Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

by Claire Cook


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First the novel by New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook. Then the romantic comedy movie adaptation starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Now MUST LOVE DOGS is a 7-book 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?

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)
Must Love Dogs: A Howliday Tail (#6)
Must Love Dogs: Hearts & Barks (#7)

Nobody drives you crazier than family, and nobody loves you more.


"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

"Reading Must Love Dogs is like having lunch with your best friend-fun, breezy, and full of laughs."-Lorna Landvik

"Funny and quirky and honest."-Jane Heller

"Funny and pitch perfect." -Chicago Tribune

"Wildly witty" -USA Today

"Cook dishes up plenty of charm." -San Francisco Chronicle

"A hoot." -The Boston Globe

"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 tocome." -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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989921008
Publisher: Marshbury Beach Books
Publication date: 09/18/2013
Series: Must Love Dogs , #1
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 753,029
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

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!


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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 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!
indygo88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm fairly certain I saw the movie adaptation of this quite a few years ago, but I honestly don't remember much at all about it. You'd think John Cusack would've made it a little more memorable. At any rate, I picked up this audio, figuring it for a fairly light & quick read, which it was. If you're picking it up thinking it's dog-themed, you may be disappointed. It's more or less a story of a divorced woman looking for love, experimenting with the personal ads, as well as a few different guys. It was enjoyable enough -- I liked the family interaction -- but in the long run, it's probably not going to be a real memorable read for me.
doxtator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a mostly typical romance story, although it does offer some slightly different variations on the same-old theme. I found the main character to be okay--the depth given to her was more by comparison to her siblings in which she is consistently found lacking. Her one strength, that she is a very good school teacher, is just about the only thing in the book that felt real. The rest of her characterization was too light, and left her acting too much like the typical fritzy-headed sit-com character. It was very light hearted and an easy read, even if the characters were quite annoying at most times.
witchyrichy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It wasn't great fiction but it was a good read that came along just as I needed it. A somewhat predictable story peopled with interesting characters and cute dogs.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a cute, if light, read.
starless_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lighthearted novel about a recently divorced middle-aged lady trying to pick up her life again. You sort of pick out who the right guy will eventually be in the middle of the book, but still have to wait for her to make all the mistakes before they end up together. Quite a nice, tea-time read, light and fluffy, nothing very spectacular, but I guess one will find familiarity with the very affectionate characters in the story.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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