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"Something Borrowed" meets "Must Love Dogs" in this big- hearted debut about friendship, love, and a German Shepherd named Joe.
Savannah "Van" Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she literally fell head over heels in front of him on the first day of college. Now, six years later, instead of standing across from him at the altar, Van's standing behind her best friend Janie as maid of honor, trying to mask her heartache and guilt as Janie marries the only man Van's ever loved. Before, Van's mother died, she told Van never to let Peter go, but as the couple exchanges vows, Van wonders if her fairy tale ending will ever come true.
After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any heartbroken woman in her situation would do: She impulsively buys a German Shepherd over the Internet. The pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, and 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 her dog Joe, and together, they work to mend the pieces of Van's shattered heart. And it certainly doesn't hurt that Joe's vet is a rugged sweetheart with floppy blond hair and a winning smile. But when the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, Van is forced to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted, proving that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.
Warm and witty, poignant and funny, "Stay" is an unforgettable debut that illuminates the boundlessness of love and marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 164 x 229 x 28mm | 513g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525951717
  • 9780525951711
  • 2,351,242

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"Delightful! Both dog lovers and the pooch-free will enjoy this novel of friendship, love, and healing."
-Susan Elizabeth Phillips, "New York Times" bestselling author of "What I Did for Love"
"With humor and exceptional charm, Allie Larkin's story of a heartbroken young woman and the arrival of a clumsy four-legged friend who brings new meaning to her life is simply wonderful. "Stay" is a treat of a novel that must be shared with every girlfriend who has ever loved and lost."
-Beth Hoffman, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
"I cannot wait to read more from Allie Larkin-an effervescent new voice in fiction. Witty, sweet, and strikingly real, "Stay" is for any woman who has ever experienced heartbreak or loss and needed a friend to lean on. I loved every word!"
-Beth Harbison, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous" and "Hope in a Jar"
"I'm madly in love with this big-hearted, charming keepe
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After Van watches her two best friends get married, she realizes she literally has no other friends in the world. In a drunken stupor, she decides to purchase a German Shepherd puppy over the internet--a very expensive, well-trained puppy, who arrives much larger than she expects, and who she names Joe. She's never owned a pet before, and her adventures are hilarious and bring her into contact with new people. Her personal life begins to broaden as a result of having Joe in her life. She makes a few major mistakes in the process, but eventually she begins to find her place in life where she is comfortable with her life. If you enjoy witty, laugh-out-loud funny books that touch on the themes of love, loss, friendship, healing, and finding your place in life (and aren't offended by a bit of profanity and an instance of premarital sex) buy this book today. I read half of it on a long car trip last week and hubby kept shooting strange looks at me because I kept cracking up laughing. Stay is wonderfully funny, full of heart, and features one of the most adorable hundred-pound dogs you can more
by Katy F.
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