Book Review: Sit, Stay, Love

21 Apr

UnknownTake one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too . . . .

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

DMentink-361Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
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My Impressions:

What can be better than a story that features a dog? A love story that features an adorable dog! Sit, Stay, Love is a contemporary romance with plenty of sparks and a dog that always steals the show. Gina, the pet-sitter, and Cal, the pro baseball player, don’t hit it off at first. But Tippy, an overweight, geriatric Dachshund knows how to shake things up, even with a man who is grieving and a woman who thinks she’ll never really measure up. A quick and humor-filled read, Sit, Stay, Love is a sure winner.

There is a lot to love about this novel. The characters are genuine and relatable with real life emotions, doubts, hurts and fears. The plot is inventive and keeps the pages turning. The faith message is woven seamlessly throughout. And of course their is Tippy. Tippy is clueless, lovable and slightly mischievous and wins the hearts of whoever she encounters, including this reader. The best thing about this book? A portion of the sales will go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue!

Perfect for those who love a light romance or for your favorite dog lover, Sit, Stay, Love is a recommended read!


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



One grand prize winner will receive:

A copy of Sit, Stay, Love
A $75 Visa cash card
A basket filled with Tippy-themed goodies
Travel-themed decorator box
Reading dog statue
Dog journal
Poems for Dog Lovers
Snuggle Paws fleece blanket from Animal Rescue Site
Pawprint scarf
Doxie desk pen
Pupmobile auto magnet


Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 25th. The winner will be announced April 26th on Dana’s blog.

3 Responses to “Book Review: Sit, Stay, Love”

  1. thepowerofwords2016 April 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Beckie, I just adored this book, so refreshingly different from most of what I read – and I don’t particularly care for dogs or baseball! I also loved how it draws attention to senior pet adoption. Everybody always looks at puppies and kittens. While this isn’t “senior,” we did adopt two kitties last fall, one 7 mo. and the other 3 years old. I don’t believe the 3-year-old would have been adopted otherwise, and she is precious. Thanks for sharing.

    • rbclibrary April 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      I agree with you on the book. Since I am the wife of a veterinarian,I am surrounded by animals. Our dog and my cat were both rescues. Our local humane society does a good job of adopting senior and special needs pets.

      I needed a fun, light read too. This one was perfect.

      Hope you have a great weekend!


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