Book Title: Hello Love
Book Author: Karen McQuestion
Book Rating: ☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)
Synopsis: “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.”
I first want to mention all of the things that I did like about this book, because it was pretty cute. Although easy to predict, it was quite a sweet idea for the two main characters to be brought together by the dog (Anni). Secondly, I like the idea of the two main characters getting their second chances. Dan’s wife had passed away the year before and Andrea was healing after a messy divorce. It’s nice to think that you can still find happiness after experiencing such heartache, and these two characters definitely deserved some happiness.
On the other hand, while likable enough, Andrea and Dan were very flat and predictable characters. In fact, it seemed as though all of characters were either just good or just bad with no gray area or unique personality traits, making each character either a complete stereotype or just an empty shell. And this novel felt as though it was drawn out much longer than it needed to be. When the readers don’t even learn that the couple in the romance novel are even dating each other until (literally) the last chapter in the book, there is something wrong there. I know that there were a lot of near-misses between Dan and Andrea initially, and I suppose that the author was just trying to build up the anticipation of the reader or something, but it left me completely unsatisfied. We watch these two characters struggle (not to mention everything the poor dog goes through!) and suffer through their sadness for the entire book and then only get a few pages to see their happiness?! That was not what I was hoping for with this book, and it left me extremely disappointed.
Disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.