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Synopsis of the book:
Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.
Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.
As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. This pro athlete, along with an out-of-work teacher and an overweight, geriatric dog, is about to get a lesson in love… Tippy style.
What a sweet romance. Right away I was drawn into the lives of two contrary personalities brought together by Tippy the dog. I really enjoyed the journey that I took with Cal as he struggled to find real purpose for his life beyond his fame.
Cal was abrasive, no doubt about it, but as we get to know him, we discover a different story. He is a wounded and lonely man who is looking for love even though he doesn’t know it. This made Gina such a wonderful compliment to him. Where Cal is rough, Gina is soft and compassionate. She’s looking for her purpose in life as well, but I like the way she steers Cal to God even in the midst of that struggle.
Of course, the icing on this love cake is Tippy the dog. He provided laughter, friendship, and tension. Most of all, he showed the unconditional love that animals have for people. I really enjoyed this story.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
How Tippy and Gina reached Cal’s deeply buried heart.
What I didn’t like about this book:
Sometimes Gina was a little too much of a doormat, but her goodness softened Cal so I forgave her.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. This is a really nice romance particularly if you are a dog lover. It is the first book in the series, but it looks like they are all standalone stories.
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