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If you ever saw the Hallmark movie A Dog Called Christmas or read the book by the same title , you will be familiar with the special black lab Christmas and his family the McCrays As the sequel A Christmas Home opens, the holiday season again approaches and Todd, now a few years older, has found success working at the same animal shelter where Christmas had lived Both his parents, George and Mary Ann, are pleased that their son has found a life of semi independence despite his his disabiliti If you ever saw the Hallmark movie A Dog Called Christmas or read the book by the same title , you will be familiar with the special black lab Christmas and his family the McCrays As the sequel A Christmas Home opens, the holiday season again approaches and Todd, now a few years older, has found success working at the same animal shelter where Christmas had lived Both his parents, George and Mary Ann, are pleased that their son has found a life of semi independence despite his his disabilities, so both worry when the community receives the unexpected news that the city and county have withdrawn all financial support to the shelter The property must be vacated by January 1 Not only will Todd and the shelter director be without employment, they must hurry over the next weeks to find homes for the fifty some animals currently under their care Factory closings and foreclosures are common place in this Kansas area and each month it is harder to find new homes for the four legged victims of a down economy I am sure you realize this is a feel good book for the holidays Too often those stories sink into sappiness or pit the good side main character and family against the bad side the mayor, boss, or land developer Author Kincaid did not fall into that trap, although I really doubt that a real shelter would be closed withoutadequate notice This sequel to the popular first story offers lessons that go beyond the surface, Love a dog theme First, you will learn quite a bit about service dogs as Todd, with help from a service training center in Kansas, has trained a shelter dog to help his dear friend Laura, but perhaps the greatest lesson is on not judging people by their apparent weaknesses without recognizing their strengths Todd s disability is a mental slowness that is not clearly defined in the story, but it is obvious that his shelter job is one within his abilities and one that he loves Most around him think this is all he could handle, not realizing the real talent he has Todd himself is unsure of the future, but he does not want to fall back into the safety net of living with his parents and doing nothing For a while, his future seems as bleak as the dogs But all those hard learned lessons of self sufficiency will pay off for the determined young Kansas man.Greg Kincaid is a practicing lawyer in Kansas whose passions include improving the lives of animals dogs, especially and promoting literacy His website biography points out that he and his sister have always been voracious readers, mainly because his mother read to them daily Aside from his career as a corporate lawyer, Greg also found time to represent those in need in rural Kansas, often children in trouble He observed, whether visiting them in their homes, shelters, or jails, one thing seemed to be consistently missing books That began a 20 year plus campaign to promote literacy.That alone makes him a librarian s hero that he can write wholesome stories is an added bonus How can you not love a book about a dog named Christmas I liked this book because it wasn t a romance Christmas novel like so many Christmas books are and the story moved right along I thoroughly enjoyed it. Reviewed for THC Reviews 4.5 stars A Christmas Home is another heartwarming holiday read from Greg Kincaid in his untitled series about the McCray family This one takes place several years after the end ofA Dog Named ChristmasTodd McCray is now a young man in his early twenties He lives on his own in a cabin on his parent s property, far enough away to be mostly independent, but still close enough for his parents to keep watch on their developmentally disabled son Todd loves his job a Reviewed for THC Reviews 4.5 stars A Christmas Home is another heartwarming holiday read from Greg Kincaid in his untitled series about the McCray family This one takes place several years after the end ofA Dog Named ChristmasTodd McCray is now a young man in his early twenties He lives on his own in a cabin on his parent s property, far enough away to be mostly independent, but still close enough for his parents to keep watch on their developmentally disabled son Todd loves his job as Assistant Manager at the local animal shelter, but reduced revenues and governmental budgetary cutbacks have led to the shelter being shut down by the end of the year Todd finds himself in the precarious position of not only dealing with the loss of his job, but also once again, needing to help find homes for all the dogs and cats in the shelter before the holidays.Todd is a wonderful young man who is kind and caring toward everyone, both humans and animals alike He may be a little mentally slow in some ways, but he has an amazing natural talent for working with the animals at the shelter, especially the dogs He s incredibly patient with training the dogs and positively loves his work Todd also has an idealistic streak, so when the news comes down that the shelter is closing, he s determined to find homes for all the animals and does a pretty impressive job of it At the same time, he grows beyond his position as Assistant Shelter Manager and proves himself in other ways by taking control of his life and moving forward, showing he has the ability for independent decision making when life hands him a lemon.Todd also gets a light romance with Laura, a young woman with rheumatoid arthritis with whom he has been friends for quite a while He was at the shelter when she brought in a stray dog she had accidentally hit with her car Todd cared for the dog until she recovered from her injuries and then trained her to be a service dog to help Laura both at home and in her job as a nurse These two share a sweet, slowly blossoming love that I enjoyed reading Laura is very gentle and kindhearted to see past Todd s disability to the wonderful man he is She appreciates his talents not just because he helped her and her dog, Gracie, but because she truly believes in him and his abilities.Todd s parents, George and Mary Ann, are still a strong influence in his life, but they must come to terms with their baby, whom they ve always given special attention to, finally becoming a man with a mind and a life of his own Of course, their faithful and now aged dog, Christmas, is still a part of the story too Both George and Todd have come to rely on Christmas for comfort and solace They share custody, with Christmas going back and forth between their houses at will I love both holiday stories and animal stories, so having the two combined into one, made A Christmas Home a very enjoyable read for me The only reason I knocked