Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings---a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog . . . thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.
Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.
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.
This was an adorable book! I absolutely loved it!
Stephanie is on the mission of a lifetime of getting the second book to a best seller for her agency. She is following the dream that she and her late brother, Ian, had for being great agents for great authors. When she finds out that there is finally a second book to this book she and Ian loved, she will do anything to get to the author and her manuscript first. This takes her cross country from her New York home to California.
She does meet up with the author, who is very eccentric, of course, but somehow the author loses her dog, Sweetness and tells Stephanie that she can't talk about this book deal until Stephanie gets her Sweetness back for her. This starts a crazy series of events that change the course of her life and the life of those she meets.
One of those people she meets is Rhett, a man who has everything and yet has nothing. He has made some really poor decisions in his life and is a rather hard man who has hurt people on his way up the ladder. He has given his life to God and wants to change things and repair relationships that he destroyed. Stephanie becomes a huge part of this and their adventures together are hilarious!
I love Sweetness and how he loves everyone unconditionally. He rescues animals and has such a sweet heart for the hurting. We can definitely learn a lot from Sweetness!
This story is about following God's plans and knowing that His plans are always better, despite how it may look or feel. It's also about forgiveness and trust. I really loved seeing the characters grow, learn and change as the story went along and the ending was very satisfying. It's not a book that you can figure out so it's definitely a page turner and I loved that. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie