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The Christmas Guest

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A puppy is for Christmas. A friend is for life. The heartwarming tale of a homeless puppy with a huge heart who healed a family . . .

When Teddy runs away from home a week before Christmas, he's far too excited to worry about what lies ahead. But all too soon Teddy realises just how cold and scary the world really is, and what was supposed to be the perfect adventure now se
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by Quercus Books
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Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christmas
A runaway puppy, a sick ten-year-old girl, Christmas...sounds like a lovable, heartwarming tale, doesn’t it? And it is, mostly. The Christmas Guest by Daisy Bell features Teddy, who starts out in life known as Mr. Snuggles. He’s an adorable pup who doesn’t really fit in with his upscale city parents. He decides to go out exploring on his own and gets lost, very, very lost.

He winds up many miles away on the doorstep of the Woods family, mom Claire, dad Ben, and young daughter Emily. Emily has bee
Teddy, aka “Mr. Snuggles” begins his life as most puppies do, surrounded by a litter of brothers and sisters with the mother dog busily prepares them for life beyond this little nest where she can control things. Soon enough, this puppy is whisked away from his birth home by a happy, excited young man who brings him home to his young wife. A decision discussed beforehand, but her early Christmas present. She names him “Mr. Snuggles” and tries to dress him in a pink jacket, doesn’t seem to unders ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Christmas Guest is the perfect read for this time of year. It’s a book that will certainly appeal to a wide range of age groups.

As soon as we meet Teddy I was hopelessly in love with him. I loved getting inside a dogs mind, especially a puppy and seeing what they make of the world. Luckily he gets away from his original owner to find a lovely forever family. Things don’t go so smoothly though.

The family that Teddy finds himself living with are all lovely people. I loved each of the character
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Guest is one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read – it’s short and sweet and funny and charming, and ADORABLE. And why are there not more books written with the voice of a puppy? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? Because they would be amazing and that’s legit all I would read for the rest of my life, because puppies are just the greatest thing in the world. We have dogs, but we’ve never had a puppy, which makes me sad because they’re just fluffy and small and cute and mischievous. (Mind yo ...more
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Whilst the cover of the book is cuteness overload, do not, under any circumstances, be fooled by the cute pup on the front. I was, I must admit. I fell under the little pups spell straight away, I mean, how could anyone not! Look at its cutie little face! The storyline itself, however, doesn't follow in the same vein though (if that makes sense). It has a lot more guts and dynamic oozing from it, than the cover could ev
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really nice fireside read. The strange part is the narrator is through the eyes of Teddy (the puppy). I really enjoyed this and the first book I have read all through in a long time.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Ein nettes Buch, welches an den Weihnachtsfeiertagen sicher besser zur Stimmung gepasst hätte.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I love this book!! It’s like the perfect tale for Christmas, and reminds me of all those heart warming Christmas movies! A puppy finds himself alone in the cold countryside just a week before Christmas. He decided to run away from home, to have a great adventure, but now he feels terrible, cold and lonely, until he meets the Woods family.

This book has such a heart warming story that it’s perfect for any age to read it. Told in the first person with the puppy being the narrator it begins with a
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am the proud owner of two gorgeous (but very loopy) Labrador girls and I regularly get dog magazines.  Whilst reading one of the magazines I happened to come across a competition to win a copy of ‘The Christmas Guest’, which was highly recommended by the reviewer.  I didn’t win a copy but then I was offered the chance to read and review ‘The Christmas Guest’ so naturally I jumped at it.  What a flipping fantastic book it turned out to be.
For a start the cover immediately appealed to me with a
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Don't be fooled by the incredibly adorable cover, yes this is a very cute story about a puppy trying to convince a family that they should be his forever home, but there is also a much more serious storyline in the book too which makes it so full of depth its brilliant.

In fact the cute puppy antics of Teddy, are a real tonic to the worry his new family have over their daughter who has been seriously ill. However she is convinced that Santa sent her Teddy as an early Christmas present, and helps
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Christmas Guest is one of several cute pet-related festive stories out this year but I love this trend – magical Christmas stories featuring adorable animals is always a winner in my eyes.

Teddy, or Mr Snuggles as he is unfortunately known as to start with, belongs to Veronica and Richard, but from the moment Veronica was first presented with the puppy and she threw him to the floor when he had an accident on her, he’s known she didn’t particularly love him. When the chance arises a week bef
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Typical easy read and fun Christmas story. In the tone of "A Dogs Purpose" it's all told from the point of view of Teddy who runs away from a bad home (as a puppy) and follows the scent of cooked chicken to a family in need of his love. From loosing jobs and a sick daughter hes especially needed. He gets in to is a puppy but good things always happen in a Christmas story. This is like it was written for a made for tv Christmas movie. Even the grumpy neighbor with a sad story is the ...more
Keriann Davey
Thank you to Netgally and the publisher for sending me this book for review.

