Worth Reading – Christmas With Tucker

Update #2: I have randomly selected five winners for this giveaway. The lucky ladies are: Lynette Froiland, Carol Wong, Donna Attaway, Cleo Bales, and Karen Kincaid. I have e-mail each of the winners to notify them. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to those who’ll be taking home a copy of Christmas with Tucker!

Update: The wonderful folks at Random House are giving away five copies of Christmas with Tucker. Just leave a comment on this post and we’ll randomly draw winners on Friday. Enjoy the review!

Review by T. Suzanne Eller

“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, twelve time #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Every year the Red Fern Festival is held in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dogs and their owners arrive in the small town to celebrate the true story of a boy and his dog. I love to sit in the town square and watch the movie during this festival, and maybe even shed a tear or two. Maybe that’s why I loved Christmas with Tucker. It has that Where the Red Fern Grows kind of feel.

Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid.

A boy rides the school bus past the town drunk’s house every day. All the children fear the dog chained to the front porch. The dog barks furiously and pulls at his chain. The boy wonders if the dog is as mean as his owner, and what it would be like if he could only have his own dog.

When the dog’s master gets in trouble, the boy’s grandfather brings the dog home, and that’s where the real story begins. The beautiful Irish Setter discovers what it’s like to run free, and a boy who has lost his daddy discovers the unconditional love of a pet. Tucker becomes his friend, his confidante, and at night his protector.

When the dog’s owner is released from jail, the dog returns home to the chain. Disappointment, a harsh winter, and a series of disasters force the boy to grow up. He has to help his grandfather remove the snow from the county roads because the town folk are in danger, and one rescue changes his life.

It’s a sweet story with a beautiful ending, and if you are a pet lover or you just love a classic tale, this is a Christmas treasure you’ll want to read.

“I don’t own a dog — but after reading this book, I have an irresistible urge to go out and get one. Christmas with Tucker is simply that poignant and lovely. ” — A. J. Jacobs, New York Times Bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically

ABOUT THE BOOK

The touching prequel to the bestselling novel A Dog Named Christmas

The sleeper hit of 2008, A Dog Named Christmas became a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a year later, seen by more than twelve million people in the United States alone. Now, in Christmas with Tucker, Greg Kincaid brings back one of that book’s most endearing characters, sharing the moving story of George, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father, and the dog that comes into his life to offer him hope and a touch of courage.

It is the winter of 1962, and Kansas is hit with one of the worst blizzards in its history. It is during this cruel season that twelve-year-old George is called upon to endure more than even most grown men could withstand—the death of his father and the upkeep of the family farm that is his legacy.

When his mother and sisters leave for Minnesota, George has only his grandparents and the companionship of Tucker, an Irish setter, to help him persevere through these most difficult challenges. Can he find the strength to walk the road that leads to healing, finding his true self and ultimately becoming a man? A coming-of-age story for readers of all ages, Christmas with Tucker is a classic Christmas story about a young man’s love for his dog, his family, and his farm.

You can read the first 20 pages here.

If you’d like to learn more about the book or connect with the author, you can find Greg Kincaid on Facebook. Just click here.

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

103 Responses to Worth Reading – Christmas With Tucker

  1. Karen Kunte December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds like a keeper! Would love to win it!

  2. Kimberly Sargent December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to get this book for 2 of my sister in-laws. It sounds like a beautiful story.

  3. Sherry December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it!!!!

  4. Agnes Fetters December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I want to start reading again. Would love to win this book. Thanks!

  5. Karen Kincaid December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d love this book! I’m a real dog-lover who is minus a dog at the moment. I SO want one!!

  6. Tanya E. December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely read! Im on bedrest for the next few days and this would be lovely company!

  7. Melissa December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win and share this!!!

  8. Jenny Walace December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would truly enjoy reading this book . I love reading about anything to do with Christmas . I would be thrilled to get this book .

  9. Bobbie M December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book! It sounds wonderful! Just in time for my break from college.

  10. Ann Stocks December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds likes a really good book. I’d love to read it!

  11. Cindy December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I want to read this book! My son’s dog’s name is Tucker!!

