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A Christmas Home Hardcover – 30 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY) (30 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951977
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Christmas Home 12 Nov 2012
By M.Fields - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE dogs as most of you know. I would be lost with out my Yorkie Luke, so when the publisher sent me a copy of this book I was so excited to read it.
This is a book you will not put down until the very last page. It was such a fun read. I plan I buying copies for friends of mine, who love dogs as much as me.
Todd is a character that you take to heart and fall in love with instantly.
I love a book with a happy ending.
This is a must read, I highly recommend this 5 star book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice and sweet 3 Nov 2012
By D. Kinney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like a tall glass of iced tea, this story is nice and sweet even if you know what to expect while enjoying it.

The story is about an animal shelter that must close due to cut-backs in the budget. The people who work and support the shelter try to make the best of a bad situation. The main character, Todd, does not know what he will do for employment when the shelter closes. He has a unique diability that is not defined in the story line, but the reader understands that Todd is capable of hard work but not desk work. His parents love him and want what's best for him even if they are not sure what that is.

For an easy read and a relaxing story over the holiday season, this book is for you.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A cheerful story to get you in the Christmas spirit 12 Dec 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'Twas close to Christmas, but all through the shelter,
You wouldn't have found much holiday cheer.

Summary from Goodreads :

Todd McCray, hero of A Dog Named Christmas, is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal shelter, where he meets and quickly becomes best friends with Laura, a young volunteer. Laura, like Todd, has disabilities of her own, but her struggles are more physical than developmental. Their friendship is sealed when Todd--with the help of his trusted companion, the tenacious Labrador retriever named Christmas--trains a beautiful dog named Gracie to help Laura with the day-to-day life tasks that are difficult for her.

Life seems good for Todd, but all is not well in his hometown. Struggling families unable to make ends meet are abandoning more and more dogs, and the shelter is swelling to capacity. The local government is struggling to meet its obligations too, and in early December, on the cusp of another holiday season, Todd's boss delivers the bad news. Due to funding problems, the shelter will close its doors before the end of the year. But what will happen to all the animals?

As the Christmas holiday approaches, Todd has limited time to find homes for all the dogs. Not to mention that he needs to secure a new job and figure out what to do when his friendship with Laura takes an unexpected romantic turn. All this seems overwhelming unless you've got a loving family, dedicated friends, and a couple of very special dogs behind you. In which case, nothing is impossible.

My Thoughts :

I came into this book without having read A Dog Named Christmas. But I soon found that it wasn't really necessary.

The first part of this book was very hard to sink into. I liked the atmosphere of the novel - especially the characters - but there was something about it that just didn't click with me. It didn't captivate me enough to keep me going.

I think one reason for this was that the characters were up against so many obstacles. The shelter closing, finding jobs for themselves, keeping the town from toppling completely... It just seemed like a lot for so few people to overcome.

I also felt like I didn't get to know each of the characters personally. The author did a good job describing their personalities, but he never really left it up to me to discover them for myself.

Fortunately, as the action started to pick up, so did my feelings toward the book.

I started to see how Todd, his friends, and his family shined even during their most difficult times. (The pet shelter's event at the mall and the dog caroling session were particularly fun to read about.) And I also realized how much the shelter actually meant to the town - which I hadn't been sure about before.

Even towards the end, the story often lost my attention. But it did show me the value of small towns, simpler thinking, and positive attitudes. I appreciated that the author invoked a little small-town wisdom, especially through a sentiment expressed by Todd's father:
[The past] all seemed so far away, not just in time, but also in other ways not easily measured. Everything had been different then; harder yet more real.

All things considered, this book could have been better. However, it did accomplish two goals: getting me in the holiday spirit, and reminding how dire the situation is for pet shelters across the nation right now. And for that, I am truly grateful.

Disclaimer : I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook-Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed in 2nd one 12 Oct 2013
By Evelyn M Misner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed in this one after reading A Dog Named Christmas. It was predictable and boring, like the author had used up all the good stuff in the first one.
I completely enjoyed all three books 25 July 2014
By Ruth Haydon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the third novel in a series by Greg Kincaid. The first two are Christmas with Tucker and A Dog Named Christmas. I completely enjoyed all three books. They take place on a dairy farm in Kansas, and span the history of the McCrae family from 1960 til now. Each one is about a rescue dog and his part in the family. A Christmas Home tells about their son who is mentally challenged and his work at the local dog shelter and his work with service dogs.

The first two books have been made into Hallmark movies. They were good, but, as usual, the book is better. If you like story about family relations and about dogs I think you will enjoy all these books.
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