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St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,282 ratings  ·  251 reviews
If you love Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis, you won’t want to miss this new novel of second chances, dogs, and knitting, from the author of Pupcakes and Sit! Stay! Speak!

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 Timbe
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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DJ Sakata
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

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 hai
Deacon Tom F
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fast paced book of second chances, dogs, really bad luck , laugh aloud comedy and knitting. St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin was a very smooth read

Maeve Stephens' life hit rock bottom. She lost her job; her boyfriend and got mugged.

Then an incredible twist of good fortune led her to a journey to the small town of Timber Creek, Washington. The results are fascinating and have more twists than a bag of pretzels.

The title, “St. Francis Society for Waywa
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a string of bad luck sends Maeve home to live with her parents, she gets a phone call from a stranger telling her that her birth mother has passed away. Although she never knew her birth mother, with some relictantance, she attends the funeral in Timber Creek, Washington and soon learns that everything her birth mother had was left to her. After some consideration, realizing that she doesn’t have much to go back home to, Maeve decides to stay in this small town where her birth mother grew ...more
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*
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 bein
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
I really loved this one. I love all of this author's books. This one wasn't as pet- or dog-centric as some of her other books (like Pupcakes, for example) but still it was so good. I love the way this author is able to weave tougher topics into her stories while keeping the lighthearted and heartwarming and feel-good. There is a very lite romance in here but the biggest thing about this story is the group of strong women that befriend the main character Maeve. ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

Maeve Stephens is 36, out of a job and just learned on television, like million of viewers, that her famous baseball player boyfriend is cheating on her. And guess what else? She's been insulted by a mugger while he stole her money. Talk about the perfect setting for a crossroads revision of her life. It just needs one more detail to qualify...

Maeve knows that she was adopted when she was just a baby, she even tried to contact her birth mother but her letters came back unread. So it comes as
Chris Conley
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet book.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adoption
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Anna
Cardyn Brooks
Maeve is having a bad day professionally and personally that leads to unexpected revelations and opportunities. She's a mess and so is her life until fallout from her past offers her some perspective. Variations on themes about parents, babies - human and fur - and hard choices made under duress are offered in the context of a small town that's full of endearing and quirky characters.
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. ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. S ...more
Andrea Guy
This is the cutest book cover ever and the book is just as delightful as the cover. Its the story of Maeve and her beginnings along with the secrets of her birth mother and her adoption.

You get to learn about Maeve in the present and her mother in the year before her birth.

Its a beautiful little story about how a bad day becomes a better life. It was a really bad day. She loses her job, her boyfriend is cheating on her and a video of him kissing another woman is all over the internet, oh and she
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every minute of this sweet book!!!
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 cheatin
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 Tim ...more
Really Into This
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 phone cal
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
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably go 2.5 stars. This was a quick, no brainpower required read. I'd have liked more knitting, more wayward pets, and less goopy romance. Why do writers think that all single men need to be broody and drop-dead gorgeous??!!! Give it a rest. There was no need for the poorly thought out love interest in this book. I found it off-putting. The only completely fleshed out plot line was the one about an adopted child dealing with feelings toward birth mother.

If you get this book from the lib
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.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dog-read, dog
After reading several dark books and surviving through the last four years of Trump cultism and senators who sold their party out to follow a completely immoral man, and having avoided the Covid19 pandemic for nearly a year, I wanted a book that was light and fluffy and feel-good. This is certainly it.
Saint Vincent Society for Wayward Pets really It’s just an unfolding of events from the past that play into the future. The mystery doesn’t even come up until the very end, even though suspicion i
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 moth
Cyndie Adamski
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not know what to expect when I chose this book. At first it was a bit slow to get the story rolling. I had a picture in my head of the main character ,but by the end of the book I realized she was totally different..
The cover of the book gave the impression that animals were a big part of the book. Again I was incorrect. The human animal connection did not enter in til the later chapters.
The main character was well developed and had many unresolved issues. She was very likable and human.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the title, I expected animals but none appeared until almost 1/3 of the way through. It ended up being an entertaining read which I finished in 2 days. It was predictable, full of irreverent humor amidst some harsh circumstances but all tied up with a happy ending. A diverting read for this unsettling time.
Savannah Hendricks
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review will appear in Booklist! A charming novel, although it deals with heavy topics at times. Love the narrator.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It has some very emotional moments. It also felt very realistic though. The characters felt real as did their situations. Very much recommend.
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