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Christmas in Dogtown

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A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc.

Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it--even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish,
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Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published October 17th 2012 by Story Vault
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Yvonne
Nov 30, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it
The story starts off with Resa going through a very difficult time - losing her job, boyfriend and soon her home. Like it or not, she has to make her way to her hometown of Dogtown and help out with the family business. Her family immediately pushes her into a relationship with her childhood sweetheart, which is the last thing she wants. She has no intention of staying in her hometown. Her intention is to go back to New Orleans and put her life in order, but then she learns of a family secret th ...more
Marlene
Dec 20, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Christmas in Dogtown is a short and spicy (in the Cajun sense, not the sexy sense) holiday story that argues that, contrary to the title of Thomas Wolfe’s famous novel, you really CAN go home again. But only if you want to.

And maybe only if you get there in time.

Resa Madere comes from the long line of Maderes that founded the small bayou community of Dogtown in St. James Parish, Louisiana, right beside the Caillou family. There are entire pirogues full of t
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Maghon Thomas
May 23, 2013 Maghon Thomas rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I love Ms Johnson! I love everything she touches, including her facebook updates LOL! So when this first was coming out, I snagged a copy… but I hadn’t read it until I jumped on this blot tour. I know, bad dog Maghon! Let me also say that as a native to all of the places she talks about, it’s just so awesome to read this one! AND… the best part about this book- to me- the main character came to MY COLLEGE!! I feel so much kinship :) She talk about college at ULL- Universit ...more
Miki
Dec 02, 2012 Miki rated it it was amazing
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

Magical! Such a loving, touching well written novella. It’s really perfect to read it around Christmas but it’s not a necessity to enjoy the universe and atmosphere. I was emotionally drawn to Resa and her wish for freedom and independence and in the same time it’s not really what she is wishing for.
At first, we discover a young woman who isn’t happy with her life, and whose perspectives aren’t good either socially or financial
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Kathleen
Dec 09, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Ad executive Resa Madere's life is on a downward slide: she's lost her job, her boyfriend, and her house is on the brink of foreclosure ... all before the Christmas holiday. Can life get any worse? When Resa's Uncle Aim becomes ill and asks her to come home to Dogtown, Louisiana, and help run the family meat market, Resa suddenly finds herself back in the town that she thought she had escaped from years ago. And if that isn't enough, Chandler Caillou, her childhood sweetheart is back in town and ...more
Sapphyria
Nov 16, 2014 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
Christmas in Dogtown is a short and sweet little Christmas tale about Theresa "Resa" Madere who finally makes it out of her hometown just outside of Paulina, Louisianna. After a significant job loss and the subsequent shallow break-up by her boyfriend, however, she finds that in order to make ends meet she has to answer her Uncle Aim's request for holiday help at the family's successful butcher shop - meaning she has to go back to Dogtown. And her family is still trying to match her up with her ...more
Hywela
Dec 29, 2013 Hywela rated it really liked it
This is an unusual short Christmas story with a neat twist. Resa is going home for Christmas, but is not as excited at the prospect as one might expect. She has been trying to 'better' herself and escape from her rural,Louisiana bayou roots. With sheer hard work and determination she almost made it, but a run of bad luck,including losing her job and her rich boyfriend means she now has to make the trek back to her little hometown to work for her beloved uncle in order to earn enough money over ...more
Lynda Dickson
Dec 22, 2013 Lynda Dickson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 14+
Resa (Teresa) Madere has recently been dumped by her husband and is struggling to pay her mortgage. She heads home to Dogtown just before Christmas to help her Uncle Emile in the family sausage-making business. Dogtown is a small town whose residents belong to either the Madere or Caillou families. Its major attraction is the strange dog-like mascot, the rougarou, located in the center of town. Resa's sentiments about her home town can be summed up as follows: "Dogtown was like quicksand; unless ...more
 CCAM&GZM
Dec 30, 2013 CCAM&GZM rated it really liked it
Christmas Dogtown is the kind of story that has the gift to make you to keep an eye on its author.

When I started reading the book, some time passed already from my enrollment on tour, I did it without refreshing my memory about its subject. So I was more impressed with the twist that the author gave to the story.

Mrs. Johnson constructed the story that, at first, seemed to be an ordinary romance. However, she took care (and well succeeded) to sprinkle elements that for the romance seemed unimport
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Nov 21, 2013 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, novella
Resa has been trying to avoid home, it is a small town that she fears will sucker her back in and there is nothing she can do to avoid it. When she has to return to help her uncle she is both relieved that she can get away from her ex but petrified that the town will take over. Now back at home her family forces her to be partnered up with her childhood friend, and for the life of her she cannot figure out why they keep insisting.

I found this to be a light and easy read. It is a novella, so only
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Erica
Dec 22, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
This short story features a woman named Resa who has returned to visit her family in a very small Louisiana town. Also there is a man named Chan, the guy everyone expects her to end up with. Resa has had some bad luck recently and isn’t sure if she’s ready to jump into another relationship. She’s also not sure how she truly feels about Chan.

There is some very good writing to this story. I loved the paranormal twist that does not reveal itself until the end. It presents a new concept that I have
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Rebecca
Dec 22, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This is a lovely Christmas novella with a touch of the paranormal to it, although for the majority of the story the paranormal elements are only hinted at. I very much enjoyed reading about the heroine's internal conflict - she spent years trying to escape Dogtown, LA, but now that she's returned she feels conflicted. I would love to see a longer work set in this world as well.

Ms. Johnson has a engaging, fluid style of writing that draws you in at once, and her depiction of the bayou is fascina
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Michelle Diener
Feb 04, 2013 Michelle Diener rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story about a woman home from the big city for a few weeks, and desperate not to let the guilt, expectations and assumptions of her small hometown shackle her there for keeps.
JoAnne Kenrick
Dec 16, 2012 JoAnne Kenrick rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a lovely novella for the holiday season! I really enjoyed the perfectly executed feel of backwards Louisiana...from the author's voice and characterization to the setting descriptions. A fast, but highly enjoyable read. A huge holiday thumbs up from me!
Cissa
Dec 28, 2015 Cissa rated it really liked it
A short but fun romance about New Orleans, and Christmas, and family and cultural traditions. I wish it had been expanded a bit more, because i enjoyed the characters and the setting a lot!
Crystal Fall
Dec 03, 2013 Crystal Fall rated it liked it
Would have liked it more as a regular sized novel instead of a short story.The twist in the story, threw me off ( no time for build up), wasn't expecting THAT one.
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Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Coming November 8, 2016: BELLE CHASSE, book five; following ROYAL STREET, RIVER ROAD, ELYSIAN FIELDS, and PIRATE'S ALLEY. A novella and story collection, PIRATESHIP DOWN, was released in November 2015.

Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance seri
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