A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.
As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays.
Then Taylor’s service dog arrives—a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can't afford, he takes the dog for company—but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the Beach House series: The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, and Beach House Reunion. She is a 2018 Inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. She is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at MaryAliceMonroe.com and at Facebook.com/MaryAliceMonroe.
“Mary Alice has woven a lovely and memorable tale about a veteran with PTSD and his service dog. You’ll be swept up into the moment and uplifted in beautiful ways.”
– Luis Carlos Montalván, New York Times Bestselling Author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
“Mary Alice Monroe, you are deeply gifted. You made A Lowcountry Christmas informative. You made it impactful. You made it safe to read. Taylor’s dance with suicide was a place not easily entered. Miller seemed to pave the way for one to enter… Your setting didn’t skirt the issue, nor did it set off PTSD triggers. You raised awareness. Thank you for lifting the veil for all your readers.”
– Joan Mehew, Dolphin Research Center, Recipient of the 2013 Wounded Warrior Project “Carry It Forward” Award