That Dog Won't Hunt

That Dog Won't Hunt

by Brandilyn Collins


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Meet the Dearings, a crazy, loving, boisterous family in small-town Mississippi. There's mom and dad, three daughters and their families, and the youngest-twenty-five-year-old Ben. Oh, and the family dog, a Yorkie who thinks she's royalty.

"This one's perfect," Ben says about his new fiancée, Christina, when he brings her home for a family reunion. Ben is just sure everyone will love Christina, and she'll fit right in.

He always did tend to wear rose-colored glasses.

Christina loves Ben but secretly fears their relationship will never work. They've only known each other ten weeks. She hasn't told him about her horrific past as an only child-the beatings, the neglect, and verbal abuse. Christina doesn't know how to trust or be honest about her feelings. Being thrust into the middle of a tight-knit family like the Dearings is sure to send her over the edge.

With poignancy and humor, That Dog Won't Hunt explores the complexities of relationships and the inner strength needed to overcome a difficult childhood. The Dearings are no perfect family, but they know how to love-if only Christina will accept it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989240611
Publisher: Challow Press
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist of over 25 books. Her awards include the ACFW Carol (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice. Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors. Visit her website at

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That Dog Won't Hunt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TammySotela More than 1 year ago
I love Brandilyn Collin's books. I was thrilled to see another side of her in this book. The Dearing family would be a fun family to know. I look forward to the next book in the series to see what zany things are in store for this family. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“That Dog Won't Hunt" by author Brandilyn Collins is book one in her Southern contemporary Dearing Family Series. This 256 page book is a departure from her usual suspense tales. It is the delightful tale of the very Southern Dearing family. It is a lighthearted, humorous look a family life but at times I found myself tearing up. The story and character interaction was very touching at times. The book centers around the Dearing's son, Ben, and his fiancé Christina. While Ben comes from a big, boisterous Southern family Christina is an only child with a dark, painful past. The author balances the heavy issue of abuse well with the lightness in her story. She by no means brushes it off or glosses over it. Collins is an excellent storyteller. Her lovable and her irritating characters are on point. The conversation is smooth and flows effortlessly. It even is written with a Southern flair. Descriptions are enough without being boring. She included a cute little Yorkie named Penelope for the animal lovers. Her Southern town complete with wacky people is one I wanted to see. The author weaves faith and family boldly into her story. She tackles issues such as abuse, meeting in-laws, family tensions, and communication. Mainly she has written a delightful Southern family romance. A lovely, humorous, fun book. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a light read with just enough depth to it. Especially if you like Southern thing, you will enjoy this book. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
That Dog Won’t Hunt is a Dearing Family series by Brandilyn Collins. The Dearing Family’s beloved son, Ben, brings home his newly acquired fiancée, Christina, to the family reunion. Unfortunately, Christina brings her unhappy past and family baggage along with her—insecurity, lack of peace and love, etc. The Dearing’s from Ben’s loving parents, to his siblings and their precious children, and even to the Penelope, the family’s dog with a quirky personality offer their own special love and laugh-filled antics to extend acceptance and grace to Christina. It is one fun episode after the other with the “lobster” meal mishap, the annual reunion photo op, the misquoted adages, and others. The story is delightful as well as inspiring—teaching a lesson in love and acceptance. I recommend this Dearing Family Series. Brandilyn Collins exhibits talent in Southern family fiction as well as in her acclaimed Seatbelt—Suspense titles. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
There’s a dog in it – I’m bound to love this book. The dog in question is a very opinionated Yorkie. And the Yorkie will have to like the girl, if she’s going to marry the boy. But this book is much deeper than romance, and much broader than family drama. A lonely protagonist is thrown into big family dynamics, while struggling to hide the darkness of her past. A wayward son thinks he’s found “the one” and makes too many assumptions. The strong daughter might not be as strong as she looks. And the mom? In this zanily real family, she’s a matriarch with a glorious sense of humor. And she’s almost as important as the dog. The story starts with family – so many members, adults, children (and dog) – and smelly feet. But it soars when wounded Christina arrives, changing the whole dynamic, demanding to hide yet ever being seen. Faith, family and fun combine as Christina’s terrors subside. Painful hardships, cruel misunderstandings, and lobsters give the story a genuine edge. Meanwhile the combination of sharp and sweet ends up offering just the right flavor. With wise advice and genuine heart, the book is “Unexpected. Different. A little more than ... bargained for,” just like genuinely meeting the Dearings. I shall hope to read more. Disclosure: I bought this in the Women of Heart collection and I offer my honest review.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
