The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson
SUBJECT: forgiveness, neighbors
CHARACTERS: Betty, Avery, Jack
DATE READ: December 29 - December 30
NO. OF PAGES: 133
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: Yes,Nook stockpile
CATEGORY: Class Schedule
THRESHOLD QUALITY: 2.5
Betty is an elderly widow, living in the same neighborhood for years, but things are changing. Old friends are dying or moving away and new neighbors are not very neighborly. Add to that a stray dog that frequents her backyard and her favorite dogwood, and Betty is not happy.
Enter Betty's missing granddaughter and you have the scenario of a young woman making friends with the nasty neighbor and also falling for the stray dog.
It was entertaining but not very emotion grabbing. Just a cute story.