They Call It Puppy Love 2020–Sign-Up Post

A month-long reading challenge to read at least one book with a dog or cat as a major character

“They Call It Puppy Love” challenge has begun.  Barb @ Booker T’s Farm is hosting this reading challenge again. It’s the third year for the challenge and I’m excited to participate again.

Rules

  • Make a sign up post and link it below and in the Rafflecopter.
  • Read at least one book with a dog (or a cat – even though Cass tried to nix this one).  You can also read many more and as always I encourage you to do so. 
  • Do a wrap-up post with a link.

Optional

  • Share the giveaway on Twitter
  • Participate in the new Fictional Dog tag I’ll be creating and link your post.

Some books I’m hoping to read this February

  • Blind Search by Paula Munier (I’ve saved this book just for this reading challenge and I started it Feb 2!)
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon
  • Riley Mack & the Other Known Troublemakers by Christ Grabenstein
  • Hello Love by Karen McQuestion
  • Cold Noses and Warm Hearts: Beloved Dog Stories by Great Authors, edited by Laurie Morrow and Corey Ford

At the end of the challenge, Barb will give away a $10.00 Amazon GC or a book up to $10.00 in value from Book Depository (that way the challenge is open to individuals outside of the US as well). 

For more information and to join the challenge go to Booker T’s Farm for the sign-up page.

Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

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We’re having another round of very cold weather…-5 when I got up this Sunday morning and a wind chill of -16. Supposed to be even colder tonight. At least we only got a smidgen of snow–most of it went south of us this time.

Cribbage

My husband and I have stayed in a lot this week since it’s cold and we still have snow on the ground still. (And we both were tired of usual activities.) So we decided to play cribbage Saturday night. We hadn’t played cribbage for a while. We even had to review the rules again! My husband almost always wins, but I was 30 points ahead going into the final lap so I thought I had a good chance. But, no, it was not to be–he won that game and the second game we played. 😦 But we had lots of fun and lots of laughs.

Daughters in Illinois and Indiana and then Chicago and orchids and St. Patrick’s Day…Oh, My!

At the end of the week we’re going to visit our two daughters–one in Illinois and one in Indiana. All sorts of fun in both places and then the next weekend we’re driving to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister. She has all sorts of great things planned for us–10,000 orchids at the botanical gardens, a Choir of Men concert and St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and since we’re in Chicago I’m sure that is going factor into our activities…lol.

Travelling cats

Our two cats are travelling with us and then vacationing with our Illinois daughter! We’ve had a couple of bad experiences with two different pet sitters. Once when I’d asked the pet sitter not to open any closed doors we found one of our cats in a room (supposedly closed) when we arrived home. She is my cat who often hides and sometimes a stranger ( aka pet sitter) may not see her at all. She wasn’t closed in the room too long since there were no messes, but I couldn’t trust that pet sitter or that company after that. Our cats ride quite well in a cat carrier in the car so that is our best choice at the moment.

Blog life

I wrapped-up the Puppy Love challenge by reading six books and reviewing two of them during February. I also posted a review of Splintered Silence I read in December about two Marine veterans–a dog handler and her K-9 dog–both injured by an IED and suffering from PTSD.

I read seven books and reviewed four books in February–not a very good record, but at least I did that much! February was a busy month with various appointments, snow, cold and my daughter visiting for a week.

Recent posts
Next week
  • March 2017 books on my list
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (book had to go back to library a couple of weeks ago–I’m on hold again!)
What I read recently
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Doggirl by Robin Brande
Books I got recently

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Gabriel & Mr. Death by Susan J. Kroupa

Old Bones by Cynthia by Harrod-Eagles

Next of Kin by James Tucker (Amazon Prime free read)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Audiobook)

The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (Audiobook)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Watcher in the Woods by Kelly Armstrong (library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

They Call It Puppy Love Challenge Wrap-up

Barb @ Booker T’s Farm hosted They Call It Puppy Love Challenge during the month of February.

The challenge was lots of fun. I read six books about and enjoyed them all. It was fun finding different books featuring dogs.

