THE CHRISTMAS DOG
BY MELODY CARLSON
Christmas miracles can come from unlikely sources.
Betty Kowalski isn't looking forward to the holidays. She just can't seem to find Christmas in her heart. Maybe it's because her husband is gone. Maybe it's because she's missing her children. Or maybe it has something to do with her obnoxious new neighbor, who seems to be tearing his house apart and rearranging it on the lawn.
But when a mangy dog appears at her doorstep, the stage is set for Betty to learn what Christmas is really all about.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.
This is a perfect holiday book. It is short so you can enjoy a good story while your time is so limited during the madness of the holidays and it conveys a good message of how something good, including love, can come around when you least expect it. It also will get you in the holiday mood if you are not already!
Perhaps Betty Kowalski needs a book like this as she is having a hard time getting in the holiday mood and with good reason. This year she will be by herself, missing her husband. It also doesn't help that she has an annoying neighbor, Jack, who is the bane of her existence or so she thinks. Leave it to a sweet puppy to solve her problems.
A puppy appears on Betty's doorstep and he is a cutie but she is in no mood for this. She thinks the puppy belongs to that creep next door, Jack. The poor puppy wanders back and forth between their two houses while neither Betty nor Jack will claim him. They obviously have one thing in common-stubbornness! When Avery appears, she immediately falls in love with the puppy. Avery is Betty's granddaughter who, it seems, has run away from her family. Now Betty loves Avery but feels caught in the middle as she knows she has to support Avery's parents and yet she feels sorry for Avery and understands where she is coming from.
What happens with Avery and how the puppy makes a difference in all their lives is a touching story with some twists and turns that in the end will remind the reader of the message in this book about finding things when we least expect them. Does Betty finally get into the holiday spirit and will Avery make up with her parents? What will happen to the puppy and how does Jack wind up in all this at the end? This and much more will help to put YOU into the holiday spirit and as you read the book it will give you some enjoyable down time when you most need it during this hectic time of the year. I know of at least 3 people I would give this book to right now and I am sure they could benefit from it.
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