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Publisher's Summary

A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. A poignant continuation of the Lowcountry Summer series.

As far as 10-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it's the worst Christmas ever. His father's shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told, they can't afford the dog he desperately wants. "Your brother's return from war is our family's gift," his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor's service dog arrives - a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog!

When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father's ax, determined to get his family the tree they can't afford, he takes the dog for company - but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, their family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.

©2016 Mary Alice Monroe, Ltd. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Not Part Of Series

While well written, this book is not really part of the Lowcountry sister series. It tells the backstory of Taylor's brother and his family who are dealing with multiple depressing issues. It's probably good for general fiction but disappointing for me since I was expecting more about the sisters and their friends.

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'A Christmas Carol' for 2016

Would you listen to A Lowcountry Christmas again? Why?

Yes, Monroe did a fine job with the narration of her novel. I can see myself reading this book (or listening) every Christmas season. It's a lovely story about a family facing the challenges of a new normal and finding the true meaning of Christmas.

What did you like best about this story?

The transformation of son Taylor when a dog named Thor comes into his life.

What does Mary Alice Monroe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I imagine she paced her narration the way she heard her characters when she wrote the novel. Not every author is the right narrator but I thought Monroe was for her novel.

If you could take any character from A Lowcountry Christmas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I'd take Thor's trainer out to dinner. What she did was a great gift for one who has given so much. I'd like to learn more.

Any additional comments?

Recommended to anyone looking for good novel with a Christmas theme.

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A Wonderful Christmas for the Lowcountry Books

Mary Alice Monroe has a gift for bringing the South Carolina Lowcountry to life. This tale allows readers of the series to learn of the backstory of a character. It also shares with new readers a Christmas story that will leave them wanting more. I highly encourage anyone reading this story to read the entire series, as well as her other books. You won't be dissapointed!

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Wonderful Christmas Read!

Having read all of the lowcountry, summer girls books by Mary Alice Monroe, this was a perfect book for me to read during this Christmas time. She is definitely one of my favorite authors as well as narrators. I know everyone will love this beautiful book as much as I have!

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A bit over the top

The story was ok. Way too sentimental and maudlin for my taste, but I can see where others might like it. Wished a man had narrated...having the author read the male characters just didn't work.

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Wonderfully inspiring story!

Enjoyed the underlying theme of faith and family and the strength that each family member drew upon from each other.

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A new Christmas Classic!

I have fell in love with all of Mary Alice Monroe's books. The characters and stories keep you wanting more. They also feel like you are right there in the book. I could not put this book down. I read it in 24 hours. It's going to be a new Christmas Classic in my home!

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A Christmas Treasure

Where does A Lowcountry Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I Love Mary Alice Monroes sweet voice. She knows her characters and I would never want anyone else to read her novels

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

Jenny and Taylor in his room when he was in his worst despair

Which scene was your favorite?

Christmas Eve in McClennanville

If you could take any character from A Lowcountry Christmas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to take Jenny out for dinner.