  12. Mary Tullila December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I absoloutely adore Where the Red Fern Grows so this one has got to be read as well! Merry Christmas!

  13. Susie December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win a copy of Christmas with Tucker. I lost my beloved Irish Setter, Miss Scarlett O’Harris, who was an early gift from my new husband 30 years ago. Miss Scarlett was a beautiful, fun companion for the boys at our family-founded and operated Boys Ranch in the mountains of Arkansas where we raised livestock and rabbits, and enjoyed making a real “home” for neglected boys for many years! This book belongs in my personal library and I look forward to having it and being introduced to another talented/gifted writer! Thank you for the opportunity!

  14. Rhonda Walker December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great read!

  15. Stacy December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I know several people I’d love to share this book with!

  16. Mary December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book. I am such a dog lover! Thank you for the giveaway.

  17. Nancy Cressy December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this book.

  18. Lori S. December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful read for Christmas!

  19. Cleo Bales December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My youngest son had w a white German Shepherd which followed him every step. My son left early in the morning in the summer on his bike with the dog in tow.
    He loved that dog so much. He had prayed for God to give him this particular dog.
    You see, the man at the end of our street had a litter of registered pups, however, this one was the only solid white one.
    Every night this five year old prayed with fervor for God to give him this dog.
    One day, the man came to the house with the pup in arms. He knocked on the door declaring that he had sold all of the pups save this one.; and would it be okay if he gave the dog to our son!!! Who can argue with God!!! My son is now a grown man and still talks about this dog.

  20. Kimberly Cobb December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book it sounds like a wonderful book to read.

  21. Carla Torrijos December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I didn’t grow up a dog lover, but soon became one when I bought one for my husband. A beautiful Boxer. We lost her this year. She was very special to us and our children. We have missed her. We are unsure about getting another dog because it would have big paws to fill. Plan to check it out whether I win it or not!

  22. Lisa Stidham December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win this book. Would read it first and then pass it around to some of my family to enjoy.

  23. Amy Brown December 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh, my…we just lost our two beagles. This would be a great book for our family.

  24. Karen December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for the recommendation, its always a treat to discover a new author x

  25. Kelly December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This book definitely sounds like a must-read. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

  26. Beth Ann Reinert December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    In my very best third grade voice, hand raised, waving in the air: Me, me, me!!! Pick me, puhleaze!!!

  27. The Other Elle December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    LOVED the excerpt — and am looking forward to reading the rest of the book. I wonder if it is available on Kindle…hmmmm…

  28. Ariel December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Yes, Elle, it is available on Kindle. This is one you’ll want to keep!

  29. Greg Kincaid December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Ariel (and all of your fans),

    Thanks for the review of my book, CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER. Writing is hardwork, but the pay-off is sharing with others the stories that are important to me. I hope each and eveyone of you is able to enjoy the book and that it speaks to you in a way that not only makes your Christmas more meaningful, but is also something you can carry with you past the holiday season. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to leave me your impressions at either http://www.gregkincaid.com or at http://www.facebook.com/authorgregkincaid.

    Have a great holiday season filled with much joy and many good reads! Greg Kincaid

  30. Myra December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I love to read stories about dogs. I would love to read this one. It sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  31. Vicky December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I love pet stories and the emotions that sneak up on me when I read them. Can’t wait to read this one!
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  32. cynthia December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    We have a dog named Miley and she is wonderful with the kids and has such fun with our family. We also have two cats that she loves to play with and snuggle up with . Would enjoy a heart warming story like this. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  33. Anne December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great read!

  34. Angel December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like this might actually be a book my son would LOVE to hear!

  35. Katie December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win!

  36. Pat Schrader December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This is my first season to enjoy “shereads” and I’m trilled to get the book reviews. This Christmas with Tucker review looks like the perfect cold weather (Nebraska) curl up by the fire book! Thanks
    Camp Sonshine’s Nana

  37. Jeanette December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I just finished reading Christmas with Tucker and I enjoyed it as much as A Dog Named Christmas. Hoping that Mr. Greg Kincaid is working on another wonderful story for us all to enjoy!!! Just ordered 2 copies of A Dog Named Christmas for presents and would LOVE to win the copies of Christmas with Tucker for friends!

