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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,098 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allie Larkin Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781441842817
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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 is standing behind her best friend Janie as maid of honor, trying to mask her heartache and guilt as Janie marries the only man she’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. But the pocket-size puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak. 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deana | 2/2/2014

    " Yes, the storyline and characters are predictable.... But it's an enjoyable, quick and light, feel-good book, the kind I like to throw into my mix every once in a while. Perfect for the beach, or while sitting at my child's baseball or soccer practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathleen | 1/20/2014

    " very good-feel good story;somewhat predictable ending. Easy quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/19/2014

    " I picked this book up randomly as I was wandering around the library and I'm really glad that I did. "Stay" exceeded my expectations. What I thought would be another book about a horribly behaved, yet lovable dog turned out to be a cute romantic comedy that made me smile and wish that Alex was my vet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwyneth Stewart | 1/15/2014

    " Light romantic comedy, with a great dog character, Joe the German Shepherd from Slovakia. Great literature? Probably not. Great fun? Yes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/10/2014

    " A light, fluffy read with a delightful German Shepherd aiding and abetting the female main character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 1/9/2014

    " There's a dog on the front, and I really like dogs. Aside from that, this was terrible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mjdrean | 1/9/2014

    " A sweet story and guilty pleasure, and actually very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linette | 1/5/2014

    " This is a fun, quick read. And while I didn't overly identify with the protagonist, I appreciated all the stories about German Shepherd Joe. The love story was charming and kept me turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimie | 12/28/2013

    " Could not put this down. As a lover of dogs and love stories this is a fantastic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moe | 12/7/2013

    " Love it. It was great, sweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Bouchard | 11/11/2013

    " This is a very fun read. If you like a little dog hair mixed into your romantic comedy, you'll love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 8/24/2013

    " A very light read -- cute story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/15/2013

    " Chick lit with a dog angle. Nice story for a day read. Nice distraction from my typical UF fare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/9/2013

    " Delightful. A nice balance of growing pains, friendship, first love, relationships, loss, humor, reality, and sadness, painted over with hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 3/7/2013

    " what to say about this book. One amazing book. A gurl starting off not liking the fact that her best friend married someone (her best friend Peter) and then buying a dog and then falling in love with the dogs vet. What could be more perfect a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 11/10/2012

    " a feel-good book. some laughs, a dog, a mystery, a misunderstood old woman, only one of my pet peeves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Higgins | 11/10/2012

    " I am having a really tough time getting into this book. Seems very predictable:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Gard | 5/28/2012

    " I was trying to give it 3.5 stars but I couldn't make that work........it's a good story overall, predictable and a little sappy, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/27/2011

    " Cute, easy, quick read. Nothing with a whole lot of depth here, but a nice little break from heavier books. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 11/22/2011

    " Het boek is makkelijk geschreven en leest daarom ook heel lekker weg. Ik kon me af en toe wel een beetje irriteren aan het feit dat het simpel geschreven was. Het is een vrij voorspelbaar boek, maar wel lekker voor tussendoor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 10/14/2011

    " Very cute, fun, fast read. It's a few steps above normal chicklit, which I attribute solely to the presence of Joe the Dog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pygmy | 7/22/2011

    " Mmm, it was more of a 2.5. Not bad, I did sit through and read it in one day....but at the same time, I wished there was more romance and less crying and going on about the legacy left behind by the dead mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 6/28/2011

    " I loved this book--Read it in two days! The personality of Joe (the German shepherd) really came through! It's an easy read, with a little love story woven in as well...great to read by the pool! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 6/7/2011

    " Very cute, fun, fast read. It's a few steps above normal chicklit, which I attribute solely to the presence of Joe the Dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 6/5/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read,very honest and full of conflicting emotions--just like life. I didn't think I'd enjoy a book that featured a dog prominently, but surprise, it held my interest, as did the dilemma confounding the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 5/5/2011

    " Charming story of a broken-hearted damsel, who buys a German Shepherd over the Internet. Joe turns out to be a hundred pound puppy who only understands Slovak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 4/17/2011

    " Too cute story but I did laugh out loud several times. And at least it wasn't claiming to be anything more than what it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book, but sort of in the way you enjoy a fun chick flick every once in awhile. This isn't notable literature, and it's very predictable but I am still glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/29/2011

    " This was a good one. I really enjoyed it....especially Joe! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 3/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the Allie Larkin's next book. I think a lot of people can relate to the main character's situation and I'm a sucker for books involving animals, especially dogs. Great book "

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About the Author
Author Allie Larkin

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay. She has never ordered a dog off the internet or assumed a new identity to attend a high school reunion. When Allie writes, she wears an over-sized circa 1980’s acrylic sweater that is a crime against fashion and good taste in general. She loves Boston. The band, not the city. But the city is great, too. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.