About the Book: Sit, Stay, Love (Harvest House, April 2016)
Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you're ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.
Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother's elderly dog, Tippy, he's quick to call on a pet-sitting service.
Gina isn't thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can't abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.
As Gina travels through Cal's world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too . . .
Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.
My Review: As I suspected this was a super cute read. As the quirky schoolteacher Gina has a lot of mishaps and uh-ohs that give this book a bit of slapstick comedy. Tippy, the dog, is also quirky and was an unexpected gift from Cal's departed mother. Cal misses his mother dearly and although he really is not interested in the dog the fact that Tippy was his mother's dog makes him struggle with what to do about her.
Even though Cal is a pro ball player he actually didn't come across as stuck on himself as I would have thought. For the little bit of arrogance that he did have he came down to earth rather quickly.
Gina did a few things that I could see myself doing. She was just a young woman seeking to enjoy life and being a bit too gullible in few situations (I've done that). She loves freely and has been hurt as a result.
Tippy was just icing on the cake. I loved her and I'm a cat person. She stole the show.
While both characters are Christians they are unhappy and seeking peace in their situations. The peace and joy is not necessarily in a revelation from God but in circumstances working out.
If you need a light summer read with plenty of love and laughter I think you'll enjoy Sit, Stay, Love.
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About the Author: Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
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