Unfortunately, war veteran Tyler Manning has been away most of the year. Recovering from PTSD isn't easy. Rather than worry Kelly, Tyler spends his time traveling to Afghanistan to work at a children's charity he founded.
Kelly decides to distract Bree with promises of a pet for Christmas. When Tyler is taken hostage by terrorists, she finds it hard to convince Bree that they will truly be a family in time for Christmas.
A Pet for Christmas is a sequel to A Father for Christmas. While it can be listened to as a standalone, you'll get more of the relationship aspect between Kelly, Tyler, and Bree by listening to A Father for Christmas first.
A Veteran's Christmas Series:
Audiobook Number 1: A Father for Christmas
Audiobook Number 2: A Pet for Christmas
Audiobook Number 3: A Wedding for Christmas
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By A D. on 12-09-17
Fast-paced, Enjoyable Christian Romance
First of all, do not be fooled by the title. It is actually perfectly appropriate and so deceptive! A Pet for Christmas... seems so innocuous, doesn't it? Except it really isn't.
This is the second book in the series. While the books are predominantly stand alone, the characters are the same and it works well to read/listen to the stories in order, one after the other.
This book goes beyond the HEA and is set one year after the first story. Kelly, Tyler and Bree are still together with a new member of the family on the way. Tyler continues to suffer from PTSD. The challenges of being pregnant, the PTSD, Tyler's job that takes him to Afghanistan and so on are putting pressure on their relationship. Throw in a bombing, the Taliban and pregnancy complications and the plot thicken.
But this series is nothing if not a celebration of hope, family and friends with the central theme being the characters' faith in God. The characters are flawed and very human which is clearly reflected in their faith. As a result, their faith feels like a natural extension of their personalities.
Overall, the story is fast-paced and interesting. It is easy for the audience to commit to the characters and story. In fact, I am looking forward to more books in this series.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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By Isha Coleman on 03-09-17
A treasure not to be missed!
The holidays should be a time of family togetherness and joy. For Kelly and Tyler, it's anything but. A Pet for Christmas takes up where A Father for Christmas ended. Kelly, Bree and Tyler are on the verge of becoming a family, until circumstances throw a monkey wrench in their plans. It will take a Christmas miracle, a leap of faith and love's unending strength to guide this almost family to their happily ever after. Ms. Ayala is an emotional writer. She seeks out the heart and speaks directly to the vulnerability that makes us human. Getting to read her wise words is always a pleasureable experience, but what I enjoy most is when the characters come alive. Elizabeth Klett adds to that realism with animated vocal range. Getting to experience the two together is a treasure not to be missed.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Adriana B on 21-12-17
Another Excellent Addition To A Veteran’s Christmas
This is a sequel to “A Father For Christmas”. Book 1. I really enjoyed book 1 and this one is a bit different than the first one but just as good. Rachelle Ayala is a great writer and she really sucks you into the story and holds you hostage until the conclusion!
Narration was excellent and brought the story to life.
This story is about Kelly, Tyler, and Bree. We got to know them in book 1 and it was great to see how they are doing. This book is definitely more stressful than the first one because we find Tyler in another Country having to deal with some scary people and situations. I was totally stressed and worried about what was going to happen next!
This story is action filled and kept me in the edge of my seat. You can not go wrong with this amazing writer. There are always so many important issues discussed in her books.
I’m looking forward to her next book!
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
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