Monday, November 30, 2009

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

Enjoy the excerpt below:

Here is my review of this touching Christmas tail - I mean tale:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Melody Carlson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Christmas Dog" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Melody Carlson’s “The Christmas Dog” is a sweet story about an elderly woman who has forgotten how to be a loving neighbor. Through changes in circumstances and the progression of time, Betty has lost touch with the loving person she once was. She thinks the worst of her young neighbor, Jack, who seems to be systematically (and very noisily) destroying his house. And now this man’s neglected dog keeps finding his way into Betty’s yard.

Will this tiny ball of fur rekindle the spirit of Christmas in Betty’s heart in time for her to make a difference in Jack’s life by walking the talk she hears in church on Sunday to love her neighbor? Will this tiny terrier help to heal the brokenness of Betty’s granddaughter, Avery, and restore her relationship with her parents? Or will this pup tear the family apart? How could something so small have such power?

This beautiful Christmas story will make you smile and giggle, sigh and tear up. It will make you think of people you need to be more neighborly toward, and motivate you to call or visit those who you just need to let them know that you love them. This is a wonderful holiday read.

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