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Living a dog's life...now and then.

Anna O'Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm, and she's trying to re-create herself when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them. Her twenty-first-century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in nineteenth-century Ireland. For one of them, the past is brut
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 6th 2009)
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Debbie
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I had two major problems with Now & Then. For some reason this book was marketed as a book about a magical dog. If you are a dog person and are looking for a book about dogs, do yourself a favor and walk away from this book. The dog has a very small part in the book. Don’t believe that cute cover with the Irish Wolfhound looking at you. I was more interested in the time travel aspect of the book. That portion of the book was very well done as Anna O’Shea travels back from current day Boston to 1 ...more
Candice
Aug 26, 2009 rated it liked it
I was puzzled by this book. According to the book jacket, an Irish wolfhound by the name of Madigan is supposed to be an unforgettable character. The reason I read the book was that I am crazy about dogs and thought this would be an enjoyable story featuring a dog. Wrong! The dog was hardly in the book at all, and I certainly wouldn't call the few mentionings "unforgettable." Did whoever wrote the blurb want people who liked dogs to read the book? I read it, but would not have read it if I knew ...more
Staci
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Staci by: Diane- Bibliophile by the Sea
Shelves: 2009-reads
I jumped at the chance to read this book and then host a Tour Stop on my blog. Why? Because I had just recently finished Lost & Found and totally fell in love with the entire story and cast of characters, most especially the dog! The first thing that struck me was that Now & Then had a totally different feeling to it, right from the very first page. I found that really refreshing. Sometimes author's get stuck in a rut and one book reads like the last one, but that didn't happen here. It's really ...more
Danielle Kragnes Murray
Don't be fooled by the dog on the cover of this book, or the fact that I bought it in a section of the book store where there was a display of books all with dog charcters, or the fact that the dog character is mentioned in the front subtitle and the back cover summary, there is no significant dog character. The dog was barely mentioned at all and not even for the first time until way into the book and even then didn't have much significane. I was sucked into this book in the beginning for the f ...more
Sterlingcindysu
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Sheehan does a good job of writing about 1844 Ireland (one year before the Great Potato Faminine begins). If the middle 300 pages were the book, I'd give it another star.

But no, she can't leave a perfectly good historical novel alone, she muddies the water with time travel, and I can't get my head wrapped around the situation--they go back in time again, to correct a mistake. And it's a piece of shredded underwear that they leave behind the first time that zaps 'em back? Yet Anna is wearing the
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kathleen
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ho hum. The story centers around a malfunctioning family in crisis. After her brother is seriously injured in an accident, Anna O'Shea and her nephew touch a talisman and are transported back to Ireland just before the famine, where they experience life from the perspective of different social classes. The book jacket indicated that a "very special dog" was somehow key to the resolution of the story... Sorry, the dog is in there, but has no "role" to speak of. The time travel element is just a w ...more
Laura
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi, 2016
Damn, this book put me in a reading slump. I haven't NOT wanted to read so ferociously in a very long time...
In a nutshell, this is a shitty, dollar store version of Outlander. Poorly written, poorly plotted, with wretched characters and an embarrassingly poor grasp on 1844 Ireland. And what is with gratuitous cursing and references to sex? It was like listening to a tween who is just learning how to curse...uncomfortable and unnecessary.
And the nonsense in the blurb about the dog, and the cove
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Karina
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Although I haven't read a book about time travel in a while, this is nothing like the time travel romances I used to read.

Picture an aunt and nephew unexpectedly thrown back into the pre-famine days of Ireland, where they not only have to learn how to fend for themselves--in a world without all the technology and modern amenities they are used to--but they are also separated in this journey back into the past.

Well written with characters you will cheer on, and a surprising but bittersweet endi
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Blake
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I had a tough time rating this one. It felt a little slow in the beginning,was tough to put down throughout the middle and then ended on a slightly confused note. She reeled me in talking mostly about the dog in description and I just didn't feel that the character of Madigan -- the beautiful Irish Wolfhound -- and his importance to the story and relationship with the other characters were executed as well as they could have been.

