A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid
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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Publishing for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.
A Christmas Home is a wonderful tale about Todd and his black lab Christmas. Todd is a special needs young man who works at an animal shelter that is in the process of being shut down. Despite Todd's apparent disability he is living proof that anyone can attain any goal once they set their mind to it. He refuses to allow his disability to govern his life and has an almost normal life. He works a job, lives on his own and has an amazing talent as dog trainer. He trains an equally talented dog named Gracie to help his special needs friend, Laura. Laura is another amazing character who also does not allow her disability to hold her down.
Author Greg Kinkaid is an amazing writer. He pulls you into the story from the very beginning and keeps you until the very last page of the story. This is one book that was hard to put down as you just want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The story was very heart-felt and easy to identify with. He makes you fall in love with the characters to the point where you feel as though you are a part of their very lives.
The story was very descriptive and very well written. The author's natural ability to tell a heart-warming story only intensifies his ability to capture his audience. Anyone who enjoys a heart-felt story about a young man and his dog is bound to enjoy this one. I recommend this book as a must read; you definitely won't be disappointed.
I rate this book with 5 stars out of a total of five.
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