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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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    C. Cohen Encino, CA 04-04-15
    C. Cohen Encino, CA 04-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Allie Larkin's stories are always delightful !"

    Young adult or old (ish) lady, Larkin's books are refreshing to read. I loved the characters interactions and the love between them all. Joe, the dog, was a great catalyst. If you want a few hours with some interesting young people, coupled with some chuckles and a few tears, read this story.

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    Jim Mangrum 04-02-15
    Jim Mangrum 04-02-15

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    "I got this by accident, but it is terrible"

    Had I known this was "Chick Lit" I never would have gotten it, but it is a bad story by any objective standard.

    I like dogs and it was part of a special offer, so I took a chance. The story is vapid and shallow. Worse, the dog is merely an accessory. As far as the "story" goes, the dog could just as well be a necklace or a pair of shoes.

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    Kimberly Ontario, CA, United States 03-20-15
    Kimberly Ontario, CA, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a book lover!

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    "decent story, quick read"

    liked the story. it was cute. a little easy to figure out. the only thing that annoyed me was the 'he said'/'she said' after almost every spoken line of conversation between people. I think I'm smart enough to know who's speaking without having to hear 'he said ' after every sentence.

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    Heidi Bolduc 03-12-15
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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE this story"

    I enjoyed the novel so much I couldn't stop listening. the narrator was perfect for the story! enjoyable and would listen again!

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    dawn 03-11-15
    dawn 03-11-15
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    "Worth the listen"

    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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    "Great light-hearted listen!"

    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
    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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    "Keep reading....."

    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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    Sara 01-03-15
    Sara 01-03-15 Member Since 2006
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    enjoyed a lot. well read! fun story for me. predictable but still enjoyed a lot.

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