Sit! Stay! Speak!: A Novel

Sit! Stay! Speak!: A Novel

by Annie England Noblin

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Echoing the novels of Mary Alice Monroe, Allie Larkin, and Holly Robinson, this charming debut novel tells the unforgettable story of a rescue dog that helps a struggling young outsider make peace with the past.

Addie Andrews is living a life interrupted.  Tragedy sent her 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. But not 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 the way back—to living, laughing, and loving once more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062379245
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 13,259
File size: 651 KB

About the Author

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.

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Sit! Stay! Speak!: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. So sweet and spunky! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great reminder that not all are as they seem across the species. Good read..believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is written well, a very enjoyable book...just couldn't put it down...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story about starting over when your dreams have come crashing down. Addie is still grieving for her dead fiance and Jasper has had to leave a job he loved to come home and help his father following a stroke. The small town is struggling following the loss of the factories. The story is about second chances and helping to fix problems in a small community. If you have lived in small southern towns you probably will know characters very like the ones in the book. Read it for the mysteries going g on or for the love story. Either way you will have a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm VERY tired of people always, always trying to depict Arkansans as ignorant, backwoods individuals with a tiny vocabulary & horrible grammar. It gets so old. Granted, like many states, we have those who refuse to care about their speech but believe me we have so many more who DO care & continually strive to make our state better. Arkansas is beautiful & there are many pluses to living here. Other than what she did to Arkansas & our residents, this is a good, easy, entertaining read but I seriously doubt that I will read another book by this author.
BoogsMom More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down (I read it in three days). I truly enjoyed the Southern one liners that took me back to my childhood visiting my Grandparents in southern Arkansas when my Grandpa used to say similar things. It's rare to find those kind of colloquialisms in fiction writing. I appreciated the diversity of plot going on in this book and the sense of intrigue and mystery. I especially liked that the answers to the mystery wasn't easily figured out and I had to wait for Annie England Noblin to reveal them through her characters and storyline. The writing was good and flowed well. My attention was caught quickly and kept throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something new to read. It's got a little bit of everything, even a loyal dog. I cannot wait to read more of the author's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect light read with so much heart and love in it. I would recommend it to anyone who is in rescue or thinking about it. I laughed, cried and gasped so many times.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Addie Andrews has had a rough year, she lost someone close to her that she loved and her great-aunt passes away and leaves her a home in Arkansas, so she decides to escape Chicago and hide, but hiding in a small town isn't that easy! Addie was great, I loved big city girl moving to small town and thinking she was going to be there temporarily so she wasn't trying to fit in but was observing it from the outside! I grew up in small town and now enjoying living right outside of big city, so I liked seeing the reverse.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
I went in expecting a fairly simple tale of a woman, a dog, and possibly a new love. I got all that but so much more. Addie's move to Eunice made sense. It was familiar yet far away from the place that reminded her of everything she'd lost. Gaining a home from a beloved aunt settled the problem of where she was going to live. Gaining everything that came with it, mostly memories and incredible people, wasn't something she'd counted on. The townsfolk of Eunice made me smile. Except the drug lord. He didn't earn a smile. He earned a scowl and deadly thoughts. But everyone else... Well, they didn't detract from Addie's story at all. They enhanced it, with their colorful personalities and flair. Small towns tend to have the most colorful people, don't you think? Or maybe I just don't notice them as much in a big city. Okay. The dog. I love dogs. I love their loyalty and friendship, their protectiveness and gentleness. And I hate that people can so easily abuse them or use them for entertainment. Felix was an abused puppy, left for dead, when Addie found him. His sorry state mirrored Addie's, and maybe that's why I cried when she took him in, cared for him, loved him like he should have been loved. They healed together and that made their bond so much more intense for me. I really enjoyed this story. It was exactly what I expected but a hundred times better. Ms. Noblin's writing is clear and easy to follow. Her characters are realistic and deliciously flawed. The reality of dog-fighting and small town drug problems was the perfect dose of real life that balanced this fictional tale of healing, rediscovering oneself, and love. 4.5* (Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)