Friday, June 27, 2014

Book Review: Chez Stinky By Susan C. Daffron

Title: Chez Stinky
Author: Susan C. Daffron
Publisher: Magic Fur Press (July 18, 2013)
Tour Date: June/July 2014
Formats: ebook or print copy (autographed no charge when ordered from authors link- available in US only) international order at local bookstore or

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?

My Review: 

I went into this book without reading the synopsis on the back.  My first impression was that the book cover left my expectations low.  I was skeptical of the title until I understood what it meant, but at first sight it didn't seem like it would impress.  I began this book at about 8pm on Monday night I had finished it.  I stayed up well past my bedtime as I was truly intrigued by the characters and just as I was intending to put the book down for the night another twist was thrown in. 

I really enjoyed the read and look forward to reading the next installment.  The charming yet descriptive use of words entangled me in their world.  It was a nice G rated book for a cozy afternoon read. 

About the Author: Susan C. Daffron

Susan Daffron is the author of one novel and 14 nonfiction books, including several about pet care and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northernIdaho and shares her life with her husband, two dogs and a cat--the last three, all "rescues." Her latest book, Chez Stinky ( is the first of a series of romantic comedy novels that will feature the small town of Alpine Grove.

When she's not writing novels, Susan works as the president of Logical Expressions, Inc., a book and software publishing based company in Sandpoint,Idaho. You can read more about her at her website 

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Views expressed are 100% of my own and not influenced in any way.  Two Children and a Migraine was supplied a book for review purposes.


Samantha March said...

Thanks for sharing!

Susan Daffron said...

Thank you for participating in my blog tour, Jayda. And for taking the time to review my book and staying up past your bedtime to finish it. That's a wonderful thing for an author to hear ;-)