What could be more joyous than a Kilcannon Christmas? But for Daniel Kilcannon, the man they call “The Dogfather,” this holiday season is anything but happy. It’s been three years since he’s lost his wife and though his family is growing – thanks to his matchmaking efforts – he still dreads the day his dearly departed wife used to love so much. Determined to make Christmas Eve festive and fun, he puts his sadness aside for the family and pretends everything is normal…until it’s not.
When a recently rescued puppy goes missing on Waterford Farm, all celebrations come to a halt. The entire family, from Gramma Finnie down to the youngest Kilcannon and their cousins, is enlisted on the search. Before they can continue the old Irish tradition of putting a candle in the window to welcome strangers, they must find little Jack Frost…and nothing short of a Christmas miracle can make that happen.
The Dogfather Series
Daniel Kilcannon is known as “The Dogfather” for a reason. It’s not just his renowned skills as a veterinarian, his tremendous love of dogs, or the fact that he has turned his homestead in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains into a world class dog training and rescue facility. Ask his six grown children who run Waterford Farm for him, and they’ll tell you that their father’s nickname is due to his uncanny ability to pull a few strings to get what he wants. And what he wants is for his four sons and two daughters to find the kind of life-changing love he had with his dearly departed wife, Annie. This old dog has a few new tricks…and he’ll use them all to see his pack all settled into their happily ever afters!
Titles in The Dogfather series include: Sit… Stay… Beg – New Leash on Life – Leader of the Pack – Santa Paws Is Coming To Town – Bad to the Bone – Ruff Around The Edges – Double Dog Dare – Old Dog New Tricks
Title: Santa Paws Is Coming To Town
Series: The Dogfather #3.5
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: November 17, 2017
My Rating: 4.5 stars
If I wasn’t already in love with Daniel and his Kilcannon clan then Santa Paws Is Coming To Town would have tipped me over the edge into true love. As it is I simply melted at this Christmas gathering of the Kilcannon family and their absolute devotion to their four legged friends.
Little Jack Frost, a puppy who may have been abused and was definitely dumped as not wanted, is missing He’d been brought to Waterford Farms to heal, learn and hopefully find his own forever home – but the little rascal has given them the slip and he’s out in the cold, with a storm heading in on Christmas Eve.. Everyone goes into high alert to mount a puppy rescue effort – absolutely everyone. They’ll find this little lost puppy or their name isn’t Kilcannon.
Santa Paws Is Coming To Town put a smile on my face, and maybe a few tracks of happy tears as well. While this is a short Christmas novella it certainly is packed full of love, faith and Christmas joy. We’ll get a taste of a Kilcannon Christmas, memories of the past and a love that never dies. We’ll also get the chance to meet up with the couples we’ve met so far, along with a touch of what may be coming soon. Everyone gets in on this one and it is pure family love, antics and devotion to the animals they all love. I won’t give a thing away – but that ending. I’ll admit it, I did some crying… and you will, too.
If you’re in the mood for a story that will lift your heart, invite you into a special family’s Christmas celebration and give you a hint of what is to come in this series – then Santa Paws Is Coming To Town should be on your own Christmas list. Haven’t discovered this series yet? No problem, this one is a great introduction that doesn’t leave you behind at all but may encourage you to go back to start at the beginning of a great series. I’d recommend this story and this series to any Romance reader who loves a good romance with believable people and situations, has a special place in their hearts for animals and believes that happy ever afters are possible for anyone.
I own a Kindle edition of this story.
*This review originally appeared on my Romance Is Ageless blog*
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