Must Love Dogs: Who Let the Cats In?

Must Love Dogs

Book 5
Marshbury Beach Books
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From Claire Cook, New York Times bestselling author of the novel turned romantic comedy movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, comes Must Love Dogs: Who Let the Cats In?, Book 5 of the fun and fabulous Must Love Dogs series.

Sarah and John are buying Sarah’s family house, and they’re hoping their relationship will survive it. Sarah’s dad is part of the deal, and so is the litter of kittens they’ve discovered under the front porch. Finding a contractor isn’t as easy as they thought it would be, one of the parents at Bayberry Preschool is driving Sarah crazy, and a big nor’easter is barreling toward town.

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)
 

PRAISE FOR MUST LOVE DOGS:

Must Love Dogs has already been a major motion picture, and now New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook’s hilarious and heartwarming series is begging to hit the screen again as a miniseries or a sitcom.”—Nancy Carty Lepri, New York Journal of Books

“Reading about how life goes for this wacky marvelously lovable family becomes addictive.”—Pamela Kramer, Examiner 

“Wildly witty"—USA Today

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

"Funny and pitch perfect."—Chicago Tribune

"A HOOT"—The Boston Globe 

"A hilariously original tale about dating and its place in a modern woman's life."—Book Page

"This utterly charming novel by Cook is a fun read, perfect for whiling away an afternoon on the beach."—Library Journal

 

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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 movie adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of 16 books and a sought after reinvention speaker. If you have a buried dream, take it from Claire, it is NEVER too late!

Claire has reinvented herself once again by turning Must Love Dogs into a series, as well as writing her first nonfiction books, Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way) and Shine On: How To Grow Awesome Instead of Old, in which she shares everything she’s learned on her own journey that might help you in yours.

Be the first to hear about new releases, giveaways, and insider extras by signing up for Claire's newsletter at ClaireCook.com/newsletter. Hang out with her at Facebook.com/ClaireCookauthorpage and Twitter.com/ClaireCookwrite.

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Publisher
Marshbury Beach Books
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Published on
Jun 29, 2016
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Pages
332
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ISBN
9781942671190
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Preschool & Kindergarten
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pets / Dogs / General
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From Claire Cook, New York Times bestselling author of the novel turned romantic comedy movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack, comes Must Love Dogs: A Howliday Tail, Book 6 of the hilarious and heartwarming Must Love Dogs series.

 

In the charming small beach town of Marshbury, Massachusetts, preschool teacher Sarah has the heartbreak of a messy divorce behind her and the promise of a second chance with John ahead. When she finds out that buying the family house also means hosting the holidays, her only goal is survival. They’ve got a house full of animals and a renovation in full throttle. Sarah’s single and pregnant teaching assistant Polly is staying with them, too, as is her brother Johnny, whose marriage is on the rocks, and Sarah has just been made chair of the Bayberry Preschool holiday performance. Can she and John survive all this?

 

 

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

 
PRAISE FOR MUST LOVE DOGS:  

 

“Must Love Dogs has already been a major motion picture, and now New York Timesbestselling author Claire Cook’s hilarious and heartwarming series is begging to hit the screen again as a miniseries or a sitcom.”-Nancy Carty Lepri, New York Journal of Books

“Reading about how life goes for this wacky marvelously lovable family becomes addictive.”-Pamela Kramer, Examiner
 
"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  
 
Praise for Claire Cook:  
 
"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  
 
"[Cook's] poignancy and sassy humor resonate with readers; her theme of reinvention uplifts and inspires." -Savannah Magazine 

Must Love Dogs Boxed Set – Books 1-3 of the bestselling series (turned romantic comedy movie starring Diane Lane and John Cusack) by New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Cook. Dogs, dating, adorable preschoolers, and meddling family in every book. This special boxed set offers the first three full-length novels in the Must Love Dogs series. Each book is filled with Claire Cook’s unique blend of humor and heart—unforgettable, page-turning stories to make you laugh out loud and believe in your own second chances. 

MUST LOVE DOGS (#1):
"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?

MUST LOVE DOGS: NEW LEASH ON LIFE (#2) :
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.

