, Cook shared some fun and fascinating anecdotes with us:

"I first knew I was a writer when I was three. My mother entered me in a contest to name the Fizzies whale, and I won in my age group. It's quite possible that mine was the only entry in my age group since "Cutie Fizz" was enough to win my family a six-month supply of Fizzies tablets (root beer was the best flavor) and half a dozen turquoise plastic mugs with removable handles. At six I had my first story on the "Little People's Page" in the Sunday paper (about Hot Dog, the family Dachshund) and at sixteen, I had my first front page feature in the local weekly."

"In the acknowledgments of Multiple Choice I say that even though it's probably undignified to admit it, I'm having a blast as a novelist. To clarify that, having a blast as a novelist does not necessarily mean having a blast with the actual writing. The people part -- meeting readers and booksellers and librarians and the media -- is very social and I'm having lots of fun with that. The writing part is great, too, once you get past the procrastination, the self-doubt, and the feelings of utter despair. It's all of the stuff surrounding the writing that's hard; once you find your zone, your place of flow, or whatever it is we're currently calling it, and lose yourself in the writing, it really is quite wonderful. I've heard writers say it's better than sex, though I'm not sure I'd go that far."

"I love books that don't wrap everything up too neatly at the end, and I think it's a big compliment to hear that a reader is left wanting more. After each novel, I hear from many readers asking for a sequel -- they say they just have to find out what will happen to these people next. I think it's wonderful that the characters have come to life for them. But, for now, I think I'll grow more as a writer by trying to create another group of quirky characters. Maybe a few books down the road, I'll feel ready to return to some of them -- who knows?"

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    1. Hometown:
      Scituate, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 14, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Alexandria, Virginia
    1. Education:
      B.A., Film and Creative Writing, Syracuse University
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First Chapter

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I decided to listen to my family and get back out there. "There's life after divorce, Sarah," my father proclaimed, not that he'd ever been divorced.

"The longer you wait, the harder it'll be" was my sister Carol's little gem, as if she had some way of knowing whether or not that was true.

After months of ignoring them, responding to a personal ad in the newspaper seemed the most detached way to give in. I wouldn't have to sit in a restaurant with a friend of a friend of one of my brothers, probably Michael's, but maybe Johnny's or Billy Jr.'s, pretending to enjoy a meal I was too nervous to taste. I needn't endure even a phone conversation with someone my sister Christine had talked into calling me. My prospect and I would quietly connect on paper or we wouldn't.

HONEST, HOPELESSLY ROMANTIC old-fashioned gentleman seeks lady friend who enjoys elegant dining, dancing and the slow bloom of affection. WM, n/s, young 50's, widower, loves dogs, children and long meandering bicycle rides.

The ad jumped out at me the first time I looked. There wasn't much competition. Rather than risk a geographic jump to one of the Boston newspapers, I'd decided it was safer and less of an effort to confine my search to the single page of classifieds in the local weekly. Seven towns halfway between Boston and Cape Cod were clumped together in one edition. Four columns of "Women Seeking Men." A quarter of a column of "Men Seeking Women," two entries of "Women Seeking Women," and what was left of that column was "Men Seeking Men."

I certainly had no intention of adding to the disheartening surplus of heterosexual women placing ads, so I turned my attention to the second category. It was comprised of more than its share of control freaks, like this guy-Seeking attractive woman between 5'4" and 5'6", 120-135 lbs., soft-spoken, no bad habits, financially secure, for possible relationship. I could picture this dreamboat making his potential relationships step on the scale and show their bank statements before he penciled them in for a look-see.

And then this one. Quaint, charming, almost familiar somehow. When I got to the slow bloom of affection, it just did me in. Made me remember how lonely I was.

I circled the ad in red pen, then tore it out of the paper in a jagged rectangle. I carried it over to my computer and typed a response quickly, before I could change my mind:

Dear Sir:

You sound too good to be true, but perhaps we could have a cup of coffee together anyway-at a public place. I am a WF, divorced, young 40, who loves dogs and children, but doesn't happen to have either.

-Cautiously Optimistic

I mailed my letter to a Box 308P at the County Connections offices, which would, in turn, forward it. I enclosed a small check to secure my own box number for responses. Less than a week later I had my answer:

Dear Madam,

Might I have the privilege of buying you coffee at Morning Glories in Marshbury at 10 AM this coming Saturday? I'll be carrying a single yellow rose.

-Awaiting Your Response

The invitation was typed on thick ivory paper with an actual typewriter, the letters O and E forming solid dots of black ink, just like the old manual of my childhood. I wrote back simply, Time and place convenient. Looking forward to it.

I didn't mention my almost-date to anyone, barely even allowed myself to think about its possibilities. There was simply no sense in getting my hopes up, no need to position myself for a fall.