  38. Sally Bishop December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hard not to shed a tear reading the post. Count me in.

  39. Laura Grooters December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This story sounds wonderful. I know my family and I would all enjoy reading this very much. :)

  40. cindy ziliak December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a wonderful story to read with/to my 9 year old grandaughter, whom we have guardianship of. I love heartwarming, lesson learning books. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  41. Traci Rabon December 16, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    This excerpt just stimulates anyone who has ever had a dog to remember the unconitional love it provided. I would cherish this book if won.
    Merry Christmas!

  42. Pat N Fl December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a real good book, would love to win it.

  43. Cindy Sproles December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    A Dog Named Christmas was wondeerful. I know this one will be equally as heartfelt.

  44. Linda F. December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a good story. Would love to win a new book!

  45. donna attaway December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Hello, I have a friend that I know would just love love this book…Hoping I will be a winner. Thanks for all of the wonderful work of your ministry.
    :)

  46. amyv. December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d love to win this book! :)

  47. Carrie Turansky December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to add this book to my Christmas book collections. Thanks for letting us know about it!
    Carrie

  48. Jessica Boniface December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds lovely. Thanks!

  49. Cheryl Marlow December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    You have got to love an inspirational book that is about a dog, LOL. Love them, I own 5 and would own more if I could afford it. Merry Christmas & God Bless =)

  50. Terri Anne December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read over Christmas :-)

  51. Carol Wong December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I saw ‘The Dog Names Christmas’ the Hallmark special on TV and loved it. Would really love to win this book. My brother who is severly austic, developed a strong relationship with his cat Happy Days. Animals are very important to people. They love people without restrictions and good for people.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  52. Cindy December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! This one sounds like a keeper to share and read with my children. We’ve also had our challenges as a family, and we adopted a pup named Sampson from a rescue this past year. I think everyone can relate to the bonds that form between a human being and a dog. I’m looking forward to us reading this together over the holiday. What a great way to bond as a family, too!

  53. eleanor December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    i can always use another book to read!

  54. Emily B December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    You had me at “it has that Where the Red Fern Grows feel”…..

  55. Lisa December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I want this book!! My son’s name is Tucker and my friend’s dog’s name is Tucker.

  56. Kimery December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great read for a snowy wintery day!

  57. Dee Dee December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I saw the movie “The Dog Named Christmas”, loved it! I would really love to read “Christmas with Tucker”. ( My oldest grandson’s name is Tucker!!!)

  58. Olivia December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful book- I love the idea of it!

  59. Michelle Wood December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like an awesome book! I hope I win!!

  60. Lisa December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love a good dog book. Maybe because I desperately want a dog at my house.

  61. Shannon December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds great!!

  62. Lori R Godaire December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful book. Hope I win.

  63. Al December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a good read for the holidays!

  64. Kimberly McClanahan December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great story…. would love to read it!!!

  65. Darlene December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful book to enjoy and share with family. Thanks for sharing.

  66. Jen A December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love books and I love dogs…what a good combination!

  67. Sara Broers December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What a wonderful story! Who doesn’t love a good dog story? Tis the season!

  68. eileen December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Dog stories always make me happy. I’ve never been without at least one of these four-legged best friends at my side. I especially love a good dog story with a nice happy ending. :)

  69. Carole December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love to read! A book; not an ereader. There’s something more intimate and tangible in holding a book; pages with words, smelling the paper and tucking it away to pull out some time later and dive back into it. I now prefer to read anything Christain Fiction; but I don’t limit myself either! One more lovely story about an animal…whether it’s Dewey, or Orson..is a must have for me!

  70. Karen December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have got to get this book! I love dogs, along with most other animals…we have three small dogs in our home and I can’t imagine life without them. We also take care of a stray cat and her kittens. I have such a tender heart when it comes to animals and can’t stand the thought of someone treating one badly. AND I love a happy ending!

  71. Amanda Stewart December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This book has caught my eye everytime I walk in the store! I would love this.

  72. Marie Lehman December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    A book about dogs and Christmas and love, lost and found, sounds like a winner.

