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A Christmas Home: A Novel Hardcover – October 30, 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the McCray Family Series

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“Fans of Kincaid’s A Dog Named Christmas will welcome another story featuring the McCray family and their rescue dog, Christmas…. Dog lovers and anyone looking for a heartwarming Christmas story will enjoy Kincaid’s latest.” –Library Journal
 
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

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951977
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I LOVE dogs as most of you know. I would be lost with out my Yorkie Luke, so when the publisher sent me a copy of this book I was so excited to read it.
This is a book you will not put down until the very last page. It was such a fun read. I plan I buying copies for friends of mine, who love dogs as much as me.
Todd is a character that you take to heart and fall in love with instantly.
I love a book with a happy ending.
This is a must read, I highly recommend this 5 star book.
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Like a tall glass of iced tea, this story is nice and sweet even if you know what to expect while enjoying it.

The story is about an animal shelter that must close due to cut-backs in the budget. The people who work and support the shelter try to make the best of a bad situation. The main character, Todd, does not know what he will do for employment when the shelter closes. He has a unique diability that is not defined in the story line, but the reader understands that Todd is capable of hard work but not desk work. His parents love him and want what's best for him even if they are not sure what that is.

For an easy read and a relaxing story over the holiday season, this book is for you.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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This is the second book that i have read from this author and it did not disappoint. It is the story of Gracie a dog deserted when her owners lost their house. She becomes a therapy dog for Laura. It is also the story of a dog named Christmas that belongs to Todd who has some disabilities. He works at the local animal shelter in the very small town of Crossing Trails. Because of economic hardships the shelter is going to be closed. Gracie and Christmas do their part to help their owners help all the cats and dogs that are about to become homeless. It also shines the spotlight on people with disabilities and how they can overcome them to be good citizens in society.
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This is a heartwarming story in which the main characters are faced with a host of life changing events. We, as readers, travel with them through the ups and downs that come with decision making in times of upheaval. We get to see how different individuals use their strengths to solve problems. And we come to understand that "disabled" is not a very accurate label because it refers to only a narrow set of "abilities".
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I got this book as a bargain on Kindle. It was a nice, totally undemanding winter read, very cozy, competently if predictably written. One senses the author's enjoyment of his own coziness. As a piece of literature it would rate two stars or so, but as quiet entertainment if you are tired or have a cold, it's very nice, and if your mood is down it has a lovely happy ending.
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When Todd McCray was a teenager he became a hero to his community by helping the local animal shelter with a program that would have foster homes for all of the shelter dogs for Christmas (A Dog Named Christmas). Now twenty-four years old and working at the same shelter, Todd and his coworkers and his faithful dog, “Christmas”, are facing closing right before the holidays due to tough economic times in the community.

Todd has some developmental difficulties. Though he struggles with reading and some social situations, he’s very specially “abled” when it comes to being able to train the dogs. Todd’s best friend Laura volunteers at the shelter. Laura has some physical limitations and with Todd’s help, Laura now has a rescue dog named “Gracie” who can help her with day-to-day tasks.

“’Dad, can I ask you something else?’ Todd looked at his father and gave voice to something he had been thinking about for days, probably for weeks—maybe even months. ‘What does it feel like to be in love?’”

Will the dedicated workers and volunteers of the Crossing Trails Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter, be able to find homes for all of the abandoned animals before they may have to surrender them to neighboring shelters that are unable to maintain a no-kill status?

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were watching a Hallmark movie that I loved but didn’t catch the name of; turns out it was the TV movie adaptation of the very first book in this series. I had no idea when I picked up A CHRISTMAS HOME to read that I’d be continuing on with the story told in that movie. What a lovely Christmas surprise!
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The third book about the McCray family does not disappoint. The series started with Christmas with Tucker followed by A Dog Named Christmas. It follows the family starting with Bo and Cora McCray then followed by their grandson George. George's father had died in an accident on the farm when George was young. His mom and sisters moved to a city so the mother could find work to support them. George was to join them at Christmas but ended up staying on the farm with his grandparents. Tucker, his Irish setter had died while he was in Vietnam. When he came back home he married his high school sweetheart and they had five kids. The youngest, Todd was mentally immature but still very smart. When the local shelter has an " Adopt a dog for Christmas", Todd steps up and proves what a wonderful gift he has both with animals and people. He convinces his father to let him bring a dog home for the holidays. He called him Christmas. As you probably have guessed by now the dog stays. To watch Todd grow up and become a man and proves himself to be self reliant it makes you feel good. The book leaves you wanting more. I do hope Mr. Kincaid will consider writing yet another book about this wonderful family he has created.
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