Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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Sit Stay LoveI predict this story has a future in the movies! Maybe Pureflix? Maybe even Hallmark! It’s perfect for that venue, offering liberal humor, heart-warming romance, and sweet geriatric dog that stole my heart! Special thanks to Dana Mentink, the author, for offering me a free copy for a honest review.

Here’s the Short Version from Amazon:

Take 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.

My Take:

Sit, Stay, Love shot straight to the #1 spot of my all-time favorite list, and for good reason! Not only was the story engaging, it moved me to laughter and tears several time. Little Tippy was placed in some frightening circumstances that even added an element of suspense to this outstanding romance.

While Tippy maintained the same personality throughout the story, her care-givers changed quite a bit during the book. They both had some kinks to work through. For instance, Gina said of herself, “I’m too trusting. Always have been.” Her naivete’ instigated huge issues for her, for Tippy, and for her new boss, Cal Crawford.

(And yes, some of the “issues” were flat-out hysterical!)

Gina sucked me right in, though. She cared about other folks, and had an enthusiastic outlook that made me like her at once. Good thing, too, because I didn’t like the big-shot pro-ball player. Cal had some big changes to make. At the beginning of the story, Gina called him a “heartless egomaniac.” He certainly appeared that way! He couldn’t even be bothered to regard the sweet, old dog as a “she” instead of an “it” and tried to get rid of Tippy any way he could. What a jerk!

Upon learning of his mother’s recent death however and observing the empty void he clung to, my attitude toward him changed, and I began rooting for him to recognize his need to change his priorities. The author brought me to the brink of outright dislike, but didn’t go too far before she showed some redeemable possibilities.

In fact, her writing was outstanding, even in the detailed grammatical issues. She wrote in such a way that left me living the story. Or even better, viewing it! Like I said; this would make a perfect movie! Someone contact Anna Zielinski!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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