The Christmas Dog

Melody Carlson

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Betty Kowalski is getting older, times are changing, her children and grandchildren are all grown. And she has a crazy new neighbor, Jack Jones. He is living in the Spencer's house, but no one seems to know who he is. Only that he is not friendly and is up at all hours of the night.

In the middle of Betty's holidays her grand daughter Avery appears after being missing for a few months. Happy to see her safe and sound, Betty is enjoying Avery's company, until she finds herself drug into a family squall. Not her idea of how families should work.

Enter Ralph, a small dog of undetermined heritage, who seems to have a knack for bringing out the worst in both Betty and Jack. Avery, however falls head over heels in love with the little dog and he brings her great comfort as she deals with her problems with her mom.

Will it all work out? Will Betty and her neighbors find out that Jack is a maniacal madman bent on killing them all? Will Avery go home and settle her differences with her mom? Will Ralph find a family who will love him forever?

A charming holiday story about how life changes over the passage of time. Melody Carlson once again shows us why we love her books. 172 pages, $14.99 US 5 stars.

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was provided for this review.

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