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Noelle

(A Dog Named Christmas #3)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

In this installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the ro
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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Convergent Books
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Cheri

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3.5 Stars

In 2012, I bought Greg Kincaid’s books “A Dog Named Christmas” and “A Christmas Home,” as gifts for my mother, reading along as she read her copy, and then reading her “A Christmas Home.” A shared experience, which was a shared memory, but is mine alone, now. She’d loved “Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” years before, and so I’d hoped these would appeal to her, as well. She loved them, maybe even more. Growing up, we’d always had a dog, and e
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Noelle is another book about the McCray family, their lives and their dogs. This book has several storylines running parallel to one another, but they all come together in a wonderful conclusion.

Elle is a dog that Todd rescued shortly after its birth. She is part retriever but the father is unknown. Elle is young, feisty, loving and has a mind of her own. It seems that she hears, "no Elle" all the time. Todd is trying to train her to be a service dog, but he is not having much luck. In fact, th
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Maureen Timerman
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A delightful story of a dog that is having problems becoming a service dog, or is she. The author had a previous book about a Dog Named Christmas, and we are reunited with this now elderly dog.
There are several messages offered here, and one is letting our children grow up, and letting go. There is also the breakup of a marriage, not a fun topic, but we see the pain and suffering that goes on with the young children, and this is where our little No-elle comes in, and will she be able to bring so
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Dawn
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dog Lovers & fans of Christmas.
Recommended to Dawn by: I've read the first three books in the series.
This book was a great continuation to the "A Dog Named Christmas" series. It was great catching up with Todd and his family. My only complaint is that the Prologue of the story told of a man who was running a "Pupfapy Mill". I would have liked the story to have let us know that his operation was shut down, but he was never mentioned again. The way the story ended left it open to continue and I hope to read more about the McCray Family and the dogs in their lives.
Lisa B.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I feel lucky that this was the book I selected to kick off my holiday reading. I thought it was heartwarming and offered a different meaning on the idea of Christmas gifts. I especially liked how Noelle got her name. I have not read the first two books of the series (yet), but felt this did quite well as a stand alone.

Many thanks to Convergent Books for this ARC via Netgalley.
Kathryn
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, christmas
Another fun story. I loved how Noelle became Noelle. That, to me was the best part of the story.
Ethan
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Dogs aren't takers, they're givers."



The last couple weeks have been a real whirlwind. I took a vacation the week before Christmas, and the holiday seemed to just blow right by. In the rush, I missed out on my usual traditions of holiday baking, Christmas movies, and parties. This week, I was so desperate to hang onto every last thread of Christmas, that I decided to read a Christmas themed book. I usually shy away from holiday novels, but it turned out that a book filled with Christmas cheer wa
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Mary Reed
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved this Christmas themed book. It is a great story about family, traditions, lives ups and downs, disappointments and hopes. I hope Mr. Kincaid comes out with a continuation next Christmas. I want to find out what happens with Todd and Laura and the Robinsons.
Julianna
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Holiday Stories; Small-Town Fiction; Animal Stories
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Noelle is the latest heart-warming installment of Greg Kincaid's A Dog Named Christmas series. It’s set in the fictional small town of Crossing Trails, Kansas and follows the continuing story of the McCray family while adding a new family, the Robinsons, into the mix. For the first time, there are three separate sub-plots playing out at the same time, which then later converge into one happy ending. It was a lovely story that gave me warm fuzzies and was a gre
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Kristin
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've not read any books in the A Dog Named Christmas series by Greg Kincaid prior to Noelle. Still, I was able to follow the story perfectly without confusion. The premise of this book is absolutely adorable. I loved Mrs. Claus and the values she had to teach.

But, this book just didn't do a thing for me. Which is surprising because if you listen to my heartbeat, it beats to the tune of Jingle Bells. I'm serious, y'all...my Christmas obsession runs deep!

So, why did I have such a hard time with
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Kari
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Kincaid almost snuck this book by me - I just happened upon it on the library shelves! Third book in the dog named Christmas series, the story picks up about three years later. Mary Ann tries to stir up attitudes about Santa Claus at the Library Board meeting where they discuss who will play Santa this year. She talks about the appearances of Santa and argues that it's not how he looks, it's the spirit portrays. And next thing she knows she has agreed to be Mrs. Claus.

Todd moves back to town, a
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Cheryl
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Mary Ann is determined to shake up Christmas by appearing as Mrs Santa Claus with a message to children about giving back. A local family decides to divorce and Mary Ann tries to help the children deal with it. Mary Ann’s son moves back to town to work at dog shelter along with his girlfriend and they move in together. Mary Ann’s husband, George, is dealing with age related slow down and it is hard for him to take care of the farm. The last couple of chapters pull it all together.
Evan
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Like all series fiction on its third book, this one suffers a bit from "how many extra plot points and side stories can we shoehorn in"-syndrome, but I'll be darned if it doesn't work for me. Cute dogs, strong sense of family, and Christmas--what more could I ask for?
Cindy Grossi
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet story, simply told
Sierra
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story!
Tarissa
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The characters we love so well from the original “A Dog Named Christmas” are each getting older in their own ways. None more so than Todd McCray. His life has been riddled with complications from his own mental disabilities, and he's so grown up now in his twenties, it takes a moment to recognize him from that first book I met him in.