I thought the way the story was wrapped all together felt like a b
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Dianna
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I really enjoyed this book about aunt and nephew who were sent back in time to 1844 (a year before the great Potato Famine) landing in different parts of Ireland. I loved how the author tells the story, captivating and fully invested in the characters and history of the Irish/English of that era. Made me really think about all the 'things' we have and thoughtlessly throw away while they had to struggle to survive day to day.

It would have been 4 stars, but the ending felt a little to rushed 'to
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Liz Sergent
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was ok, too much talk of miscarriages....not enough dog.

Anna left her job at a law firm, goes to Ireland, coming home in a rough plane ride to the call that her brother was in a horrible car accident....so she goes to the detention facility her nephew is in to pick him up and they start have dreams...the book then goes into a time travel story line.
K (Karen)
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is really not about a dog. It features time travel, families, and love.
Mckenzie
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Done!
Jan
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first 25% of the novel deals with a sadly dysfunctional family in modern day Boston. Two generations of fathers have verbally and physically abused their sons. The protagonist Anna O'Shea is a successful lawyer but very unhappy. She is divorced and suffered many miscarriages. A tragic accident occurs in the family which catapults Anna and her nephew Joseph back in time to Ireland of 1844, the year before the Potato Famine began.

I could not put the book down once they arrived in Ireland. The
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Kinyorda Sliwiak
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as dog centered as her previous novels but still a good read. Time travel is presented in a creative way that keeps the reader engaged. Characters are flawed but not so much that you aren't rooting for them. I was onboard with the time travel piece but I didn't like how it was resolved in the end. The plot twist is explained by a circular family tree that just doesn't make sense. I'm all in for fantasy but there has to be some logic in there. Like all of Sheehan's books, this book is a quick ...more
Sara
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I read Jacqueline Sheehan’s Lost and Found, which was pretty dog-centric and enjoyed it. Given that, I figured this one would be in a similar vein. It’s a bit of a bait and switch in terms of how much the featured Irish Wolfhound plays into the story, which was a bit of a bummer. However, I did enjoy it as a quick listen on Audible. I’m a fan of Outlander, which this reminded me of in premise.

Nothing groundbreaking. But it was fine.
Marseydoats
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had a really hard time getting this book to come up in the database, and I was ready to forget about it when it finally popped up. The main reason I log what I read is to keep me from re-reading so many books. The first 50 pages of this book are so blah! and ho-hum that I almost quit. But once time shifts it gets interesting really fast.
Kathleen
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story pulled me in right away. The writing was fluid and the story was told so well. It's about time traveling to Ireland in the seventeenth century. I loved the historical information that was told in such an interesting way. Being Irish myself with my grandfather coming from County Cork, this book held a special fascination for me. ...more
Rose
Mar 03, 2020 is currently reading it
This book is number two for this series. The first one was so awesome I could not put it down. The first of her series was Lost & Found. Such a heartwarming story. I can hardly wait to start this book.
Katie
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was an ok story. Didn't really pull me in. ...more
Janet Cline
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book, especially if you like time travel.
Brittany Coxsey
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was not what I expected
Sarah Kirkpatrick
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cool premise, especially if you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you went back in time.
Jean
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read two other books by Jaqueline Sheehan and enjoyed those so got this book. Totally different premise and I did not enjoy reading this one as much.
Jody Blowers
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected comes to mind. I really enjoyed her style of writing. I couldn’t put it down.
Becky
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Felt it was a bit slow in spots, but over all, I really liked it.
Miranda Lange
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good light hearted read that is hard to put down
Katie
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story was interesting and compelling enough for me to keep reading and finish the book. Themes of love, family, struggles with a bit of history and fantasy.
Nancy Rollins
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I was expecting...but this wasn't it. What an intriguing book. ...more
Paula
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal-books
Entertaining story. A couple spots didn’t flow well but still a great escape into Ireland past.
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Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a fiction writer and essayist. She is also a practicing psychologist. She is a New Englander through and through, but spent twenty years living in the western states of Oregon, California, and New Mexico doing a variety of things, including house painting, freelance photography, newspaper writing, clerking in a health food store, and directing a traveling troupe of hi ...more

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