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A Lowcountry Christmas Lowcountry Summer #5 ➮ [Ebook] ➩ A Lowcountry Christmas Lowcountry Summer #5 By Mary Alice Monroe ➺ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bondsAs far as ten year old Miller McClellan is concerned it’s the worst Christmas e A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover Christmas Lowcountry Kindle Ø the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bondsAs far as ten year old Miller McClellan is concerned it’s the worst Christmas A Lowcountry PDF/EPUB or 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 Lowcountry Christmas Lowcountry Epub â our family’s gift” his parents tell him But when Taylor returns with PTSD family strains darken the holidaysThen Taylor’s service dog arrives—a large black LabradorGreat 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • A Lowcountry Christmas Lowcountry Summer #5
  • Mary Alice Monroe
  • English
  • 07 December 2014
  • 9781501125539

About the Author: Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times Christmas Lowcountry Kindle Ø bestselling author of novels including On Ocean Boulevard which is the sixth installment of the Beach House seriesMore than million copies of her A Lowcountry PDF/EPUB or books have been published worldwide and she’s earned numerous accolades and awards including Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinct.



10 thoughts on “A Lowcountry Christmas Lowcountry Summer #5

  1. Julie Julie says:

    A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe is a 2016 Gallery Books publicationYou will want to have a box of tissue close by when you read this one I promise you it will touch you right down to your very soulAs a special bonus fans of this series will have a chance to touch base with their favorite characters which brought a big smile to my faceThe author has also included a few recipes from the famed ‘ueen of Southern Cooking’ Nathalie DupreeOverall I couldn’t be happier with this book and I highly recommend it to one and all Merry ChristmasThis review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews To read the full review click on this link

  2. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    I've loved the Lowcountry Summer series by Mary Alice Monroe and what a wonderful early Christmas surprise to be presented with a #5 in the series A Lowcountry ChristmasIt was everything I love in a story and it was just so good to go back in Taylor's life to when he first was discharged from the Marines after experiencing a terrible explosion that left him shattered and suffering from PTSD He can't cope with returning to his family for Christmas finds crowds threatening and his family are bewildered and find it difficult to understandThe McClellan's are finding it difficult economically Jenny and Alistair work really hard but the shrimping business is in decline and they just can't afford the dog that Miller has his heart set on So when Taylor receives his lifeline the service dog Thor Miller is really upset And then there is than one grumpy Scrooge in the family In fact poor Jenny is the only one keeping the Christmas spirit alive among her menThis is a beautifully written story it sucked me in right from the beginning and I loved every word and minute of it It is a perfect Christmas story and is linked with little uotes and references to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Yes this could be read as a stand alone but readers of the series will I think just find that extra piece of satisfaction with it And if you haven't reached this series yet starting with this one would work I do believe

