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Santa Paws is Coming to Town

(The Dogfather #3.5)

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What could be more joyous than a Kilcannon Christmas? But for Daniel Kilcannon, the man they call “The Dogfather,” this holiday season is anything but happy. It’s been three years since he’s lost his wife and though his family is growing – thanks to his matchmaking efforts – he still dreads the day his dearly departed wife used to love so much. Determined to make Christmas ...more
Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published November 17th 2017
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Paula
When the Kilcannon family visits their father for Christmas at his homestead which houses a dog training and rescue facility, a puppy goes missing, so the dog-loving Kilcannon's put all Christmas plans on halt to search for the missing puppy. This was a very sweet short story that's probably best appreciated by having read the previous books in the series (which I hadn't), but even so, I still did enjoy this lovely little holiday tale featuring the very caring Kilcannon family as they search for ...more
Chatting About
Great short-story. Full of love, warmth, home, hearth, and family. And, dogs!
Regan
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Too cute

Just a short little novella about Daniel who is still grieving for his late wife, and him trying to hide how much he dislikes Christmas because it was Annie’s favorite holiday. And how his whole family cooks an elaborate plan to bring him a little joy.
I loved this book and I would recommend it to everyone.
Pj Ausdenmore
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want a Christmas story to make me laugh, make me cry, and fill my heart with hope, love, and joy. Roxanne St. Claire's Santa Paws is Coming to Town does all that and more. Don't let the short length - only 52 pages - put you off. This feel-good tale packs an emotional punch equal to much longer stories. If you've read the first three books in St. Claire's Dogfather series, you will no doubt enjoy seeing your favorite characters gathered together to celebrate a Kilcannon Christmas Eve. If you h ...more
MK
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 4 to The Dog Father Series:
5 Paws for SANTA PAWS IS COMING TO TOWN——

I just loved it. Ms. St. Claire has packed so much in this sweet Novella. It’s short also moving and touching. See what happens when the newest pup to the Waterford Farm runs away, and everyone in the family is out looking for him. All hoping and praying for a miracle.

What comes next will make you smile and tear up.

You Don’t want to miss it.
Aly
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Love at first sniff."

I really enjoyed this novella about the Kilcannon father and his brood of adult children who work together for canine rescues and own a training facility. I'm already familiar with the series so it was a pleasure to see each couple have a scene. We also learn a little bit more about the father of Molly's teenage daughter. Add some cute animals and a sweet surprise for the patriarch and you get a charming Christmas story.
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Gale
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great holiday story

A wonderful story about the very essence of love and affection in the Kilcannon family! All of the kids deliver a special present for their grieving dad, Daniel, that means the world to him. Quick read but touching in all. The right places.
J.B.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A short in one of my favorite series that was just the escape I needed last night. Includes peeks at the happy couples and family, some good Grandma Finnie bits, a wonderful surprise ending for the Dogfather, and best of all, a Molly and Pru teaser!
Isha Coleman
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Have been a fan of Roxanne St. Claire for what seems like forever, but her Dogfather series is the group of series that speaks to me the most. Family, faith and friendship band together to touch the heart and make me smile. Whether two legged or four legged, we all deserve a second chance to make our mark on the world and find where we belong. Santa Paws is Coming to Town is a reminder to count life's blessings. Love, life and laughter create rewarding and lasting memories. Storytelling at it's ...more
Darcy
Once again it was fun to spend time with the Killcannon's, this time we have all the craziness of Christmas. I hated that Daniel is a bit melancholy, missing his Annie. Pru and Molly's talk makes me very interested for the next book, to see how Molly explains things. But the best part of the book was the surprise visitor that the Irish candle brought. ...more
Lynne Evans
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, 2017
Spending Christmas Eve with our favorite Dogfather!! Catch up with the Kilcannon's and meet more of the family.

A note of caution. Don't read at work because I cried!
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Elaine Leonard
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review

I loved the whole story and the characters especially the bunny 🐇and the missing dog. The wonderful things we do for our family
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Super sweet. Loved seeing the whole family. Loved Daniel. Such a tender-hearted "Dogfather". ...more
Shirley
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute - I like this series of romance novels because DOGS.
Anne - Books of My Heart
This one is a rather short holiday novella full of family. If you didn't know the characters, I would never start here. ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Romance Is Ageless

If I wasn’t already in love with Daniel and his Kilcannon clan then Santa Paws Is Coming To Town would have tipped me over the edge into true love. As it is I simply melted at this Christmas gathering of the Kilcannon family and their absolute devotion to their four legged friends.

Little Jack Frost, a puppy who may have been abused and was definitely dumped as not wanted, is missing He’d been brought to Waterford Farms to heal, learn and hopefully find his own forev
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Visionary Druid
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Kilcannon is renowned as “The Dogfather” in his community. He is a retired veterinarian who owns the largest canine rescue and training facility in North Carolina. He cannot escape his melancholy this Christmas season. When a newly rescued pup disappears somewhere on the farm, the Kilcannons put their festive celebrations on hold. They search everywhere for the poor, frightened puppy. Will the Kilcannons find the lost puppy? Or will the puppy bring the Dogfather a surprise holiday miracle ...more
Liza
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Dogfather series is one of my favorite ever from Roxanne St. Claire. It has family, sexy men, smart women, laugh out loud humor, as well as pulling so many other emotions from me. Santa Paws is Coming to Town is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of the series.

