A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.
Dan and Andrea cross paths again and again, only to keep missing each other and the opportunity of a lifetime. As Anni works to find her way home, can she bring together these two lost souls desperately in need of a second chance at happiness? (From Netgalley.com)
Sissy: Sometimes I like to watch me a Hallmark movie or two and while my husband and sons think this is the vilest of all occupations, sometimes the movies are actually quite good; heart warming and soul satisfying. This past weekend, I started watching a Hallmark movie and both said in whingy, annoying voices, “You know exactly how this is going to end. So why bother?” Why bother, you ask? Well, after reading the synopsis of this book you probably have a fair idea of how it’s going to end, right? But what about the journey? The dream? The twists and turns and emotional engagement and anticipation of that sweet, happy ending for which you yearn? Yeah.
Bubby: Exactly. I ALWAYS want a happy ending. Sometimes it doesn’t go the way I’ve anticipated, but as long as the right people end up together, I’m satisfied. It’s kinda like chocolate. I know what chocolate tastes like. I know how it feels, melting in my mouth. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to eat it again!
Sissy: Very good, Bubby. The fact is, Dan and Andrea take their sweet time getting together. You don’t even know if it’s going to happen till the end of the book.
Bubby: Well NOW they know. Sheesh.
Sissy: Really? Our readers aren’t dumb, you know. The main constant through the story is the lovable dog Anni. She is the quintessential loving loyal obedient dog. Everybody’s dream dog, really. And she is the key puzzle piece in making everything fit together. If I was going to have a dog I would want a dog like Anni.
Bubby: No you wouldn’t. Anni sleeps with her owners. In their bed. You would die and your husband would leave you. Because you are OCD like that.
Sissy: Now don’t be rude and sic all the dog lovers on me in outrage, Bubs. You know I am allergic, and my husband is a farm boy used to animals being only outside. Our heroine dog Anni is delightful, and you and I will say nothing more on the subject of dog-owning. The end.
Bubby: Yes ma’am herr comandant Sissy! I really enjoyed the secondary characters in Hello Love. Andrea’s ex-husband, Marco, is the most perfectly drawn slime ball of a man who I have seen in a long time. He just oozes with chauvinism and sleaziness. And his girlfriend? She gives women everywhere a bad name! Then there’s Dan’s meddling Aunt Doreen and Andrea’s trophy-wife collecting boss…so many fantastic characters. The best part is how Karen McQuestion ties them all together in an intricate, fascinating web. So well done!
Sissy: The connections between people in Andrea and Dan’s lives lead you to think that they are going to meet up at any minute. But McQuestion just keeps stringing you along, making you want more.
Bubby: A great love story for dog enthusiasts or just for anyone who loves that happy ending!
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