MUST LOVE DOGS: FETCH YOU LATER (#3)
Sarah Hurlihy knows how to move on to the next guy. But she really, really doesn't want to do that anymore. What she wants to figure out is how to stick around and make things work with John Anderson. But John's suggestion for a romantic trip to canine camp before Sarah's job as a preschool teacher gears up for another year is sounding anything but romantic, and Sarah and her sisters are worried about their father's new girlfriend, Sweepstakes Sally. And there's a hot new male teacher at Bayberry Preschool. Could it be that what Sarah wants and what she needs are two entirely different things?

Also available in the MUST LOVE DOGS series:
MUST LOVE DOGS: BARK & ROLL FOREVER (#4)
MUST LOVE DOGS: WHO LET THE CATS IN? (#5)
MUST LOVE DOGS: A HOWLIDAY TAIL (#6)

Praise for MUST LOVE DOGS:

“Must Love Dogs has already been a major motion picture, and now New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook’s hilarious and heartwarming series is begging to hit the screen again as a miniseries or a sitcom.” -Nancy Lepri, New York Journal of Books

"Every time I get my paws on a new Must Love Dogs book, I feel like my pup on the verge of getting a favorite treat. I jump, I squeal, and I promptly devour the whole thing. Claire Cook’s characters are like family at this point.”—Book Perfume

"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
 
"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
 
"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

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!


Seized by Love at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seized by Love (The Ryders). The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.


In SEIZED BY LOVE AT SEASIDE...

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister's education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she's put her social life on hold until her sister's education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.


Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie when he met her a year ago, and he hasn't been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he's extended Blue is not about to give up trying.


Renovating Lizzie's kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie's life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie's secret is revealed and the safe bubble she's hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.


SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIES


Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Secrets at Seaside
Nights at Seaside
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside


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"Addison Cole's stories are the perfect blend of sizzle and sweet. You won't be able to stop reading." - New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne


"Romance, fun, emotions, and happily ever afters that will warm your heart, Addison Cole writes charming and unforgettable stories about real people and love in its most wonderfully moving forms." - New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke


"Addison Cole has created characters you'll fall in love with and a seaside world you'll never want to leave." USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston


"An absolute treat to read and cannot wait for more from Addison Cole." ~ New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett (aka Juliette Poe, on "Read, Write, Love at Seaside")


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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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.

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.

"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

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)

"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 

Praise for Must Love Dogs:

"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


Praise for Claire Cook:

"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

"Never mind 'armed and dangerous', this man's abs should carry a warning. Alert: chiseled abs up ahead! May cause embarrassing public displays of desire."

Will Cassidy is hot, infuriating, and the guy behind the biggest heart-stomping humiliation of my life. He's also hosting my BFF's destination wedding at his super-luxe tropical resort, so short of a hurricane or outbreak of the plague (here's hoping), I'm stuck within t̶o̶n̶g̶u̶e̶'s̶ arm's reach of him for the next seven days.

But I'm not a naive college girl anymore, and there's no way I'm falling for his (many) charms again. I just have to ignore the romantic wedding shenanigans, his miraculous abs, all those intimate beach sunsets... And did I mention those abs?

Maybe a wild vacation fling is exactly what I need to even the score... But between the scorching chemistry and all-inclusive margaritas, I'm getting drunk on love. Which definitely isn't part of the plan.

Can I keep my heart zipped - even if my bikini bottoms are lost somewhere on that nude beach? And how do you let go of the past when you're holding on tight to the past's (very ripped) torso?

Find out in the sexy, hilarious new romantic comedy from Lila Monroe!

Discover the hot and hilarious world of the LUCKY IN LOVE series from Lila Monroe!

1. Get Lucky

2. Bet Me

3. Lovestruck

4. Mr Right-Now

5. Perfect Match

6 Christmas with the Billionaire


PRAISE FOR LILA:

"I laughed my ass off. Let me know if you find it. I wish I'd written this book."  

-- Kayti McGee


"I've NEVER had SO MUCH FUN while reading a book! This was insanely good" 

-- Shayna's Spicy Reads


"Get Lucky is an enchanting, steamy, delightful read I never wanted to end" -- Angie's Dreamy Reads


"One of the funniest, light hearted, free spirited novels I have ever read... An absolute joy to read." - Bloggers From Down Under


"This.Book.Is.SOOOO.Funny! What is the best way to describe it? It's like a cross between The Hangover and...a steamy romance novel...hahaha. SO SO steamy. I'm surprised my kindle didn't start smoking. But more importantly, it was funny and endearing." -- Micah Liesel's Book Blog


“[A] beach chair worthy read."—New York Times 

"[A] hot summer beach book."—USA Today

"Bestseller Cook charms again in this lively, warm-hearted look at changing courses mid-life."—People 

Just when Jill Murray has finally figured out how to make it on her own, her husband Seth is back, proving he can't even run away reliably. Now Jill has to face the fact that there's simply no way she can be a good mom without letting her ex back into her daughter Anatasia's life. They say that every seven years you become a completely new person, and it takes a Costa Rican getaway to help Jill make her choice - between the woman she is and the woman she wants to be. 

