Deanna Lynn Sletten, author
Love isn’t always a walk in the park… Ryan Collier has lived a quiet life with his golden retriever, Sam, and two orange tabbies since the death of his wife nearly three years ago. Friends and family are encouraging him to move on and find someone new to share his life with, but Ryan feels he will never find someone he can love as much as his wife. Ryan reluctantly gives in and starts going out on weekends, and soon discovers that women have changed as well as the rules of dating. He’s longing for a fulfilling relationship but the women he meets only want one-night stands. Then, Kristen moves in next door and he’s happy to find they have a lot in common. There’s only one problem—she’s not available. Kristen Foster craves a peaceful place to call home. With her stressful job as a pediatric oncology nurse and a failed marriage behind her, she doesn’t want any more drama in her life. Then her casual boyfriend—a surgeon—proposes to her. And she finds that the widower next door is a thirty-something, handsome man who seems to have his choice of young women every weekend. His only redeeming quality is his beautiful dog, Sam. But as she gets to know Ryan, Kristen is drawn to him. She finds herself struggling to choose between the dependable surgeon or the man she believes is the neighborhood playboy. Can Sam’s furry charm bring Ryan and Kristen together? Walking Sam is a heartwarming story of two people who have to let go of the past in order to see what’s right in front of them.
Golden retriever Sam and two cats named Punkin and Spice bring plenty of whimsy to Sletten’s sweet contemporary romance. Despite being ideally suited, Minneapolitans Kristen Foster and Ryan Collier cluelessly cruise through the entire novel just missing each other by inches. When divorced pediatric oncology nurse Kristen moves into the house next door to salesman Ryan, she spots a very young woman tiptoeing out of his house at the crack of dawn and assumes the 30-something widower is a player. Kristen’s not interested anyway, because she’s dating a surgeon 20 years her senior. But once Sam gets into the act, all bets are off, as she works her doggy wiles to bring Ryan and Kristen together. Some might find this to be saccharine, but others will enjoy the touching G-rated story about two perfectly matched people endearingly missing all the cues and clues that would lead to their mutual happy ending. (BookLife)