  3. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review 2016 Best Southern Holiday Book Southern master storyteller Mary Alice Monroe returns following A LowCountry Wedding with A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS featuring Taylor McClellan a character from previous books A wounded warrior revisits the past a broken man and his journey to the present and futureA heartwarming holiday tale of family and the true meaning of Christmas scattered with some humor and uotes from Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol Past Present FutureI will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year I will live the Past the Present and the Future The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me I will not shut out the lessons that they teach Scrooge A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens A life changing story of love and hope featuring a beloved family from the Lowcountry Memories from the past Overcoming obstacles to look deeper than the glitter of the season to discover the true meaning of Christmas A time for families together to share stories gifts laughter and love Whether you’re meeting the Muir family for the first time or finding them all over again A Lowcountry Christmas will stay in your heart throughout the holiday season bringing together a family in the aftermath of a loss and in the midst of an unfolding story of hope with the help of one very special dog If you have read Mary Alice Monroe you are aware even though her Coastal South Carolina stories may be fiction; their impact is real She writes richly textured books and stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life Her life changing work and environmental fiction are an inspiration to readers worldwide Readers met Taylor in the Lowcountry Trilogy a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD post traumatic stress disorder With a little help from his service dog providing support and increased means of coping with such symptoms as hypervigilance fear nightmares flight or fight response and impaired memory Set in 2015 it is Christmas Eve Taylor is returning home to Sullivan’s Island South Carolina As a Marine he has seen his share of battles He recalls his previous feelings at the approaching Christmas holidays In the first five years since he had returned from Afghanistan he barely acknowledged the holidays There are two reasons presentlyfor joy in his heart – his wife and daughter Harper and Marietta Only three months old “The treasured memories captured moments from times long gone—envelope us in that matchless spirit of Christmas one season after the other year after year until we ourselves fade and become part of the memories”Thor is Taylor’s service dog attuned to his every mood Even when he is resting he is monitoring his breathing and his body language He senses his anxiety the PTSD and knows all the danger signals and how to deflect before his slips into the abyss Thor is not a dog to be ignored Part great Dane and part Labrador he’s a whopping 120 pounds of devotion As always Mary Alice Monroe links a connection with animals as in all her books with extraordinary powers An inspiration for the book a bond a story of one serviceman’s return from war with PTSD and his inspiring journey back to his home and himself through the help of his steadfast service dog Looking back it was a Christmas tree that changed everything One pivotal Christmas five years earlier Washington DC 2010 Taylor was going home for Christmas the son of a shrimper A graduate of Citadel in Charleston the first man to graduate from college in his family The bombs had shattered his bones and burned his body and soul He brain was not right The scars in his mind were the wounds that cut the deepest He did not want to leave the hospital It is where he felt safe Surrounded by other servicemen Where do you go but home when there is no place else to go? He felt as if he were heading for a fall Home for ChristmasIn the small fishing town of McClellanville outside of Charleston—2010 Ten year old Miller McDaniel McClellan is not excited about Christmas His dad is captain of a shrimp boat and times are tough The son of a long line of fisherman His dad is a hard worker smart and good with his hands His mom cleans houses They have little money He only wants a dog – one particular puppy Is there hope? He had singled out a golden puppy His name was Sandy Claws He likes to dig They cost 300 each He only has seventy five dollars saved He loves this puppy Since his dad put the boat to dock money was tight Of course his dad thinks a dog cost too much to upkeep No dog for Christmas Instead his mom is excited about his older brother coming home for Christmas This was his Christmas present? No Xbox no Playstation and worst of all no Sandy Bah humbugWe hear from Jenny Taylor and Miller Jenny the mom who wants to create a home rich with traditions values and morals that would instill confidence in her children A happy time meant for laughter sentimental gifts and love After all Taylor was coming home They had so much to be thankful for She wanted to make both her son's dreams come true Miller’s heart was broken Her older son was home safe in her arms God had answered prayers But something was different about him Withdrawal He had not really completely come homeTaylor knew he was not the same man He had a hard time touching people hugging – damaged goods He had to find the strength and courage to find his way back through the black mist Thor gave him hope Miller is upset his brother has a dog service dog and he doesn’t Taylor is the big war hero “Ghost of the Future” he exclaimed “I fear you than any spectre I have seen But as I know your purpose is to do me good and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was I am prepared to bear you company and do it with a thankful heart” Scrooge A Christmas CarolWith some special Christmas uotes from Charles Dickens we visit the past present and future—to keep Christmas alive in our hearts all year longJenny was in the middle All she wanted was a normal happy home not Team Scrooge Christmas was only a week away Miller disappears with his brother’s service dog Thor Everyone is worried It is Christmas Eve and he has taken his dad’s ax and the wagon He sets out to get a Christmas tree since they cannot afford to buy one and gets lost in the forest They are frantic and it is getting cold They are receiving snow the first time since 1989 after Hurricane Hugo A heartfelt reunion I will live in the Past the Present and the Future”—Scrooge A Christmas CarolFlash forward to the Epilogue Christmas 2015 Sea Breeze Sullivan’s Island SC where memories come together We catch up with the historic Harper house where they married and had their first child Miller now fifteen where the family gathers around the tree the unspoken symbol of that important Christmas when they had dug deep and fought for one another—for their survival For their family their happiness while discovering the true meaning of Christmas They each had the chance to redeem themselves no matter how much of a Scrooge they may have been they are not alone Fans will love catching up with Mamaw Girard and the rest of the Muir family—Blake and Carson Dora and Devlin Nate Atticus and Vivian and some special holiday recipes from the ueen of Southern cooking Nathalie Dupree bestselling author with than three hundred TV appearances for the Food Network PBS and the Learning Channel Also included in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking If you are looking for a special Christmas story to warm your heart and soul surrounding by the beauty of the Lowcountry; Mary Alice Monroe with her own signature style delivers a Hallmark Christmas filled with humor joy and love rediscovering the true bonds of family and the special meaning of Christmas Especially during this time with the aftermath and destruction of the most recent Hurricane Matthew and the shrimpers in the area JDCMustReadBooks

