Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

by Claire Cook

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Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

The Must Love Dogs series:
Must Love Dogs (#1)
Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life (#2)
Must Love Dogs: Fetch You Later (#3)
Must Love Dogs: Bark & Roll Forever (#4)
Must Love Dogs: Who Let the Cats In? (#5)

"Funny and pitch perfect." -Chicago Tribune
"Wildly witty" -USA Today
"Cook dishes up plenty of charm." -San Francisco Chronicle
"A hoot" -The Boston Globe

First the much-loved USA Today bestselling novel by Claire Cook. Then the romantic comedy movie adaptation starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Now MUST LOVE DOGS is a series!

"Voluptuous, sensuous, alluring and fun. Barely 40 DWF seeks special man to share starlit nights. Must love dogs."

Divorced preschool teacher Sarah Hurlihy's first mistake is letting her bossy big sister write her personal ad. Her second mistake is showing up to meet her first date in more than a decade. Now she's juggling her teaching job, her big, rollicking, interfering south-of-Boston Irish family, and more men than she knows what to do with. And what's up with all these dogs that are suddenly galloping into her life?

"A hilariously original tale about dating and its place in a modern woman's life." -BookPage

"If Must Love Dogs is any indication of her talents, readers will hope that Claire Cook will be telling breezy summer stories from the South Shore of Massachusetts for seasons to come." -The Washington Post

"A laugh-out-loud novel . . . a light and lively read for anyone who has ever tried to re-enter the dating scene or tried to 'fix up' anyone else." -Boston Herald

"This utterly charming novel by Cook is a fun read, perfect for whiling away an afternoon on the beach." -Library Journal

"Claire Cook's Must Love Dogs, a book that's got more giggles than soda bread has raisins." -Hartford Courant

"Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs) has built a brand writing light-hearted women's fiction blending kernels of the absurd and comedic in compulsively readable combinations." -Shelf Awareness

"The exuberant and charming Claire Cook is one of the sassiest and funniest creators of contemporary women's fiction." -The Times-Picayune

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012420398
Publisher: Marshbury Beach Books
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: Must Love Dogs , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 268,067
File size: 501 KB

About the Author

CLAIRE COOK wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of 16 books and a sought after reinvention speaker. If you have a buried dream, take it from Claire, it is NEVER too late!

Claire has reinvented herself once again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series, as well as writing her first nonfiction books, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) and Shine On: How To Grow Awesome Instead of Old, in which she shares everything she's learned on her own journey that might help you in yours.

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Scituate, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

February 14, 1955

Place of Birth:

Alexandria, Virginia


B.A., Film and Creative Writing, Syracuse University

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Must Love Dogs 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. I found myself laughing out loud and talking out loud to the characters as if they could hear me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the movie, and when I saw the book on sale, I decided to give it a try. I'm certainly glad I did. It was a fun and entertaining book. I didn't realize it was the 1st of 3 books, but I am looking forward to reading more!
Brandie on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Eh ... watched the movie first and frankly the book wasn't what I was expecting at all. So, frankly, I didn't like it nearly as much as the movie and it just didn't seem that great.
TanyaTomato on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Cute, and a bit better than most divorced woman dating romantic novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read one other book by this author that was fantastic. However this book was so scattered I never knew where the story line was going. The direction kept changing and was extremely unsettling. I doubt I'll purchase anymore.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not much depth. I read it because I live in the next town over from the author. NOT a page turner...I was disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.