A Pet for Christmas

A Pet for Christmas

by Rachelle Ayala

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Overview

A Pet for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala

Kelly Kennedy thought her life was finally on track. Engaged to the man of her dreams and with a baby on the way, she reassures her five-year-old daughter, Bree, that the father she picked for Christmas still loves her.

Unfortunately, war veteran Tyler Manning has been away most of the year. Recovering from PTSD isn't easy. Rather than worry Kelly, Tyler spends his time traveling to Afghanistan to work at a children's charity he founded.

Kelly decides to distract Bree with promises of a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is taken hostage by terrorists in Afghanistan, a boy and a stray dog help Tyler get home in time for Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515326212
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/12/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book.

Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.
She is also a writing teacher and founder of the Romance In A Month writing community. She lives in California with her husband and has three children and two birds.

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A Pet for Christmas 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
"Refreshing and Exhilerating" If you could sum up A Pet for Christmas in three words, what would they be? determination, longing, loving What was one of the most memorable moments of A Pet for Christmas? The birth of the baby showed them that life can always be started anew no matter what came before. Their focus needed to be on their family and nothing else. It was completely precious. What does Elizabeth Klett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book? The subtleties of how they talked and managed their family and martial problems was highlighted so effectively with the audio book then via print. The voices really make the story for me. It was a powerful performance. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes, this is a story that you need to read in one setting, It is an incredible journey that needs to be savored in one long reading session. Any additional comments? This is a beautiful book that everyone needs to read and enjoy and experience to know that your heart is still alive and working.
tarafarah7 More than 1 year ago
**This review is for the audiobook** Rachelle Ayala is a pro at drawing awareness to conditions many face in our world today through her engaging stories. In A Pet for Christmas: A Veteran's Christmas, Book 2 (sequel to A Father for Christmas: A Veteran's Christmas, Book 1), we have the pleasure of seeing where life has taken Kelly, Tyler, and 5-year old Bree. I really enjoyed continuing their story because I felt like I really got to know these loveable characters in Book 1. Ayala's story helps you learn about PTSD and how it affects all involved. She speaks to the heart, puts you in the characters' shoes, and has you rooting for all of them through to the last page! The narration by Elizabeth Klett is wonderful. She does a fantastic job with each character's voice, especially little Bree! Her volume, pace, and gentle story-telling manner make this book one worth listening. I love audiobooks, so I may be a bit biased, but I feel that the narration adds so much to the story...Ayala and Klett are a great team! I rate this audiobook 5/5 stars across the board. As I stated before, it is so much more than just a sweet story about a couple in love. It draws awareness to PTSD, a condition that many in our world deal with daily in various forms. I don't know if this book has received an award for this aspect of the book, but it should! I feel so much more informed about PTSD...what it is, how to recognize it, and some possible ways to deal with it, if my life ever happens to be affected by it in the way Kelly's has. Ayala also addresses issues some parents are faced with as their children get older, such as common questions/concerns about step-parents, becoming a pet-owner, and last, but not least, Santa Claus! I highly recommend this book to fans of sweet romance, as well as to those who enjoy reading about family, love, and relationships. Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The holidays should be a time of family togetherness and joy. For Kelly and Tyler, it's anything but. A Pet for Christmas takes up where A Father for Christmas ended. Kelly, Bree and Tyler are on the verge of becoming a family, until circumstances throw a monkey wrench in their plans. It will take a Christmas miracle, a leap of faith and love's unending strength to guide this almost family to their happily ever after. Ms. Ayala is an emotional writer. She seeks out the heart and speaks directly to the vulnerability that makes us human. Getting to read her wise words is always a pleasureable experience, but what I enjoy most is when the characters come alive. Elizabeth Klett adds to that realism with animated vocal range. Getting to experience the two together is a treasure not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has romance, funny, mystery, Santa's love! What more could you want? A little 5year old girl thst asks Santa for her daddy! Good read for Christmas!