off a half star was because it was a tad slow paced early on, but it definitely picked up as the story progressed Otherwise, A Christmas Home was a sweet, holiday story that warmed me through and through, like curling up with a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter s day Since it has no objectionable content, it is a book that could even be enjoyed by the whole family as a Christmas tradition It will definitely be going on my keeper shelf to be read again and again during holiday seasons to come I have no idea if Greg Kincaid has anystories planned for the McCray family It certainly seemed like there could beto tell, and if he does, I ll be eagerly picking up any future books he writes At the heart of A Christmas Home is a town struggling to survive People and pets are losing their homes With no other financial means, a lot of sweet dogs end up in the shelter run by Todd The city is running out of money, which leads to a limited amount of funds for the shelter and an overwhelming amount of animals are being abandoned Todd has multiple challenges ahead of him, especially if he loses his job Todd tries to overcome his own disabilities and maintain an independent life, whic At the heart of A Christmas Home is a town struggling to survive People and pets are losing their homes With no other financial means, a lot of sweet dogs end up in the shelter run by Todd The city is running out of money, which leads to a limited amount of funds for the shelter and an overwhelming amount of animals are being abandoned Todd has multiple challenges ahead of him, especially if he loses his job Todd tries to overcome his own disabilities and maintain an independent life, which is threatened if the shelter is forced to close There is a light romantic interest for this young man which also has to fit into this puzzle As in many small towns across America today, Greg Kincaid s characters show the will to overcome their limitations with rich courage and bravery In doing so, they share with us a story of perseverance This is a story of unconditional love It s a story of a family with unconditional love and the love between a man and his faithful canine companion I highly recommend this book A Christmas Home is a perfect book for animal lovers, like all Christmas novellas, it s still a perfect read for anytime of the year You will want to keep it around and read again and children will love this story It shows the deep connection and love between humans and animals, and how anyone, no matter their limitations, can find their passion The story sounds like it could have been based on a true story, overall, a sweet and sometimes funny Christmas story The ending is emotional and unexpected, brought tears to my eyes, a perfect ending I received this book in a giveaway from Crown Publishing a division of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their Blogging for Books program for my review A heartwarming story This one started out slow for me But, once I got almost halfway, I was hooked About a young man and his service dog trying to save the animal shelter he works for. Just a nice Christmas read More adventures with Christmas and his human family. As always, the fifty or so books on the to read shelf are a mixed bag, but some have really stood out and required reviewing A Christmas Home was definitely one of them I really love animal stories but have tended to stick to non fiction in the past However, I m starting to realize that some of the animal based stories coming from Christian authors are filling a real void for me as the stories are about creation from a Biblical viewpoint I picked up Mr Kincaid s book expecting it to be one As always, the fifty or so books on the to read shelf are a mixed bag, but some have really stood out and required reviewing A Christmas Home was definitely one of them I really love animal stories but have tended to stick to non fiction in the past However, I m starting to realize that some of the animal based stories coming from Christian authors are filling a real void for me as the stories are about creation from a Biblical viewpoint I picked up Mr Kincaid s book expecting it to be one of those and found to my surprise while those elements were there, it was less about a dog andabout people.It took me a bit to get into the story since it is a sequel to a book called A Dog Named Christmas which I haven t read A Christmas Home did a good job standing on its own after the first fifteen pages or so and since the prologue had hooked me before the book really started, it didn t really matter I did get a feeling I should know who the McCrays were, but the characters quickly spoke for themselves The premise revolves around the closing of the animal shelter in a small town that is struggling to cope with the economic downturn Many families are having to give up pets as they readjust their lifestyles, and the shelter is neededthan ever, but budget cuts and reallocations leave no room for it As much as this could have become a book focused on saving the shelter and the animals and had plenty of material, Mr Kincaid focused instead on the shelter employees and volunteers, particularly Todd McCray, a young disabled man who had found his calling in life at the shelter And perhaps someone to share it with him.I really loved the themes and tone of this book Being an animal lover and, I tentatively use the word, environmentalist, I am too familiar with the call to save animals coming at the cost of humans This book never suggested that animals should come first, but it also never lost sight of the fact that we are responsible for animals It s easy to focus of the big issues of endangered species and rainforests, but Mr Kincaid s story suggests sometimes we miss the need right in our own backyard.Setting aside the stories of the animals and the shelter, this is also something of a coming of age story I don t know Todd from the earlier book, but I felt there was significant growth to his character as the plot progressed He started as a mature young man, starting out in the world with his first job, and grew into a man of leadership and vision I loved that his relationship with Laura wasn t a token romance or over romanticized and felt natural and organic to the story.As far as an audience for this book, the writing was very clear and the content very clean so I would say age appropriateness would be determinedby the reader s reading level While it takes place at Christmas, I wouldn t classify it as Christmas story at all and certainly wouldn t regulate reading it to that season But it s definitely something I would recommend people who like animal stories should look for or even if you re just in the market for an uplifting read.Reblogged from my site myrdan.comI received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review 3 Christmas stars and I added onefor the dog Starting to get into the Christmas mood `Free ↚ A Christmas Home ⇰ 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 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 and 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