A Christmas Home




Title:  A Christmas Home
Author:  Greg Kincaid
Pages:  222
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Crown Publishers
A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker are the first two books in this series.  This story is set in the small town of Crossing Trails with a modern time period.
Todd McCray and his dog, Christmas, are again a large part of this story as in the first book.  Todd is now 24 years old and works at the town animal shelter.  He has developed a friendship with Laura, who has a dog that helps her when her arthritis flares.  Laura’s dog is named Gracie and Todd helped train her.  Gracie was one of many abandoned animals left behind when the owners were forced to leave their homes due to foreclosure.  Many just can’t afford to feed their pets, so they leave them at these abandoned homes, hoping someone will contact the animal shelter to come pick them up.  The shelter’s dog and cat population has swelled as a result.  The entire town is in an economic downturn.  The last large employer, one that makes horse trailers, has gone out of business.  As a result, many people lost their jobs, couldn’t pay their mortgage and left town.  With fewer employers and fewer people staying in town to spend their money, the town government is faced with cutting back many programs it funds.  On the chopping block is the animal shelter.  The shelter will be closed at the end of the year.
Todd faces the daunting task of finding homes for all these animals in this poor economic climate, finding a new job and discovering a potential romance with his best friend, Laura.  Readers journey along with Todd as he tries to find homes for these animals.  Todd may face losing his independence as his job will be eliminated.  He also has developmental delays that are challenging for him.  Laura is a wonderful source of encouragement.
I really liked the small town atmosphere portrayed in the story, how everyone knows everyone else and tries to help each other out.  Todd was so brave, tenacious and hard-working.  Readers will see such unconditional love, a town pulling together against the odds and a conclusion worth waiting for.  This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. 
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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