When Todd, a developmentally challenged young man still living on his parents' Kansas farm, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs during the holiday week, he knows exactly what he wants for Christmas. Animals are Todd's first love, and his persistence quickly overwhelms his father's objections to befriending a canine, a reluctance that proves to have a painful origin. The family takes in a very special animal, and the shelter's Christmas adoption programme soon grows larger than anyone had hoped. By the story's end, Todd, with the help of a dog named Christmas, has taught an entire community the transformative power of goodwill and shared love - a lesson for all seasons.
There was never any question that young George McCray would grow up to be a man, but there was a big question about the kind of man he'd grow up to be. It is the winter of 1962, snow is piling higher by the day, and George is called upon to endure more than most men could withstand. With the help of his grandparents and Tucker, his beloved Irish setter, George must navigate through life's most difficult challenges and find the strength to walk on the road that leads to healing, growing up and finding his true self. George's journey is our shared human journey. A coming-of-age story suitable 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.
An exclusive ebook collection of inspiring and heartwarming Christmas stories about the McCray family and their trusty and loveable dogs.
A Dog Named Christmas, a New York Times bestseller, touched hearts when it was published in the fall of 2008. In 2009, the beloved novel was made into a successful Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie seen by more than 14 million viewers. Now, in this special 3-in-1 ebook edition, author Greg Kincaid brings together that book as well as its prequel Christmas with Tucker and its sequel A Christmas Home, three novels of endearing characters and charming dogs who remind all of us of the power of Christmas.
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.
In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail's first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.
Lorsque Todd, jeune homme mentalement retardé, amoureux des animaux, vivant toujours chez ses parents, apprend le projet du refuge pour animaux de sa ville de proposer un foyer pour chaque chien lors des fêtes, il insiste pour que ce soit là son cadeau de Noël. Son père George se montre plutôt réticent - ses expériences avec des chiens se sont toutes terminées malheureusement - mais finit par accepter. Alors que le chien parfait intègre joyeusement la petite famille, Todd se met en tête de placer toutes les autres bêtes. Une formidable chaîne de la solidarité « esprit de Noël » se met alors en place. Et ce sont ceux qui en doutaient le plus qui profiteront le plus de ce magnifique élan d'humanisme animalier.
A 20 ans, Todd est un jeune homme différent des autres, solitaire, mais doué d'un vrai talent auprès des animaux. Un jour de décembre, il convainc son père de lui offrir le cadeau de ses rêves : l'emmener au refuge et adopter un chien, un chien rien que pour lui. Mais quand le beau labrador noir qu'il a baptisé Noël débarque à la maison, c'est toute la vie de Todd qui s'en trouve bouleversée. Peu à peu, grâce à l'amour inconditionnel de Noël, Todd s'ouvre aux autres et prouve à sa famille, stupéfaite de sa métamorphose, qu'il est enfin capable de trouver sa place dans le monde. Une belle histoire d'amitié entre un homme et un chien, un grand moment de tendresse. Lorsqu'il n'écrit pas, Greg Kincaid exerce comme avocat. Il vit dans une ferme du Kansas avec sa femme et leurs cinq enfants. Un chien pour Noël est son premier roman.
Todd McCray, hero of A Dog Named Christmas, is now twenty-four years old and working at a local animal shelter, where he meets and quickly becomes best friends with Laura, a young volunteer. Laura, like Todd, has disabilities of her own, but her struggles are more physical than developmental. Their friendship is sealed when Todd--with the help of his trusted companion, the tenacious Labrador retriever named Christmas--trains a beautiful dog named Gracie to help Laura with the day-to-day life tasks that are difficult for her.
Life seems good for Todd, but all is not well in his hometown. Struggling families unable to make ends meet are abandoning more and more dogs, and the shelter is swelling to capacity. The local government is struggling to meet its obligations too, and in early December, on the cusp of another holiday season, Todd’s boss delivers the bad news. Due to funding problems, the shelter will close its doors before the end of the year. But what will happen to all the animals?
As the Christmas holiday approaches, Todd has limited time to find homes for all the dogs. Not to mention that he needs to secure a new job and figure out what to do when his friendship with Laura takes an unexpected romantic turn. All this seems overwhelming unless you’ve got a loving family, dedicated friends, and a couple of very special dogs behind you. In which case, nothing is impossible.
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas!
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky
spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America.
Free spirit Angel Two Sparrow--artist and musician extraordinaire--is having trouble making ends meet. On the verge of desperation, she inherits her crazy Aunt Lilly’s bookmobile and half-wolf named No Barks, and dreams up yet another life plan. Painting her business card on the side of the van, Angel and her trusty companion set off on a pilgrimage across America hoping to jump-start her new profession: Native American Spiritual Consultant.
Traveling in the other direction, Ted Day and his trusty Irish Terrier-mix Argo are on a much needed vacation (and in need of spiritual nourishment). When he leaves Kansas, Ted can’t image how far from his sleepy law office that old silver and black Winnebago 32RQ Chieftain will take him.
Two lives (four if you count the canines) collide (literally). Once the dust settles, Ted and Angel find themselves enamored. Sensing that something bigger and more profound has been set in motion, the couple embarks on a wild road trip, detouring into some rarely traveled corridors of the human soul. Very soon, it becomes clear that nothing will ever be the same for these travelers, their dogs, and, heck, the world at large, too.
“Coming from the author of books such as A Dog Named Christmas and Christmas with Tucker,” Kincaid writes, “This new novel might at first blush sound like a departure for me. And yet, Angel and Ted’s journey throughout the Southwest reveals the themes at the heart of all my work: the ultimate questions of life and love, of companionship and overcoming the odds.”
From the Hardcover edition.