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Kelly Kennedy thought her life was finally on track. Engaged to the man of her dreams and with a baby on the way, she reassures her five-year-old daughter Bree, that the father she picked for Christmas still loves her.

Unfortunately, war veteran Tyler Manning has been away most of the year. Recovering from PTSD isn't easy. Rather than worry Kelly, Tyler spends his time traveling to Afghanistan to work at a children's charity he founded.

Kelly decides to distract Bree with promises of a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is taken hostage by terrorists, she finds it hard to convince Bree that they will truly be a family in time for Christmas.

A Pet for Christmas is a sequel to A Father for Christmas. While it can be listened to as a standalone, you'll get more of the relationship aspect between Kelly, Tyler, and Bree by listening to A Father for Christmas first.

A Veteran's Christmas Series:

Audiobook Number 1: A Father for Christmas

Audiobook Number 2: A Pet for Christmas

Audiobook Number 3: A Wedding for Christmas

©2015 Rachelle Ayala (P)2017 Rachelle Ayala Publishing, LLC

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A treasure not to be missed!

The holidays should be a time of family togetherness and joy. For Kelly and Tyler, it's anything but. A Pet for Christmas takes up where A Father for Christmas ended. Kelly, Bree and Tyler are on the verge of becoming a family, until circumstances throw a monkey wrench in their plans. It will take a Christmas miracle, a leap of faith and love's unending strength to guide this almost family to their happily ever after. Ms. Ayala is an emotional writer. She seeks out the heart and speaks directly to the vulnerability that makes us human. Getting to read her wise words is always a pleasureable experience, but what I enjoy most is when the characters come alive. Elizabeth Klett adds to that realism with animated vocal range. Getting to experience the two together is a treasure not to be missed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Tugs at your heartstrings!

Rachelle Ayala is a pro at drawing awareness to conditions many face in our world today through her engaging stories. In A Pet for Christmas: A Veteran's Christmas, Book 2 (sequel to A Father for Christmas: A Veteran's Christmas, Book 1), we have the pleasure of seeing where life has taken Kelly, Tyler, and 5-year old Bree. I really enjoyed continuing their story because I felt like I really got to know these loveable characters in Book 1. Ayala's story helps you learn about PTSD and how it affects all involved. She speaks to the heart, puts you in the characters' shoes, and has you rooting for all of them through to the last page!

The narration by Elizabeth Klett is wonderful. She does a fantastic job with each character's voice, especially little Bree! Her volume, pace, and gentle story-telling manner make this book one worth listening. I love audiobooks, so I may be a bit biased, but I feel that the narration adds so much to the story...Ayala and Klett are a great team!

I rate this audiobook 5/5 stars across the board. As I stated before, it is so much more than just a sweet story about a couple in love. It draws awareness to PTSD, a condition that many in our world deal with daily in various forms. I don't know if this book has received an award for this aspect of the book, but it should! I feel so much more informed about PTSD...what it is, how to recognize it, and some possible ways to deal with it, if my life ever happens to be affected by it in the way Kelly's has. Ayala also addresses issues some parents are faced with as their children get older, such as common questions/concerns about step-parents, becoming a pet-owner, and last, but not least, Santa Claus! I highly recommend this book to fans of sweet romance, as well as to those who enjoy reading about family, love, and relationships.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Perfect story!

This is a thoroughly enjoyable story! This second of three books of the series, it is well written and narrated. It was nice to go back and spend time with these complex yet likeable characters. This story is action filled, and the storyline flows so well. This is a clean sweet romance and I eagerly await the next installment. Well done!

