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Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life (Volume 2) Paperback – January 21, 2014
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"Claire Cook's novel Must Love Dogs was such a huge success that it was made into a hit movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Now Cook is back with a sequel in Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life, which proves just as delightful . . . Cook's penchant for humor is evidenced clearly in this sequel, making this a delightful and fun read, and leaving one to wonder if this book will also be made into a heartwarming and comedic movie." -Nancy Lepri, New York Journal of Books
"If you haven't read a Claire Cook book yet, start with this one. You don't need to have read the first book, but why not grab that one, too, and read it? Her books are like potato chips - you can't have just one!"-Pamela Kramer, National Book Reviewer, Examiner.com
"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
"Claire Cook's Must Love Dogs, a book that's got more giggles than soda bread has raisins."--Hartford Courant
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 adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of twelve novels and Must Love Dogs is now a series. Claire has reinvented herself once again by writing her first nonfiction book, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) and becoming a sought after reinvention speaker.
Claire loves connecting with her readers. Read excerpts, find book club questions, and stay in the loop for future releases, giveaways and insider extras at ClaireCook.com and connect with Claire on Facebook (ClaireCookauthorpage), Twitter (ClaireCookwrite) and Pinterest (ClaireCookwrite).
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It was even sort of a "governmental order" as the governor of Georgia stated that "It might be a time to read a good book" during the Feb 2014 snow/ice storm, so I took it to heart and did my patriotic duty to hunker down in front of the fireplace with Sarah, her siblings, her hilarious father, and the other believable characters Claire Cook so brilliantly brought into my family room. Many times while reading, I found myself wanting to press a "LIKE" button after a certain passage, maybe some of Sarah's self-talk that I wanted to highlight and remember. I must say the beach scene with Paul was pure genius. She captures nuances of different relationships perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, captivating story that you don't have to work to understand. By the way, I'm a big lover of dogs.
This is the continuation of Sarah & John's story. It shows them in their six month of dating happiness. Their relationship is put on hold because Sarah's brother, Michael, and his dog, Mother Teresa, are staying at Sarah's house. Michael and his wife are having troubles. And Sarah is having problems with John's new puppy, Horatio.
Sarah is trying to do her sisterly thing and hopefully get Michael on his way before the strain of him staying in her house puts her back on the market. John is hoping that his puppy and his love will be able to work together to come upon a happy ending. There is also Sarah's big sister, Carol, who is bossy and wanting her Dad and brother to start dating again.
I really enjoyed this second part to the first book. It is nice to be with the whole family again, and see what they have been up to. The Dad is still as in to dating as he was before. He even trades in his old Smith Corona typewriter and gets a laptop. He finds and makes a date with a woman named Sugar Butt!!!
I think this is a laugh out loud book, with plenty of funny moments mixed in with the heartwarming ones. I recommend it!
An unexpected family vacation gives Sarah time to think over everything and helps her put into perspective just what she wants, and doesn't want in her life.
Claire Cook really knows how to write about family life and she nails sibling relationships! Her humorous encounters always are laugh-out-loud hysterical and quite entertaining.
No spoilers, but I love how the book ends and can't wait to read the next!
As Sarah’s summer unfolds she tries to juggle a new love, a butterfly debacle, problems with her new boyfriend’s dog, a new and different type of teaching job, and a madcap family situation, a reader is drawn into her story. I guarantee this book will make you recognize some of your own growing pangs as a youth and learn to laugh at life.
Claire Cook, has the rare ability to write a novel that is both true in its portrayal of humanity and relationships, while including intriguing twists and drawing a reader into her characters’ lives and the plot of the book.
Ms. Cook has rapidly become a favorite author of mine. While I have in the past seldom ventured into such lighthearted and subtly messaged books as are a Claire Cook trademark, I have found her books to be both wonderfully written and a joy to read.