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“Chez Stinky” by Susan Duffron

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“Chez Stinky” by Susan Duffron is a clean romance about finding what is really important in life. Kat Stevens is a technical writer that creates user guides for machines. She hates her boss but loves her job. She loves her apartment and her best friend, although she hasn’t found the right guy. Then her life is turned upside down when she learns that she has inherited her great-aunt’s estate.
Her aunt lived in a small mountain town of Alpine Grove, in a log cabin on the outskirts of town. Kat remembers going there as a child, but hasn’t seen her aunt or the property in years. When she learns she is the sole heir of the estate, she is told that there are conditions that have to be met. Her aunt had a sizeable bank account, but in order to get the money, Kat has to agree to move into the log cabin and adopt her aunt’s four dogs and six cats.
When Kat arrives at the log cabin, it has a terrible stench. Some varmint has expired in the walls. Kat copes with trouble by using a sense of humor, and nicknames the abode “Chez Stinky”. Not only does it need extermination services, but the roof is about to cave in, the kitchen is in dire straits, and the rest of the property isn’t much better.
Each dog and cat have a distinct personality that she must adapt to, and the golden retriever needs to be trained. In working with the animals, she learns to love not only the land and the animals, but a handsome engineer who comes to her rescue as a handyman on more than one occasion.
Most of the story is about making choices. She loves her current life, but not her boss. If she takes on the house and animals, she’ll lose the way of life she is accustomed to. But life in the country has its own set of plusses and minuses, and she has to weigh the decision, not based on what her friends and parents have to say, but on what is deep down in her heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novel by a talented author. While not a page turner, it has several twists and turns that are sufficiently foreshadowed and leads to a surprising yet logical conclusion.
Susan Daffron is the author of 12 nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. Her knowledge of animals and their training is apparent and adds to the story’s interest. You can learn more about her at her web page ChezStinky.com.
I downloaded the book for free from http://storycartel.com/books/500/chez-stinky/ This web site offers free ebooks in exchange for a review.

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