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St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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
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Published January 14th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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DJ Sakata
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Your kids ought to be on a birth control commercial or something… I’m pretty sure their high-pitched shrieks would be enough for anybody to beg for the pill.

I made a big production of rummaging around in my purse before Holly sighed and handed over her platinum card… “Well, it wasn’t like that dude was going to accept the hairy Tic Tacs in the bottom of that gross purse of yours...”

The man standing before wasn’t ugly or anything-he was just... odd looking. With his curly red
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This book isn't really about what you'd think from the title or cover. It's about a woman named Maeve who finally learns her origin story when her birth mother dies. There is a tiny bit of romance, a tiny bit of danger, and a tiny bit about pets. But the St Francis Society is pretty minor.

I had an early copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley; it comes out January 14, 2020.
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Immediate connections to characters are a huge thing for me when it comes to reading. If I can’t connect to a character, then ninety nine percent of the time I won’t like it. I’m happy to say that’s not the case here. I immediately connected to Mae as she navigated throw some tough changes in her life. She’s reeling from a very public humiliation and her birth mother just passed away.

“Maybe I wasn’t looking at my visit to Timber Creek the right way. Maybe it was an opportunity. Maybe I was
Mikaela (Booklover1974)
I can't write a fair review because I dnfed it. The protagonist, Maeve, didn't seem to know she was 36 years old... She behaved like she still was 16. I don't have the energy to read about one more adult woman who is so immature that my 16 old son looks like an adult, in comparison.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets begins, Maeve Stephens has hit rock bottom. She has broken up with her cheating boyfriend, been laid off from her job, and mugged. Surprise word comes that her birth mother, whom she has never met, passed away. At the funeral, Maeve finds that her birth mother, Annabelle, left her house, vintage VW, and all her belongings to her. Maeve stays in the small Washington state town where Annabelle lived to try to sort things out, and slowly her life changes. ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved every minute of this sweet book!!!
I really liked the story line and the character development. The town of Timber Creek, the setting for most of the story, and the townspeople seems a character on its own. This book was able to present a lot of social issues within the context of Maeve and Annabelle’s relationship/s without becoming to heavy handed. Although there were a lot of hanging plot lines that I hope the final draft can address fully. I’m hoping there will be more written about the St. Francis Society and the town of ...more
The book is okay, not great, but okay. The author did not seem to have an inspired grasp on her characters. Maeve is 36 years old; even though she has had a good life, she seems to lack maturity and seems to handle her emotions and feelings the way a teenage girl would, with very little grace and awareness of how other people around her feel. The first third was not bad, the middle seemed a bit contrived and the last part seemed to introduce an additional plot that had not been alluded to in the ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

This isn’t quite the book I was expecting from the blurb. It was much better than that.

On the surface, this looked like a story about second chances. And it is. But not all of those second chances belong to Maeve, the main character of this story. And some of those second chances are in the past and not the present. Or they are an unexpected and unknown present, in the other sense of the word. The present that doesn’t look like a present, the gift that
When someone feels lost, it seems as if everyone else in the world has a perfect life. It takes Maeve Stephens thirty-six years to discover she's not alone in Annie England Noblin's latest novel, St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets.

Maeve tells her own story. She doesn't think it can get any worse. In one day, the thirty-six-year-old sports reporter loses her job because the newspaper where she works goes bankrupt. She and the rest of the world see her boyfriend from the Seattle Mariners
Really Into This
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Special thanks to TLC Book Tours & William Morrow for providing our copy of St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin in exchange for an honest & fair review.

Maeve is Seattle-based sportswriter with a Major League Baseball boyfriend. But when her career and relationship come screeching to a halt, the future seems bleak. When Maeve gets a
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t pre-order a lot of books but this author is one whose books I do. I learned when I read Pupcakes how enjoyable her books are. Then I read The Sisters Hemingway and loved it too. So, this book deserved a pre-order. And of course, here I am having finished the book in less than 24 hours. I got pulled in and I didn’t want to put it down.

Mauve was raised by a loving family. She’s had a good life. But she’s 36 and it doesn’t really feel like she knows exactly what she wants yet. She finds out
Phyllis Krall
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A feel good story about a woman’s search for herself after she discovers her birth mother has died. Sprinkled with humor and romance, a small town brings meaning to Maeve’s life when Her life is at a standstill.

It seems as everything is going wrong in Maeve’s life when she discovers that her birth mother who she has never met has died. She is invited to the funeral by her mother’s best friend and travels to the small town of Timber Creek , Washington. Maeve is determined to find out why her
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with the cover and I liked this story even if I was expecting more pets.
It's a heartwarming and poignant story, engrossing and enjoyable.
You cannot help loving the characters and rooting for them.
The plot is well crafted and it kept me hooked, the setting is lovely and I appreciated the style of writing.
It was a good read, recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
reaaaaaly thought there would be more animals with that cover and title but the society is more about knitting for pets than actually interacting with pets. plus some other stuff that i will not say for spoiler-y reasons. the characters and plot and romance were all fine, nothing amazing really. it was good. would be a nice summer beach read.