So I've been reading a lot of festive books this season and none of them have really made me feel Christmasey until this little hidden gem.

In this book we focus on a puppy called Teddy, he lives in the city with a couple who don't really want him or bother to get to know him so when he sees his chance for freedom he takes it. Lost, cold and alone Teddy comes across a house and sleeps on the doorstep in the hope someone w
Sammy, der kleine Hundewelpe ist in seinen zu Hause nicht glücklich und somit nutzte er die Chance, um abzuhauen. Durch seine Neugier entfernt er sich immer mehr von seinen Heim und die Kälte sowie der Hunger treiben ihn voran. So landet er schließlich vor der Haustür der Familie Woods. Die wissen erst gar nicht was sie mit dem Hundewelpen anfangen sollen, sie haben ja schon Probleme genug. Ihre Tochter Emily ist schwerkrank und die Mutter dadurch arbeitslos geworden. Trotz alledem wollen sie de ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teddy is unhappy with his owners as they are angry about his destructive puppy ways so he runs away but didn't realise what a big, bad world it is for a dog with no home.
When he lands on the doorstep of the Woods family they soon fall in love with him but with a sick daughter they have little time for a new puppy.
Can Teddy convince them to give him a forever home to make his Christmas wishes come true?
Will he be the latest addition to the Woods family or will his naughtiness see him go to the co
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book & loved the way it was written. I found all the characters were great & the storyline was also great too. I loved how this book was written from the dogs perspective. I really liked the character Teddy the puppy in the story. I read this story to my son at bedtime he really liked the story & hearing about all the mischief Teddy got into.
Mrs Nicola E Kinnaird
A gripping and heart warming story

Although it is a very light hearted read at the beginning, it pulls hard at your heart strings had way through. Read jerking and gripping this is a must read.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine sehr süße Geschichte! Mittig der Geschichte bin ich nicht wirklich voran gekommen da es sich alles gezogen hat aber dann wurde es wieder schön spannend. Der Schreibstil ist gut & man kann die Geschichte schön flüssig lesen. Kann ich nur weiter empfehlen!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly an amazing story of a list dog and a desperate family in need of a miracle. A must read

Brilliant book. A really good book everyone should read. A beautiful puppy which is lost and a desperate family. Brillant
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wunderschönes Buch zum Lesen für die Weihnachtszeit
Fabienne Eckstein
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Auch a cute book!!! A little bit of light reading for the winter season :) heartwarming story for young and old
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story, easy read with a feel-good factor
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-releases

Oh guys, yes, I admit, it took me some time to decide if I want to read this book - you know, dogs in stories + moi = crying endlessly, no matter what the result, if happy or sad - but when I've seen this gorgeous, adorable cover and the puppy eyes, I was sold.

The author has brilliantly captured Teddy the dog and his personality, and she perfectly well knew when he should wag his tail or hide behind a chair - she really knew what she was writing about and Teddy was so close to life! I loved how
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the Christmas Guest you meet an adorable 2 month old Labrador puppy called Teddy. He is originally adopted by Richard and Victoria who live in London. For them it would appear that as unfortunately is so often the case its the idea of a puppy that appeals to them far more than the reality of owning one and it is not long before Teddy (or Mr Snuggles as they have named him) is getting into lots of trouble and is abandoned into the care of the housekeeper who hates him. When they set off to vis ...more
Karen Whittard
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to
NetGalley, and Daisy Bell for this early copy of the Christmas guest in exchange for an honest review.

This book is wonderful it's Christmas personified in one little bundle. It has all the elements that everyone wants from a good Christmas story. Love, family, friendship, adventure, snow and dogs. What more can you possibly wish for.

A litter of puppies has been born and they are all looking for exciting new homes. One eager puppy indeed is more excited then the rest and jumps at th
Stephanie Dagg
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh dear, I'm not going to be popular but I'm only giving this book three stars. The problem for me was the fact it's written entirely from the puppy's point of view, which I really didn't feel lent itself to adult fiction. It would be great for YA without a doubt, but I think for an adult readership it would have benefited from having a second pov too - one of the major characters first person or third person. That would add more depth.
It's well written, nice humour, clever touches, a heartwarmi
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tohle bylo tak sladký a kouzelný a rozkošný a prostě všechno!! 😍😍
Rachel Louise  Mutton
it's a nice story about the dog he gone to a lovely home ...more
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