I have been an enormous fan of Jackie Bouchard’s since I read and reviewed her earlier book “What the Dog Ate” . Author Jackie Bouchard writes from the heart, which is just part of what makes her writing so delightful to me.
Jackie’s latest book, Rescue Me, Maybe, is stellar in many aspects, such as, Jackie’s knack for superb character development, scene setting, entertaining and descriptive dialog, (which is often dry and laugh-out-loud- humorous), and story telling that sends a powerful message.
Rescue Me Maybe is:
A love story…for dog lovers
“If you lost both your husband 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 home?”
It is evident that Rescue Me, Maybe is Jackie’s “Heart” book. Reading this, “I-cannot-put-this-down” book, made me think that possibly many of Jane Bailey’s personality traits are also those of Jackie’s, because much, (but NOT ALL), of what is written in the book is based on Jackie’s real-life experience.
While reading Rescue Me, Maybe the quote “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” kept entering my head. Or, the Woody Allen quote: “if you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans” . Jackie Bouchard, through Rescue Me, Maybe, reminds us that the universe, or God, or life, or whatever your beliefs are, leads us to EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE MEANT TO BE AT THAT MOMENT, whether we are cognizant of it or not.
How often do we all have “grand plans” and are more focused on our destination than the journey?
Dogs have an ability to just enjoy the moment. Even faced with the unthinkable, osteosarcoma, they function on three legs as well as if they had four. They enjoy the simple things, rolling in the grass, licking their loved ones faces, the occasional hamburger, romping in the woods with a fellow furry friend, never stopping to think about what tomorrow might bring. Dogs just LIVE, they DO, they ARE. They relish every moment and exhibit enormous enthusiasm over things that the rest of us might never stop and notice.
Jackie Bouchard, through her heart and her pen, deftly conveys the message that “none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow. Even later today might be sketchy, so make the most of the here and now.”
Just like dogs do….
Rescue Me, Maybe teaches us that we ALL could benefit from “Being More Dog”
Pick up a copy of this winner TODAY, and while you’re at it, stop and notice all of the wonderful things that are already in your life instead of being focused on the destination. As Jackie Bouchard wrote on the card she included in the review copy that I received, “Wishing you tail-wagging joy.”
From Jackie Bouchard: My new novel, Rescue Me, Maybe, was released September 2013. It is available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon and for Nook from B&N. I have pledged 10% of 2013 profits to the Morris Animal Foundation because I think they’re a great organization and I especially love the research they fund related to canine cancer.
Jackie Bouchard writes Fido-friendly fiction.
Jackie used to be trapped in the hamster wheel of corporate America, but she was lucky enough to escape and now fully understands the term “struggling writer.” Jackie loves: reading, writing, and, yes, even ‘rithmetic (seriously, algebra rocks); professional cycling; margaritas; blogging (she never thought she’d say that, but she does); dogs in general, and her crazy rescue pup specifically; and her hubby. (Not in that order.) Jackie dislikes: rude people and writing about herself in the third person. After living in Southern California, then Bermuda, then Canada, then the East coast, Jackie and her husband settled in San Diego. American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations.
“I was provided a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion”.