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 Comments: This is a sweet holiday story. I read “A Dog Named Christmas” when it came out and loved it. These are the types of books which really help me get into the holiday spirit. It provides a good mix for dog lovers, family lovers, and holiday lovers! Todd is such a sweetie and it looks like he may have found forever love with a girl named Laura. He and Laura have quite a bit in common and tend to help each other with their specific needs. I recommend this book as a quick, enjoyable read.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is not yet published. It will be available on October 30.
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