Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

My pick today is Claire Cook’s Must Love Dogs:  New Leash on Life (e-book, Book II).





Intro:  My brother Michael was staying with me until his marriage got back on track.

“Don’t you molly coddle him, Sarah,” my father said.  “Just give him three squares a day and make sure he has a starched white shirt to wear to the office.”

“If he so much as looks at a beer bottle, hide his cell phone,” my sister Carol said.  “Do not, under any circumstances, let him drunk dial Phoebe.  She was a witch with a capital B when he married her, and she’ll be a witch with a capital B when we find her replacement.”


Teaser:  Michael chugged the rest of his coffee and put his mug down with a thunk.  “Okay,” he said.  “The three of you are going to have to lure Phoebe outside, and then I’ll take it from there.”


Synopsis:  First the bestselling novel.Then the romantic comedy movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Now Claire Cook’s most enduring characters are back in Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life , Book 2 of the hilarious and heartwarming Must Love Dogs series.
“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
Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy used to consist of juggling her job as a preschool teacher with the demands of her interfering family. But after a rocky start, Sarah and John Anderson have shared six months of dating bliss. Now their relationship is basically on hold because Sarah’s brother Michael and his dog are staying with her. And John’s new puppy Horatio hates Sarah. With a passion.


I loved the first book…and the movie.  Now I am ready to have some more fun with the characters…and the dogs.  What do you think?



  1. It certainly sounds like great fun – ideal for the summer. Hm. Drunk-dialling, eh? I have definitely led a sheltered life… Many thanks for swinging by earlier and have an enjoyable time reading this one – preferably somewhere cool!

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