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All You Need Is Love Paperback – June 28, 2012
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About the Author
Cathy Tully published a children’s non-fiction book, NEBRASKA, in 2004. When library sales dropped, she turned to the romance genre and hasn’t looked back since. A born and bred New Jersey girl, Cathy resides in the central part of the state with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys learning Isshinyru Karate, going to the beach, reading, creating counted cross stitch projects, and attacking any kind of puzzle that comes her way.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
What first caught my attention about the blurb of this book was that it reminded me a little of the movie “You’ve Got Mail”. Remember that one? Meg Ryan loses her family bookstore thanks to the mega bookstore that swoops in to town run by Tom Hanks. “All You Need is Love” has a lot of the same elements.
Caitlyn (in the blurb it’s spelled with a “K” and in the book it’s spelled with a “C”) goes to Massachusetts to take care of her ailing grandmother and takes a part time job as a dog walker. She’s recovering for several upsets in her life – namely the loss of her family’s beloved cafe and a breakup with a boyfriend.
Enter Jack DeVane. He is the workaholic stereotype that we all have seen before and his main problem is that he’s got a stray dog that he doesn’t want or have time for.
Now, these two have their “cute meet” but beyond that this story if fairly predictable and at times tedious and boring. Between the too often used descriptions of the dog getting sick/peeing/pooping and the length of time it takes our hero and heroine to actually admit to any kind of attraction, I found myself losing interest.
It was a cute story that had a lot of potential but the author just never seemed to let any scenes develop. They get rushed and way too much focus is on the dog. I’m all for the cute pet bringing people together but most readers want to see what’s going on with the humans and how that relationship is building – not what the dog is doing.
All You Need is Love is a sweet romance that is fairly predictable and not very original. After reading the summary I figured out what would probably be the point of conflict between Jack and Caitlyn and I was pretty sure how it was going to be resolved. This story didn't contain any surprises for this long time romance reader, but despite that, I certainly enjoyed reading it!
All You Need is Love was a fast, light, sweet and funny read. Not only were there two wonderful dogs that provided a special charm to the story, there was one very wise and vital eighty-five year old lady.
This story is for readers who like their romances funny and sweet and filled with puppies and grandma's homemade muffins and cakes.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
Published By: Astraea Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"All You Need Is Love" by Cathy Tully was a sweet romance novel and if you are a dog lover ... this one really is for you. Truly 'Little Man' will really capture your heart .... along with...Jack....Caitlyn and grandma. All of these characters will really give you laughter with all that this author has put into this read for the reader. I found that I wasn't able to put down the read until I had finished with it.
If you are looking for a fun sweet romance..."All You Need Is Love" is a sweet romantic read and I would recommend it to you.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
The story proves that others can teach us what we need to learn to be happy, and sometimes the teacher doesn't have to be another person. Real fun!