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Tom Shepherd is anything but a hero. A senior physics major at Three Rivers University in Pittsburgh, he just wants to make some easy cash for a trip during the coming spring break. On the last Sunday in November, he arrives at Holy Redeemer church in Perrysville to sell the Christmas season’s hottest toy, So Big Sammy, for three times its retail price to a buyer. However, ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by Plenum Publishing (first published November 5th 2012)
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Cindy
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads. Thank you! This wonderful story takes place during the Christmas season. Tom and his roommate need extra spending money so they scalp toys and the most wanted one of the season is Big Sammy. In the beginning of the story this business is okay with Tom until he meets the love of his life, Gloria. His life becomes more complicated when he becomes involved in the life of a little boy who has leukemia.. Tom now has choices to make which will affect those that he lo ...more
Carolyn
I'm not sure what I expected from A Shepherd's Song beyond "Christmas book," but it wasn't what I got. What I read was so much better!

I loved so much about this book from the main character, David Shepherd, in all his unloved, screwed-up desperation, to all the Pittsburgh details that made my Yinzer heart happy. The setting coincided nicely with the exact time I spent in college in Pittsburgh, and that was an added bonus.

Characters and circumstances seemed more raw, more real, and less sterile
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Dianna
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
A coming of age for Tom, a college student who is involved in 'toy scalping' with his roommate, Rob. Rob works in a toy store for the Christmas holidays and stumbles upon the idea that So Big Sammy, is going to be the blockbuster of the season and decides to scarf up all the inventory in order to create a supply and demand situation and charge outrageous prices on their own 'black market'. Tom goes along so they can make enough money to spend spring break in Martinique. Little did Tom know that ...more
Melody Cox
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the concept of the story. My biggest complaint is that the pace of the story moved along much too slowly for my taste. I fought to stay with it most of the way through.

Tom Shepherd wants to make some quick money without really working for it so he becomes a toy scalper along with his roommate. He is making a delivery to a church where a blood drive is being held for a young boy, Christo, who needs a transplant and ends up forced to give the toy to him. The media is there and catches Tom
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Cynthia
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although this is a Christmas story, it could simply be a great story that takes place any time of year. The Christmas setting and Christian/Catholic elements make it more special if you are a Christian or enjoy Christmas stories. I love that Ms. Palko tells this tale from a male point of view only. She makes college student Tom Shepherd believable, and she has him grow from a character the reader might at first dislike, but then pity, and finally find endearing. This novel is much more than a Ch ...more
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Janice Lane Palko grew up in Pittsburgh and is the author of the new romantic comedy Our Lady of the Roses, a spinoff from her first novel, St. Anne’s Day. She has also written the award-winning romantic suspense, Most Highly Favored Daughter as well as the Christmas romance, A Shepherd's Song, and Cape Cursed, a romantic suspense. A writer for more than two decades, her work is featured on the P

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