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Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Impressions: Stay by Allie Larkin

Synopsis from Goodreads:  SOMETHING BORROWED meets MUST LOVE DOGS in this big-hearted, unforgettable debut about friendship, love, and a German shepherd named Joe.

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as a jack-o-lantern. After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin-Tin-Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the internet.

The pocket-sized puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovakian. Van is at the end of her rope—until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. And thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined.

Joe leads Van to Dr. Alex Brandt, a rugged vet with floppy blond hair and winning smile. But just as things are starting to heat up, the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, forcing Van to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted. Warm and witty, poignant and funny, STAY marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.

My first impression:  I am a dog lover.  I currently share my home with an 85 pound Rottweiler Lab Mix who thinks she is a lap dog.  I've always had big dogs.  I am a sucker for their silly grins and floppy ears.  When I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  I've never read Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook, but it is on my TBR list and I loved the movie.  If this is along the same lines I'm surely in for a treat.  

I will be starting this one this weekend so hopefully you'll get to read my thoughts on it next week!

Disclosure:  I received my copy of Stay my Allie Larkin from Pump up your Book promotions to participate in a blog tour. 



At September 16, 2010 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Reading Allowed said...

Have you read The Art of Racing in the Rain? It's the library's community read this year and is told from the point of view of a dog. I haven't read it myself yet, but everyone I've talked to has loved it.

At September 16, 2010 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Teresa said...

I've been meaning to pick this one up. I've heard great things about it as well.

At September 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM , Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

Yay! Allie is from and lives in my hometown! I won an autographed copy of this book and it looks soooo cute! I am going to go to one of her readings soon. I can't wait to see what you think of it!

At September 16, 2010 at 3:06 PM , Blogger GMR said...

Oh this looks like a wonderful book! Of course, I too am a sucker for dog stories or those that feature them....they remind me happily of my own fuzzy "kids". Happy reading!


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