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Dogs and Goddesses [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer Crusie , Anne Stuart , Lucy March
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Feb. 3 2009

Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She’s reluctantly inherited her grandmother’s coffee shop, but it’s not long before she’s brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor.

And then there’s Daisy, a web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly-wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer whose teaching style is definitely hands-on.

Finally there’s Shar, professor of ancient history at Summerville College, who wakes up one morning to find her neurotic dachshund, Wolfie, snarling at an implacable god sitting at her kitchen table, the first thing in her life she hasn’t been able to footnote.

What on earth is going on in this unearthly little town? It’s up to Abby, Daisy, and Shar to find out before an ancient goddess takes over Southern Ohio, and they all end up in the apocalyptic doghouse…


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“Stuart is a consummate mistress of her craft.”—Romantic Times Bookreviews

“Rich has a knack for creating memorable characters.”—Romance Reader at Heart

“Crusie is a master of fast-paced witty dialogue.”—Seattle Times

 

 

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Three single women are about to learn that, when it comes to love, 
you really
can teach an old dog new tricks…

Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She’s reluctantly inherited her grandmother’s coffee shop, but it’s not long before she’s brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor.

“Stuart is a consummate mistress of her craft.”—Romantic Times Bookreviews

And then there’s Daisy, a web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly-wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer whose teaching style is definitely hands-on.

“Rich has a knack for creating memorable characters.”—Romance Reader at Heart

Finally there’s Shar, professor of ancient history at Summerville College, who wakes up one morning to find her neurotic dachshund, Wolfie, snarling at an implacable god sitting at her kitchen table, the first thing in her life she hasn’t been able to footnote.

“Crusie is a master of fast-paced witty dialogue.”—Seattle Times

What on earth is going on in this unearthly little town? It’s up to Abby, Daisy, and Shar to find out before an ancient goddess takes over Southern Ohio, and they all end up in the apocalyptic doghouse…


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! Feb. 20 2009
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Abby Richmond inherited the Temple Street Coffeehouse from her grandmother. Abby's mother wants to sell it, but Abby does not know what she will end up doing with it. When Professor Christopher Mackenzie shows up, he explains that Abby will either have to bake the cookies for a reception tomorrow or somehow refund the deposit he had given to her grandmother. As Abby ponders her unexpected dilemma, she reads a flyer about "The Kammani Gula Dog Obedience Course" that swears it can teach her to communicate with her dog, Bowser.

Daisy Harris spent two horrible days dogsitting her mother's seventeen pounds of Jack Russell named Bailey. Daisy's mother claims to have suddenly become allergic to her dog. But after the two days of dealing with the uncontrollable dog her mother claims that Daisy must keep Bailey at least another week. That is when a flyer about a dog obedience course shows up. As they approach the meeting place, Noah, a handsome dog trainer, appears.

Ancient History Professor Shar Summer has hit middle age, is frustrated with her boyfriend, and is doing her best to fulfill the promise of completing her grandmother's book about a goddess named Kammani Gula. Shar is about to give up on the book (and the boyfriend) when a flyer hits her. What could it hurt? It might actually help. So Shar and her dog, Wolfie, go to the obedience course. It is during the meeting that Shar talks with the instructor, claiming to be Kammani, and spies a statue of Samu-la-el, Slayer of Demons, who was once sacrificed by Kammani.

Abby, Daisy, and Shar come together. As they exit the meeting, after drinking Kammani's tonic, the three start to REALLY communicate with their dogs.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have known better.... Feb. 10 2009
By the Peripatetic Gardener - Published on Amazon.com
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Jennifer Crusie is one of the best contemporary light fiction authors publishing. But 'Dogs and Goddesses' doesn't read like a Crusie book at all. She is famous for her attention grabbing opening sentences, the sexy tension between the major characters, and her laugh aloud lines. I didn't find any of that here. I strongly suggest that potential readers glance at the first page or two of this book; it pretty well predicts what is to come. Some people seem to enjoy it; I didn't. I found it difficult, even after I'd read half the book, to tell the three major characters apart. There were a few funny lines, but nothing like what I'd come to expect from Crusie. I've also enjoyed Anne Stuart's books in the past, and I can't find many if any traces of her strong characterizations and interesting plots here either. I should have known to read the reviews at Amazon before I bought.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up after chapter 10 Feb. 10 2009
By Elly Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was such a fan of Agnes and the Hitman (Jennifer Crusie) that I couldn't wait to read something new by author Crusie. D&G started off clunky. Dogs began to talk after 3 women drank a magic tonic. The women's responses to the talking dogs were cliche. In fact, most of the book is a cliche. These authors, Rich, Crusie, and Stuart, have written several books on their own, yet together, the story felt as if was crafted by three highschool girls in their first creative writing class.
I couldn't help but roll my eyes during the cliche sex scenes. I finally gave up after chapter 10 (I usually give up after the 3rd/4th chapter if I don't synch with a book). I really wanted to like this book. I kept hoping it would get better-but it went from clunky, to better, to bad, to outright silly.
That's just me, though.
I will be looking forward to Crusie's new book w/ Mayer. Not giving up just yet.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Expections Feb. 28 2009
By UniqueAngl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Jennifer Crusie. I like reading about super-natural phenomena and I'm a complete animal lover, so "Dogs & Goddesses" sounded like a great read to me. Unfortunately, I found it to be a total flop. The plot is barely existent, the characters are shallow. I was completely and utterly disappointed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable! March 18 2009
By Meridith Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I used to be a huge Jennifer Crusie fan. Her writing in its finest form is fun, funny, and sexy as hell, ideal fare for beach reading, a sick day, or just a good, hearty laugh. This book, written in collusion with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich, featured a painfully contrived plot, main characters virtually indistinguishable from each other, and action that had the remarkable dual qualities of being both overcomplicated and boring. This book is all plot device and no fun whatsoever. At best I found it mind-numbing and at worst I found it grating. This book was a total waste of my money, time and patience. It will be finding its way into the nearest book donate bin.
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dogs, goddesses, cookies, and friendship Feb. 5 2009
By she reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can I say- I love dogs and goddesses... so I had high expectations for this book. Actually, I expected a series of separate short stories (since there are 3 authors) and instead was delighted to a 380+ page novel that warmed my heart and delighted me at every moment. Yes, I loved it.

The story is of three women (strangers really) who find themselves bound together as friends as they learn about their history, battle an ancient goddess, talk to dogs, find their true loves, and really come into their own individually and as a trio. Just imagine going to a dog class only to find an ancient goddess has summoned you there and you're expected to be one of her priestesses. Oh, and now you can talk to dogs (and they have definite personalities and opinions!)

I just love it- blending ancient with new, myth with reality... it's a super fun ride.The authors did make up their goddess and her history- a detail I think was wise. Based in modern day Ohio it was interesting to see how an ancient goddess would (NOT) fit in. She thought a plague would kill people, but it was for a disease easily treated these days. She expects people to bow down to her and obey... yet they don't. At the same time the three new goddesses are discovering their power, primal knowledge, and so much more. Reading from all four of these goddesses was a treat and made this a book I couldn't put down.

Smart, funny, and a total delight this book lit my inner goddess for sure! The path to being a goddess for Abby, Daisy, and Shar is paved with cookies, dogs, tonic, love, a temple, a goddess, and lots of female friendship. I can't wait to re-read it again and again.
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