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Puppy Christmas (Forever Home Book 2) Kindle Edition
10/10 dogs agree that this book is perfect for readers who have a sweet spot for:
- Single dads who help their daughters dress as princesses
- Service puppies looking for a forever home
- Christmas stories with...(wait for it!)...PUPPY LOVE!
Lila Vasquez might not be the "fun one" at Puppy Promise—the service puppy training school she runs with her sisters—but she can always be counted on to gets things done. So when her latest client shows an interest in princess gowns over power suits, Lila puts aside her scruples, straps on the glittery heels, and gets to work.
If only the adorable six-year-old's father wasn't such an appealing Prince Charming.
Ford's whole life revolves around his daughter...until he meets Lila. Smart, capable, and amazing at helping Emily gain confidence with her new service puppy at her side, Lila is everything he ever wanted—but she's way out of his league. Good thing Emily and her new pup are up to the matchmaking task. This Christmas, it's all hands (and paws) on deck!
About the Author
Lauren Sweet is an experienced narrator and actress who loves falling in love. She has narrated over one hundred audiobooks for multiple USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors. When not narrating, she enjoys writing, traveling, and chocolate. Originally from New York, she currently resides in Los Angeles, California. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
"Gilmore has crafted a romance that blends heat, humor, and heart with a tiny touch of Christmas spirit." - Booklist
"Readers will be completely satisfied by the sensitive yet unsentimental way in which Gilmore portrays a young girl's disability, a divorced father's fretfulness about relationships and his own worth, and a beautiful woman's insecurity. Gilmore's generous novel is as appealing as a puppy." - Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B07QTB5W1D
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 24, 2019)
- Publication date : September 24, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2090 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,294 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I loved how unique Lila was, and that we got to see how she came to be the way she was, and how the way people perceive her can be hurtful. And how easily it is for us as humans to absorb those cruel things and start to believe them of ourselves. I loved her transformation. I loved that she didn’t actually change a lot, she just embraced who she was and learned that there is nothing wrong with the way she sees and approaches the world. I especially loved that she could see a parallel with Emily, and understand some of what she was going through.
Ford Ford was unbelievable. He was absolutely incorrigible, hilarious, and if it were a historical romance, he would have been a bit of a rake. But there were so many layers hiding beneath all that. I mean, yeah, he did have a wicked sense of humour. But he has sooooo much vulnerability, sensitivity, and such a low sense of self worth. It was hard watching him almost sabotage himself in some ways. His story really goes to show that you can’t know what’s going on with someone, and even those who look to be carefree can be struggling with things.
I adored Lila and Ford together. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they frustrated the s-h-i-t out of me as well, with their evasions and pride and misunderstandings (though not so bad that it bothered me a LOT). But the connection between them — the heat, the banter, the ease…I just fell in love with them together. Their romance gave me all sorts of happy tummy tingles and goofy smiles.
And this story wouldn’t be the story it is without Emily and Jeeves. Yet again, I adored learning about training a service puppy, and some of what is involved. It’s fascinating to learn all the different ways they can help humans, and it makes me immensely happy that their role is becoming more accepted. And Emily both broke my heart and mended it. I loved how sweet, serious, and genuine she was for a little girl. I also appreciated that she wasn’t perfect and pushed boundaries as any 6 year old would.
One of the strange surprises for me in this book was Helen Griswold. I was totally anticipating her role to take on a familiar tropey quality, but then Ms. Gilmore just yanked the rug out and made her human and delightful. Not to mention quirky and fallible. But she was so genuine. I was soooo happy with that. And with the other secondary characters we saw bits of, even *gasp* Patrick.
Can I get any more effusive? It’s ridiculous. I even like answering my hubby when he asks what I’m reading with “Puppy Christmas”. I mean, doesn’t the title just make you goofy happy? In the end it wasn’t strong in the holiday vein, the season was just a coincidence. But the puppy part was strong, and now I’m just babbling for the sake of babbling…
Of the three Vasquez sisters, I think I most identify with Lila so I was thrilled that her story was second in line. She did so much soul-searching and growing in these pages. It was a treat to watch and experience that with her. Emily is adorable and so realistic. I think that children can sometimes be difficult to capture without making a caricature of them; Lucy did a lovely job here. Ford Ford is hilarious (how can he not be) but also earnest and sweet. I've had friends like him.
I love how real Lucy Gilmore's writing is. It goes beyond the normal tropes of the genre and tackles real issues. She keeps the story light but not superficial. I could stand to see a bit more drama and gravitas in the stories, but that's more personal taste than anything. Her stories are uplifting and exactly what I needed during this pandemic.
I cannot wait to read the next one!
Two small quibbles - 1 I didn't get much out of a holiday feel from the story despite the title and 2 the spelling out of swear words is a running joke that I got tired of
But besides that, I had a great time reading this book and I continue to enjoy this wonderful series about what service dogs can do.
Of course, there also has to be romance to keep the story moving.
Very enjoyable reading.