  4. Patricia Williams Patricia Williams says:

    Really good uick read Christmas story A lot to do with A Christmas Carol two characters in the book were reading the book and there was a play uotes from the book at the beginning of every chapter This book involved a lot of my favorite things Christmas wonderful dogs and a Marine So it's a good Christmas story with a happy ending about a Marine and his therapy dog Definitely recommend if you would like a uick and easy Christmas read This book was a gift and I really enjoyed it

  5. ☕️Kimberly ☕️Kimberly says:

    While this is the fifth novel the story focuses on the McClellan family sharing events of one particular Christmas It isn't necessary to read the previous books Although admittedly I would now like to learn about others within this South Carolina coastal communityMonroe shares the tale from several narratives We begin with Taylor celebrating the holidays and reflecting on events that occurred five Christmases ago We then get perspectives from ten year old Miller McClellan as he shares with us his wish for Christmas and the struggles his family is facing now that his father can no longer work his shrimping boat We are also treated to chapters from Mary Alice Monroe their mother as she tries to bring Christmas joy to their lives The story that unfolds pulls the reader in as you become caught up in this families livesI slipped into this story identifying with Mary feeling Miller's frustrations when everything seems impossible for a ten year old boy Taylor an injured Marine tugged at my heartstrings as he struggled with his PTSD guilt for the loss of his men and the overwhelming darkness he felt Thor his service dog was an important and touching part of the story Monroe touched on the importance of these dogs folks reactions and the incredible bond formed between man and beastEach chapter begins with a line from Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Story and sprinkled throughout the story it is mentioned Its message is shared and its impact on the main characters was a brilliant tribute to the storyIf you're looking for a Christmas story that will touch your soul and remind you to count your blessings then A Lowcountry Christmas is the perfect tale to read this holiday seasonCopy provided by publisher This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    If you're looking for a Christmas novel that centers around family and is characterthematic driven with a healthy dose of realistic conflict and meaningful substance A Lowcountry Christmas just might be your next delightful good read It certainly was a wonderful reading experience for me I thoroughly enjoyed it Life isn't always a magical experience Christmastime or not but it can always be meaningful and hopeful despite life's storms One of the best Christmastime novels I've read in a good while More in depth review with uotes to ComeFOUR Faith Hope Love and Family Christmastime Joys and Sorrows Meaningful Fiction Worth Reading and Sharing STARS

  7. Pam Jenoff Pam Jenoff says:

    Let's ring in the holiday with a beloved Christmas favorite Monroe writes of a young boy Miller whose family has little but is blessed by the return of his older brother from war with his service dog When Miller becomes lost in the woods on Christmas Eve the family struggles to repair their fractured bonds and save him Truly memorable

