New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe returns to the Lowcountry with another heartwarming novel just in time for the holidays. In her newest novel, A Lowcountry Christmas, a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.
As far as 10-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, a Marine recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan, returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays. Then Taylor’s service dog arrives from Pets for Vets — a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor — and his life and attitude toward life began to slowly change.
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, their family bond and the true meaning of Christmas.