I love getting to spend time with Daniel Kilcannon, The Dogfather himself, and he gets lots of page time in Santa Paws is Coming to Town. I love how much he still loves and misses his wife Annie, even as he tries to hide it from his f
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49 Geese
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Roxanne St. Claire’s Dogfather Series and this short Christmas novella is no different. It’s a sweet story about family, love and togetherness for the season.

Little Jack Frost, a Jack Russell terrier, is a new rescue to the Waterford Farm, a dog training and rescue operation run by the Kilcannon family in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Readers of the first books in the series will be familiar with Daniel Kilcannon and his grown children who all reside nearby and work for the Farm, each with th
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Patti Lucas
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Roxanne St. Claire has delivered the best early Christmas gift. I loved the novella. Was so sad that it was only a novella, and therefore too short. The novella takes place on Christmas Eve at the Kilcannon Family home at Waterford Farms. As all the Kilcannons and the extended family arrive to celebrate Christmas Eve, a new rescue puppy, “Jack Frost”, goes missing while getting groomed by Darla. Everyone breaks off in pairs and goes off in search of Jack Frost. Molly and Prudence share a bitters ...more
Eileen
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful novella Roxanne St.Claire wrote with Santa Paws is Coming to Town, A Dogfather Short Tail, story 3.5 in her Dogfather series. Daniel, the patriarch and Dogfather himself, was struggling facing another Christmas without his beloved wife. He tried to hide these feelings, but those who knew him best saw through his mask. He needed a miracle to help shake him up. I loved how the Kilcannon children came together to “search” for a lost pup who arrived earlier in the d ...more
Jacoby
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful mini-addition to the Dogfather series. It’s the perfect Christmas story. When I first started reading I thought, this was a sweet story and a nice way to get re-acquainted with the characters from the first three books. It’s fun to read about family Christmas traditions and the Kilcannon’s story is poignant because Annie Kilcannon was so loved and is missed so much by her family. What a wonderful opportunity to get everyone together, even if one of the sons couldn’t come because ...more
Denise
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming, delightful novella full of surprises that brings together our favorite couples from the first three novels in the Dogfather Series, the females in the clan, Darcy, Molly & Pru, as well as sheds some more light on a couple of the characters yet to come for future novels and of course, our very favorite characters in the Kilcannon clan, Gramma Finnie, and The Dogfather himself, Daniel.

The scene takes place on Christmas Eve in the snow covered Blue Ridge mountains of Waterford farm
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Donna Ferriola
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Santa Paws

This was a very sweet Christmas novella in the Dogfather series with the whole family banding together to surprise their dad, Daniel for Christmas. Aiden, the youngest Kilcannon was away in the service but managed to get leave to surprise him on Christmas eve with the fake story that a new rescue dog got out so they all went to find him. Some of the family had to keep the secret so that they could make their dad a little happy for the holidays since he was depressed after losing his wi
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Victoria Sturlini
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL MOVING LOVELY BOOK!!!!!!

I loved this book!!!! It moved my heart so much....... I have to vote it one of the loveliest Christmas books ever. I have read all the Dogfather books and enjoyed every one of them and this one was like being given a beautiful gift to unwrap with great delight!!!!! If you haven't read the other three books in the series so far take the time to do so.... They are filled with love, kindness, family loyalty and support, beautiful romances plus lovely dog
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Terri
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, street-team-book
I love this series and this short novella is a beautiful addition! It takes place on Christmas Eve, when the Kilcannon family is busily steeped in the traditions of their family. However, when a recently acquired rescue dog makes a run for it, the whole family drops everything in order to search their land for the pup. The big he-men Kilcannon men find out that they may not be as tough as they thought. If only finding the pup would cheer up the patriarch of the family, who is still grieving the ...more
Amy Williams
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great Christmas story! Daniel Kilcannon, the Dogfather, is really missing his wife this Christmas. Instead of being down, he knows he has to push forward for his kids and their expanding families. Everyone is coming over for Christmas Eve to get together and go to midnight mass. After a newly saved, abused pup gets out, the Kilcannons split up to go look for the lost dog. This novella brings us all up to date on the couples from the other Dogfather books in such a hilarious way that I was ...more
Laura ~ Not Now I'm Reading
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE FEELS!

This novella was a wonderful snippet of the life, closeness, and love found in the Kilcannon family. It's so refreshing to read about a family who genuinely cares for the happiness of each family member and a family that cherishes each tradition throughout the years - even when those traditions have to be somewhat altered for the greater happiness of one family member. Not going to give anything away because I do NOT want to spoil this short tale of Christmas Eve at Waterford Farm.
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Pennie Morgan
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an adorable addition to this fabulous series. I devoured this in one sitting (with strangers around) and it was like having old friends join you for coffee and catching up. Christmas Eve and some traditions are meant to be kept and some are meant to be shared and others are meant to be expanded upon and this one was meant to be treasured. All the feels and so much joy. Definitely a keeper!

Yea, I'm not going to tell you what happens at all in this one :) Just make sure you have a tissue a
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Rose Boniello
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a Fantastic surprise!!

Highly recommend reading the entire Dogfather series-- it will make this Christmas novella so much more meaningful and beautiful!! I noticed this hit my Kindle a bit after midnight & decided to start it -- which of course led to finishing it!! Absolutely loved it!! Love this family who takes care of pooches and each other! Nothing better than a close loving family. So many sweet and happy moments and a HEA that gave me chills and helped me go to sleep with a huge smile
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