  8. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Please note that I gave this book 35 stars but rounded it to 4 stars on GoodreadsI read this for the Twelve Tasks of the Festive SeasonPlease do not read unless you have read all of the books in the series I have been reading the Lowcountry Summer books for years There were some ups and downs Ultimately I thought the stories involving the Muir family were good This newest book focuses on Taylor McClellan Harper's husband I think the idea behind the book was good takes a very good look at PTSD and service dogs but the tension in the book was not really present because we already know that Taylor is alive and well with Harper and we know that his family is okay too since they were mentioned in previous books I did like how Monroe tied this story into A Christmas Carol though and I really got a kick out of thatSo I was never really interested in Taylor while reading the series If anything I wish this book could have followed up with the newest Muir Atticus That would have been a nice swan song to the family Instead this book has Taylor being happy in his life with his new wife and daughter The book then flashes back five years to when Taylor arrived back home suffering from PTSD The story switches between Taylor his younger brother Miller and then their mother Jenny The beginning of the book told from Taylor's POV really did not fit the book version of Taylor I had in my head up to that moment He was way elouent then I thought Taylor had ever shown The flashbacks to when Taylor goes home interacts with his family etc read like the Taylor that Harper had met and marriedThe character of Miller felt off throughout the entire book He is 10 at the beginning of this story and he does not have a voice like any 10 year old I have met At certain times he sounded babyish and at other way too adult for the age he was supposed to be He was either clueless about his family's finances or he was not clueless But having him reacting badly to not getting a dog was not exactly making me want to get up and cheer this character He does end up becoming improved as the book went on but I think that was because one Monroe has him interacting with his mother and brother and he felt realistic to meThe character of Jenny was actually written very well Frankly I liked her POV's than anyone else's Maybe it would have been smart to just have Jenny's POV I did not always get her her having to constantly deal with her husband acting like an ass is a recurring theme but you know she loves hers sons I really wish if Monroe was going to do this she had included Taylor's father's POV as well It seemed odd we didn't get his POV and I think if you are going to go all in about the McClellan's it would have worked much better if he got added in The guy read like a jerk throughout the whole book until the end I really wanted to be able to get a sense of his feelings and how he was dealing with losing his way of life not being able to provide for his family like he wanted to and having to acknowledge that there was something wrong with his oldest son The writing was fine in this book Just a bit flowerly here and there for 10 year old Miller and older version Taylor Also it was just weird to me the book starts off with Taylor remembering 5 years ago and the book just breaks it up to show Miller and Jenny's POV's as well as his The book does set up the different POV's so even while reading you know who is speaking before each chapterThe flow was slow to start off with Things really don't start clicking until Taylor gets home and his family starts to realize that something is wrong with him I thought the whole incident put into the story was a bit much though It read way too Hallmark for me and I was surprised Monroe included it It didn't really fit the larger story she was telling The setting of the lowcountry is a familiar one and I do enjoy it But this one besides location did not have the same set up obviously or feel of the previous books The ending was okay but way too much information was spewed in the last 5 pages that left me with uestions than answers Also I am wondering why the family scene was missing some people we know are important to Harper her grandmother on her mother's side Dora's son who we know is autistic also did not read as he usually does in these books And I hated the big reveal about one of the sister's just kind of thrown out there

  9. Don Don says:

    Once in a rare while a holiday book appears which you know will live on in your memory forever Mary Alice Monroe's A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS is such a bookThis was on my to read list but it didn't hold a place of prominence If I got around to it fine; if I didn't so be it But a call from a trusted friend caused me to move it to the top and I'm awfully glad I didHere's the necessarily perfunctory annotation from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped It's as good as any summary I would be able to craft without giving too much awayIt is looking like a bleak Christmas for ten year old Miller McClellan His family is facing financial difficulty so they cannot give him the dog he longs for But then his older brother returns home from war with PTSD and a service dog named ThorWhat is not clear from that little synopsis is that this is an absolutely stunning novel The writing is first rate and the characters are both complex and believable I read almost the entire book in one sitting and yet I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it will live on in my memory for many years to come My only slight uibble and it's not really a uibble as much as a uestion is whether the epilogue added to or detracted from the book I've been thinking about it all day and I'm not sure where I stand Perhaps I would have written it differently but kept some of the elements This is not a happy go lucky simplistic holiday read Yet it's powerful story confirmed for me once again why all of our stories both happy and sad matter and can shape a world where the Christmas spirit is alive and well if we allow them to do so

