January 18, 2022 04:35 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
During December, I read four full-length novels, three short stories/novellas and one children’s book. All of them rated four stars or higher, but only one received the full five stars from me to be featured here. As it happens it was the children’s book, which is a heartwarming, middle-grade, holiday story about a little homeless puppy who goes around town, saving lives, helping people in need, and spreading Christmas cheer during the holiday season. I loved how the puppy is still able to give love and help the townspeople to feel better, even though he is so very lonely himself after getting lost from his canine family. I found this to be a great object lesson for humans in that if we can rise above our own hurts and find the love in our hearts to help others, it might just make us feel better too, not to mention it was a great example of the real spirit of Christmas.
I would say that at least half of the book is written from the dog's point of view, which I thought was very unique and clever. In my opinion, the author did an excellent job of describing how a dog might think and feel. Rather than simply anthropomorphizing the dog as many authors would, she managed to create some realistic actions and thought processes, with him relying on instincts a lot. Sometimes he would have a one track mind about something and others he would entirely forget what his original objective was when something fun and distracting came along. Overall, I was just really impressed with how the author managed to get into the mind of a dog, and make me, on some level, feel what a dog might feel.
Overall, this was a very sweet and charming tale that is sure to warm the heart during the holiday season or any time of the year. I highly recommend it for all animal lovers and for family reading time. Even though the book is geared towards kids, my adult mind was engaged as well. That’s why I’m naming Nicholas Edwards’s Santa Paws as my December Book of the Month. If you enjoy a fun, emotional, and heartwarming holiday read, then you should definitely give this book a try. I hope that you have a son, daughter, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other child in your life to share it with, but in case you don’t, I realize this may not be to everyone’s reading taste. That’s why I’m sweetening the deal by also including an eBook copy of any one of my own Loving Hearts animal rescue romances that would make a nice grownup compliment to this story. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy of both for your own library.
The worst winter ever. The worst time to be homeless.
He was just a puppy when he found himself alone. Cold and alone in the dead of winter. He needed food, and water, and a warm place to sleep. He needed to find a way to survive by himself.
But who had rescued the drowning boy, found a blind girl's wallet, and helped a family escape from a burning house? Could it be the lost puppy?
Read my complete review of Santa Paws.
If you would like to win a copy of Santa Paws (as well as one of my Loving Hearts books) to see how wonderful it is for yourself, just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Please note, this book is currently not available in ebook, and the paperback version is out of print. Therefore, the winner (if inside the US) will receive a “new” or “like new” copy (at my discretion and based on availability and cost) that will be mailed directly to them via Amazon or one of their third-party sellers. If I’m unable to find a reasonably priced copy in excellent condition at the time the contest ends, I will send the winner a $10 Amazon gift card instead. Good luck!
International Entrants: You are welcome to enter my contest, but due to the lack of availability of the book and the high cost of shipping overseas, if the winner is outside the US, they will automatically receive a $10 Amazon gift card instead (along with one of my Loving Hearts books). Please note, though, that the gift card will be issued from Amazon.com (the US site), as I am unable to purchase one on any international Amazon sites. It’s my understanding, however, that the card can only be used to purchase items on Amazon.com, and not any other Amazon sites. So please be aware of this limitation when entering.
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