Christmas in Dogtown [NOOK Book]

Overview

A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc.

Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it--even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish, Louisiana, helping her uncle run the family meat business. But the ...
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Christmas in Dogtown

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Overview

A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc.

Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it--even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish, Louisiana, helping her uncle run the family meat business. But the community of Dogtown, which has been home for seven generations of the Madere and Caillou families, has deep roots and deeper secrets. For Resa, going home is one thing. Getting out might not be so easy.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015529302
  • Publisher: The Story Vault
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 726,891
  • File size: 110 KB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities (including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual). She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. Royal Street, the first in the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, was released in April 2010 by Tor Books; book two, River Road, will come out on November 13, 2012.

Fun Facts
- She once trapped a rat (with a fireplace poker) in a popcorn tin, with a slice of German Chocolate cake (not recommended).
- She knows the words to both the Alabama and Auburn fight songs (sacrilege!).
- She can pop her right thumb out of joint because of a childhood injury playing pirate ship.
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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Let me start by saying I love Ms Johnson! I love everything she

    Let me start by saying I love Ms Johnson! I love everything she touches, including her facebook updates LOL! So when this first was coming out, I snagged a copy… but I hadn’t read it until I jumped on this blot tour. I know, bad dog Maghon! Let me also say that as a native to all of the places she talks about, it’s just so awesome to read this one! AND… the best part about this book- to me- the main character came to MY COLLEGE!! I feel so much kinship :) She talk about college at ULL- University of Louisiana at Lafayette. High five!!! And that’s also where I’m from, well I’m actually about 20ish miles south but you get it! So if I take DJ, Jake, and Mirren out of the equations, this is my favorite book! Lol :) ok now on to the real stuff.




    Theresa, aka Resa, is out of a job, out of a jerk boyfriend, and officially out of money. So, most people from a small town can’t wait to get out of that small town- not me, but.most. Resa. Isn’t any different, she ran fast and hard to get out and now to her most horrific shame, shes coming back. Yes shes coming back to male money, but she’s coming back to help her beloved uncle. Much to her mother’s dismay, she wants nothing to do with the customs or the old childhood friend everyone thinks she should marry…. until she is back. She’s a modern day woman. She doesn’t want to ask for money, she wants to earn it. She doesn’t want to be treated like the little kid she was when she left, she’s a woman. She’s a little stubborn but nothing most of us aren’t. And she handles that big ole whammy pretty well. We south Louisiana folk aren’t scared of much. Lol




    Yes, there’s a hawt male piece. Yes, I love him… I’m looking for him, gators and all, and yes you will love this sweet little romance. No, I will not go into details. You will have to read this one for those goodies. I did love chandler, and uncle Emile, and even her mom. But you’ll have to make your own opinions.




    The writing is also excellent when Ms Johnson is writing. But I wasn’t expecting to love a short story this much! I seriously hope we see a little more of Resa and Chandler, maybe with DJ and the gang, if not on their own :) It’s also the perfect Louisiana Christmas story. We surround our holidays with food and family. And this story just gives me more reason to love where I live!! It’s a perfect time to slip this one in. It’s short, sweet, and the perfectly written holiday cheer story! 5 PAWS oooooh. Maybe today in honor of Chandler I’ll say 5 Gator Claws!! :)

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

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    Awesome Paranormal Story

    This short story features a woman named Resa who has returned to visit her family in a very small Louisiana town. Also there is a man named Chan, the guy everyone expects her to end up with. Resa has had some bad luck recently and isn’t sure if she’s ready to jump into another relationship. She’s also not sure how she truly feels about Chan.

    There is some very good writing to this story. I loved the paranormal twist that does not reveal itself until the end. It presents a new concept that I have never heard of before, and I found it fresh and entertaining. There isn’t a big romantic plot here, which is how I prefer my stories. There is the possibility of a future romance, but this isn’t your average romance title.

    I also loved the descriptions of the swamp area and the river. Those scenes are beautifully written and gave me a sense that the author herself must love those kinds of places. When an author writes from the heart, it shows. This story is short and sweet, and I would have enjoyed reading more.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

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    Resa (Teresa) Madere has recently been dumped by her husband and

    Resa (Teresa) Madere has recently been dumped by her husband and is struggling to pay her mortgage. She heads home to Dogtown just before Christmas to help her Uncle Emile in the family sausage-making business. Dogtown is a small town whose residents belong to either the Madere or Caillou families. Its major attraction is the strange dog-like mascot, the rougarou, located in the center of town. Resa's sentiments about her home town can be summed up as follows: "Dogtown was like quicksand; unless one kept moving, getting stuck was inevitable, followed by sinking and suffocation."

    Coincidentally, Resa's old school friend Chan (Chandler) Caillou has just moved back to Dogtown to take over his family's alligator wrangling business. He states, "It was my responsibility, you know? Sometimes we're born into a situation and we have to decide if we're gonna be a part of it or if we're gonna put an end to it." According to both their families, Resa and Chan are destined to be married. Resa has never felt that way about Chan, but now that he's all grown up, she's not so sure. When Chan asks Resa out to the community dance, the town's tongues start wagging.

    What secret are both families hiding and how does it affect Resa and Chan? The future of both families is in her hands, and Resa has a decision to make.

    This is a magical tale not so much about Christmas but about love, family, and new beginnings. A nice quick holiday read.

    I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Ad executive Resa Madere's life is on a downward slide: she's lo

    Ad executive Resa Madere's life is on a downward slide: she's lost her job, her boyfriend, and her house is on the brink of foreclosure ... all before the Christmas holiday. Can life get any worse? When Resa's Uncle Aim becomes ill and asks her to come home to Dogtown, Louisiana, and help run the family meat market, Resa suddenly finds herself back in the town that she thought she had escaped from years ago. And if that isn't enough, Chandler Caillou, her childhood sweetheart is back in town and her family is acting strange ... is this a coincidence or is there something more going on in Dogtown?




    Christmas In Dogtown is an enjoyable short holiday novella that follows a young woman's journey of rediscovering her hometown, family traditions, and finding what she has been searching for has been in front of her the whole time.




    This is a touching story that has a nice mixture of light romance, intrigue and paranormal elements. In the backwoods town of Dogtown, Louisiana, old family traditions, obligations, and secrets are revealed, causing Resa to struggle to make a choice of what matter most in her life. The reader can't help but get drawn into the story of the Madere-Caillou families and how their generations of traditions and future now lies upon Resa and Chandler's shoulders. As the old family secrets are revealed, Resa struggles to make a choice between family and what she wants out of life, and while Chandler leaves the decision up to Resa, there's nothing like the magical holiday season to help her decide!




    With a cast of quirky characters; humorous dialogue and interactions; a richly detailed description of the small Louisiana town setting; and an engaging storyline that mixes together romance, intrigue and a touch of paranormal elements; Christmas In Dogtown is a perfect short story to read during the holiday season!

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    Posted November 4, 2012

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