Review: The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Publisher: Forge Books
Publication Date: October 15th 2013
Source: Own

The Dogs of Christmas

Goodreads Summary:

While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies. Soon in over his head, Josh calls the local animal shelter for help, and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a quick wit and a fierce love for animals. As Kerri teaches Josh how to care for Lucy’s tiny puppies and gets them ready to be adopted through the shelter’s “Dogs of Christmas” program, Josh surprises himself by falling for her. But he’s fallen even harder for his new furry family, which has brought incredible joy into Josh’s life. He barely has time to sit down, between chasing after adventurous Sophie and brave Oliver, but when he does, his lap is quickly filled by the affectionate Lola. And Rufus and Cody’s strong bond makes Josh wonder about his own relationships with his family. With Christmas and the adoption date looming, Josh finds himself wondering if he can separate himself from his beloved puppies. At odds with Kerri, Josh isn’t willing to lose her, but doesn’t know how to set things right. Can a surprise litter of Christmas puppies really change one man’s life? W. Bruce Cameron’s The Dogs of Christmas is a charming and heartwarming holiday tale that explores the power of love, trust, and a basket full of puppies.

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Having a heartache is no excuse for the Universe when a bothersome neighbor you barely know leaves a pregnant dog on your door for you to take care of. Josh’s never had a dog in his life, but something in the way Lucy (the dog) looks at him gets to his soul and he’s willing to learn all about the chaotic life of a dog owner with newborn puppies on the way. In the process, he meets Kerri in the dog shelter who helps him through the whole procedure of taking care of Lucy and Co., plus giving in adoption the puppies for the Christmas Program of The Dog’s of Christmas. One thing he wasn’t expecting though was that these cute puppies would make him so happy and hard to let go of. As he gets used to a life full of joy from the puppies, Josh also has to deal with family problems, his own love life, and he wants to do from there.

This is the third book by W. Bruce Cameron I’ve read, the previous ones being A Dog’s Journey and A Dog’s Purpose. I admit I was a bit disappointing that this book didn’t have the point of view from a dog but instead of third person. Bruce has a way of making you feel like you’re the dog in the other two books that made me ache to read from that POV once again. Either way, this book was great. A true work of art by a very talented author.

We have Josh, a man with a broken heart who’s life is extremely simple. He works at home in computer stuff and is constantly waiting for his ex-girlfriend to come home. He has family issues since his parent divorced when he was younger, barely talking to the member of said former family. He was blunt and ignorant to some things but he seemed to warm up my heart little by little. Three-dimensional and believable, he made a good main character along with Kerri, the sweetheart girl who sweeps him off his feet into a truer and adventurous love in contrast to his ex.

The book has that same quality that attracted me to these dog books by W. Bruce Cameron. It makes you have a whole different view on dogs, our best friends. Either you are a dog lover or just a person who thinks they’re cute, this book is amazing. Even if it wasn’t described from a dog’s view, Josh was so good at giving us a piece of Lucy’s mind as best he could. It was a cute, fluffy, fast read that is perfect for the holidays or any other day of the year. Among my favorites by this author. It gives us hope, understanding, simpathy, and the value of dogs in our lives, how simple their living style is and how happy they are when treated with care and love. It teaches us that we have to move on from past relationships because the ones we’re meant to have is just around the corner (I’m still looking for that corner though…), and how we shouldn’t be resentful towards our family and loved ones.  A very beautiful tale I recommend anyone in seek of love and cuteness overload.

I’m looking forward to more W. Bruce Cameron. His writing style is strong, simple, emotional, I even cried! I always cry in his books. And he’s so cool. I once received an email from him on my birthday and he “sang” me happy birthday (That was last year of 2013). Really worth reading ❤

Rating: 5 stars

it was amazing


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