  73. Dian Flora December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book!

  74. Cynthia December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    WOW! I would so love to own this book!! I love to read and watch movies about dogs… So does my daughter whom I believe would love this book as well!!

  75. Robin Osborne December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book. I have no children, so my Shih-Tzu Lily is my baby. I understand the bond between a dog and it’s family. This sounds like a beautiful read and I would be blessed to be able to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  76. Lynette Froiland December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    We adopted a dog this year, the day before Thanksgiving. After several days, we finally decided on a name … “Tucker”. We have three kids at home now that love to read; ages: 13, 12 and 8. While the breed may be different than our dog, this sounds like a great book and I know it would get read many times at our house.

  77. Megan December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to receive a copy of this book, it would make for a great read!

  78. Melanie Schroeder December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a book we would all love to read!!

  79. Debbie December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I love dogs and love to read! The books sounds great!

  80. Mary Hamilton December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    We adopted a rescued Golden Retriever a year and a half ago. My first Golden and ever since, I’ve alternated between “have to get rid of him” and “can’t live without him”. I’d love to read Christmas with Tucker and share it with the rest of my family who definitely can’t live without our Golden boy.

  81. shelley vanderkolk December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to read it!

  82. Melissa Riggins December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This would be an amazing read! I would love to have this to read while I’m off work during the holidays!

  83. Nikki Widmor December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Hoping to enjoy this book with my kids who want and love dogs.

  84. Rachel December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I almost bought this book today. I would love to read it!

  85. Coneen December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful read : )

  86. pat thomas December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    My Son-In-Law passed away last year and left 3 children fatherless. One saving grace was that each one has a pet and that pet (2 dogs and a cat) means so much to each one. I would love to give them the book to read. I know they would be able to relate. Thank you
    from Grandma

  87. Christine December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like just my kind of book!! We consider our dog to be a special gift from God. Thank You for this opportunity.

  88. Kim December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  89. Amy December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great book to read over the Christmas holidays! My husband has just really started to like reading, so this would be perfect for him!

  90. Beth Gillihan December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great read! Thanks :)

  91. RJB December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    A Dog Named Christmas was a lovely read. Greg Kincaid aptly conveys the impact a dog can have on an individual and a family. God certainly knew what He was doing when He created an animal with such a capacity to give and reflect love. If this prequel is as well done as the original title, it is well worth the purchase. Thanks for the review.

  92. Joana Cleary December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you God for Christmas and for giving us the ability to read and Your Word and other great books that help us know You and Your love.

  93. Lisa December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m looking forward to a good book, next to the Christmas tree and by the fireplace. Sounds like the perfect one for this time of year!

  94. Kathy December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am an animal lover and this book really looks like one I would enjoy and give as a gift. I also saw the Hallmark movie, A Dog Name Christmas, which touched my heart and I know many felt the wonder of how a dog could change a person’s life. The unconditional love of an animal can make a difference in a person’s life and give great health benefits as well!

  95. Marie December 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Christmas with Tucker sounds like a great read. I love animals. I have 4 Border Collie mix dogs and they run my husband and me. Ha ha!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to find out about Christmas with Tucker. Merry Christmas!

  96. Caroline December 17, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m a sap for anything with animals, especially dogs and the unconditional love they really do teach. Dogs naturally want to please and love. It’s a beautiful part of God’s creation.

    This book sounds fantastic. Thank you for this opportunity.

  97. LindaAnn December 17, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    hope I’m not too late to enter. Would enjoy this book.
    Merry Christmas to all

  98. Robin December 17, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I don’t know if it is too late to get in on the giveaway,but I thought I would let you know that I can’t wait to read this book

  99. Gwen December 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I’d love an excuse to wrap up in a warm blanket with this book & a cup of coffee. Can’t wait to start reading this book.

  100. sharon December 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds wonderful. Dog stories are so heartwarming. Hope I win it!

  101. Marisol Perry December 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I’d love an excuse to wrap up in a warm blanket with this book & a cup of coffee. Can’t wait to start reading this book.

  102. Sharon M Rhebergen October 22, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to receive this book for my birthday or Christmas!!

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