  10. Mayda Mayda says:

    This novel was predictable from the start While it does expound on the PTSD the returning soldiers can suffer from there is not much of a plot or character development Trite at times and sappy at others it misses the mark

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10 thoughts on “A Lowcountry Christmas Lowcountry Summer #5

  1. Julie Julie says:

    A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe is a 2016 Gallery Books publicationYou will want to have a box of tissue close by when you read this one I promise you it will touch you right down to your very soulAs a special bonus fans of this series will have a chance to touch base with their favorite characters which brought a big smile to my faceThe author has also included a few recipes from the famed ‘ueen of Southern Cooking’ Nathalie DupreeOverall I couldn’t be happier with this book and I highly recommend it to one and all Merry ChristmasThis review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews To read the full review click on this link

  2. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    I've loved the Lowcountry Summer series by Mary Alice Monroe and what a wonderful early Christmas surprise to be presented with a #5 in the series A Lowcountry ChristmasIt was everything I love in a story and it was just so good to go back in Taylor's life to when he first was discharged from the Marines after experiencing a terrible explosion that left him shattered and suffering from PTSD He can't cope with returning to his family for Christmas finds crowds threatening and his family are bewildered and find it difficult to understandThe McClellan's are finding it difficult economically Jenny and Alistair work really hard but the shrimping business is in decline and they just can't afford the dog that Miller has his heart set on So when Taylor receives his lifeline the service dog Thor Miller is really upset And then there is than one grumpy Scrooge in the family In fact poor Jenny is the only one keeping the Christmas spirit alive among her menThis is a beautifully written story it sucked me in right from the beginning and I loved every word and minute of it It is a perfect Christmas story and is linked with little uotes and references to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Yes this could be read as a stand alone but readers of the series will I think just find that extra piece of satisfaction with it And if you haven't reached this series yet starting with this one would work I do believe

  3. Judy D Collins Judy D Collins says:

    A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review 2016 Best Southern Holiday Book Southern master storyteller Mary Alice Monroe returns following A LowCountry Wedding with A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS featuring Taylor McClellan a character from previous books A wounded warrior revisits the past a broken man and his journey to the present and futureA heartwarming holiday tale of family and the true meaning of Christmas scattered with some humor and uotes from Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol Past Present FutureI will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year I will live the Past the Present and the Future The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me I will not shut out the lessons that they teach Scrooge A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens A life changing story of love and hope featuring a beloved family from the Lowcountry Memories from the past Overcoming obstacles to look deeper than the glitter of the season to discover the true meaning of Christmas A time for families together to share stories gifts laughter and love Whether you’re meeting the Muir family for the first time or finding them all over again A Lowcountry Christmas will stay in your heart throughout the holiday season bringing together a family in the aftermath of a loss and in the midst of an unfolding story of hope with the help of one very special dog If you have read Mary Alice Monroe you are aware even though her Coastal South Carolina stories may be fiction; their impact is real She writes richly textured books and stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life Her life changing work and environmental fiction are an inspiration to readers worldwide Readers met Taylor in the Lowcountry Trilogy a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD post traumatic stress disorder With a little help from his service dog providing support and increased means of coping with such symptoms as hypervigilance fear nightmares flight or fight response and impaired memory Set in 2015 it is Christmas Eve Taylor is returning home to Sullivan’s Island South Carolina As a Marine he has seen his share of battles He recalls his previous feelings at the approaching Christmas holidays In the first five years since he had returned from Afghanistan he barely acknowledged the holidays There are two reasons presentlyfor joy in his heart – his wife and daughter Harper and Marietta Only three months old “The treasured memories captured moments from times long gone—envelope us in that matchless spirit of Christmas one season after the other year after year until we ourselves fade and become part of the memories”Thor is Taylor’s service dog attuned to his every mood Even when he is resting he is monitoring his breathing and his body language He senses his anxiety the PTSD and knows all the danger signals and how to deflect before his slips into the abyss Thor is not a dog to be ignored Part great Dane and part Labrador he’s a whopping 120 pounds of devotion As always Mary Alice Monroe links a connection with animals as in all her books with extraordinary powers An inspiration for the book a bond a story of one serviceman’s return from war with PTSD and his inspiring journey back to his home and himself through the help of his steadfast service dog Looking back it was a Christmas tree that changed everything One pivotal Christmas five years earlier Washington DC 2010 Taylor was going home for Christmas the son of a shrimper A graduate of Citadel in Charleston the first man to graduate from college in his family The bombs had shattered his bones and burned his body and soul He brain was not right The scars in his mind were the wounds that cut the deepest He did not want to leave the hospital It is where he felt safe Surrounded by other servicemen Where do you go but home when there is no place else to go? He felt as if he were heading for a fall Home for ChristmasIn the small fishing town of McClellanville outside of Charleston—2010 Ten year old Miller McDaniel McClellan is not excited about Christmas His dad is captain of a shrimp boat and times are tough The son of a long line of fisherman His dad is a hard worker smart and good with his hands His mom cleans houses They have little money He only wants a dog – one particular puppy Is there hope? He had singled out a golden puppy His name was Sandy Claws He likes to dig They cost 300 each He only has seventy five dollars saved He loves this puppy Since his dad put the boat to dock money was tight Of course his dad thinks a dog cost too much to upkeep No dog for Christmas Instead his mom is excited about his older brother coming home for Christmas This was his Christmas present? No Xbox no Playstation and worst of all no Sandy Bah humbugWe hear from Jenny Taylor and Miller Jenny the mom who wants to create a home rich with traditions values and morals that would instill confidence in her children A happy time meant for laughter sentimental gifts and love After all Taylor was coming home They had so much to be thankful for She wanted to make both her son's dreams come true Miller’s heart was broken Her older son was home safe in her arms God had answered prayers But something was different about him Withdrawal He had not really completely come homeTaylor knew he was not the same man He had a hard time touching people hugging – damaged goods He had to find the strength and courage to find his way back through the black mist Thor gave him hope Miller is upset his brother has a dog service dog and he doesn’t Taylor is the big war hero “Ghost of the Future” he exclaimed “I fear you than any spectre I have seen But as I know your purpose is to do me good and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was I am prepared to bear you company and do it with a thankful heart” Scrooge A Christmas CarolWith some special Christmas uotes from Charles Dickens we visit the past present and future—to keep Christmas alive in our hearts all year longJenny was in the middle All she wanted was a normal happy home not Team Scrooge Christmas was only a week away Miller disappears with his brother’s service dog Thor Everyone is worried It is Christmas Eve and he has taken his dad’s ax and the wagon He sets out to get a Christmas tree since they cannot afford to buy one and gets lost in the forest They are frantic and it is getting cold They are receiving snow the first time since 1989 after Hurricane Hugo A heartfelt reunion I will live in the Past the Present and the Future”—Scrooge A Christmas CarolFlash forward to the Epilogue Christmas 2015 Sea Breeze Sullivan’s Island SC where memories come together We catch up with the historic Harper house where they married and had their first child Miller now fifteen where the family gathers around the tree the unspoken symbol of that important Christmas when they had dug deep and fought for one another—for their survival For their family their happiness while discovering the true meaning of Christmas They each had the chance to redeem themselves no matter how much of a Scrooge they may have been they are not alone Fans will love catching up with Mamaw Girard and the rest of the Muir family—Blake and Carson Dora and Devlin Nate Atticus and Vivian and some special holiday recipes from the ueen of Southern cooking Nathalie Dupree bestselling author with than three hundred TV appearances for the Food Network PBS and the Learning Channel Also included in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking If you are looking for a special Christmas story to warm your heart and soul surrounding by the beauty of the Lowcountry; Mary Alice Monroe with her own signature style delivers a Hallmark Christmas filled with humor joy and love rediscovering the true bonds of family and the special meaning of Christmas Especially during this time with the aftermath and destruction of the most recent Hurricane Matthew and the shrimpers in the area JDCMustReadBooks

