Sarra Manning has always been my happy-place writer. Since I read Diary of a Crush as a teenager, I have devoured and loved almost all of her books. They just make me really happy. So I of course had to pick up her new book – Rescue Me – and even more so when I so the adorable cover and learnt it was about two people who co-parent (or co-pawrent, as Margot would say!) an adopted dog. The dog in the novel, Blossom, is based largely on the Staffy that Manning herself adopted, which makes it even cuter in my mind.
Rescue Me is told jointly from the points of view of Margot and Will. When they cross paths at a dog adoption centre, they end up adopting a dog, Blossom, together. Margot takes one week, then Will the next. At first, they don’t get on – Margot finds Will rude and cold, Will finds Margot overbearing. But, as they spend more time together, they realise that first impressions are deceiving, and there might be a spark between the two of them.
This book was as lovely as I expected it to be! Cute and fluffy in all the right places, but not at the expense of serious backstory and character building. Both Margot and Will have their own issues that they need to work through and deal with in order to be healthy and happy people – the book is just as much about this as it is about them falling in love. You can always rely on Manning’s books to be well-written and well-paced, and this book was not an exception here.
Rescue Me is a heartwarming and compelling novel. I definitely recommend for those who love rom-coms, love Sarra Manning, or are looking for a lighter read. This book won’t let you down!
And if you’ve already read Rescue Me, may I suggest some of Sarra Manning’s other novels? Unsticky, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, and Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend are all wonderful adult rom-coms – some of my favourites in fact!
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