About the book (from the publisher):
Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink (Harvest House, 2016)
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.
This book was an adorable and fast read. The abundance of realistic dialogue increased the pace of the book, and the author incorporates setting in an active way that moves the plot along at the same time as giving the reader a sense of surroundings.
The characters are also delightful. I came to like Gina quickly after she was introduced, and the side characters (particularly Oscar, Sweets, and Pete) add both to the interesting plot and the endearment of the book. After peeling back some of Cal’s defensive layers, readers will root strongly for him, too. Multiple changes in setting and action (city, baseball fields, travel, the farm) also offer opportunities for sensory details to pull the reader into the story even more.
As a mom of a child with special needs, I also enjoyed the inclusion of a sight-impaired youth baseball team and felt the families briefly introduced were a wonderful (and well-written) addition that focused on those characters’ abilities (not disabilities) and added depth to the characters and themes.
The romantic plot line does waver back and forth just a touch too much for me (several instances of will they be together? won’t they?) when there’s very little doubt that they care for each other. But the book addresses great themes including the pitfalls of fame, varied lifestyles, trust, forgiveness, second chances, redemption, and offering (and accepting) mercy.
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