SUMMARY: Standing between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decided to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings - a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog . . . thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.
Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.
REVIEW: Fulfilling dreams is wonderful, but trying to fulfill the dreams of others will not end in the way you think. Both Rhett and Stephanie are perfect examples. Rhett broke his sister's heart after having her fiance' deported. Stephanie's brother dreamed of having their own publishing company. As each one tries to correct past mistakes and do what they think will make everything perfect, everything just falls apart.
I like Rhett. His change from a "take no prisoners" mentality to one who prays over decisions and looks for direction from God is admirable. I love how he sticks to his plan and doesn't run back to his company at the first sign of trouble with each. His reliance on scripture is pleasing, too and his integrity, after leaving his business, is top-notch. A person can change and Rhett is a great example.
Stephanie seems to barge through without thought of the aftermath. She assumes things, which wind up being wrong, and doesn't think about how it will affect herself or those around her. I do like how she takes care of Sweetness and tries to take responsibility for him.
This was a decent story with some great parts but for some reason, I just had a harder time getting a feel for it. Agnes's actions all the way around irritated me. That, along with the ending, just made it more difficult for me to enjoy. Sorry.
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Dana Mentink is a multi-published, award-winning writer. When she's not clacking away on the keyboard, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a rascally rescued terrier, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.