A FAMILY UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE
This Christmas, will their shared puppy love lead to a forever family?
Sophie Griffith travels around the world as a photographer. Her new assignment -- helping her grandmother for a few weeks -- is just temporary. Once Christmas Day comes, Sophie will be on her next adventure.
Caring for Grandma is a piece of cake. Caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. Then Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy at the park, who leads her to David.
David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his five-year-old nephew, Troy. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog -- who leads him to Sophie.
Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction. Still, their faith and growing love for the little boy -- and the mischievous dog -- soon have them falling for each other. Could this be more than a holiday romance? Will Troy finally get his Christmas wish for a family?
So, yes, Christmas has come and gone but 'tis always the season for a heartwarming Christmas romance. I've only read Terri Reed's romantic suspense so I was eager to get my hands on a copy of this sweet love story.
It's official -- it's puppy love! As in Riggs the Bernese Mountain dog pup. Squealll! His antics are hysterical and endearing and kept me grinning and 'ahhhing' all the way through the read. He might just be my fave hero of 2016. Okay, yes, there is a two-legger hero in this novel as well and he's pretty fetching too. I expect you want to hear about him. :-)
David is in over his head when it comes to his five-year-old nephew. His workaholic bachelor days are over and if that isn't enough of an adjustment, dealing with the intricacies of a grieving little boy might prove to be his breaking point. Until his elderly neighbour's granddaughter visits for the holidays. His conniving, matchmaker-minded neighbour, that is.
David and Sophie are thrown together as they strive to make a memorable Christmas for Troy. Emotions become entangled despite their best efforts because no matter how much they seem right for each other, common sense tells them they're all wrong. Sophie lives a nomadic lifestyle as a photographer. David is anchored by a growing business and an orphaned nephew. A future together seems impossible. That makes for some truly tender love scenes that kept me on edge because it all seemed so futile.
The Christmas backdrop brings a stirring element to the story and includes a children's pageant complete with Riggs in reindeer antlers!!!!! (one of my favourite scenes, by the way!) Destined to be a Christmas classic read in my household. One for the keeper shelf for sure.
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