Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Review - Sit, Stay, Love


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.

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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This book was one of the sweetest, most enjoyable books I've read in a long time. It is definitely a cozy little book!

Gina is a new dog sitter who really feels the calling to be a teacher but something went wrong with her last job as a teacher and she needs a job so her cousin, who owns a dog sitting business, hires her to be a dog sitter. Her first job is to watch, Tippy, a senior dog who has recently been displaced when her owner died. Her son, Cal, inherits the dog and he really doesn't want her. He's a pro baseball player with the means to hire someone to watch Tippy and that's how Gina and Cal meet.

Cal is all about his career and pitching. He doesn't have time or patience for anything besides baseball. He does not find Tippy adorable but just a distraction in his life. He does like Gina but, again, she is becoming a distraction to him, too. 

What I really love about this book is Gina's positive attitude and how much she cares about what she does and those around her. She has a heart that cares about people and animals and I really like that about her.  Her influence on those around her is because of her profound faith in God. It's wonderful to see how she cares about others and this affects them in good ways. 

I also like how we see God working in Cal's life and bringing him to a place in his life where he has to rely on him. I also liked Cal's dad and the back story of his life, too. How they are reunited and the story between them is painful yet heart-touching.

All in all, this book was so enjoyable! It's an easy read and I just loved Tippy and her affect on everyone. I'm a huge dog lover so I loved Tippy and her unconditional love for others. A good example of God's love for us! I highly recommend this book!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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