Note – I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About Sit! Stay! Speak!
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.
How can you say no to a book with that adorable puppy on the cover? I can’t! Those eyes just beg you to read it. And I’m glad that I did, because this book was a lot of fun! When I started the book, I sat down to read “just one chapter.” Famous last words, I know. I put the book down after a handful, but this book was constantly calling out to me when I was away from it. I loved Addie from the start and slipped into life in Eunice really easily. You don’t have to wait long for the dog to make his first appearance, which is good, because I was ready to meet him! The one critique I have for the book is that the pacing of the romance seemed a bit off to me, but I really liked the love interest and thought it was a cute pairing. I liked that the book dug into Addie’s past as much as it did and it always felt like a natural look back. Addie wasn’t the only well-developed character–all of the main characters had backgrounds that were fleshed out enough that I felt like we were friends. I also loved the mystery in this. I wanted to rescue every abandoned and mistreated pup while reading this and I was holind my dog lcose wheneer
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.