The new addition to the Crossing Trails dogs that we already love, Elle, is a lovely little thing. She just needs some proper training to become obedient, and to be
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Laurie
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable story to relax with.
It is written in a solid, well crafted style abut families, friends and relationships.
As one of the older characters comments in the book- "Relationships can be hard." Understanding each other becomes easier as relationships develop and grow.
If you like stories which accentuate kindness, acceptance,forgiveness and reconciliation, then this is the perfect book for you!
Well done!

Thank you to netgalley for allowing me to read and provide and honest review of this g
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Gea
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-com
If you love heartwarming Christmas stories, you will likely love this book. I have not read previous books in the series, but it works well as a stand alone book. It does deal with some real life problems such as developmentally delayed adults, divorce alcoholism, unemployment and the effect of these issues on the families involved. But through it all is the common thread of Noelle, a rather special little dog who seems to bring everyone and everything together.
Sandy
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, especially after reading the first two of the series and seeing the movies on Hallmark. Todd has grown into a young man on his own and still involved with the animal shelter work. Interesting turn of events with the characters of Todd and his mom. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Kathy
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book by Greg Kincaid about the McCray family and their lives and dogs. In this book, there are several stories. There is the story of Noelle, a young, feisty dog with a mind of her own, who figures centrally in the story and plot. Practically disregarded at birth because she does not fit the mold of the perfect dog someone will pay big bucks for, Noelle has learned from experience to make the best of things and to show off her love of people and fantastic people skills. There als ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
It’s been a long time, five years, since readers have gotten to take a peek inside the McCray family’s lives. With this fourth installment in the series, it’s the holiday season. Of course.

When we last saw Todd and Laura, their friendship had taken a romantic turn. Both have returned to Crossing Trails to run an animal shelter, whose funding has been donated by Doc Pelot. It’s an ideal situation. As they move back, the decision on where to live is a pressing issue. Do they each return to their p
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☘Tara Sheehan☘
Noelle continues the series by Greg Kincaid about the McCray family and of course dogs in case you didn’t get that from the cover, :-)

If you read A Dog Named Christmas then you should recognize a few of these characters both human and canine.

Kincaid showcases his talent through this multi-story novel and as its title suggests Noelle the dog gets a chance to win you over with her human like personality. She’s a little rough around the edges, one of those that too many people might pass over beca
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Jalynn Patterson
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.
In this installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail's first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more
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Kimberly
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Noelle: A Novel (A Dog Named Christmas) by [Kincaid, Greg]This book, Noelle, by Greg Kincaid, tugged at my heartstrings from the Prologue. It talked about the puppy mill where Noelle was born. My own dog was rescued at the side of the road from one of these places and would have froze to death if she were not saved.

I have not read the previous books in this series, but that was all right as they gave a good description of events and people that were in this book. Noelle was cast aside when she
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Carol Cassada
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I read one of Greg Kincaid’s books and I wasn’t familiar with the story of the McCray family. Although, after reading this book I’m interested in reading more of Kincaid’s story.

I’m an animal lover, especially with dogs so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Even though the book’s titled Noelle and features the lovable dog, she tends to take a backseat to the other characters in the story. Mostly, the story revolves around the McCray family and their neighbors Th
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Susan
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just in time for Christmas, a warm-hearted tale about a family, a community, and a dog. Noelle, better known as Elle didn't have a good start in life, but that doesn't mean she isn't wanted. Todd, her owner, is sure he can train her to be a good service dog, even if it is proving to be a severe challenge.

The holiday season is bringing other challenges as well to the small town of Crossing Trails, Kansas. Todd's mother Anna McCray had managed to get herself into a fix by agreeing to play the role
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Judy
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Noelle by Greg Kincaid
A Dog Named Christmas Series Book Three
This book presents the point of view from all different families. Adults, children, and sometimes even the dog.

Todd McCray is challenged in ways, but not when it comes to dogs. He has a gift of training a dog and finding the right person for it. Until now. Elle is a dynamo of a tiny dog. Her beginnings were not very good but she survived. Everyone says, No, Elle! so often that some think her name is Noelle.

Another couple is going throu
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Kelsey Wheeler
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a heartwarming Christmas stories for the season, you will  love this book. I haven't read the previous books in the series, but I think this book could definitely be read as a standalone. I've seen the Hallmark movie based off the first book A Dog Named Christmas and there is a few characters from that in this,but years later.

This story does confront real life problems such as divorce and alcoholism and how it  effects the families involved. But it's mostly heartwarming th
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Britney
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christmas and dogs are the perfect combination for a heartwarming holiday tale, and that’s just what Noelle is. The McCrays and their canine companions are endearing characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed their touching story of “the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.” Kincaid has penned several books in the A Dog Named Christmas series, all of which I have not read yet. After reading this one, I am eager to go back and read the earlier stories and discover how the ...more
Michelle
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I decided to read this book. I haven't read the previous books that tie in with this one but I don't believe it necessary. I loved the writing, the multiple characters, and of course the dogs! I thought the author did a great job writing the characters and keeping them organized. I loved the multiple side stories and how the dogs came into play with everyone. I loved the Kansas setting because I used to live there and you don't find many books with that setting. If you want a g ...more
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A Dog Named Christmas (3 books)
  • A Dog Named Christmas (A Dog Named Christmas #1)
  • A Christmas Home (A Dog Named Christmas #2)