[ Pdf A Lowcountry Christmas (Lowcountry Summer #5) · motorcycle PDF ] by Mary Alice Monroe ä I ve loved the Lowcountry Summer series by Mary Alice Monroe, and what a wonderful early Christmas surprise to be presented with a 5 in the series A Lowcountry Christmas.
It was everything I love in a story and it was just so good to go back in Taylor s life to when he first was discharged from the Marines, after experiencing a terrible explosion that left him shattered and suffering from PTSD He can t cope with returning to his family for Christmas, finds crowds threatening, and his family are bewildered and find it difficult to understand.
The McClellan s are finding it difficult economically, Jenny and Alistair work really hard, but the shrimping business is in decline and they just can t afford the dog that Miller has his heart set on So when Taylor receives his lifeline the service dog Thor, Miller is really upset And then While this is the fifth novel, the story focuses on the McClellan family sharing events of one particular Christmas It isn t necessary to read the previous books Although admittedly I would now like to learnabout others within this South Carolina coastal community.
Monroe shares the tale from several narratives We begin with Taylor celebrating the holidays and reflecting on events that occurred five Christmases ago We then get perspectives from ten year old Miller McClellan as he shares with us his wish for Christmas and the struggles his family is facing now that his father can no longer work his shrimping boat We are also treated to chapters from Mary Alice Monroe, their mother as she tries to bring Christmas joy to their lives The story that unfolds pulls the reader in as you become caught up in this families lives.
I slipped into this story, identifying with Mary, feeling
A special thank you to Gallery books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review2016 Best Southern Holiday Book Southern master storyteller Mary Alice Monroe returns following A LowCountry Wedding with A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS featuring Taylor McClellan, a character from previous books A wounded warrior revisits the past, a broken man, and his journey to the present and future.
A heartwarming holiday tale of family and the true meaning of Christmas scattered with some humor and quotes from Charles Dickens and A Christmas CarolPast, Present, Future I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year I will live the Past, the Present, and the Future The Spirits of all Three shall strive wit Really good, quick read, Christmas story A lot to do with A Christmas Carol , two characters in the book were reading the book and there was a play Quotes from the book at the beginning of every chapter This book involved a lot of my favorite things Christmas, wonderful dogs and a Marine So, it s a good Christmas story with a happy ending about a Marine and his therapy dog Definitely recommend if you would like a quick and easy Christmas read This book was a gift and I really enjoyed it.
Let s ring in the holiday with a beloved Christmas favorite Monroe writes of a young boy, Miller, whose family has little but is blessed by the return of his older brother from war with his service dog When Miller becomes lost in the woods on Christmas Eve, the family struggles to repair their fractured bonds and save him Truly memorable.
If you re looking for a Christmas novel that centers around family, and is character thematic driven with a healthy dose of realistic conflict and meaningful substance A Lowcountry Christmas just might be your next delightful good read It certainly was a wonderful reading experience for me I thoroughly enjoyed it Life isn t always a magical experience Christmastime or not but it can always be meaningful and hopeful, despite life s storms One of the best Christmastime novels I ve read in a good while More in depth review with quotes to ComeFOUR Faith, Hope, Love, and Family Christmastime Joys and Sorrows Meaningful Fiction Worth Reading and Sharing STARS
5 stars, but rounded it to 4 stars on Goodreads.
I read this for the Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season.
Please do not read unless you have read all of the books in the series I have been reading the Lowcountry Summer books for years There were some ups and downs Ultimately I thought the stories involving the Muir family were good This newest book focuses on Taylor McClellan, Harper s husband I think the idea behind the book was good takes a very good look at PTSD and service dogs but the tension in the book was not really present because we already know that Taylor is alive and well with Harper, and we know that his family is okay too since they were mentioned in previous books I did like how Monroe tied this story into A Christmas Carol t Once in a rare while, a holiday book appears which you know will live on in your memory forever Mary Alice Monroe s A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS is such a book.
This was on my to read list, but it didn t hold a place of prominence If I got around to it, fine if I didn t, so be it But a call from a trusted friend caused me to move it to the top and I m awfully glad I did.
Here s the necessarily perfunctory annotation from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped It s as good as any summary I would be able to craft without giving too much away It is looking like a bleak Christmas for ten year old Miller McClellan His family is facing financial difficulty, so they cannot give him the dog he longs for But then his older brother returns home from war with PTSD and a service dog named Thor What is not clear from A Wounded Warrior And His Younger Brother Discover The True Meaning Of Christmas In This Timeless Story Of Family BondsAs Far As Ten Year Old Miller McClellan Is Concerned, It S The Worst Christmas Ever His Father S Shrimp Boat Is Docked, His Mother Is Working Two Jobs, And With Finances Strained, Miller Is Told They Can T Afford The Dog He Desperately Wants Your Brother S Return From War Is Our Family S Gift, His Parents Tell Him But When Taylor Returns With PTSD, Family Strains Darken The HolidaysThen Taylor S Service Dog Arrives A Large Black Labrador Great Dane Named Thor His Brother Even Got The Dog When Miller Goes Out On Christmas Eve With His Father S Axe, Determined To Get His Family The Tree They Can T Afford, He Takes The Dog For Company But Accidentally Winds Up Lost In The Wild Forest The Splintered Family Must Come Together To Rediscover Their Strengths, Family Bond, And The True Meaning Of Christmas This novel was predictable from the start While it does expound on the PTSD the returning soldiers can suffer from, there is not much of a plot or character development Trite at times and sappy at others, it misses the mark.