Title: Rescue Me, Maybe
Author: Jackie Bouchard
316 pages, published August 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
If you lost both your
spouse and your dog to cancer within weeks of each other, but you were
sadder about the dog, would you tell anyone? Maybe your closest friends.
Unfortunately, Jane Bailey's closest friends are on the other side of
the country. That's where Jane plans to go now that she's free to leave
Philadelphia, the too cold, beachless, street taco-deficient city her
husband dragged her to six years ago. But with no job prospects in her
hometown of San Diego, Jane is roped into helping out temporarily at her
uncle's southwestern small-town B&B. En route to her new role as
innkeeper and breakfast chef, she finds a stray at a rest stop. With her
heart in pieces from the loss of her dog, she's determined not to let
this mutt worm its way into her affections. She's also determined to
have next-to-no interaction with the B&B's irritating guests, and
the even more annoying handyman who lives next door. Can Jane keep her
sanity—and her secret that she's not really a grieving widow—while
trying to achieve her dream of getting back to the place she thinks is
Of course the main reason I chose to read this book was because of the dog on the cover! I absolutely loved this book! I loved the characters--especially Jane and Selene. and the gog, of course! I think I liked this book so much because I related so much to Jane--I too am an introverted person who gets annoyed by small talk and working with lots of people. Like Jane, I definitely prefer animals to people!
This was fun and quick read, but emotional too. The book had a perfect balance of serious, emotional topics to keep the book real, and lighthearted fun moments to keep you entertained and reading. When I first started reading I wasn't sure I'd be able to handle it--Jane experienced both the death or her husband and her beloved dog--but as the book went on I became so invested in the story and cared so much about the characters I couldn't put it down. It's well written, engaging, and a perfect book for animal lovers!
Overall rating for "Rescue Me, Maybe": 4.5 stars