The books:

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon (my rating: A-) — Women’s Fiction

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (my rating: B+) — Mystery, police procedural

Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard (my rating: B+) — Women’s Fiction

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage ((my rating: B+) — Nonfiction

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong (my rating: B+) — Mystery, police procedural

Doggirl by Robin Brande (my rating: A-) — Young Adult

I reviewed two of the books and show links to my reviews. I’ve added the ratings I gave each book after I read it. I’m working on reviews for the other books and hope to post them in the next couple of weeks.

Have you read any of these books? Did you take part in the challenge? What books did you read? Did you enjoy them?

Review: Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

Series: None

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Setting: England

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2009

449 pages

Synopsis: Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt’s house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.

Opening sentences:

When February started, Rachel Fielding had a middling-to-glamorous career doing PR for Internet companies, a boyfriend who regularly bought her flowers and dressed better than she did, a cleaner, and a skin-age three years younger than her actual age, which was thirty-nine.

By the second week, however, she had, in one simple maneuver, managed to lose the love of her life, her Chiswick flat and her job.

My thoughts

This is an author whom Barb @ Booker T’s Farm recommended. I grabbed this book when it was on sale and I’m so glad I did. I love it–the rescue dogs, the setting in England and interesting, fun characters (including dogs). I wanted to meet these people and dogs and have them for friends!  The book has Rachel’s POV, but also several other people’s POVs. I enjoyed learning more about these characters and how they interact with Rachel’s world and the dogs’ worlds.

They Call It Puppy Love Challenge

I’m participating in “They Call It Puppy Love” Challenge during February. The challenge is hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm. I was so happy to sign up for this challenge since I’m enjoying reading books about dogs. I’ve saved some books for this challenge so you’ll see me reading lots of dog books this month!

Rachel

Rachel lost her boyfriend, apartment and job all at the same time and is distraught–especially about her ex-boyfriend of ten years. At about the same time she learns she’s the executor of her Aunt Dot’s estate and that she has inherited her aunt’s house, land, border collie and rescue kennel. That’s overwhelming for Rachel along with everything else. She’s never had a dog and knows nothing about dogs let alone a rescue kennel. Rachel’s from London and she’s not a “dog person!” However, Rachel tries to fulfill her obligations. She loved her aunt, but discovers she really didn’t know a lot about her after she moves into the house.

Rachel also finds out the kennel needs to take in some money and can’t survive with just rescue dogs. The vet–George–who is quite gruff and plainspoken tells her the kennels are also meant to have paying customers who board their dogs. Rachel slowly learns more about dogs and about rescue dogs. And about walking dogs and cleaning kennels and feeding dogs. Slowly some of the rescue dogs are given permanent homes. Rachel begins making friends including Natalie who is a marketing pro. Together Natalie and Rachel begin working on plans for the rescue dogs and to make the kennels profitable. I really like that we get  stories of other people in this book, too.

Gem

Gem is a wonderful dog. When I was younger I always wanted a collie especially after I read the Albert Payson Terhune books about his collies. (I read lots of dog books when I was a teenager!) I found a copy of Lad: A Dog–the first book in the series at a used bookstore a few months ago and plan to read it again one of these days. Anyway, Gem was Aunt Dot’s dog and is missing Dot, but he’s a typical intelligent herding dog who helps during dog walks by herding the rescue dogs who don’t know about walking on a leash. He also provides solace to Rachel when Rachel takes him for solitary walks and indulges in her once a day crying. He is just what Rachel needs even if she doesn’t know it.

Romance

There are relationships at various stages of romance in this book. I like that the romances don’t take over the story. I like romances that are part of the daily life people live. I love that Rachel starts out a mess and grows and changes during this book.

Rescue dogs

We meet so many wonderful rescue dogs in this book. We learn about the heartbreak these dogs suffer if they’re abandoned by their owners. It’s especially bad when the dog is just abandoned on a street or out in the country. They sometimes doesn’t survive that. We get to know the quirks and characters of the rescue dogs and meet some of the people who adopt them.

Bottom line

A really good book especially if you like dogs!

My Rating: A-

Have you read any books by this author?

Awards

Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNa’s) Award (2010)

Reading Challenges

  • The Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog
  • They Call It Puppy Love Challenge hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm (February challenge)