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Dog Book Review: Rescue Me, Maybe

Rescue Me, Maybe, the latest novel from author Jackie Bouchard, is a story about finding a new path when what had been your real life up and dies on you — literally. Considering all the illness / death / destruction in my life these last 5 years, I held my breath when I realized that the book opens at a FUNERAL. I admit it … I did email Bouchard at one point to ask if it was safe for a girl like me, who is deeply steeped in grief, to keep reading. She replied (in part) …

book review rescue me maybe“I can’t handle books where the dog dies at the end, and I promise I’ll never write one of those!”

I won’t give away the TWIST at the beginning of the book, but brace yourself.

What I love about Rescue Me, Maybe — and Bouchard’s writing overall — is that she writes REAL people, believable people, funny people (and dogs). She doesn’t do fantasy, escapist fiction, with heaving bosoms and the kind of men who don’t exist in nature.

If you like any of these things, then I think you’ll like Rescue Me, Maybe:

  • Dogs
  • Real life, even when it isn’t what everyone expects
  • B&Bs
  • Food (especially baking)
  • Cute guys who can fix things
  • Small(ish) towns
  • Relatives who never quite get the words just right

I cannot figure out how to embed the video, but here is a link to it on Vimeo: Rescue Me, Maybe Book Trailer.

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Rita and Bouchard

If you missed Bouchard’s first book, checkout the earlier review of What the Dog Ate. 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Sheryl - June 29, 2014

This sounds like a tender, entertaining, lovely book; thanks for reviewing it.

Merr - June 28, 2014

I am glad that the author gets how hard it is when the dog doesn’t make it…novel or other type of book. I find it very difficult to read canine-centered books because I grow so so so attached to the pup. When I read such literature the feelings I feel are so deep and intense. It’s hard to explain but as a dog lover, I know you understand.

kenzohw - June 28, 2014

In a way, it must be good to have it out of the way in the beginning, and readers don’t have to brace for the end. Thanks for the tip, it’s added to my reading list.

ruth pennebaker - June 27, 2014

What an excellent review. I’m putting the book on my to-read list.

HeatherL - June 27, 2014

I’m putting this book on my to-read list. It sounds like the type of novel that keeps me engrossed.

Brette - June 27, 2014

Oh, this sounds good! I was checking of yes, yes, yes to all the things on the list! And thank goodness the dog does not die at the end. Because I CANNOT read books like that either. I’m adding this to my Amazon cart.

Jackie Bouchard - June 26, 2014

Thank you so much for the lovely review, Roxanne! I’m so glad you find the characters real! I try hard to make them seem like folks who might live next door. (With their fabulous dog, of course!) 🙂


Ingrid King - June 26, 2014

This sounds like a wonderful book – just downloaded it to my Kindle. Thank you for introducing me to this author!

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