I woke up a few times Friday night, but it wasn't too bad. It's not as if I stayed up all night tossing and turning. And I tried on just a couple of different outfits on Saturday morning, finally settling on a yellow sweater and a long skirt with an old-fashioned floral print. I fluffed my hair, threw on some mascara and brushed my teeth a second time before heading out the door.

Morning Glories is just short of trendy, a delightfully overgrown hodgepodge of sun-streaked greenery, white lattice and round button tables with mismatched iron chairs. The coffee is strong and the baked goods homemade and delicious. You could sit at a table for hours without getting dirty looks from the people who work there. The long Saturday-morning take-out line backed up to the door, and it took me a minute to maneuver my way over to the tables. I scanned quickly, my senses on overload, trying to pick out the rose draped across the table, to remember the opening line I had rehearsed on the drive over.

"Sarah, my darlin' girl. What a lovely surprise. Come here and give your dear old daddy a hug."

"Dad? What are you doing here?"

"Well, that's a fine how-do-you-do. And from one of my very favorite daughters at that."

"Where'd you get the rose, Dad?"

"Picked it this morning from your dear mother's rose garden. God rest her soul."

"Uh, who's it for?"

"A lady friend, honey. It's the natural course of this life that your dad would have lady friends now, Sarry. I feel your sainted mother whispering her approval to me every day."

"So, um, you're planning to meet this lady friend here, Dad?"

"That I am, God willing."

Somewhere in the dusty corners of my brain, synapses were connecting. "Oh my God. Dad. I'm your date. I answered your personal ad. I answered my own father's personal ad." I mean, of all the personal ads in all the world I had to pick this one?

My father looked at me blankly, then lifted his shaggy white eyebrows in surprise. His eyes moved skyward as he cocked his head to one side. He turned his palms up in resignation. "Well, now, there's one for the supermarket papers. Honey, it's okay, no need to turn white like you've seen a ghost. Here. This only proves I brought you up to know the diamond from the riffraff."

Faking a quick recovery is a Hurlihy family tradition, so I squelched the image of a single yellow rose in a hand other than my father's. I took a slow breath, assessing the damage to my heart. "Not only that, Dad, but maybe you and I can do a Jerry Springer show together. How 'bout 'Fathers Who Date Daughters'? I mean, this is big, Dad, the Oedipal implications alone-"

"Oedipal, smedipal. Don't be getting all college on me now, Sarry girl." My father peered out from under his eyebrows. "And lovely as you are, you're even lovelier when you're a smidgen less flip."

I swallowed back the tears that seemed to be my only choice besides flip, and sat down in the chair across from my father. Our waitress came by and I managed to order a coffee. "Wait a minute. You're not a young fifty, Dad. You're sixty-six. And when was the last time you rode a bike? You don't own a bike. And you hate dogs."

"Honey, don't be so literal. Think of it as poetry, as who I am in the bottom of my soul. And, Sarah, I'm glad you've started dating again. Kevin was not on his best day good enough for you, sweetie."

"I answered my own father's personal ad. That's not dating. That's sick."

My father watched as a pretty waitress leaned across the table next to ours. His eyes stayed on her as he patted my hand and said, "You'll do better next time, honey. Just keep up the hard work." I watched as my father raked a clump of thick white hair away from his watery brown eyes. The guy could find a lesson in...Jesus, a date with his daughter.

"Oh, Dad, I forgot all about you. You got the wrong date, too. You must be lonely without Mom, huh?"

The waitress stood up, caught my father's eye and smiled. She walked away, and he turned his gaze back to me. "I think about her every day, all day. And will for the rest of my natural life. But don't worry about me. I have a four o'clock."

"What do you mean, a four o'clock? Four o'clock Mass?"

"No, darlin'. A wee glass of wine at four o'clock with another lovely lady. Who couldn't possibly hold a candle to you, my sweet."

I supposed that having a date with a close blood relative was far less traumatic if it was only one of the day's two dates. I debated whether to file that tidbit away for future reference, or to plunge into deep and immediate denial that the incident had ever happened. I lifted my coffee mug to my lips. My father smiled encouragingly.

Perhaps the lack of control was in my wrist. Maybe I merely forgot to swallow. But as my father reached across the table with a pile of paper napkins to mop the burning coffee from my chin, I thought it even more likely that I had simply never learned to be a grown-up.

—From Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook (c) July 2002, Viking Press, used by permission.

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I am famous in every aisle of the supermarket in a town called Scituate, pronounced SIT-choo-it. The town is on the coast about halfway between Boston and Cape Cod. Your family has to live there for several generations before you're considered a townie, which basically means that once you're dead you can have a street named after you, but by most standards I've lived there a very, very long time. We're talking decades.

