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A Christmas Home: A Novel by Greg Kincaid

A Christmas Home: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Greg Kincaid

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Title:A Christmas Home: A Novel
Authors:Greg Kincaid
Info:Crown (2012), Hardcover, 240 pages
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A Christmas Home: A Novel by Greg Kincaid



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This was the sequel to A Dog Named Christmas and, while I enjoyed it, I didn't like it as much as the first book. The prologue was an interesting beginning as the reader learned about Gracie's abandonment but, after that, she was hardly in the story; the focus was more on Todd. However, I think had Gracie, and all the other dogs at the shelter, played a starring role in the book, A Christmas Home would have been a more appealing read. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Dec 15, 2017 |
Sequel to _A Dog Named Christmas_; nice book as well. Story of the protagonist maturing as his world expands, at the end he is off to school to study as an animal trainer. I do hope another book comes out to tell us how he does there, and if & how he becomes independent. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Dec 15, 2017 |
A feel good story. By the way, the dog’s name is Christmas, the season is not what is really important to this story. I could never identify what the disability is that Todd suffered from, his Mom just said he suffered from disabilities. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Dec 16, 2016 |
3.5 stars

24-year old Todd is “disabled” - that is, he is not as smart as most people. He works at the local animal shelter, training the dogs and helping get them adopted. But the economy is bad and the small town that runs the shelter will have to be closed at the end of the year, only a few weeks away, as there is no longer any money to run it. Todd is confused and scared and isn’t sure what he’ll do.

This was a cute story. I picked it up before realizing that it’s actually the third in a series that appears to follow Todd and his dog named Christmas. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll back up and read the other books in the series. ( )
  LibraryCin | Dec 1, 2016 |
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 ( )
  lcjohnson1988 | Dec 3, 2013 |
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   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.

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Watching their children move out and live independently is a difficult task for many parents -- but for George and Mary Ann McCray, it's nearly impossible. Even though Todd, their disabled son, is in his twenties, George and Mary Ann fear that he cannot thrive without their support and supervision. But Todd is determined to be his own person -- and he has a dog named Christmas and an entire community ready to help him find his way.… (more)

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