Book Review: Chez Stinky by Susan C. Daffron

One of the MANY wonderful parts about being a member of the BlogPaws Community is the interesting people from all walks of life that you meet there! BlogPaws isn’t just for bloggers, noooo…it’s for authors such as Susan C. Daffron who wrote what I like to call it “a chick book” that is a FUN often FUNNY and romantic read.  If it hadn’t been for BlogPaws, I might have never met Susan, or been afforded the opportunity of reviewing Chez Stinky.

If you live in a climate that is preparing for winter as I am, it is perfect for curling up with a warm, snuggly blanket, a dog and/or kitty (or both!) by your side, and your beverage of choice! If you don’t live in a cooler climate, no worries! Grab your chaise, sunglasses and this book which is perfect for poolside!


I have to admit when I read the title, that is what intrigued me. I just LOVE the title Chez Stinky and when you read this  delightful book you will find out why it is aptly named.

About the book from the publisher

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 THOUGHTS: Chez Stinky is the perfect example  of how your life can change with just a phone call. “Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans.”

While I enjoyed reading about Kat and Joel, my favorite character, Maria,  isn’t mentioned above.  It was care-free, personable, adorable, vibrant, bubbly Maria who is Kat’s best friend from the office, who I most related to.  Maria completely enjoys being single and wants to savor her time “sowing her wild oats”, as she says, whatever THAT means! Kat and Joel I had more trouble relating to because of their “techie” personas and quiet personalities, but Maria’s personality bounced off of the pages of Chez Stinky and I greatly enjoyed whenever she made an appearance.

Author Susan C. Daffron is obviously an animal lover. Her often hilarious descriptions of some of the dogs and her knowledge of the silent “language” of cats, is  evident.

If you are an animal lover, a romantic, a techie, a “tree hugger”, or someone who just enjoys a book that helps you to escape the daily grind, then pick up a copy of Chez Stinky, you won’t be disappointed.



  • One novel and 12 nonfiction books (with more in development). See the complete list on her Amazon page.
  • Contributor to 4 other books
  • More than 70 national magazine articles (and counting)
  • More than 200 print newspaper columns
  • Around 1,500 online articles
  • Several online training courses

Susan is the president of the non-profit Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network and was one of the organizers of the Self-Publishers Online Conference, the first online conference specifically for “indie” publishers.

Susan founded the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals (NAPRP) an association that offers tools and information to help people working in humane organizations save more lives.

A frequent speaker at events and teleconferences related to both pets and publishing, Susan has been quoted as an expert source on publishing and humane issues in a wide range of media outlets ranging from Reuters toRedbook magazine.

  • Chez Stinky
    978-1-61038-019-5 (Paperback)
    978-1-61038-020-1 (EPUB)




  1. Clowie says:

    I like the sound of this book!
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  2. I am with you – the title alone makes me want to read the book! I wonder if anyone knows just how many items Amazon lets one put on their wish list. I guess I will find out pretty soon.
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  3. Sounds like a cute read.
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  4. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Sounds entertaining! Plus, only 2.99! I’ll definitely be getting a copy 🙂 Thanks for the review.

    • Dakota says:

      $2.99? Wait…is that true? Or do I have a typo?

      • It’s true. The Kindle and EPUB (Nook) versions are $2.99. (It’s $9.99 for a paper copy.)

  5. emma says:

    The title is great, makes you really curious. Also, thanks for the link to the small publishers…network. I’m going to check that out!
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    • Dakota says:

      It does for sure Emma. That is what originally intrigued me. Glad to help out! Love, Caren

  6. Caren…thanks for reading my book and posting the review! It makes me happy to know that even non-techies like it {hee hee} Maria was a totally fun character to write and you gotta know, she’ll be in the next books in the series too 😉

    • Dakota says:

      Susan you are most welcome! Thank you for affording me the opportunity! That is the BEST news that Maria will be in the next series!! Woooo hooo!! Send it my way! Love, Caren

  7. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing! x
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  8. This sounds like a light, fun read. Sometimes I like those kind of books. Just something to sit back, relax, and not have to worry about keeping characters straight. Thanks for the review and introduction to the author.
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    • Dakota says:

      Yep Mario overall it is and I believe that is a huge reason why I enjoyed it. You got it, a book to just sit back, relax and enjoy!! You are most welcome and thank YOU for taking the time with such a wonderful comment! Love, Caren

  9. Love the title, great review!
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    • Dakota says:

      Thanks so much!!! I love the title too and the book! Love, Caren

  10. This book looks wonderful! I need to check it out 🙂
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    • Dakota says:

      it’s great! I think you will love it! love, Caren

  11. Your book reviews are always great, Dakota. It’s a pleasure to read what you think about the book and how you describes the “players and the game”. THANKS!
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    • Dakota says:

      Awww THANK YOU Easy! Sorry I haven’t been around. I was in NY with Nutrish Tues thru part of today. Came home to over 1000 emails. Going back to NY Monday. I am going to be behind on blog reading for a while and I am sorry! Love, Caren

  12. Hadn’t heard of this one before. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a fun read!
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  13. Great review! This one goes on my human mommy’s reading list. 😉
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  14. It sounds like an absolutely adorable book!
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  15. I wish I had more time to read. This sounds like a book I would like!
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    • Dakota says:

      I wish I had more time to read too lol. I have a STACK of books I have to review…….I am scheduling reviews already for 2014. I am TIRED!! Love, Caren

  16. Malia says:

    I enjoyed reading! What a cute story. We’ve just begun feeding Baylie Dog Rachel Ray Nutrish. She loves it.

    • Dakota says:

      Sooo glad you liked the story AND Nutrish!! Wooooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! Fantastic news! Love, Caren

  17. Misaki says:

    Sounds like a fun book!

  18. Sounds like a good read – going on my list!
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    • Dakota says:

      Sue I think you are definitely going to enjoy it! Love, Caren

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