A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe
Published: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.
As 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 holidays.
Then 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.
In A Lowcountry Christmas we get to see more the life of Taylor before he married Harper and we see him coming home from war and the effects that his PTSD had on him. We see the McClellan family as they go through some hard times and how things go once Taylor is back home and tries to adjust to life.
As a reader of the Lowcountry series, I love that we get to see how some of the characters were. We can see how they have grown and where they were and all the progress they have made. I also enjoyed getting to know the McClellan family more, we see how close knit they are and all the love and support they give to each other.
This a perfect addition to the Lowcountry series as it continues the tradition of family and unconditional love for one another. We all have tough times and dark days but its being surrounded by loved ones that will alway pull us through. I also love that in a sense this is a stand alone and could be read that way, so this is perfect for those who haven’t read any of the series can still read this wonderful tale.