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.
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.
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