After my first novel was published, I was pretty sure no one in the whole town would ever speak to me again. People have always told me their stories, you see, and these stories kind of merged with the story I was making up and I figured nobody's novel ever really sells anyway, so why not take advantage of some good, organic material, and besides, I'd changed the lawsuit-worthy details and hadn't used anyone's real name.

So when the book came out, I walked my dog at 2 a.m. (and yes, the dog would eventually become material, too, but fortunately she is not a literate dog), drove a couple of hundred miles to go grocery shopping, that sort of thing. No real paranoia, but close attention to the realty sections of newspapers from other time zones. And I wrote. I dug into that second novel, which became Must Love Dogs after a line in a personal ad. I knew it would have to be good, real good, because when the school where I taught fired me for the material I excavated there, I'd need a career.

And then one day I did it. I shopped at the local supermarket. It was 7 a.m., which was early for grocery shopping, but not early enough. I handed my plastic card to the cashier. "Are you Claire Cook?" she asked as she scanned it.

"Why?" I whispered.

"I read your book," she practically yelled.

"Thank you," I whispered.

She scanned my bottle of Liquid Plumber and let it go. I watched it take out my pint of raspberries. "Are you writing another book?" she asked, even louder if that was possible.

"Yes," I admitted softly.

"What's it about?" she asked before she sent the romaine after the Liquid Plumber.

I'm really bad at that question. I can only answer it about books I didn't write. "Well," I attempted because she was handling my groceries and therefore had all the power. "It's about a man in his 60s who's dating through the personal ads."

"What's he look like?" she asked.

"Well, he's got thick white hair and shiny brown eyes and he drives a black Mazda Miata. And he's a widower and he's dating at least two women and embarrassing all of his adult children. One of them is the heroine, who's a preschool teacher and recently divorced and her family finally talks her into going on her first date in almost a decade...."

The cashier leaned over the conveyor belt that separated us. "The man..." she whispered.

"Yes?" I whispered back.

She looked over her shoulder, then into my eyes. "I think," she said, "I dated him."

Until that moment I thought I had made him up. Still, I listened to her date details and nodded while my frozen yogurt melted, even jotted down some more material in my notebook when I got out to the car.

Just as I was turning the key in the ignition, there was a knock on the hood of my car. "Claire?" an old friend yelled as I rolled down the window.

"Hi," I whispered. "How've you been?"

"Tell me the truth, the wild friend in your novel. That's me, right?"

"Well..." I whispered.

"It's okay," she said. "Really. And wait till you hear this..."

I've started going out again in broad daylight. And wherever I go, the wonderful people of Scituate, Massachusetts, hand me their stories, their dirt, their dish, on a silver platter. I can hardly wait to find out who else has dated one of my characters. (Claire Cook)

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    Must Love Dogs By Claire Cook Divorced forty year old Sarah Hur

    Must Love Dogs By Claire Cook Divorced forty year old Sarah Hurlihy is
    finally ready to start dating again, after much urging from her rather
    large and obnoxious family. Her sister decides she needs to place a
    personal add in the local paper and then after much nagging she
    concedes, from here thing get a lot more interesting in Sarah’s life and
    she soon has more male attention than she knows what to do with. I fell
    in love with the Movie Must Love Dogs when it came out and I had, had no
    idea that it was based on a book when I found this out I of course had
    to read it. Unfortunately the book fell flat compared to the movie, the
    romance between John and Sarah was not very believable it just seemed
    she had decided after she exhausted her other two options to go with
    him. I had hoped for more details but we actually get less in the book
    than we do with the movie. I hate it when Hollywood out does a book but
    this is one of those rare instances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    amazing!!!!!

    I love this book more than anything I have ever read! I started reading this in my Geometry class and I couldn't put it down! It was so funny and hilarious! I love how the character of Sarah is so real life and down to Earth and so many females can relate to her situation wheater the be divorced or just got dumped by a guy! And she can relate so well to that fact that it stinks with the search of finding that perfect guy to replace the one that you/or let you go! IT is a wonderful book that I will recomend to ANYONE of all ages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    Typical and cheesy

    The best part was when Sarah was talking to Mrs. Wallace, that was hilarious! I was disappointed by the ending. It was rather cheesy, I knew it would be I just wanted to read it to say I've read it. I think it was slightly better than the movie though. But I would suggest reading the book first because the movie is very different than the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Fast and Fun read!

    I read this book in a day at work. It is very cute, charming and one that is a great page turner. The Hurlihy family reminds me a lot of my family, but in a more odd way. And watching Sarah get back into the dating scene made me laugh more than a few times. I can't wait to see the movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2005

    I thought it was great!