"A beach tote couldn't ask for more."—Kirkus Reviews

"Seven years ago, Claire Cook told us we 'Must Love Dogs." But must we also love ex-husbands?…Cook takes a closer look at a complex situation."—New York Post

“Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on.”—Publishers Weekly

"A lot of fun to read? Definitely!"—Redbook 

"With wit and tenderness, Claire Cook sweeps us into the life of Jill Murray, a feisty single mom trying to stitch together a future after being abandoned by her husband. This is a delightful story of love, loss, and the surprising events that healed her heart. I cheered for Jill the entire way."—Beth Hoffman

"A perfect beach read. Claire Cook once again demonstrates that she's a master in creating funny, warm, relatable characters you root for from the very first page."—Allison Winn Scotch

"Smart, truly hilarious, and entirely sympathetic. Like a hot bubble bath or a holiday at the beach, you won't want it to end."—Cecily Von Ziegesar


A More Magazine Don’t Miss pick by the New York Times bestselling author of Must Love Dogs. 

"Her quirky voice and sense of humor are as strong as ever." -The Orlando Sentinel 

March Monroe and her daughter Olivia are going to college. March knows that Olivia is going, naturally, since she and her husband have just made their first exorbitant tuition payment. But Olivia doesn’t exactly know the arrangement . . . yet. Imagine Olivia’s surprise when one day she shows up for training at a local radio station and finds out that one of the other interns is . . . her mother. 

"very funny...with plenty of giggles." -The Hartford Courant 

“Cook has a gift for telling an entertaining and funny story that is light enough for a beach read, yet weighty enough to get under your skin and into your heart. Her characters are quirky and inconsistent, good-hearted folks who make mistakes and have regrets, but none of the damage is lasting. Love and forgiveness beat out hate and revenge.” —Patriot Ledger 

“Cook’s ability to make families foibles ring true -- and funny -- ensures a delightful read.”—Library Journal 

“Claire Cook infuses her novels with that sassy kind of off-beat humor that makes you giggle, shake your head, and then keep reading. And isn’t that what you want a beach book to do?” —Florida Today 

“Cook's characters are delightful and quirky, and the storyline is fast paced and lively with just the right touch of humor and romance.” —Fresh Fiction 

“Nobody does the easy-breezy beach read with a lighter hand than Claire Cook.” —Hartford Courant  

“A veritable fountain of exciting and practical suggestions for women who want to make sure that even though one cannot help growing older, she can indeed keep from growing old.”—Pamela Kramer, Examiner

If you're a forty-to-forever woman who's interested in aging well, don't miss this motivating and inspiring book.

Join New York Times bestselling author Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Never Too Late) on a transformative journey that will help you shake off all those worries about getting older and embrace what can be the most vibrant, creative and empowering chapter of your life.

Claire wrote her first book in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. With another milestone birthday on the horizon, she was old enough to know the signs: "It was time to get my act together. Again."

Shine On: How To Grow Awesome Instead of Old speaks to midlife women everywhere and is filled with Claire's trademark humor, heart, honesty and encouragement.

“Full of inspirational quotes as well as practical suggestions, this is a perfect book to begin a new year on the right foot.”—Laurie Nerat, Looking on the Sunnyside

Find out more about Claire and read excerpts of her books at ClaireCook.com. Stay in the loop for new releases and giveaways at ClaireCook.com/newsletter/.

“I highly recommend this new book. You’re never too old to get started!”—Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

“Dedicated to “forty-to-forever women,” Shine On offers sage advice not just on aging well, but living well. With her trademark wit and honesty, Claire Cook covers everything from big picture motivation on following your dreams and remembering to have fun, to practical, hands-on tips on fitness, healthy eating, and her favorite beauty products . . . Claire Cook’s wisdom, candor, and effervescent enthusiasm shine on in every word she writes.”—Stephanie Burns, Book Perfume 

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