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A Pet for Christmas

A Pet for Christmas, A Veteran's Christmas, Book 2
: Rachelle Ayala

This is book two in this sweet clean romance series. Kelly and Tyler are trying to workout the emotional baggage from their past lives. Things get complicated and it will take the will of God sending a Christmas miracle for them to be together with their little girl for Christmas. Wìll things work out or will hearts break for Christmas. Bree has really grown up in a year.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Elizabeth Klett brought this tale to life. I look forward to book three.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


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Loved this one even more than the first

While I really enjoyed the first book in the series, I thought this one was even better. I loved the story and, the ending was spectacular....quite humorous and super sweet! Elizabeth Klett gave an amazing performance, as usual. Overall, excellently written story plus excellent narration equals absolutely excellent audiobook! I definitely recommend this series, this author and this narrator. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Edge Of My Seat!

Though this is a stand-alone story this is the continuation of Kelly, Tyler and Bree’s story from A Father For Christmas. It begins with Tyler being back in Afghanistan helping at a children’s charity he founded and Kelly is in a high risk pregnancy with their son. Bree is asking about her “real” father and not the one she found under the tree. She believes a real father will give her more than Tyler can give her. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse when he is blamed for a tragic explosion and is eventually taken hostage. A lot happens in this story and you go through so many emotions. I couldn’t help but sit on the edge of my seat and hold my breath wondering what was going to happen in the story and with their relationship. Looking forward to a happy conclusion with the next book in the series. Elizabeth Klett did a nice job of narrating. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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The vet, his pet and famil?

I wished for an epilogue at the end of A Father for Christmas...and this is it!!! While this can be read as a standalone, it is more enjoyable if you've read 'Father' first. We pick up a year later to find Kelly pregnant and Tyler off in Afghanistan working on implementing a sports program. It's the holidays and the usual stress is intensified by the couple being on separate continents...and Bri wanting her 'real' daddy, oh, and a puppy! Then there's Kelly mother who has done a 180...and is giving Kelly a hard time about her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. An explosion at the compound that Tyler is running leads to captivity...and the outside world thinking that Tyler's PTSD led him to rig the explosives. Will Tyler survive and return to his family? Will Kelly figure out how to handle Bri's request to meet her 'real daddy'? Is this the end of the road for our wounded vet and his equally broken lady?
Another fantastic story by Rachelle Ayala! Each story has me biting my nails! I love these characters...they're real people with real problems...no billionaires, so regular folks can relate to their struggles. Now I need the final book!!!
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good story a little long

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily given a review. This story was written with love and feeling. I just found that it dragged a little in parts of it. The narration was great, you can tell who is who which is sometimes hard in an audio. This story is the second in the series. I would recommend this.

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Great!

I am loving this series! This isn't a typical feel good Christmas story. Of course, there are the sweet moments and an adorable little girl who gives Santa her wish but there's so much more to this story. There was some suspense, drama, angst but it had a very sweet ending. I can't wait to listen to the next book in this series! The narrator did a really fantastic job!


"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Christmas miracle

I really really liked this story of the effects of PTSD on a relationship and family. Also, how God intercedes when it seems there is no hope and finding the joy of the Christmas season. I received a complimentary audio and I am voluntarily reviewing.

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Fast-paced, Enjoyable Christian Romance

First of all, do not be fooled by the title. It is actually perfectly appropriate and so deceptive! A Pet for Christmas... seems so innocuous, doesn't it? Except it really isn't.

This is the second book in the series. While the books are predominantly stand alone, the characters are the same and it works well to read/listen to the stories in order, one after the other.

This book goes beyond the HEA and is set one year after the first story. Kelly, Tyler and Bree are still together with a new member of the family on the way. Tyler continues to suffer from PTSD. The challenges of being pregnant, the PTSD, Tyler's job that takes him to Afghanistan and so on are putting pressure on their relationship. Throw in a bombing, the Taliban and pregnancy complications and the plot thicken.

But this series is nothing if not a celebration of hope, family and friends with the central theme being the characters' faith in God. The characters are flawed and very human which is clearly reflected in their faith. As a result, their faith feels like a natural extension of their personalities.

Overall, the story is fast-paced and interesting. It is easy for the audience to commit to the characters and story. In fact, I am looking forward to more books in this series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful