Rescue Me, Maybe

Rescue Me, Maybe

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by Jackie Bouchard

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If you lost both your spouse and your dog to cancer within weeks of each other, but you were sadder about the dog, would you tell anyone? Maybe your closest friends. Unfortunately, Jane Bailey's closest friends are on the other side of the country. That's where Jane plans to go now that she's free to leave Philadelphia, the too cold, beachless, street

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If you lost both your spouse and your dog to cancer within weeks of each other, but you were sadder about the dog, would you tell anyone? Maybe your closest friends. Unfortunately, Jane Bailey's closest friends are on the other side of the country. That's where Jane plans to go now that she's free to leave Philadelphia, the too cold, beachless, street taco-deficient city her husband dragged her to six years ago. But with no job prospects in her hometown of San Diego, Jane is roped into helping out temporarily at her uncle's southwestern small-town B&B. En route to her new role as innkeeper and breakfast chef, she finds a stray at a rest stop. With her heart in pieces from the loss of her dog, she's determined not to let this mutt worm its way into her affections. She's also determined to have next-to-no interaction with the B&B's irritating guests, and the even more annoying handyman who lives next door. Can Jane keep her sanity—and her secret that she's not really a grieving widow—while trying to achieve her dream of getting back to the place she thinks is home? Fans of Lolly Winston's Good Grief will enjoy Rescue Me, Maybe.

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Rescue Me, Maybe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
PaulineMA More than 1 year ago
Dog-Lit, I just made up my own new genre because I can't believe it doesn't already exist!!! I'm drawn to a book with a dog on the cover, always. I might read it just for that reason unless there is something in the blurb that turns me away. Sometimes I'm happy, sometimes I'm a little disappointed but once in a while, I'm in love with a new author! And Jackie Bouchard is that new author for me!!  Losing a pet is terrible but losing a spouse is usually worse. Not so for Jane. She is putting this loss behind her and heading to her beloved San Diego.  A little stop along the way to help out at the B&B her aunt and uncle own....and that's really where it all begins. And that's where she changes. The things she thought she knew, the guilt, and the comfort of loving that dog....Maybe it's what she needed all along.  There were parts that are lighthearted and you should worry that this is a sad type book. It's not but it doesn't take the easy road to get you to the end either. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical about this book since it started with the main character losing her husband and beloved dog to cancer. However, this book was highly recommended to me so I thought I'd give it a look. I was immediately drawn to the main character. The author's witty style of writing made this a fast read. Yes...witty even with a sad subject matter. There are realizations and lessons learned that turned the tides on dreams, reminding us that we never know what life has in store for us around the next corner. This is a book not to be missed!
Mengel2 More than 1 year ago
Death is never easy to deal with, but when you lose both your husband and dog to cancer within two weeks of each other, it’s bound to push even the strongest person over the edge.  Jane’s husband was diagnosed with Melanoma and his health quickly plummeted.  Of course she misses him and feels guilty that she’s still around and able to enjoy life, but their marriage had hit a rocky patch and she had planned on leaving him until he got sick.   So, it’s no surprise to her that it’s not Ryan’s passing that has her so upset, but the passing of her dog, Barnum.  Barnum had been her trusty companion for fourteen years and she misses him like crazy.  But she doesn’t dare let others know that her mourning has more to do with her dog than her husband.   Now that Jane is free to live life as she wishes, she plans to move back to San Diego asap!  But there’s a little problem.  She has no job and no place to live.  Reluctantly, she accepts an offer to stay at her family’s Bed & Breakfast in exchange for working there.  She figured that it would only be temporarily, and since she had no other options, what does she have to lose?  On her way to the B&B she stops at a rest stop and finds a stray dog.  She’s a beautiful dog, albeit a bit skinny, with a tag that reads, Penny.  She finds this ironic since her father in law has always told her that ‘found pennies are gifts from heaven.’  She decides to take the dog with her so that she can bring it to the shelter the next day.  However, when her aunt sees the dog, she’s quick to try convincing Jane to keep it.  But Jane isn’t ready to open her heart to a new furry friend while she’s still mourning the loss of Barnum.  Will Jane learn to open her heart to the possibility of a new dog and her mind to enjoying being at the B&B? Rescue Me, Maybe is such a fun book.  Although it touches on some serious topics such as illness and death, the author does such a wonderful job incorporating humor in what would normally be such sensitive subjects.  I found this book to be very enjoyable, the characters relatable and the humor spot on!  I also really liked how one of the main characters was a dog.  How can you not love a book with a lovable, furry companion?  This is the perfect book to cuddle up on the couch with your favorite four legged companion and read!  I loved this book and hope that you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Bouchard and she does not disappoint with this book. Witty and realistic dialogue - she has developed a great character in Jane. Worth every penny and should be published in paperback by B&N!!!!!
mythreejays More than 1 year ago
Love this book!! The dog was the true star of this book. Loved him and his ability to make even the worse day better.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings My second Jackie Bouchard book and I am officially a fan!  I love how her books center around dogs, as right now that is what my life is centered around.  Jane is a recent widow and also lost her dog which was maybe more devastating.  She is wanting to return to her favorite city of San Diego, but gets side tracked at her aunt and uncle's B&B where she learns some interesting things about herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! It was very entertaining. For those of you who are dog lovers - this book is a must!!
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Loved the characters, the setting, the of my favorite reads! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved jane . We have alot in common. Dogs are more loving and loyal and forgiving than many people . I lost my baby to stomach cancer . I am still grieving for him 3 years later. I have a 6 year old girl now. She is sweet and lovable. She liked people. She loves almost everyone she meets. Read this book and fall in love with jane and maybe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MCT_Book_Club 2 days ago
Jane’s husband just died, and she lost her precious dog shortly thereafter, but she is keeping something secret from those nearest to her – she’s more broken up about the pooch! Maybe she would have told her closest friends but she’s not living in her hometown of San Diego. Instead she’s still in Philadelphia where she lived with her husband but never really settled. Even though everyone says one shouldn’t make any sudden changes when recently widowed, Jane feels this is exactly the right time for her to make the move home. But life has other plans for her. Her aunt and uncle need her. The thought of helping to look after a B & B, and its customers, makes Jane shudder (she’s really not a people person!). However it will help fill in the time while she looks for a new job and being there for family is important to her. So she heads off to Prescott, Arizona, meeting a stray dog in a rest stop on the way. She can’t leave her there all alone but can’t bear to let another dog get into her heart so takes her to a nearby rescue. What will become of the beautiful pup? This is Jane’s story: a time of changes, self-analysis and new adventures while dealing with a huge range of mixed emotions at her recent losses. It’s a story about the past, the present and the future and all the planned, and unplanned, things that happen along the way. As the reader I found this book highly entertaining, engaging and funny. The characters are well written and described, some more likeable than others but all people I’d love to meet. Even though Jane’s situation at times is quite a sad one, it is most definitely not a tragedy and there are plenty of comic moments all the way through. Jane’s lists, the “signs” and the titling of the chapters in the book are nice additional features that I really enjoyed. This is definitely a book that dog lovers will connect with. Anyone who’s had a pet can appreciate what Jane feels and goes through. So who rescues who? Read and find out – Maybe!
Cynthia181 11 months ago
This was a beautiful little story. You loose your husband to cancer and with a very overbearing mother in law living not doing things the way Ryan wanted, Jane then looses her beloved dog who she had longer than she was married. Loss of one person but to loose two is really bad, especially when she wants to move back to her home town in San Diego from Philly. Jane finds a lost dog at a rest stop on her way to her aunt and uncles b&b so work. She ends up falling in love with Penny/Maybe and then see her friends in San Diego and finds out that it's not where she wants to be anymore. Az is going to be home an she is going to take part of the proceeds from the sale of her husbands company and invest into buying the b&b and sets in roots.
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carolinagal11 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story so much !! Was very hard to put down a very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one. Even though I would consider myself a cat person I was on the edge of my seat, worried about Maybe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People that like animals would like this book. It was interesting about pet cancers. I learned things I didn't know. I thought only older dogs were susseptable to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book .
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Laura Hartman for Readers' Favorite Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard addresses love and loss as well as how to move on. Cancer claims Jane’s husband Ryan and her dog Barnum within the first chapter. Jane is sorry her husband died, but she is devastated over the loss of her dog. Unbeknownst to anyone but Jane, she and Ryan were going through a rough patch in their relationship before his diagnosis, one that both of them believed would end in separation. She felt guilty playing the grieving widow, yet could find no easy way to tell his overbearing mother or his father that she no longer loved their son. Soon after the funeral, she heads to San Diego via Prescott, AZ. Jane wants to go straight to California to start her new life with old friends she and Ryan had left there when they moved to Pennsylvania so Ryan could work with his father. Her aunt and uncle run a quaint but shabby B&B in Prescott and they need Jane to come and help run it while her aunt travels east for medical treatment. Reluctantly she agrees, denying her own desire to start afresh by the ocean. On her way, she finds a stray dog that might help her fall in love again if she will listen to her heart.  Jackie Bouchard grabbed me by the heart and did not let go until the last pages of Rescue Me, Maybe. She expertly taught Jane a lesson without preaching and along the way taught me to take a closer look at living like a dog – in the moment. This is a novel about love and loss and change. Parts of it are sad, yet there is a witty, sharp humor laced throughout which helps put Jane’s life back together. The characters were easy to love and some of them were easy to hate. Bouchard gently wraps the message to bloom where you are planted in this novel. She also lets the reader know that your garden just might be in a different spot than you originally thought it should be, but that does not mean you need to move it. I loved this novel, and recommend it for adults, YA readers and feel that dog lovers will really connect with the plot.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To slow moving for me
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read alot of dog fiction books and usually enjoy them but this was not the best. My biggest problem was that the main character was so unpleasant. I could not relate to her on any level. It didn't help that every problem or dilema in the story was wrapped up and solved in the last 50 pages of a 700 + page book.