Friday, November 23, 2012

A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid

Book Description:  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:  The Christmas season is here!  And with it comes some great Christmas reads! 
The first book I read to begin this season is A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid.  This is a sweet, likable read about about Christmas, a black lab!  From the first chapter I knew from the first this was going to be fun read.  
And it was!
Todd is a kind young man with a sense of humor that few understand, even his mom and dad!  But working at the local animal shelter makes this young man's heart even more sensitive.  With money tight and people needing to feed their children instead of their animals more and more dogs are left at the shelter.
Todd Todd meets Laura, a young volunteer at the shelter.  Her disabilities are more physical than developmental.  
This is one sweet,inspiring story....kind of a coming of age with romance mixed in for good measure.  And the love of a good dog, a companion for life!
A great gift book for that animal lover or even a faith lifter for someone going through a rough patch in life!

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
Meet the Author:
 Greg Kincaid was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 30, 1957. He has lived in rural Kansas most of his life. He is married and has five children. His first book, Death Walk at Acoma, was a young adult novel publihsed in 1992 by Sunstone. In 2008, his second novel, A Dog Named Christmas (Random House), made it to the the New York Times Extended Best Seller's list. In 2009, it was released as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that was enthusiastically received by over twelve million viewers. His third novel, Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, is scheduled for release by Crown Books in November of 2010. Greg is an attorney and an advocate for both animal shelters and literacy.

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951977
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches

1 comment:

  1. Buying this one and A Dog Named Christmas for a present. Thank you for the idea!