That Dog Won't Hunt is not the usual suspense I expect from Brandilyn Collins but it is an entertaining story of a loving, southern family who enjoy life and love God! It is humorous without being stupid which I often find in comedies. Ben's fiance, Christina, was raised in an abusive home and is not prepared for this fun loving bunch of craziness. A Yorky named Penelope plays a big part in the story. Be prepared to chuckle as you read this delightful tale! I received this e-book from in exchange for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This inspirational romance reflects the difficulties and heartaches that two people from opposite backgrounds must overcome to have a successful relationship and marriage. Ben Dearing was raised in a loving, secure, godly home with both parents and three sisters who all doted on him. Christina, on the other hand, was an abused only child who lacked self-confidence and was always waiting for another “bad thing to happen to her.” The entire story centers around the long weekend of the annual Dearing Family reunion. The author puts the reader right there in the middle of all the drama and compels the reader to feel the same emotions as the characters. Mama Ruth, the matriarch of the Dearing family, has the true mother’s heart and hurts for each of her children as they face the realities of daily life. Sy, Ben’s dad, gives a quiet stability to the entire family. Two of the three sisters are married with children of their own who add to the confusion of a large family all staying under one roof, and the third sister, still unmarried, is fighting her own emotional issues. Into the middle of all this typical family chaos Ben brings Christina, his new fiancée to meet his family for the first time. This book keeps the reader wondering if Ben and Christina truly have a realistic chance of a future together. If you enjoy stories that involve the emotional interactions of people and families, you will thoroughly enjoy this romance.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I have never been disappointed in any of Ms. Brandilyn Collins’ books. They are all exceptional reads and this was as well. A note from Ms. Collins: “That Dog Won't Hunt is the first book in my new Southern contemporary Dearing Family Series. I love exploring difficult issues in relationships, yet at the same time making people laugh. Life is full of both hardship and humor, sometimes in the same crazy moments. That Dog Won't Hunt has both. And it's set in a small town full of eclectic characters--so what's not to love? Hope you enjoy meeting them all.” Taken from This book was different from other books that I have read by this author, but it really caught my attention. Can a woman, Christina, who has been abused and been told she will never amount to anything be accepted into a family that is loving, caring and accepting? Can she allow herself to let her guard down and see that these people are real? And that they are not out to hurt her? Can her finance, Ben, understand what Christina has been through and stay strong in this relationship? This was a delightful book. It took a look at a harder topic, abuse, but woven it into a funny, yet meaningful story. You will not be disappointed with this book. I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
This is such a captivating start to the Dearing Family Series. That Dog Won’t Hunt is a contemporary novel set in small town Mississippi. The Dearing children are grown and out of the nest, and this story treats the reader to their annual family reunions. I, personally, love stories of empty nesters and grown children and this book does not disappoint. Three of the five Dearing children are married, leaving the youngest two, Ben and Jess, single. This is Ben’s story. He is bringing his new fiancé home to meet the family. The book is laugh out loud funny due to the back and forth bantering of the siblings, who love each other unconditionally, and tease each other relentlessly. Ben’s fiancé, Christina, doesn’t come from a loving family, and she struggles to understand and fit in. She is forced to make a decision whether or not she will let her abused childhood steal her joy for the rest of her life. Again, this is one of my favorite contemporary novel settings and I truly enjoyed the book, reading it in a day. There are no slow parts and Collins writing just flows. I loved it and am looking forward to the next books in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
That Dog Won’t Hunt was a great book by Brandilyn Collins. I love how diverse she is. This book delves into family relationships and was an accurate portrayal of what it would look like for a woman who came from an abusive family environment to have problems seeing “normal”. I can’t wait to read the next book, Pitchin’ A Fit and am so glad she included a chapter from that book in the back of this one. Great read - it was short, sweet but really made me think. I went into the book thinking of Christina as the victim but I loved how Brandilyn Collins worked the whole scenario. Definitely one I will be thinking about for a while and definitely one I will be recommending to others. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not stand Jess in this book! She expected poor Christina to apologize to her when she was the pure selfish hateful one who lacked understanding! This book made Christiana look like the rude one when the whole family treated her with lack of understanding, especially Ben! I hated the book because of the way Christiana was made to suck up to this into themselves family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago