The Christmas Guest – Mini Review

This is the first book I’ve read that is told from the perspective of an animal, and what a delight it was!

Meet Teddy; a golden retriever puppy, who has run away from his nasty human parents. Imagine his delight when he follows the scent of a roast chicken and meets his dream family! Except Claire and Ben aren’t sure if they can keep Teddy, they’ve got enough on their plate with their daughter; Emily, who is recovering from meningitis… but what if Teddy can help?

Teddy is determined to be the best behaved pup so he can be a permanent member of the Woods family but it’s not always easy… he is a puppy after all!

Bell has managed to make reading from the viewpoint of a dog, as natural as it is from a human’s! Teddy, as a main character, was a winner for me – his eagerness to be a good puppy was adorable to read.

It isn’t long before Teddy has won over Claire, Emily and Ben; but will he be able to befriend Martha; the cat, and thaw Tobias’ (the grumpy next door neighbour) cold heart?

This was a heart warming tale that will melt away the stress of any day and it’s perfect for all ages. It reminded me how soothing an animal’s presence can be. I’ve mentioned in the past that I have a dog – Brian is a black labrador – and the calming effect he has on my life is invaluable.

*Thank you Quercus for providing me with a copy through bookbridgr*

Until next time, Chloé x


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