Chez Stinky by Susan C. Daffron
Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn't laid eyes on her great aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she's stumped when she inherits Abigail's house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.Kat's uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn--with a touch of antique skunk--and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that's before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey. When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools). Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul. And why she can't she stop thinking about Joel?
Quite a sweet story this, and the animals made it all the sweeter. It had a nice reveal in it (though not a totally unexpected one) and the plot trotted along quite nicely.
The only issue I had was with very end of the last chapter and the epilogue - I felt it was a bit hastily done. Still, this didn't detract much from my enjoyment of the story.
About the Author
Susan Daffron is the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies, a series of novels that feature residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. She is also an award-winning author of many nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northern Idaho and shares her life with her husband and two really cute dogs. When she's not writing novels, Susan works as the president of Logical Expressions, Inc., a publishing company based in Sandpoint, Idaho. You can read more about her at her website SusanDaffron.com. Susan was the president and founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals and also was the president of the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network.