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Posted January 26, 2006
I was introduced to this charming series by my niece, a very astute 11 year old. She lent me the first two books last year and I have to admit I was hooked after the first one. After meeting the author personally at a book signing, it became apparent that reading the rest of the series was a must...and I owe it to him to pass on my very favorable comments. In short, read this series, if not for the shere joy of celebrating the holiday season with the author, at least for the tremendous message he brings. Thank you, Mr. Humphrey, for reminding me what the season is really all about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2006
Betty J. Allen (BA Elementary Education, Special Education 1971 / MA 1976) ¿Christmas Promise¿ by Robert Humphrey is book four in ¿The Christmas Poodle¿ series. The Steele family¿s faith is truly tested when Deputy Henry Steele¿s compassion and professional integrity are on trial when faced by immoral men. He remains, however, clear headed even though seriously injured. His heroic actions helped to put these men away and justice prevailed. His wife and children supported each other with their faith and love. They also have one year old poodle named Nicholas, a gift from Santa. Nicholas, although immature shows the magical qualities only Maximus has possessed thus far. Nicholas has a friend Chloe who is a registered therapy dog. She and others go to nursing homes and hospitals to visit and bring joy and love to persons who feel lost and alone. They are truly mankind¿s best friends. Tessie, at the hospital, made her Christmas wish. She didn¿t ask for skates, bicycle or doll for herself. Her wish was a gift of love for her father. She told everyone that her Dad would be okay. She promised. Thus with the miracle of Christmas and magic all around, will her Christmas Promise be granted? I look forward to book five in 2006 and then the continued saga of ¿The Christmas Poodle¿ for many years to come. These stories never fail to put a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Keep up the good work Mr. H!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2005
Being familiar with Humphrey's series of Christmas stories, I have learned to watch for new releases each year. I thought The Christmas Wish was going to be the last of Jamie and Tessie but I was surprised to find a fourth book out this year just in time for shopping for the grandkids. Humphrey never fails to grab the reader's attention in the first paragraph and his stories always stretch the emotions from one extreme to the other, a fact I deem attributable to his experience working in the social system of our society. The thing I appreciate most about his writings are the life lessons that are so delicately woven into even the harshest of circumstances. In The Christmas Promise we are taken directly into the action of everyday life where the mundane can quickly become a frightening and life-threatening event. A bank robbery at Christmas time seems an unlikely place to begin, but by the time you get a few pages into the story, you again see the impact the actions of a few have on the lives of many. Humphrey suprasses, without glossing over, the typical social injustices our society all too often attribute to the downfall of average people and shows the reader the subtlety of how everyday goodness overcomes even the direst of situations. This story, like all of the Poodle series, is replete with love, family, kindness and all the other blessings that come with the Christmas season. I heartily recommend this book for not only the seasonal magic, but also for the realities of everyday life. Although the appearances of Maximus, the Christmas Poodle, are brief, they continue to be a powerful ingredient to the story line, even to the point the grandkids have been known to break into an audible cheer at the mention of the Poodle's name. As with the rest of the series, this story is good for all ages but may require some additional explanations for the very young. Great work!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.