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite In A Pet for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala, Kelly Kennedy falls in love with Tyler Manning, a war veteran suffering from PTSD. As Tyler travels the globe trying to find a way to exorcise the demons of war, Kelly and her five-year-old daughter, Bree, wait. Kelly is pregnant with Tyler's son, she is a working mom, and she wonders if her "fiance" will ever be able to live a normal family life. Tyler returns to Afghanistan in an attempt to help the children there while Kelly is left to wonder if he will ever come home to stay. A world apart, both of their lives present severe and dangerous situations. Tyler is in an area where terrorism runs rampant and Kelly struggles with work, a high risk pregnancy, and a five-year-old asking questions that she cannot fully answer. Kelly's concerns are more than just for Tyler's safety and she prays that it can all be sorted out in time for Christmas. Kelly's trust in God gives her something to hold onto while the rest of her life feels uncertain and like it's falling apart. Rachelle Ayala's A Pet for Christmas is a riveting story of love and hope, terror and despair, and trusting God to do what we cannot. Rachelle Ayala's characters are compelling and real, the story is full of anxious moments as well as tender and endearing ones. Kelly and Tyler go through terrors of their own as they pray to one day be reunited. Bree is sweet and innocent, as five-year-olds are, but with an innocent maturity that raises questions that need to be answered. When things are beyond our control, we turn to God for His help and Rachelle's characters show us just how much we need Him in our lives. A well written story with believable characters and well defined situations that keep you on the edge of your seat one minute and warming your heart the next. I enjoyed this book very much.
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
~ In A Pet for Christmas, the story picks up around the Holidays a year later. Kelly and Tyler are now engaged and expecting a baby. Tyler continues to struggle with flash backs from the war, as well as, survivor’s guilt. He has founded a charity to help children in war torn Afghanistan. He travels there to handle some charity business when there is a terrorist attack and Tyler has no way to communicate with his family back home. Meanwhile, Kelly is very pregnant / hormonal. She is trying to deal with her own personal fears of abandonment and trust. Bree is showing signs of being jealous of her unborn baby brother and wants to know about her “real” daddy. They are all worried if Tyler is ok and if he will get home in time for Christmas. Getting a puppy seemed like a good idea … something to love and, hopefully provide a distraction from worrying. Is Tyler ok? Will he get home for Christmas? Will this new little family survive? You’ll have to read the book to find out. What could be better than a nice Christmas-y romance ??
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
If you follow my book reviews then you know that I really like Rachelle Ayala's books. I also read A Father for Christmas, which is the first book in this series. I absolutely recommend reading it first. Even though this is a different story from the first, you meet all the characters in A Father for Christmas. So I highly recommend you read it before reading A Pet for Christmas. This is a highly emotional story and it had me crying and hopeful. I won't say much because I don't want to spoil this must read book. So go ahead and get both of these fabulous books. I did receive this product discounted or free of charge in exchange for a review, however all opinions are 100% honest based on my own experience.
Njkinny More than 1 year ago
A Pet For Christmas has a young girl, Bree wishing for a pet for Christmas. This book is the sequel of A Father For Christmas but can still be read as a standalone. However, it is recommended that you read the first book too to better understand the characters. Having read A Father For Christmas in which Bree wished for a father and proved a matchmaker for her mother, Kelly and Tyler, a former army man. Now Kelly and Tyler are together and Kelly is pregnant with her second child. Life is finally on track for her except that Tyler has been in Afghanistan working for a charity for war children and alone with a small daughter who constantly asks for her real father, in absence of Tyler. Kelly has her hands full. She just wants her loved ones to be home safe for Christmas. But the real test happens when Tyler is taken captive in Afghanistan by terrorists. What will happen now? Will Bree have a complete family with a father and mother in it? I absolutely loved the first book and loved this one even better. The cover, blurb and title all are intriguing and instantly attract our attention. The plot is fast paced with realistic settings and engaging writing. I could feel the dilemmas, fears and tension of the protagonists and rooted for a happy family for Bree who is confused and wants her father there with her just like her friends at school have! The hostage scenes in Afghanistan had goosebumps erupting on my skin and are frighteningly real. They kept me glued to my seat, swiftly turning pages, all the while praying for Tyler's safe return. This book is all about the lesson of cherishing your loved ones and having faith in them. It teaches us to grab every moment with our loved ones and fight for love. A heart wrenching, emotion rich and memorable story that left me feeling thankful for the love I have in my life, I absolutely loved reading A Pet For Christmas and think this is the best book by Rachelle that I have read till date. 4.5 out of 5 to it and recommended to all readers. Go read this book and enjoy! :) I received an ARC from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced. This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
After reading A Father for Christmas and to find out the future, I picked up A Pet for Christmas which tells of the next Christmas when Kelly and Tyler are starting their own family and Bree is wondering who her real father is, not the Papa she asked Santa for the previous year. As any parent will tell you, once a child enters school, even kindergarten, you had better be prepared for anything. There is no telling what questions a child will come home with as they are exposed to others from different family values and who may be considerably older. Younger children tend to believe anything they are told by an older child so be prepared. Kelly was not and Bree tested her with questions from the kids at school. This particular book also takes Tyler back to the war zone so has a split setting. I am not big on war zone fiction. I’m not big on war zone anything but I tend to want my fiction to be more fiction and less truth. Ayala does a great job mixing the US setting with Tyler’s setting in Afghanistan. She does not dwell to much in war territory but it is there with all the pitfalls that come with it.
