Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Puppy That Came for Christmas by Megan Rix

3 Star

Megan and her husband, Ian, found a surprising answer when they began training golden retriever pups to become service dogs for people with disabilities. But opening their homes and hearts up to Emma, and then Freddy-only to have each move on after six months-eventually took its own toll. Megan and Ian didn't know if they could continue. Then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along ... and stayed. 

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Sabrina-Kate - 3 Star

The Puppy That Came for Christmas is a light hearted tale of one couple’s infertility issues and the dog that filled that empty place in their hearts. It was a story of a couple, Megan and Ian, who had met later in life and were trying to have a child despite many obstacles.

The story is woven around their struggle but also speaks of them fostering dogs that would later become “helper” dogs. Trying many ways to conceive a child, this couple was starting to feel the strain on their relationship, when month after month nothing worked. Adding to the strain was the fact that Megan's sister in law suddenly got pregnant. Looking for ways to find some kind of fulfillment while trying to create their family was how Megan and Ian decided to adopt a puppy, though temporarily by helping raise a helper dog.

The story structure was a bit weak in my opinion as the author tended to go off on tangents (a lot) while recounting an event. Eventually she’d return to the original story and it was ok once you got used to her style but it took away from the continuity. The title is also a bit misleading as there is much more to the story than just that one puppy, and it was not really a Christmas story, however she ends up being the main focus.

Ultimately the story was one that many of us can probably identify with – the search for love. Whether it be finding a mate, having a child or adopting a puppy. I'd recommend this story for people who are big animal fans as it is sure to provide them with a heartwarming family tale.

Thank you to Plume for our review copy!

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