thanks to the publisher for an ARC, this is my honest review.
Savannah Hendricks
This book reminded me of a Debbie Macomber book. I rushed to reach each chapter and enjoyed the backstory of Annabelle. I will agree with other reviewers about the title not really matching the overall story, but it shouldn't stop anyone from reading this gem.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My review will appear in Booklist! A charming novel, although it deals with heavy topics at times. Love the narrator.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick and sweet story.
From the cover and the description of this book I thought the plot would involve more animals. The cover is very cute and will certainly grab the attention of animal lovers, but it does feel misleading after reading the book. The story mainly focuses on Maeve's unresolved feelings about her birth mother putting her up for adoption. The chapters switch back and forth between Maeve in present day and her mother in the year before Maeve's birth. Although this is a light and easy read, the author ...more
Nancy Lepri
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"St. Francies Society for Wayward Pets"
by Annie England Noblin
William Morrow
January 14, 2020
384 pages
Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Maeve Stephens, a thirty-six-year-old sportswriter has just lost her job when the periodical she writes for claims bankruptcy. To make matters worse, she catches a video of her so-called boyfriend, Washington State Mariners left fielder, Derek Mitchell kissing another woman on the 6 o'clock news. What else could go wrong?

Two weeks later, without an
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't one of my typical genre choices but that cover with the upside down Boston Terrier screamed READ ME--you'll be glad you did. I did and it made me smile. Ever have one of those really horrible, awful days--the kind where you lose a job, you find out your significant other isn't who you thought, and you get mugged before you can get home to cry? This book starts out with one of those really bad days but turns out that it just paved the way for a much better life that couldn't have ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
overall a nice book that is a relatively easy read. the main character was interesting and multi dimensional, but the pacing of the book felt a little off. and there seemed to be almost too many storylines or characters as some of the supporting cast are not fleshed out as well as maeve. i liked getting the flashbacks to maeve's birth mother's thoughts during the time maeve was conceived - it gave a sense of her character and made the present situation more understandable.

3.5 stars
I signed up for the tour based on the title, the description and the cover because I like a good small town, rebuild-you-life, animal-filled story with secrets and while that is in the book, the pets take a backseat to the drama involving the main character Maeve, her birth mother Annabelle and some of the people Maeve meets when she travels from Seattle to Timber Creek Washington to attend Annabelle's funeral. Maeve's life was in disarray before she receives a call from Alice, her birth ...more
I wasn’t sure that I was actually up to stuffing in another new read in the midst of the backlog – but I am SO VERY glad that I took a chance on this story. Maeve is thirty-six, adopted, newly broken from an adulterous boyfriend and suddenly unemployed when the paper she worked for went bankrupt. Never quite feeling as if she ‘fit’, particularly after a series of letters to her birth mother went unanswered when she was a teen, she’s always felt a bit less than. But when notice comes that her ...more
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogtour, 2020
Don't let the dog on the front cover fool you.

St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets tells the story of a woman who hits the wall of loss at an alarming speed. She loses her job, her boyfriend and then her birth mother (who she's never known) all at the same time. Not to mention she also gets robbed. When she (Maeve, her name is Maeve) heads to the small town of Timber Creek to accept her inheritance of a small house her mother has left her, she starts to unravel the story behind her birth mother,
This was a heart-wrenching story about a young woman giving her baby up for adoption. Actually, it was more about the baby who was now 36. When she saw a video (that went viral) of her boyfriend kissing another woman, that relationship ended pretty fast. Then she got laid off so she had to move back in with her parents. At this point, Maeve was feeling pretty sorry for herself so she added to her list of failures that she was adopted and her birth mother never wanted her. It's understandable ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maeve Stephens found out her semi-celebrity boyfriend was cheating on her on You Tube and lost her job on the same day. Three weeks later she gets a phone call from someone saying that her birth mother had died and her funeral is that weekend. Maeve grew up in an awesome family and knew the story of her adoption, but to hear that the woman who didn’t want her and couldn’t be bothered to return the letters 16-year-old Maeve wrote her was dead was just too much. Still she found herself on a ...more
Clark Cathy
Don’t judge a book by its cover...or it’s title. I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads promotion. When it arrived, I placed it on my shelf since I wasn’t in the mood to read a book about pets. When I picked it up yesterday, I decided to give it a chance. If you are looking for a book about animals, this isn’t the one. Even though the characters of the book have pets, there is so much more to the story.

Maeve is a 36 year old woman who has lost her beau, her job, and finally her apartment.
Kathleen Gray
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No it's not really about pets- but it's a boffo read about a woman finding herself. Maeve loses her job and her boyfriend (publicly that one!) and then her birth mom, who she's never met. Annabelle gave Maeve up for adoption when she was born 36 years earlier and, as Maeve soon discovers, she always wanted not only the best for her but also to leave her everything she had. Maeve's thrown for a loop, as one would be, but she finds herself moving to small town of Timber Creek, where she starts to ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh - my, this was such a nice surprise! In the beginning I was thinking that it was a light, "between" book to read to take a break from the more substantial books that I love - thrillers and such. About 3/4 way through I upped my potential rating to four stars as the plot became more complicated and meaty. When I finished it I was so pleased and so touched that it has to be a five star read for me. This author does understand people and the characters here are not cardboard cut-outs, that's for ...more
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