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Publication Date: 2012
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, Todds 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 youve got a loving family, dedicated friends, and a couple of very special dogs behind you. In which case, nothing is impossible.
Greg Kincaid, author of A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker, is a practicing lawyer who specializes in family law mediation. He is also an active advocate for literacy and for the humane treatment of animals. He helped to start the Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays program that has found homes for tens of thousands of shelter dogs. The father of five children, he lives on a farm in western Johnson County, Kansas, with his wife, two cats and two dogs.
"A Christmas Home is a heartwarming read and not just for the holidays. It shows the deep connection and love between humans and animals, and how anyone, no matter their limitations, can find their passion. Well written and uplifting, this story is sure to please animal lovers." New York Journal of Books
"In A Christmas Home, Greg Kincaid again treats us to a story rich in the courage of people who, in overcoming their own limitations, teach us a lesson in how to prevail, no matter the odds, no matter the trials." Steve Duno, author of Last Dog on the Hill
From the Hardcover edition.
tammycookblogsbooks4 Stars Out Of 5A Christmas HomeOctober 15, 2013tammycookblogsbooksTodd McCray is a kind, young man who has developmental delays. His loving parents never let his handicap define who he is. He works at the local animal shelter in town. When the city needs to cuts expenses, the shelter is one of the places they can no longer fund. Todd, the staff, and volunteers quickly set out on a mission to find homes for all the cats and dogs.
In A Christmas Home Todd takes another step towards independence from his parents. He also starts to experience feelings for his good friend Laura that are different than any he's felt before.
This book is an uplifting tale of love for friends, family, and pets. I didn't read the first book, A Dog Named Christmas, but I did see the Hallmark movie made about it. I would recommend watching it. The only problem with my seeing the movie is that Todd is portrayed as being more delayed there than in A Christmas Home. This made it hard for me to believe that some of what he experienced in this book could actually happen. But It didn't affect me enjoying the sweet story of Todd and his dog, family, and friends.
Books in this series:
A Dog Named Christmas
Christmas with Tucker
A Christmas Home
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christmas Home is delightful tale 2 warm the heartJanuary 2, 2013Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Christmas Home
by Greg Kincaid
Todd McCray has grown into his position at the shelter and Christmas is vital part of the McCray household. But nothing ever stays the same and the town of Crossing Trails, Kansas is no different. With the economy pulling the area down the shelter is going to be closed after the first of the year.
With his job ending Todd must decide what he wants to do, but what can he do? Working with animals is what he knows, is there a job out there to fit his special talents? But even more urgent than finding a job is the daunting task of finding homes for close to 50 dogs and cats in just a few weeks. Can Todd pull off another Christmas miracle?
With the help and support of his friends and family Todd is determined to place all the animals. But Todd is ready for more independence and with the help of his friend Laura Jordan he is about to determine what he wants for his life after the shelter. But where will Todd's independence lead him and can he convince his parents that he is ready to move out?
A Christmas Home is a great follow-up to A Dog Named Christmas. Seeing the relationship Christmas has with both George and Todd is touching. Todd's struggle to become his own person and his developing relationship with Laura are the heart of the story.
When disaster strikes the little time the shelter has left is lost, can those most involved with the shelter step in and save the dozen abandoned pets still waiting for a home? Only Christmas can tell....
I was provided with a copy of this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
JudyMom2ArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent read!December 31, 2012JudyMom2ArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid
Todd McCray may not be the smartest young man around due to some learning disabilities but he definitely has a gift with animals. Especially dogs. Todd loves working at their local shelter and actually teaches the dogs tricks. When hard times hit the small town of Crossing Trails, Kansas, Todd is pushed into some tough choices. As are his parents who want to protect their special son but realize it's time to set him free instead.
Laura Jordan knows how special Todd is. He has trained her remarkable dog, Gracie, to help Laura because of her rheumatoid arthritis. As Todd helps Laura out at the Wellness Center and she volunteers at the shelter once a week they become best friends and perhaps even more.
This book brought tears to my eyes from the get-go. Starting out with a real life situation of folks losing their home and having to give up their dog. A definite real life situation. The author has you inside the minds of most of the characters throughout the book but never in a confusing way.
The story centers around the shelter but also the people. How the lady feels who has dementia, Todd's parents letting go, Todd's confusion at times sorting out life. I won't give any more away. I really enjoyed this book but would highly suggest reading A Dog Named Christmas to have the details of what happened before this book.
Book 1: A Dog Named Christmas (this also became a Hallmark movie)
Book 2: Christmas With Tucker
**Crown Publishing, a division of Random House
Melissa3 Stars Out Of 5November 26, 2012MelissaIt's Christmas once again and so I pull out a few Christmas stories to get into the season. (Or try to...when you live somewhere where you can still go to the beach every day, I can never feel very seasonal.) Among my favorites I add a few new ones. This year I added A Christmas Home.
Many of you might know the prequel to this book thanks to Hallmark's Hall of Fame: A Dog Named Christmas. A good story about a dog adopted for Christmas, A Christmas Home continues the story of Todd, his parents, Christmas and newfound friend Laura and her dog Gracie as they fae finding homes for the animals at the closing shelter. A simple story, easy to read and a nice way to spend an afternoon. If you just want to curl up with a short, heart warming tale as it snows outside (or you wish it would snow), this is a good tale.
This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes only.
dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Christmas HomeNovember 24, 2012dyandLancaster, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Christmas Home by Greg Kincaid is a sequel to A Dog Named Christmas. This book is about how dogs can help change the lives of people in amazing ways. It helps perhaps a non-animal lover to realize how smart dogs are and how they can literally make it possible for some people with disabilities to function better and more easily than they would on their own. This story is not only about dogs, but also about a town struggling in an economy which does not leave much room for luxuries in any form; about making hard decisions, about growing, and most importantly, about letting go. Todd, the main character, has to let go of a job he loves; leave Laura, a woman he realizes he has grown to love; and make a major life change leaving behind the only place he has ever lived. Todd's parents have to learn to let go as well, but it is harder for them than most because Todd has developmental disabilities and this makes them cling to him even stronger - as a Mom, I can relate to that feeling. You want so badly for your children to grow up to be strong and independent, but at the same time, the love you feel for them makes you want to stick to them like glue and protect them. It is also a story of sacrifice and giving.
Overall, this is a light and enjoyable read with humorous moments. As you get to the climax, you can feel what Todd's parents are feeling, and what Todd is feeling as well. If you have children who are at that "starting to show signs of independence" stage, leaning on leaving the nest, this will bring tears to your eyes, but they will be good ones. It is a warm and loving story that I would recommend.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.