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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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    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-14-10
    Patricia Tallahassee, FL, United States 06-14-10 Member Since 2015

    I love Audible for their variety and number of options of books available. I can enjoy books, take care of my grandchildren and drive too.

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    "Love dogs? You will love this book"

    To be honest I downloaded this book because it was from the You Pick sale, and I had never read anything by the author. I will be looking for future books. Great book, very enjoyable for all the reasons you download books. I didn't want to stop listening.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-29-10
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    "Interestingly Honest ... I like the narrator."

    This is my first book from this author and I was quite pleased. I like how she (the author) explores an awkward and heartbreaking love triangle. My only complaint (if that) is that it could have been longer!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    07-11-10
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    "A fun read !"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was lighthearted and funny. Loved the characters and the narrator was excellent. A good book for dog lovers too.

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    06-25-10
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    "loved it!"

    This book was amazing! Ususally I like to read books with a little more romance, but the hilarious interactions between Joe (the dog) and Van more than make up for it. Don't get me wrong, there was definitely a romance but the story was more about self-growth, friends, and family. If you are a dog lover looking for a light, humorous read you will love this!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12
    Lisa Henderson, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Try this if you like dog books!"

    It was an interesting dog story and I am glad I listened to it. Had a good message too!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CLOVIS, CA, United States 05-30-12
    Karen CLOVIS, CA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Stay in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, heartwarming, entertaining...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stay?

    The poop, the vomit, the vet...


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Woman's best friend!


    Any additional comments?

    All around fun, yet touching book. I didn't want it to end!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maria CARDINGTON, OH, United States 08-10-11
    Maria CARDINGTON, OH, United States 08-10-11
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    "Loved It!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. As a dog lover it was very funny to listen to a new dog owners plight of a huge puppy who speaks a different language. I really like the characters especially Joe.

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    karen 12-29-14
    karen 12-29-14
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    "I liked the dog...."

    I never buy a book featuring dog characters unless I can find out, first, if the dog survives. There are too many things to be sad about, without weeping over fictional dead dogs. I saw this book, with a gorgeous dog on the cover and was tempted. Fortunately, some other compassionate reviewer hinted that yes, the dog was alive and wagging his tail at the end, so I clicked on "buy".

    Well, okay. I liked the dog -- "Joe" -- whom she acquires in a totally hilarious situation, one of many parts of the book that are so funny I laughed till I cried. If you've ever owned a BIG dog, you'll love these tales -- they're very funny, and absolutely true. That was the good part.

    But sad to say, the major focus of the book is Van's -- the protagonist -- life-long infatuation with a weak and shallow character named Peter, who, in the beginning of the book, is getting married to Van's best girlfriend. There's not much to recommend about Peter -- he has his moments, maybe, but really, he's not worth it -- so listening to Van mope over him for the better part of the book got a little silly.

    If it hadn't been for the great 'dog' stories in this book -- and the promise of more, if I'd just keep listening -- I'd have given up on the love story, because indeed, a more worthy man came along. And as you might expect, there was all the traditional, tried and true, scenes of fighting and making up with this new guy -- but at least he was a more worthy human than Peter had been. No hot erotic scenes that I recall, just a lot of mental lust that really didn't interest me -- all I wanted was to hear more about the dog.

    So? The parts about Joe, the dog, are really good. I'm still laughing at the memory of some of them -- they make the book itself well worth the credit. As for the rest? Eh.

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    "most enjoyable book"

    every once in awhile you pick up a book not expecting to much. It was a most pleasant surprise at how very much I enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to hearing from this author again. Highly recommend this listen.

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    karen Campbell, CA, United States 06-17-10
    karen Campbell, CA, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2012
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    "A cute chick-lit story with a light romance"

    The story of Savanna (Van) as she comes to terms with all the uncontrollable people and events in her life, and learns to take some control in order to find peace and happiness. A cute story told in first person from Savanna's point-of-view, including a nice light romance and a 100 pound dog too.

    The narrater was great too, I'd listen to more by her.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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