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St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets
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St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets
A Novel
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If you love Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis, you won't want to miss this new novel of second chances, dogs, and knitting, from the author of Pupcakes and Sit! Stay! Speak!

Laid off, cheated on, mugged: what else can go wrong in Maeve Stephens' life? So when she learns her birth mother has left her a house, a vintage VW Beetle, and a marauding cat, in the small town of Timber Creek, Washington, she packs up to discover the truth about her past.

She arrives to the sight of a cheerful bulldog abandoned on her front porch, a reclusive but tempting author living next door, and a set of ready-made friends at the St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets, where women knit colorful sweaters for the dogs and cats in their care. But there's also an undercurrent of something that doesn't sit right with Maeve. What's the secret (besides her!) that her mother had hidden?

If Maeve is going to make Timber Creek her home, she must figure out where she fits in and unravel the truth about her past. But is she ready to be adopted again—this time, by an entire town...?

If you love Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis, you won't want to miss this new novel of second chances, dogs, and knitting, from the author of Pupcakes and Sit! Stay! Speak!

Laid off, cheated on, mugged: what else can go wrong in Maeve Stephens' life? So when she learns her birth mother has left her a house, a vintage VW Beetle, and a marauding cat, in the small town of Timber Creek, Washington, she packs up to discover the truth about her past.

She arrives to the sight of a cheerful bulldog abandoned on her front porch, a reclusive but tempting author living next door, and a set of ready-made friends at the St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets, where women knit colorful sweaters for the dogs and cats in their care. But there's also an undercurrent of something that doesn't sit right with Maeve. What's the secret (besides her!) that her mother had hidden?

If Maeve is going to make Timber Creek her home, she must figure out where she fits in and unravel the truth about her past. But is she ready to be adopted again—this time, by an entire town...?

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  • 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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  • AudioFile Magazine Sarah Naughton delivers a charming narration of this story about a woman discovering herself as she becomes acquainted with her late mother. Maeve Stephens is recovering from a humiliating breakup, a mugging, and a lost job when she learns that her biological mother, Annabelle, has died. Naughton portrays the overwhelmed protagonist with tender humor, capturing her reluctant journey to Timber Creek to attend the funeral. There she becomes involved with the nosy small-town community. Naughton captures the townsfolk with equal deftness. Transitions between the voice of Maeve in the present and that of Annabelle as a girl are seamless. Both portrayals add to the heartwarming nature of the story as Maeve stumbles upon the true mission of the seemingly bland knitting society. A quietly empowering story is told with wit and wistfulness. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine
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    December 15, 2019
    Noblin (The Sisters Hemingway, 2019) returns with a charming and bittersweet tale of a mother and daughter reunited too late. Although she's thirty-six, Maeve Stephens feels as if her life hasn't yet begun. She was a successful sports journalist until the paper closed; she was in a cool relationship with a baseball player until he cheated on her publicly and the video went viral. When Maeve learns that her biological mother, Annabelle, has passed away, she retreats to the rural Washington town of Timber Creek, where Annabelle was semi-famous. Flashbacks to the eighties provide Annabelle's perspective on the past. As she becomes the town's new curiosity?and falls for a sexy woodsman author?Maeve discovers the person her mother once was while finding the person she is now. Noblin's books are known for their connection to pets, and the animals are present here, although they're not the focus. Despite some heavy subject matter, primarily regarding domestic violence, the story is funny and light. Readers will bond with Maeve and her sweet disposition.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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