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Publisher's Summary

Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife nearly three years ago. Friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone new to share his life with, but Ryan feels he will never find someone he can love as much as his wife. Ryan reluctantly gives in and starts going out on weekends, and soon discovers that women have changed as well as the rules of dating. He's longing for a fulfilling relationship but the women he meets only want one-night stands. Then, Kristen moves in next door and he's happy to find they have a lot in common. There's only one problem - she's not available.

Kristen Foster craves a peaceful place to call home. With her stressful job as a pediatric oncology nurse and a failed marriage behind her, she doesn't want any more drama in her life. Then her casual boyfriend - a surgeon - proposes to her. And she finds that the widower next door is a 30-something, handsome man who seems to have his choice of young women every weekend. His only redeeming quality is his beautiful dog, Sam. But as she gets to know Ryan, Kristen is drawn to him. She finds herself struggling to choose between the dependable surgeon and the man she believes is the neighborhood playboy.

Can Sam's furry charm bring Ryan and Kristen together?

Walking Sam is a heartwarming story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what's right in front of them.

©2016 Deanna Lynn Sletten (P)2016 Deanna Lynn sletten

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Second chance at lone

Where does Walking Sam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a very sweet story. Pleasant listening, so it ranks near the top.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Enjoyed them all for various reasons, even ones I thought had no redeeming qualities surprised me.

Which character – as performed by Michael Ahr – was your favorite?

The male protagonist.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I shed a tear or two, but also chuckled now and then.

Any additional comments?

I won the book in a contest. I am glad I did. I don't generally select romantic stories, but I was thoroughly impressed with this one.

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Sweet Romance and a Dog Too

Would you listen to Walking Sam again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this one again. It's a wonderfully sweet story about a couple of newly singles who meet over the back hedge when she becomes "the girl next door". They're both returning to the dating scene - he after the death of his wife and she after a divorce. A series of miscommunications have them each convinced that the other is neither appropriate nor available as a romantic interest, but they both love dogs and Sam, Ryan's golden retriever brings them together when Kristen offers to walk the dog from time to time.
Following the twists and turns of their growing friendship offers many warm and sometimes funny moments, and the side story of Kristen's young cancer patient will tug at your heartstrings.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a grown-up romance with mature, real, believable characters who lead ordinary lives. No models, millionaires, spies or private investigators around.

Have you listened to any of Michael Ahr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have, but this one is very well done.

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

It's pretty long for a single sitting. I listened to it over the course of about a week - an hour or two a day.

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Clean Romance

What made the experience of listening to Walking Sam the most enjoyable?

The narrator was great. He changed his voice for all the characters but didn't over do it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam. I love it when an animal is a main character.

Which character – as performed by Michael Ahr – was your favorite?

I liked the way he did all the voices.

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

I listened to it all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend if you're looking for a sweet romance that's not smutty.