Friday, December 4, 2009

Review/Giveaway: The Christmas Dog

A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: The Christmas Dog
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Christmas fiction
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: December 10, 2009
Restrictions: Open internationally

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway. Please note: we are giving away our review copy, so it has been gently read.

Overview

The Christmas Dog is a 176-page contemporary Christmas story authored by Melody Carlson. With a list price of $14.99, this hardcover book is currently available for $11.99 on Revell's site.

Here is the publisher's synopsis of the book:

"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.

My Review

For some reason, the first word that caught my attention on this book was "mangy." Mangy - manger? The words have the same origin. And in this book, they are once again related, though the book says nothing specifically about the nativity scene.

What the book does describe, though, is stepping outside of your comfort zone, even taking in a mangy dog or so, and letting go of your preconceived prejudices in order to love your neighbor. You 'll be uncomfortable (as in the manger), but you may just find the most precious gifts there. Gifts of love, and family, and good neighbors.

I enjoyed the glimpse into Betty's world as she was transformed from an elderly woman with not a whole lot of purpose into a woman who could make a difference in the lives of her step granddaughter and neighbors. It's made me want to reach out more to the older neighbors in our community who may not have family nearby.

Author Melody Carlson does a good job of describing the dynamics of the interpersonal relationships in the story - the neighbor feuds, the family conflicts, the uncertainty of how best to help or get involved with the down-and-out relatives.

A feel-good read with the requisite happy ending, this book will definitely add to the seasonal emphasis on family and friends.

Thanks to Baker Publishing Group for the review copy of this book.
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The Christmas Dog

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