Agnes Santorini, known as "Yiayia" to her Greek clan, only has one thing on her Christmas list -- a brown short-haired dachshund that matches the one she dreamed about, certain that pup can save her aging heart. When she learns that a local man has this very dog for adoption, she and her partner-in-crime, Gramma Finnie, leash up their current doxies and join forces with their great-granddaughter to get their paws on the pooch.
But things don't go quite as smoothly as expected. A quick walk through the town of Bitter Bark turns complicated when the dog's owner has a simple demand, which sets off a series of events that have two grannies and one girl dashing through the snow with two dogs in tow. As they meet every demand and overcome every obstacle, Yiayia shares the secret of her past...and reveals just why this is the canine angel she needs to save her.
But even if they manage to get the dog under their Christmas tree, that might not be where the little fellow belongs. And maybe, just maybe, Yiayia's heart can be healed by a completely different kind of love...the kind that only comes at Christmas.
The Dogmothers Series - a spinoff from the popular "Dogfather" books
Daniel Kilcannon has not only orchestrated wonderfully happy endings for his six adult kids, he's also found one of his own. That leaves his grown nieces, nephews, and stepkids all in need of their own magical romances. Is the Dogfather too preoccupied with his new lady love to pull the strings and make the matches? Maybe. But never fear, there's a new team in town and these two might be polar opposites in life, but they are lined up in love. Meet Yiayia and Gramma Finnie...one has the steel spine of a Greek warrior, the other has the sweet soul of an Irish poet. Together, along with two darling dachshunds, these Dogmothers won't stop until all of their grandchildren are hooked, hitched, and happy!
Release Date: December 3, 2019
South Street Publishing
The Dogmothers #2.5
Review copy provided by publisher
Dachshund Through the Snow is this year's Christmas story from Roxanne St. Claire and the newest book in her Dogmothers series of books. I absolutely loved spending more time with Gramma Finnie, Yiayia, and Pru, and finding out more about Yiayia's past helped me to understand her better.
Yiayia has been on the search for a brown short-haired dachshund since she had her heart attack. She feels in her heart she needs this one special dog to be the new Yiayia and not go back to her old ways. I loved that Gramma Finnie and Pru stepped up to help Yiayia out on her mission when she learned the perfect dog was right there in Bitter Bark.
As Yiayia, Finnie, and Pru make deals to help Yiayia secure her perfect dog, Yiayia shares the story of her past at each new stop. Her story had me feeling so many emotions, and made me understand how Yiayia had been before her heart attack. I also felt like her sharing her story brought her and Finnie even closer as friends. Pru had her own bit of drama along the way in this story with her best friend. My heart broke for the girls as they had to figure out how to deal with the changes that are coming and how to remain best friends. I have to say I didn't see the ending coming and I cried all the happy tears as I finished reading this story.
Dachshund Through the Snow was another winner from Roxanne St. Claire. I've fallen every bit as in love with the Dogmothers books as I love the Dogfather books. Normally I'm all about reading books in a series in order, but I think Dachshund Through the Snow is the perfect Christmas book and would be a great introduction to this series of books.
Rating: 5 Stars (A)
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