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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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    Believable main character and lovable dog element. Would have enjoyed it even more if the F-word had not been so popular.

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    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 02-28-15
    Brandi Sorento, IL United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    I was a bit hesitant about trying this one out but so glad I did! It was a great lighthearted story with a little bit of romance a little bit of comedy and a little bit of drama. A perfect blend. and if you're a dog lover it's even better!

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    Catherine 02-02-15
    Catherine 02-02-15
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    "Not for kids, but a great story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. BUT don't listen to it where sensitive ears might overhear. Language is quite bad. That said, I will be looking for other books by the author.

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    Marilyn 01-25-15
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    "More of a sappy romance than a dog story."

    I just couldn't like the main charactor. She was whiny and drank way too much. She ordered a dog from Slovakia off the internet--for $6000? I think she needs to join AA, not worry about a boyfriend. Julia Whelan did a great job on the narration but she just couldn't save this book.

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    Shelly-lynn 01-20-15
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    A little slow to get started. The middle bogs down for a bit, but the resolution is worth wading through the rest. The characters flesh out nicely and become multi dimensional. Some nice detail of upstate and downstate New York cultures and migration. A storming story moving on from childhood and college to a more mature, less fantasy ridden adulthood.

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    enjoyed a lot. well read! fun story for me. predictable but still enjoyed a lot.

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    IRENE NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-31-14
    IRENE NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Lovely story about becoming an adult."

    Learning the truths about oneself is the only path to becoming an adult. The story is charming, touching and well read. I love Julia Whelan.

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    Jessica 12-31-14
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    "for dog lovers"

    I really enjoyed this book. It is light and funny. I couldn't get enough of it.

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    All of the main characters were too whiny. Loved Agnes, Louis, and of course Joe.

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    Great story, nice diversion. Main character is wonderfully human. Having had a Shepard and wondering when it was going to have grown up dog behavior to match it's size, I understand and sympathize with the confusing and comical behavior of a teenage shepard. The human characters were honest and flawed. While halfway through the book you would like the main character to flip off every one in her past and never have anything to do with them or her past again, the incorporation of some of her old life in her future is realistic. She became who she is as a culmination of all of it. We all move on and it's nice to see her move on and take the important parts of her past with her while becoming her own person.

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