My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free eBook of Chez Stinky from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn’t laid eyes on her great aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she’s stumped when she inherits Abigail’s house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.
Kat’s uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn–with a touch of antique skunk–and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that’s before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.
When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools).
Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul.
And why she can’t she stop thinking about Joel?
It is true: This is normally not my genre. However, I really liked the story’s evolution right from the start. I was unable to put my eReader down. 😉 All characters are very realistic and fit perfectly into the plot. Kat is a nice young woman, a little insecure, though. At Alpine Grove she enters unknown territory, facing difficulties she wouldn’t ever have imagined: how to keep a dog from going AWOL, how to save a cat from behind a wall, how to… No. I won’t tell you more. This would spoil the fun for your reading it yourself.
Now I am waiting for the next book in the series about Kat, Joel, and Alpine Grove – I just need to know what is going to happen next. 🙂
Susan C. Daffron (http://www.chezstinky.com/) is the author of one novel (Chez Stinky) and 14 non-fiction books, including several about pet care and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northern Idaho and shares her life with her husband, two dogs and a cat—the last three, all “rescues.” Chez Stinky is the first of a series of romantic comedy novels that will feature the town of Alpine Grove.
A must read for all those who enjoy a little romance, respect nature. like hilarious situations.
I am looking forward to reading more of Kat’s and Joel’s life in Alpine Grove.
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Chez Stinky? Or – if you did not yet read Chez Stinky – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
I am looking forward to your comments.