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Posted November 5, 2012
A Christmas Classic
A Christmas Home is the third book in a series by Greg Kincaid, featuring a young disabled boy named Todd and his incredible dog, Christmas. I didn’t read either A Dog Named Christmas or the Prequel, Christmas with Tucker. One of the best things about this book is that you don’t have to know anything about the other two books in order to get drawn into this one.
This book is different from the other books I generally read. I’m more of a romance reader, but I found A Christmas Home to be very sweet and touching. While reading the book, I kept thinking, “this should be a movie”. I looked up the author and found out the first book was turned into a movie.
A Christmas Home deals with issues a lot of people are facing today. These issues being a poor economy, having your house foreclosed on and having to leave a beloved pet behind, and local governments forced to decrease or cancel services because there isn’t enough money to fund them all. Gracie is a four-year-old retriever who is abandoned by her family, not because they didn’t love her, but because they couldn’t afford to take care of her. In a mad dash to probably try to locate her family, Gracie is hit by a car driven by Laura. Gracie is then taken to the local animal shelter and taken care of by Todd. It turns out that both Todd and Laura are disabled. Todd has a mental disability and Laura has rheumatoid arthritis.
Todd and his family live in a very small rural farming community called Crossing Trails. With the bad economy, businesses are closing up and thus the town is losing revenue. The decision is made to close the animal shelter with less than a month’s notice. This leaves Todd and his boss Hayley with forty-eight dogs and cats to find permanent homes for. In what seems like a monumental task, Todd manages to pull the town together and do the right thing for the animals.
A Christmas Home is more than a story about a dog at Christmas time. It’s a touching, heart-warming story of a young disabled man finding his way in this world while showing incredible courage and strength. It’s a story of letting go and allowing a “butterfly” to find its wings and fly away.
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Posted December 12, 2012
I confess, I like sappy Christmas movies and that¿s how I was f
I confess, I like sappy Christmas movies and that’s how I was first introduced to Todd and his family and friends, especially the Labrador retriever that came to mean so much to him. The Hallmark movie was ” A Dog Named Christmas” and I have enjoyed it several times since it first came out in 2009. What I didn’t know until I received this ARC is that the movie was based on a novel of the same name. A Christmas Home is the third of a trilogy, following Christmas with Tucker.
The storyline of A Christmas Home follows that of the first book, concentrating on Crossing Trails’ animal shelter and, in this volume, its loss of public funding at a time when communities across the nation are struggling economically. At its heart, though, is the tale of two people with disabilities and how they learn to “fly”, to move on and to dare to do the impossible because they believe they can do so. It is also the tale of the families and friends who care so deeply for them and must find the courage let go, to have faith that they have instilled the strength and confidence needed for these two young people to live full lives despite their disabilities.
Such a storyline can hardly hope to be anything other than ultra-sweet but author Greg Kincaid handles it well and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a fine example of what “comfort fiction” really is. I took a good deal of pleasure in spending a little time with folks—and animals—I would be happy to call friends and to experience, if only for a little while, the humanity and caring of Todd’s community.
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Posted December 1, 2012
This is the third installment in some innovative books about dog
This is the third installment in some innovative books about dogs, human passion and determination , and the Christmas season. Todd is now a young man working in the town's animal shelter. Though he is 'book slow', he definitely has a way with animals. His job at the shelter has caused these talents to blossom into training dogs to met human needs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Todd has met Laura, whose arthritis has been less bothersome since she got her dog, Gracie. The nursing home is more joyful for it's inhabitants with pet visits. Then the bad news---the shelter must close from lack of funds. What will happen to all the homeless pets? Can Todd find another satisfying job?
This book has creative and heart warming happy endings. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, you'll be 'blessed if you read them before finishing with this one!! CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER and A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS are the first two books. Though A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS has been made into a wonderful Hallmark movie, as with most all books, the book is even better!!! Great books to share with your kids too!!