Hello Love by Karen McQuestion is a book that brought out so many emotions while reading it. There is humor, sadness, frustration and happiness. I do not think it is easy to write a book that is able to make the reader feel all of that, but that is exactly what Karen McQuestion managed to do.
Dan has lost his wife to cancer and he is having a difficult time moving on with his life. He and his daughter, Lindsay, are just trying to get by a day at a time. They have each other, and their dog Anni, and they know that life must go n. But when Anni is stolen, it is almost too much for them to bear. As months pass with no sign of Anni, Dan realizes that they have lost her, too, forever. But Lindsay refuses to give up hope. She is sure that her mother is visiting her in her dreams and is trying to lead them back to Anni.
Andrea is trying to deal with her own pain and problems. She is dealing with a divorce from her cheating husband and trying to get back out and mingle with others. After going with her friend to a workshop designed to create your own future, her life begins to turn around. She rescues Anni from an abusive situation and falls in love with her. She may not have found a man but she now has a dog that she loves with all her heart. When her ex starts coming around again to try to reconcile, she knows that she no longer loves him and is better off without him. Now she just has to convince him of that.
This book is one that pulled me in from the very beginning and never let me go. There are so many different feelings that I experienced while reading. There are parts in the book that are funny, there are parts in the book that made me really sad. A lot of the time I was feeling frustrated because, although Dan and Andrea have a chance meeting, they kept just missing each other concerning Anni. It was a good frustration, the kind where you just think, “no don’t leave yet, just wait and you’ll see Anni” but the author had other ideas. Then just when you thing “finally”, a tragedy happens. There is suspense concerning Anni and Andrea’s ex and I had to keep swiping pages to see what was going to happen.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The characters are well developed and three dimensional and I enjoyed learning about them and getting to know them. The supporting characters are well developed too and added a lot to the story. And Anni is a dog I would love to meet.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted heartwarming book about second chances. You do not have to be a dog-lover to enjoy this book, but I think if you are you will enjoy it even more. Just looking at the cover made me want to read this book. I have not read any other books by Karen McQuestion, but if they are all this good, I am going to enjoy reading them.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. And my honest opinion is that this is a great read. I would like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.