Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink

About the book:

Fetching Sweetness (Harvest House, July 2016)

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, decides 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.

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My Review

Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink was an adorable read.  Just look at the face of that dog.  This book had me in tears, good tears, like the laugh out loud, deep down belly laugh, that put me in a hilarious fit that made my husband sit up and take notice of what I was reading.  This book is chock full of misadventures, lovable characters- both human kind and animal kind.   I enjoyed my trailer adventure with the whole mismatched clan and cried and cheered with them when truths were realized.

This is also a bittersweet book where each of the characters are carrying some pretty hefty loads and they are trying each in their own way to make things right again.  From living someone else’s dream to trying to fulfill another’s dream from the past, this was not just a lighthearted tale but one that held a mirror up to the reader as to what motivates us to do what we do.  Are we following our own dreams, listening to the calling of God, or trying to correct the mistakes of our past? 

I really liked how the heroine, Stephanie Pink thought, especially her need to have books with her to read or else she would get antsy and how said novels shaped her thought process.  Some pretty hilarious stuff there.  So if you like romance, adventure (or should I say misadventure), dogs that can teach us a lesson, or just need a good belly laugh, I recommend this book.

I was provided a copy through Litfuse Publicity for an honest review and the opinions are my own.

About the author:

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

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