THE TWELVE DOGS OF CHRISTMAS (Pine Hollow Book 1) by Lizzie Shane
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A delightful holiday romance about a small-town single dad and an animal rescue owner as they try to find forever homes for a dozen lovable pups before Christmas.
Pine Hollow has everything Ally Gilmore could wish for in a holiday break: gently falling snow in a charming small town and time with her family. Then she learns some Grinch has pulled the funding for her family’s rescue shelter, and now she has only four weeks to find new homes for a dozen dogs! But when she confronts her Scroogey councilman nemesis, Ally finds he’s far more reasonable — and handsome — than she ever expected.
As the guardian of his dog-obsessed ten-year-old niece, Ben West doesn’t have time to build a cuddly reputation. But he does feel guilty about the shelter closing. So he proposes a truce with Ally, agreeing to help her adopt out the pups. As the two spend more time together, the town’s gossip is spreading faster than Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. And soon Ben is hoping he can convince Ally that Pine Hollow is her home for the holidays. . . and the whole year through.
This book was just what I needed. A heartwarming story about finding something you forgot you needed. Yes, it is based on a tried and true storyline, but it was told in a way that felt new. I fell into Ben’s spell from page one, he did frustrate me from time to time, but I still loved and understood him. Ally was also easy to like. She was open and so full of hope, that she pulled me into her journey as well. I couldn’t help but yearn for them to get together. The dogs, family and townspeople added just the right small-town holiday spirit that makes this a perfect Christmas book. This light romance made me tear up a few times as well as smile long after I read the last page. I’m now looking forward to book two in the Pine Hollow Series.
*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
3-Time RITA® Award finalist for contemporary romance and winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® award, Lizzie Shane is a romance nerd and an avid fan of the sociology experiment that is reality television. She launched the Reality Romance series, featuring love behind the scenes in a reality dating show, in 2015 with Marrying Mister Perfect, Romancing Miss Right, and Falling for Mister Wrong.
Lizzie lives in Alaska where she uses the long winter nights to craft more happily ever afters and also writes paranormal romance under the pen name Vivi Andrews.