• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 8, 2015)
Who says nothing happens in small towns…?
Tragedy sent Addie Andrews fleeing from Chicago to the shelter of an unexpected inheritance—her beloved aunt’s somewhat dilapidated home in Eunice, Arkansas, population very tiny. There she reconnects with some of her most cherished childhood memories. If only they didn’t make her feel so much!
People say nothing happens in small towns, but Addie quickly learns better. She’s got an elderly next-door neighbor who perplexingly dances outside in his underwear, a house needing more work than she has money, a best friend whose son uncannily predicts the weather, and a local drug dealer holding a massive grudge against her.
Most surprising of all, she’s got a dog. Not just any dog, but a bedraggled puppy she discovered abandoned, lost, and in desperate need of love. Kind of like Addie herself. She’d come to Eunice hoping to hide from the world, but soon she discovers that perhaps she’s finding her way back—to living, laughing, and loving once more.
Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sit! Stay! Speak! by Annie England Noblin! I want to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.
I NEED to start off by mentioning the cover this book. Let’s be real, being a Pit Bull lover and the fur mommy of a Pit Bull mix, once I saw this cover I basically had a heart attack and needed to read this book. What a cutie and such a perfect cover for this book.
I ended up giving this book a full five star review because I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it so much. It was definitely an entertaining read and actually not what I expected. It also went by faster than I expected but I read it really fast because it held my interest and I just wanted to see what would happen and I wanted to see more and more of the puppy. It’s the story of a woman who after tragedy hits her life she moves to a new city for a fresh start and she’s kind of lost. When she finds a puppy in a trash bag that has been shot her life basically changes forever allowing her to find herself and be able to love again. There’s also a darker side to this story as she finds herself in the middle of a much darker situation that if you follow any sort of pit bull pages on social media will be all too familiar to you. As a fur mommy to a pit mix myself, this story definitely hit home with me and crushed my heart in some parts because the treatment of them just rings so true. When you read this book you will definitely understand. But also mixed into this story with the sad parts was humor, romance, friendship and even family.
I really liked the direction in which the story went in the latter part of the book where we start to get the bigger picture. The writing in this book is done really well to where we, as the reader, begin to unravel the whole story right along with our protagonist. I really loved that because it wasn’t predictable at all. I love how everything ties up really nicely at the end. I enjoyed the characters for the most part. For a big chunk of the book I was not liking Jasper that much. I thought he was really mean to Addie at some points but looking back I see the reasoning behind his exasperation with her at times. She was definitely headstrong, independent and brazen so she couldn’t have been easy to work with but I love that about her.
Overall, this was a wonderful book. It was well written, well paced, entertaining, heartbreaking AND heartwarming. It was also a little romantic and dangerous as well. I applaud the author for being able to write a book that satisfied all of these things for me! I love that this book addresses the misconceptions that people have about Pit Bulls and breaks those prejudices and shows the cruelty that can be humanity.
If you are an animal lover or just a straight up pit bull lover, you will love this story!
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Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.