Even cat lovers will find it hard to resist Lucy and the puppies in W. Bruce Cameron's novel The Dogs of
Josh Michaels lives alone on the top of a mountain in Evergreen, Colorado, a loner who likes it that way. He's enraged when a neighbor he only met in a bar dumps a pregnant dog on him, but Josh instantly falls for Lucy. "Somehow having her made him feel better, less alone." But, Josh never owned a pet, and he absolutely falls apart when it comes to dealing with a dog giving birth. The vet was a help, but when Josh is faced with five puppies in a snowstorm that knocks the power out, he's at his wit's end. Only a voice at the other end of the phone manages to calm him down. Kerri answered the phone at the local animal shelter, and talks him through his panic.
Kerri's willing to take Josh step-by-step through the process of raising puppies. And, for the first time since he lost his girlfriend, Josh is interested in another woman, so he follows all of Kerri's instructions. But, when she wants him to give up the puppies for the shelter's "Dogs for Christmas" program, it's another matter. How can a man who felt rejected by his own parents give up puppies that he raised? As the holiday approaches, Josh and Kerri find themselves on opposite sides of a gap that may be too large to cross.
W. Bruce Cameron's The Dogs of Christmas is a charming holiday story, filled with puppies and whispers of romance. And, the humor is priceless. Josh is clueless when it comes to both dogs and women. But, the dogs and the women teach him. Dog lovers will enjoy the puppies with their individual personalities. And, those who enjoy a Christmas story with a happy ending and a Colorado snowy setting will also enjoy this addition to the ranks of holiday tales. (Ahem, plenty of holiday "tails" in this one.)
W. Bruce Cameron's website is www.brucecameron.com
The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron. Forge. 2013. ISBN 978765330550 (hardcover), 240p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.