  4. Patricia Williams Patricia Williams says:

    Really good uick read Christmas story A lot to do with A Christmas Carol two characters in the book were reading the book and there was a play uotes from the book at the beginning of every chapter This book involved a lot of my favorite things Christmas wonderful dogs and a Marine So it's a good Christmas story with a happy ending about a Marine and his therapy dog Definitely recommend if you would like a uick and easy Christmas read This book was a gift and I really enjoyed it

  5. ☕️Kimberly ☕️Kimberly says:

    While this is the fifth novel the story focuses on the McClellan family sharing events of one particular Christmas It isn't necessary to read the previous books Although admittedly I would now like to learn about others within this South Carolina coastal communityMonroe shares the tale from several narratives We begin with Taylor celebrating the holidays and reflecting on events that occurred five Christmases ago We then get perspectives from ten year old Miller McClellan as he shares with us his wish for Christmas and the struggles his family is facing now that his father can no longer work his shrimping boat We are also treated to chapters from Mary Alice Monroe their mother as she tries to bring Christmas joy to their lives The story that unfolds pulls the reader in as you become caught up in this families livesI slipped into this story identifying with Mary feeling Miller's frustrations when everything seems impossible for a ten year old boy Taylor an injured Marine tugged at my heartstrings as he struggled with his PTSD guilt for the loss of his men and the overwhelming darkness he felt Thor his service dog was an important and touching part of the story Monroe touched on the importance of these dogs folks reactions and the incredible bond formed between man and beastEach chapter begins with a line from Charles Dicken's classic A Christmas Story and sprinkled throughout the story it is mentioned Its message is shared and its impact on the main characters was a brilliant tribute to the storyIf you're looking for a Christmas story that will touch your soul and remind you to count your blessings then A Lowcountry Christmas is the perfect tale to read this holiday seasonCopy provided by publisher This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  6. Pamela Pamela says:

    If you're looking for a Christmas novel that centers around family and is characterthematic driven with a healthy dose of realistic conflict and meaningful substance A Lowcountry Christmas just might be your next delightful good read It certainly was a wonderful reading experience for me I thoroughly enjoyed it Life isn't always a magical experience Christmastime or not but it can always be meaningful and hopeful despite life's storms One of the best Christmastime novels I've read in a good while More in depth review with uotes to ComeFOUR Faith Hope Love and Family Christmastime Joys and Sorrows Meaningful Fiction Worth Reading and Sharing STARS

  7. Pam Jenoff Pam Jenoff says:

    Let's ring in the holiday with a beloved Christmas favorite Monroe writes of a young boy Miller whose family has little but is blessed by the return of his older brother from war with his service dog When Miller becomes lost in the woods on Christmas Eve the family struggles to repair their fractured bonds and save him Truly memorable

