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A Christmas Home | [Greg Kincaid]

A Christmas Home

On Sunday, November 29, 2009, more than 12.5 million families fell in love with the television adaptation of the novel A Dog Named Christmas. Within forty-eight hours after the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie aired, the initial run of twenty thousand DVDs sold out. Two years later, when Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to the McCray family stories, was released, it was described by Dean Koontz as “a perfect Christmas read,” by A. J. Jacobs as “lovely and poignant,” and by Publishers Weekly as “cute, hopeful, and heartwarming.” Now, the much-anticipated third installment, A Christmas Home, will prove to be yet another holiday classic.
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Publisher's Summary

The touching sequel to the beloved novel A Dog Named Christmas.

On Sunday, November 29, 2009, more than 12.5 million families fell in love with the television adaptation of the novel A Dog Named Christmas. Within forty-eight hours after the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie aired, the initial run of twenty thousand DVDs sold out. Two years later, when Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to the McCray family stories, was released, it was described by Dean Koontz as “a perfect Christmas read,” by A. J. Jacobs as “lovely and poignant,” and by Publishers Weekly as “cute, hopeful, and heartwarming.” Now, the much-anticipated third installment, A Christmas Home, will prove to be yet another holiday classic.

Watching their children move out and live independently is a difficult task for many parents—but for George and Mary Ann McCray, it’s nearly impossible. Even though Todd, their disabled son, is in his twenties, George and Mary Ann fear that he cannot thrive without their support and supervision. But Todd is determined to be his own person—and he has a dog named Christmas and an entire community ready to help him find his way.

Greg Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas, is a practicing lawyer specializing in divorce and family-law mediation. The father of five children, he lives on a farm in eastern Kansas with his wife and two dogs.

©2012 Greg Kincaid (P)2012 Blackstone Audio

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 12-15-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 12-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Inspirational"

    The third in a great Christmas series. Wonderful characters who are like old friends. Faith, hope and kindness make these some of my favorite Christmas reads. Great and inspirational for all ages. Narrative is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Author Abbie Johnson Taylor Sheridan, WY, United States 12-12-12
    Author Abbie Johnson Taylor Sheridan, WY, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Touching Christmas Dog Story"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Home again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this again. I love the plot and characters, and the narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing characters' voices and making them come alive.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Home to and why?

    There are two books to which I would compare this: A DOG'S JOURNEY and A DOG'S PURPOSE by Bruce Cameron. Although the stories in these books are told from the point of view of the dog, they're still comparable to A CHRISTMAS HOME because they are all about how dogs can change lives for the better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was close to the end of the book when Tod announces to family and friends during a Christmas brunch that he has found a job in another city. He proves to his parents that despite his developmental disability, he can find a job and make his own way in the world.


    If you could rename A Christmas Home, what would you call it?

    I can't think of a better name for this book. Christmas is the name of Tod's dog who helps him realize his potential as a dog trainer. Most of the story takes place during the holiday season, and at the end of the book, Tod makes the ultimate sacrifice by leaving Christmas with his parents when he moves away to his new job, making his parents' farm a true Christmas home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about how dogs can help people with disabilities. For six years, I cared for my totally blind husband who was partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I considered getting him a service dog but didn't want the added responsibility of caring for an animal, too. Now that my husband is gone, I wish I had at least looked into it. I might have found someone like Todd to train the dog to do things for my husband that he couldn't do himself. It might have actually made my life easier and his life more fulfilling. I hope others who read this book will consider getting a service dog for themselves or for loved ones who need help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 12-02-12
    Ronna 12-02-12
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    "Must read for dog lovers!!"

    This is the third installment in some innovative books about dogs, human passion and determination , and the Christmas season. Todd is now a young man working in the town's animal shelter. Though he is 'book slow', he definitely has a way with animals. His job at the shelter has caused these talents to blossom into training dogs to met human needs.

    Todd has met Laura, whose arthritis has been less bothersome since she got her dog, Gracie. The nursing home is more joyful for it's inhabitants with pet visits. Then the bad news---the shelter must close from lack of funds. What will happen to all the homeless pets? Can Todd find another satisfying job?

    This book has creative and heart warming happy endings. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, you'll be 'blessed if you read them before finishing with this one!! CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER and A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS are the first two books. Though A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS has been made into a wonderful Hallmark movie, as with most all books, the book is even better!!! Great books to share with your kids too!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anastasia Lester Peachtree City, GA United States 03-05-14
    Anastasia Lester Peachtree City, GA United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent Holiday Story"
    Where does A Christmas Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best stories that I have ever read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story that could be used to teach children about people who are physically or mentally challenged.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Each character really came to life with the inflections of the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Heartfelt Movie for the Whole Family - this would be a great movie for the Hallmark Channel!!!


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    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 08-01-13
    Hebern Clinton, NC, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice book for Christmas"
    Any additional comments?

    I like listening to Christmas stuff at Christmas. In that regard, it satisfied a need last December. The best ones I listen to again another Christmas. This one won't make that list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Candy Manassas, VA, United States 03-20-13
    Candy Manassas, VA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heartwarming Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, however I would make sure to let them know that this is the 2nd book in a series


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    Amazon Customer Arizona 03-04-13
    Amazon Customer Arizona 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Character Lesson for All of Us"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Home again? Why?

    Yes. Not only is it a heartwarming, touching story, but also it teaches us in a very effective way not to judge others based on appearance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Home?

    When Todd and Laura went to the service dog training facility to apply for a job without telling Todd's parents. Another lesson in not assuming the worst no matter what the evidence seems to present.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job of re-creating the voice of the autistic Todd which would be very hard to get effectively just by reading the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Todd makes the decision to leave home to pursue his dream despite the odds against him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is so much more than just a story about dogs. This story is a great lesson in how we should all treat each other so that all of us can achieve our purpose in life.

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    Lakeway Reader Lakeway, TX 01-08-13
    Lakeway Reader Lakeway, TX 01-08-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Heartwarming Christmas story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Home the most enjoyable?

    The reader brought the characters to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Home?

    Christmas caroling.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Another fine performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Todd's concern and care after the flood.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read all 3 books in this series and have enjoyed all of them.

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    "Warms Your Heart"
    Would you listen to A Christmas Home again? Why?

    A sweet, wonderfully told story! Kincaid is a brilliant writer and encompasses all things Christmas!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Listening to Bramhall read warms my heart!


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    Kathleen M. Kinyon Round Rock, TX USA 12-06-12
    Kathleen M. Kinyon Round Rock, TX USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Dont you just love warm hearted Christmas Stories!"
    Any additional comments?

    I always love Christmas time with the stories that authors come out with to cheer our holidays up. This is a continuation of a dog named Christmas which takes us to when Todd reaches adulthood and how he is coping with his disability and Christmas. A must read all, teary and heart warming story! Thank you Greg Kincaid for not disappointing your fondest readers.

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