In this heartwarming novel, Greg Kincaid, the best-selling author of A Dog Named Christmas, revisits the early life of one of that book’s protagonists and brings us a holiday tale of redemption, hope, and forgiveness.
It’s 1962, and as Christmas approaches, so does one of the worst snow and ice storms in Kansas history. Without utilities and emergency services, it is a dangerous time for the residents of Cherokee County. For the McCray family, it is even worse. Big Bo McCray is the county road maintainer, and it is his duty to keep the roads clear—but all tasks seem more difficult to Bo and his wife, Cora, due to the recent death of their only son, John.
Losses begin to pile up for the family like the snow on their rural roads. John’s wife and two daughters move off the McCray family farm and return to Minnesota, leaving the youngest member of the family, 13-year-old George, behind with his grandparents. Young George has been hit hard by his father’s death and hangs on to the farm, the only thing left to connect him to his father. As George retreats into his grief, Bo and Cora’s focus shifts to their struggling grandson.
Then, when an alcoholic neighbor does a stint in the county jail, someone must care for his dog, Tucker, an Irish Setter. Tucker comes to the McCrays with his own pain, yet learns to trust George as boy and dog form a bond that helps George begin to deal with his grief and helps him take the first steps into manhood.
"This simple but strong story celebrates the beauty of everyday things, the power of love and humility, the singular grace that is a good dog, and the mysterious ability of that grace to transform the human heart. A perfect Christmas read." (Dean Koontz)
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The narrator's way of giving characters distinct voices and making them come alive made this listening experience most enjoyable.
The most memorable part of the book is when George and Tucker meet for the first time. George, a thirteen-year-old kid, is skeptical of Tucker, an Irish setter who has been tied up in his neighbor's yard, because he thinks the dog is vicious, but when his grandfather brings the dog home after the neighbor is arrested for some alcohol-related offense, Tucker proves George wrong.
As I said before, this narrator gives each character his/her own voice and makes him/her come alive.
I had no extreme reactions to this book, but it was definitely a worthwhile read.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a heartwarming coming of age story about a boy and his dog.
- Author Abbie Johnson Taylor