Monday, April 25, 2016

Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink

Sit, Stay, Love
by Dana Mentink   
Contemporary Romance
Harvest House 

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.


 Meet 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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Here's my review of this multi-dimensional love story:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dana Mentink and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Sit, Stay, Love" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Sit, Stay, Love” by Dana Mentink is a heartwarming work of fiction.  Cal Crawford can easily throw a 100 mile per hour baseball, but dealing with loss is a completely different story.  When he inherits his mother’s dog, he hires Gina to take care of the grieving pet.  But Tippy has plans of her own: to bond with the son of her mistress.

Dana Mentink pens some comical moments, some heart-wrenching scenes and some very thoughtful prose and dialogue.   There are even a couple surprises.  This is a touching romance between a man and a woman, as well as a tribute to the love pets and owners share and love between mother and son that never dies.

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