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Sit! Stay! Speak!: A Novel Paperback – September 8, 2015
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People say nothing happens in small towns, but Addie quickly learns better. She’s got an elderly next door neighbor who perplexingly dances outside in his underwear, a house needing more work than she has money, a best friend whose son uncannily predicts the weather, and a local drug dealer holding a massive grudge against her.
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Who says nothing happens in small towns…?
Tragedy sent Addie Andrews fleeing from Chicago to the shelter of an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt's somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. There she reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. If only they didn't make her feel so much!
People say nothing happens in small towns, but Addie quickly learns better. She's got an elderly next-door neighbor who perplexingly dances outside in his underwear, a house needing more work than she has money, a best friend whose son uncannily predicts the weather, and a local drug dealer holding a massive grudge against her.
Most surprising of all, she's got a dog. Not just any dog, but a bedraggled puppy she discovered abandoned, lost, and in desperate need of love. Kind of like Addie herself. She'd come to Eunice hoping to hide from the world, but soon she discovers that perhaps she's finding her way back—to living, laughing, and loving once more.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks (September 8, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062379267
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062379269
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.2 x 7.9 x 5.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #973,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #12,508 in Women's Domestic Life Fiction
- #14,342 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
- #22,839 in Contemporary Women Fiction
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The twist of this story to me was the puppy that Addie finds just after she gets there - finds injured, shot and tied in a garbage bag and thrown by the levee. She rescues the puppy and the puppy sort of helps rescue her.
BUT...I simply struggled with the picture on the cover! The puppy shown does not resemble the puppy as it was described in the book. At first I wondered if there was another puppy that would show up, especially when the same puppy is pictured at the start of each chapter.
Felix (what Addie names the puppy) was black - not grey. He was a pit bull (this puppy's face looks far too thin to be a pit bull; perhaps a pit bull mix? In the book, Felix is described as having a sort of white ring around one eye - not on the cover puppy. AND when Addie rescues Felix and takes immediately to the vet, part of the treatment is to remove some of a damage ear. Again, not on the cover puppy.
Maybe this is a small thing but it is disconcerting. Several years ago I read a mystery that had a woman in a red bathing suit on the beach on the cover. At the start, a woman in a WHITE bathing suit is killed and I kept waiting for a body in a red suit to show up. Never happened. Don't the authors and publishers pay attention to the content of the book before approving the cover design?
So, the book was ok - and I liked the character of Addie - so I will probably check out this author's next book. Frankly, I'd like to read a book about Addie's "back story" - what happened in Chicago before she inherited the house. The bits of it revealed were interesting.
the dog was his best friend and had to
learn to live with a broken heart just like me.
You know that sort of depression you go through once you finish an amazing book or, more often, an amazing series of books? Yeah, I call that a "book depression" and I've been in one for about a month now. I'll browse books all night (not really all night but until I fall asleep at least) on my kindle in the book store. I'll sample and dabble and even read a few chapters but none of those books are who I'm missing. None of them fill the void. It takes an incredible book to bring someone out of a "book depression" and this one did it for me!
This is really a good read. The author beautifully paces the story in a way that keeps you on your toes. I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a "feel good" story.
“I really enjoyed reading the books. Read both of them in 2 days. Couldn't put either one down. To me she's an excellent writer to keep you in suspense where you had to read more. Again thank you. Please let her know I really enjoyed them.”