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Stay: A Novel | [Allie Larkin]

Stay: A Novel

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.
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Publisher's Summary

Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovak. Van is at the end of her rope – until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. Van affectionately names the dog Joe, and thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined.

Joe leads Van to Dr. Alex Brandt, a rugged vet with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But just as things are starting to heat up, the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, forcing Van to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted.

Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.

©2010 Allie Larkin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 04-28-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 04-28-13

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Get ready to Smile..."

    I loved “Stay: A Novel” by Allie Larkin and Narrated by Julia Whelan. It kept a smile on my face throughout. The characters are well developed and very likable. The story is fun and the narration is a pleasure!

    While this book would be very appealing to dog lovers, I believe that this story is just plain appealing period…to anyone who is in the mood to smile.

    Definitely Credit Worthy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TxChik 07-10-12
    TxChik 07-10-12
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    "Funny and touching story!"
    If you could sum up Stay in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, poignant, realistic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog! Okay, actually I loved all of the characters. They were very well-developed and true-to-life.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Julia Whelan brought out the humor as well as the touching, sad moments in the book, with her great sense of timing. She paused at just the right moment to make a point.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to, but unfortunately I could not. It was not hard to pick it right up again later.


    Any additional comments?

    Great, fun book that was very easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 01-07-12
    Raissa Pasig, Philippines 01-07-12
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    "wonderful"

    A good book wonderfully read by Julia Whelan. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story was good and the narration was just superb!

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    Emily Reinhold 07-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A nice story"

    This book was recommended to me because I have already read 2 or 3 other books in which the main character is a dog. I did enjoy listening to this book as it was an easy read, perfect for summer. The story is essentially a love story with a dog as match maker. The story is decent and the narration is pretty good. There were times where the voices that the narrator used for the men sounded too similar. I give the book three stars because I did like the book but I wasn't super impressed with the construction of the characters or the plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 06-07-11
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved the dog!"

    Joe the dog was a wonderful character. Unfortunately, it took about two hours of whining and self pity before we got to meet him. I enjoyed the new characters she met and the story when she went about getting on with her life. The other 80% of the story was a bit boring and irritating.

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    Lee Boulder,CO 04-15-11
    Lee Boulder,CO 04-15-11 Member Since 2002
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    "I can relate!"

    Yes, I too got drunk and ended up with a puppy being delivered to my doorstep. I enjoyed the parts about Joe the dog, and although she got of to a rough start with Joe, Vanna was a likeable character.

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    Patricia 01-25-14
    Patricia 01-25-14
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    "A Dog plus a Happy Ending - What could be better?"
    What did you love best about Stay?

    How Van met the vet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

    Louis meeting Van


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Van found out Dianne had good intentions.


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    Tarri United States 12-14-13
    Tarri United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I think most of us have been there"

    There can't be that many people who haven't made absolute fools of ourselves over a boy or a girl when we were young. That's Savannah to a T.

    On the first day of college she (the housekeeper's daughter) meets and falls for the rich boy (Peter) in her first class. Literally and figuratively falls for him. Then Peter meets her best friend, Janie, and they fall in love and get married. Of course, Savannah (Van) is the maid of honor and after all the festivities are over and Van has a big fight with the bride's mother, Van goes home, gets drunk, and buys a puppy over the internet from Slovakia.

    This book is both funny and heart wrenching. The characters seemed real to me, like they were neighbors, friends, people you meet that you don't like, people you meet that you don't want to like but will end up liking. Just like real life.

    And Joe, the Slovakian born German Shepherd who only answers to Slovakian words, will steal your heart and make you want to run to your nearest kennel and get a Joe of your own.

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    Kelly Pacifica, CA, United States 04-17-11
    Kelly Pacifica, CA, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Stay: A Novel"

    Thank you for making me burst out loud laughing during an eye rolling PTO (Parent-Teacher-Organization) meeting!
    What's next?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 06-30-10
    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Totally Average"

    This book got rave reviews on Amazon and good reviews here. I don't understand why. I found the story to be totally predictable and it wasn't even interesting until the dog makes his appearance well into the book. The narrator's accent (New Jersey/Boston?) came and went but she did a great job changing voices for each character.

    I did not find the characters likeable except for Alex and Joe (the dog). Whiney would be the best description. A teenage girl would love this book but it's run-of-the-mill for everybody else.

    There is nothing new here.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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