missfee81 More than 1 year ago
If you read and loved A Father for Christmas, then you are going to love this. We pick up the story around Thanksgiving, Kelly is pregnant and Tyler is is back in Afghanistan. This story will really tug at your emotions as we see Kelly deal with explaining to Bree why Tyler had to go away and the jealousy she is feeling towards her unborn brother. We also get the story from Tyler as well, which I thought was great as we get to see and feel what is happening to him out in Afghan. When he get caught up in some trouble I think my heart stopped for a second and I just prayed that it would all be ok. This was a brilliant read and very eye opening to the life of a vet dealing with life after the army. My brother has severed in several wars and whilst he wont talk about it, we are sure there is some kind of PTSD that he is dealing with. 5 stars
rmcwentz More than 1 year ago
“A Pet for Christmas” continues the story of “A Father for Christmas” a year later. The family is apart and is falling apart. Kelly and Bree are feeling the effects of Tyler being away. Tyler is realizing that home is where he needs to be and fights to get there. Ms. Ayala does a great job showing both sides of the story – and, of course, ends with “A Pet for Christmas.”
_KatMar More than 1 year ago
A Pet for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala is an emotional ride. There are moments it made me tear up or fear for the main characters. It's a sequel to A Father for Christmas, which is where one meets Kelly, Tyler, and Bree. Kelly has been a single mother of Bree for many years. She's not one who willing and quickly admits when she needs help. She's too independent for her own good. Getting used to depending on someone else is hard for her. She's not the greatest at vocalizing her needs to Tyler, who she claims to be her fiance to her family, when her pregnancy starts to get rocky. Tyler had once been a homeless veteran. With his new career, Tyler's focus is getting spread out far and thin. His traveling and PTSD from the war is causing insecurities for Kelly and Tyler in their relationship. Bree is one an absolute adorable little girl. Her honesty and innocent questions kept making me laugh. She's a very determined and persistent child. With a little brother on the way, Bree is starting to feel left out. She wants her real father around, not just Tyler. If she can't get her real father, she's willing to settle for a pet of her choice. As time goes on, Bree grows to find what's more important to her, a puppy, her real father, or Tyler. When Tyler's work get attacked in Afghanistan, I feared for him. I couldn't imagine what Kelly and Bree was going through with not hearing news about his whereabouts for the longest time. The story kept my interest the entire time. The whole time I wanted to know how Tyler handles becoming a hostage and how Kelly handles not having him near. I kept wanting the best for them and for them to get past their insecurities with their relationship if they were to be reunited. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
A Pet for Christmas is an incredibly sweet, heart-wrenching and terrifying story. Bree finally has what she asked for last year, a Daddy! And her mom Kelly has another baby on the way. But Bree has been missing her new Daddy since he went back to Afghanistan to work with displaced children. So she's been asking her mom for a pet... repeatedly! Kelly is late in her second pregnancy, trying to keep things together while Tyler is gone, worried for him and wondering whether their relationship can really last. When the compound Tyler is in is bombed and he goes missing, Kelly is terrified for his safety. As we follow Tyler's imprisonment by terrorists it's unclear whether he'll ever see Kelly and Bree (or his unborn baby) again. Can Kelly keep her children safe? Will Tyler make it home? And will Bree find a pet for Christmas? *I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
I have not had the chance to read the first book but I am definitely going to go back and check it out for a little more background information. I love knowing everything that makes the characters who they are! We jump into this story with the setting of a sweet family who finally found their path to one another; however, a deep, dark enemy is threatening to tear them apart - PTSD. Tyler has support but the disease causes him to hurt his family so he feels the need to find a way to deal with his past sins. Instead of sticking around and getting over this obstacle with his family, Tyler heads off on military duty to Afghanistan. Kelly is struggling with the idea and wishes she could 'fix' Tyler but sometimes, we have to do what our heart leads us to so we can get our 'old' selves back. To distract herself and her daughter, a pregnant Kelly decides to get Bree a puppy. Bree is desperate for Tyler to be her daddy, to have her mom give birth to her baby brother and be a family but will Tyler make it back home safely so all of her wishes can come true? Had I read this book 10-12 years ago, I think I would have been angry about Tyler leaving rather than sticking with his family but as a wife and mother now, I felt a deep understanding....a soulful connection - if you will. Life can throw pain and heartache in our wake - only true love survives. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.