  8. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    Please note that I gave this book 35 stars but rounded it to 4 stars on GoodreadsI read this for the Twelve Tasks of the Festive SeasonPlease do not read unless you have read all of the books in the series I have been reading the Lowcountry Summer books for years There were some ups and downs Ultimately I thought the stories involving the Muir family were good This newest book focuses on Taylor McClellan Harper's husband I think the idea behind the book was good takes a very good look at PTSD and service dogs but the tension in the book was not really present because we already know that Taylor is alive and well with Harper and we know that his family is okay too since they were mentioned in previous books I did like how Monroe tied this story into A Christmas Carol though and I really got a kick out of thatSo I was never really interested in Taylor while reading the series If anything I wish this book could have followed up with the newest Muir Atticus That would have been a nice swan song to the family Instead this book has Taylor being happy in his life with his new wife and daughter The book then flashes back five years to when Taylor arrived back home suffering from PTSD The story switches between Taylor his younger brother Miller and then their mother Jenny The beginning of the book told from Taylor's POV really did not fit the book version of Taylor I had in my head up to that moment He was way elouent then I thought Taylor had ever shown The flashbacks to when Taylor goes home interacts with his family etc read like the Taylor that Harper had met and marriedThe character of Miller felt off throughout the entire book He is 10 at the beginning of this story and he does not have a voice like any 10 year old I have met At certain times he sounded babyish and at other way too adult for the age he was supposed to be He was either clueless about his family's finances or he was not clueless But having him reacting badly to not getting a dog was not exactly making me want to get up and cheer this character He does end up becoming improved as the book went on but I think that was because one Monroe has him interacting with his mother and brother and he felt realistic to meThe character of Jenny was actually written very well Frankly I liked her POV's than anyone else's Maybe it would have been smart to just have Jenny's POV I did not always get her her having to constantly deal with her husband acting like an ass is a recurring theme but you know she loves hers sons I really wish if Monroe was going to do this she had included Taylor's father's POV as well It seemed odd we didn't get his POV and I think if you are going to go all in about the McClellan's it would have worked much better if he got added in The guy read like a jerk throughout the whole book until the end I really wanted to be able to get a sense of his feelings and how he was dealing with losing his way of life not being able to provide for his family like he wanted to and having to acknowledge that there was something wrong with his oldest son The writing was fine in this book Just a bit flowerly here and there for 10 year old Miller and older version Taylor Also it was just weird to me the book starts off with Taylor remembering 5 years ago and the book just breaks it up to show Miller and Jenny's POV's as well as his The book does set up the different POV's so even while reading you know who is speaking before each chapterThe flow was slow to start off with Things really don't start clicking until Taylor gets home and his family starts to realize that something is wrong with him I thought the whole incident put into the story was a bit much though It read way too Hallmark for me and I was surprised Monroe included it It didn't really fit the larger story she was telling The setting of the lowcountry is a familiar one and I do enjoy it But this one besides location did not have the same set up obviously or feel of the previous books The ending was okay but way too much information was spewed in the last 5 pages that left me with uestions than answers Also I am wondering why the family scene was missing some people we know are important to Harper her grandmother on her mother's side Dora's son who we know is autistic also did not read as he usually does in these books And I hated the big reveal about one of the sister's just kind of thrown out there

  9. Don Don says:

    Once in a rare while a holiday book appears which you know will live on in your memory forever Mary Alice Monroe's A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS is such a bookThis was on my to read list but it didn't hold a place of prominence If I got around to it fine; if I didn't so be it But a call from a trusted friend caused me to move it to the top and I'm awfully glad I didHere's the necessarily perfunctory annotation from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped It's as good as any summary I would be able to craft without giving too much awayIt is looking like a bleak Christmas for ten year old Miller McClellan His family is facing financial difficulty so they cannot give him the dog he longs for But then his older brother returns home from war with PTSD and a service dog named ThorWhat is not clear from that little synopsis is that this is an absolutely stunning novel The writing is first rate and the characters are both complex and believable I read almost the entire book in one sitting and yet I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it will live on in my memory for many years to come My only slight uibble and it's not really a uibble as much as a uestion is whether the epilogue added to or detracted from the book I've been thinking about it all day and I'm not sure where I stand Perhaps I would have written it differently but kept some of the elements This is not a happy go lucky simplistic holiday read Yet it's powerful story confirmed for me once again why all of our stories both happy and sad matter and can shape a world where the Christmas spirit is alive and well if we allow them to do so

  10. Mayda Mayda says:

    This novel was predictable from the start While it does expound on the PTSD the returning soldiers can suffer from there is not much of a plot or character development Trite at times and sappy at others it misses the mark

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