    I saw the movie over the summer and loved it, and finally got around to reading the book, just finished it. i could relate to the character's worrying and thinking too much needing to realize my worth. In the past, I have dated guys that were too immature or selifish, the worst was learning the hard way after two years of friendship and having a relationship the only reason he stuck around was because he only wanted sex he wanted to lose his virginity, I was naive and didn't understand. Now as a wiser 26 year old, I have been in a happy committed relationship with someone for almost three years and we having been living together for more than a year and are getting married in about a year. The best advice in the book is not to settle for just anyone, it's not worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2005

    Great Read!

    'Must Love Dogs' was a fantastic book. The plot line was interesting and the characters came out strong and real. I could actually relate to what happened. Her description of the scenes provided an excellent platform for us to be transfered into her story. Excellent work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    Good book.

    I thought that this was a very good book. I was so happy to see that one of the characters had the same name as me- Siobhan. (For anyone wondering it is pronounced as if it was spelt Shivawn) The book did drag on a little bit, but overall I thought it was enjoyable. I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a quick read. Not great for someone who looks for a lot of depth in what they read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    A Journey of Love

    This book is very good. I think it has a great plot line and there are many parts I can relate to in the book, which intrigued my interest in the story. It is unpredictable up to the end, and it really held my attention.I am a person who only reads for enjoyment, and I don't like to have to think real hard in a book,so this book suited me well. However, if you want in-depth thinking in a book, this one would not be for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    Good, but not great

    I recommend this book to anyone with patience and tolerance for human folly. A friend who recommended the book to me commented, 'Sometimes you just want to smack Sarah.' However, I believe that Sarah responds to her life events as a woman of her age and position would (over 40, husband had an affair and left her, she kept the house). If you tend to get annoyed with people who seem drenched in self-pity, however, stay away from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    slow read

    Not much depth. I read it because I live in the next town over from the author. NOT a page turner...I was disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    Campy

    I thought the 'Irish' thing was a little overdone and frankly, down right corny. The book had no depth and the characters only went so far. Not impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    Or just love a good book

    I loved this book. I picked it up I must confess because of the movie and the fact that I like both Diane Lane and Jon Cusack. I was pleasantly surprised to find the book so GOOD that I couldn't put it down. I only hope that the movie can do the book justice - which isn't always the case. LOVE IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    Boring, Boring, Boring

    This book was a HUGE disappointment. It was extremely slow and lacked any real depth. The writing style of the author seemed odd - an attempt to be funny, but you just end up thinking the characters are annoying. It was all I could do just to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    love this book!!

    i loved this book i love how they describe every little thing made me feel like i was part of the family in the book! it was so good! best book ! i am happy they are making a movie from this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Oustanding! a must read

    This book was really good I could not put it down. It was fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    I absolutely adored this book!

    Just...wow. I'm a thirteen year old girl who has found herself adoring adult books that she should not even understand, and I found myself relating with Sarah. I picked up the book because I thought it was focused on dogs (leave me alone. I'm an animal lover), read the back and automatically bought it before I went back to browsing. I couldn't put it down and the only time I did was when my mother forced me to go to sleep! If you like humor, romance, and a touch of St. Bernard slobber, this is definately something to read. Five stars! (paws? Ehe)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    An 'A' Ok Book

    Must Love Dogs was'nt a book I would reccomand for people who like exciting books. Most of everything that happend was a repaeat of the main characters dating life. The book was about a lady in her mid 40s who had been divorcved. Sarah Hurlihy wanted to just settle down before she started to date again. But that plan didnt work only because of Sarah's annoyingly perfect sister. Her sister was married with children and had a St.Bernard puppy. Her marriage seemed to be just perfect. So perfect that she could just go on to her sloppy sisters life to make it perfect too. Sarah's sister decided to write an add in the personals, 'Women Seeking Man,' except Sarah didnt know. She found out when a man wrote her a letter telling her all about him. When they set up a date,they decided to meet at the coffee shop. It ended up to be her dad being her date. A few months later she tried again and met up with a rude but charming man. She liked him because he was just like her. they dated for awhile but then there relationship went down the drain like the rest of her reationships do. These sre just a few of the parts in the book that get boring once they repeat themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Okay

    This book was alright, but a little predictable. Needed more Pizazz, and a sprinkle of sexy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Delightfully Refreshing!

    I was captivated by the story from the first page and never felt let-down through the entire book. You cannot be quiet when you read it because you will be snorting out loud with laughter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Buy The Book!!!

    While I read, 'Must Love Dogs,' I took a journey through main character Sarah Hurlihy's up and down love life, from her divorce to ex-husband, Kevin, to her many dating experiences. Author Claire Cook, made Sarah seem like a real human being every woman could relate to. This book would make a good bestseller.

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