by Melody Carlson

November 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1881-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Revell

Betty Kowalski doesn’t have the holiday spirit this year. She can’t seem to find Christmas in her heart. She considers going to visit her daughter a little earlier this year, but when she calls, she discovers that Susan is going on a holiday cruise and won’t be home. Mostly, though, Betty is unhappy about her newest neighbor who seems to be tearing his house apart and putting it in the back yard.

When a dirty dog shows up on Betty’s doorstep, Betty is convinced that Jack is a bad dog owner. But each time she returns the dog to Jack, Jack returns the dog to her. When Betty’s granddaughter, Avery, shows up, Avery quickly becomes attached to the dog. But how can a dog heal a bad relationship between neighbors and teach them what Christmas is all about?

The Christmas Dog is a sweet story that I read through in an afternoon. Betty is a realistic character, older, and set in her ways, and she doesn’t take kindly to anything that messes her schedule up. A dog certainly had the potential to do just that. In a way, Betty had to learn how to let go and let God, in this holiday story, and I think Ms. Carlson projected that flawlessly.

I enjoyed reading The Christmas Dog, and this is a book that I think would bless many other people during the holiday season. A perfect book for gift giving, whether to a loved one, or to yourself. The dog is the sweetest little thing, and a host of loveable (even the neighbor!) secondary characters make this tale special. Don’t miss The Christmas Dog.

Reviewed in February 2010 by Laura.

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