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Walking Sam: A Lake Harriet Novel Kindle Edition
Love isn’t always a walk in the park…
Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife nearly three years ago. Friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone new to share his life with, but Ryan feels he will never find someone he can love as much as his wife. Ryan reluctantly gives in and starts going out on weekends, and soon discovers that women have changed as well as the rules of dating. He’s longing for a fulfilling relationship but the women he meets only want one-night stands. Then, Kristen moves in next door and he’s happy to find they have a lot in common. There’s only one problem—she’s not available.
Kristen Foster craves a peaceful place to call home. With her stressful job as a pediatric oncology nurse and a failed marriage behind her, she doesn’t want any more drama in her life. Then her casual boyfriend—a surgeon—proposes to her. And she finds that the widower next door is a thirty-something, handsome man who seems to have his choice of young women every weekend. His only redeeming quality is his beautiful dog, Sam. But as she gets to know Ryan, Kristen is drawn to him. She finds herself struggling to choose between the dependable surgeon or the man she believes is the neighborhood playboy.
Can Sam’s furry charm bring Ryan and Kristen together?
What readers are saying about Walking Sam:
“An uplifting story that leaves the reader with a warm smile and feeling that something really good happened!” – Maryann Bruner
“Walking Sam is a beautiful, warm, loving story.” - Susan Schleicher of The Book Bag
“I LOVED this book, it was a very moving book of loss and love!” – Diane E. Damico
“I love all of Deanna's books. They keep you involved in the stories and I hate to put the books down.” – Shirley Dodge
From the Publisher
Welcome to the Lake Harriet neighborhood where dogs are welcome and couples can't help but fall in love.
The Lake Harriet Series
Walking Sam - Book One
Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife three years ago. Friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone new to share his life with, but Ryan feels he will never find another woman he will love as much as his wife. Then Kristen moves in next door, and everything changes.
As the Snow Fell - Book Two
Mallory and James were once in love but when it fell apart, he left without a word. Ten years later, they meet again—a month before Mallory's wedding to another man. Will the wedding go on or will fate have a different plan for them?
Chasing Bailey - Book Three
Lisa’s starting her life over after her husband walked out on her, their two-year-old daughter, and their rambunctious puppy, Bailey. Avery, the neighbor across the street, just wants to be left alone after a bitter divorce. But Bailey, the wily puppy, has other ideas. A sweet second-chance romance.
Under the Apple Blossoms - Book Four
Debbie has never thought of herself as anything other than chubby, short, and uninteresting. But when she literally runs into fitness guru, Marc Bennett, she begins to see herself as so much more through his eyes. And oh what amazing eyes they are! A sweet romance.
About the Author
Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing on the lake in the summer.
Deanna loves hearing from her readers. Connect with her at:
Her blog: deannalynnsletten.com
- ASIN : B01BLVIWQU
- Publisher : Deanna Lynn Sletten (March 29, 2016)
- Publication date : March 29, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1791 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 211 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,423 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He is persuaded to go out for drinks and womanizing one night, and ends up sleeping with a very young woman.
His neighbour sees her leaving in the morning. She in turn is seeing a man 18 years older than her. He is a 50-year old specialist. Neither Ryan nor Kristen know the Lord. Ryan's mother has cancer. Kristen says:
"I’ll send positive thoughts your mother’s way she’d said before they’d ended the call. " Kristen is nursing a young leukaemia victim. She seems to influence both Kristen and Ryan whose golden retriever named Sam, short for Samantha, towards fairh in God. Kristen remarks:
“Yes. She’s so incredible. She’s been through so much in her short life, yet I’ve never seen her angry or discouraged. She has an inner-strength well beyond her years. And a deep faith that keeps her moving forward.” Kristen smiled. “Sometimes I truly believe she has an angel on her shoulder. A special angel that whispers sweetness into her ear. Maybe it’s even Gabriel, the messenger angel who she says she’s named after.” “I think you’re right,” Ryan said, once again feeling the warmth he’d felt when he met Gabbie. “There is definitely something ethereal about her. She nearly glowed when I first saw her. There’s something very special about her.” Kristen gazed up into his eyes. “I could tell that you felt it, too. Bradley thinks I’m silly when I speak about Gabbie that way. He doesn’t see anything past scientific fact. But you do.” “Sometimes you have to believe in more than you can see or touch. Otherwise, life would be a sad, boring existence.”
Neither Ryan nor Kristen realise that God has given them borh a second chance at happiness. I really enjoyed this story but felt frustrated that 94% of the story was about them being with the wrong partners and denying their feelings for each other. The next 1% wrapped the story up when they both realised and acknowledged their love for each other. That would not have happened either, unless Nichole, the young two-night stand girl with coloured stripes in her hair, explained to Ryan that Kristen loved him and sobbingly turned to him when her patient died, after telling her nurse to "keep Ryan."
The rest of the book was credits and other stories, so if I must find fault with this very enjoyable story, my question is, "Why take 94% of the book to build up towards the inevitable marriage and 1% dealing with their joyful recognition of their love, them selling her house and moving into his, his mother being declared cancer-free, their wrdding, and 3 months later, her pregnancy? Its nice that she finally met trustworthy men in his family. I would think that the focus of these stories could change to how happy married life can be if a couple respect God's laws of waiting to be married instead of having casual intimate relationships as both Ryan and Kristen did.
Kristen is a divorcee (who is a children's pediatric oncology nurse) with a severe distrust of most men and an older boyfriend who is a doctor and who is safe and dependable.
When Kristen moves next door to Ryan they meet but refuse to get interested in each other - neither is willing to trust the other. Sam is responsible for introducing them to each other and gradually helping to bring them out of their shells, even though they don't cooperate as Sam wants.
This book has surprises and twists and is very good reading. There are a couple of sad spots, but they help make the story.