The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Lizzie Shane is the perfect holiday cozy romance. It has a small town setting of Pine Hollow, charming characters, such as Deenie and Astrid who were my favourite, sweet heart-melting moments between protagonists Ally and Ben, and dogs. Lots and lots of adorable dogs!
Not only were the dogs so cute to read about, but Shane’s writing was so good, she wrote about them in such a way that each dog’s own personality truly shone through. You won’t be able to not love the furry animals after reading this story.
I especially like that Alley was a strong female lead. Yes, she had her few insecurities, but that was what made her real and relatable. I could completely understand her loneliness of not fitting in anywhere when she made the trip from New York City to Pine Hollow after realizing she needed to change her life. I decided to go back to school after being out of school for several years. I knew the end goal would be to improve my life, but that didn’t mean that it wasn’t lonely when I first started in my program and being the second oldest I thought that didn't help things. I felt I didn’t fit in, but really, it was my insecurities and before I knew it, I was being included amongst my peers, just like Pine Hollow did for Ally.
Overall, this story was so heartfelt and adorable that it will make the perfect Hallmark movie. There were enough sweet moments that weren’t overdone and the chemistry was great between Ben and Ally.
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is out now so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a cute holiday cozy romance novel.
Thank you to Forever Publishing for the advanced reader’s copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Book Description (From Forever Publishing)
A delightful holiday romance about a small-town single dad and an animal rescue owner as they try to find forever homes for a dozen lovable pups before Christmas.
Pine Hollow has everything Ally Gilmore could wish for in a holiday break: gently falling snow in a charming small town and time with her family. Then she learns some Grinch has pulled the funding for her family's rescue shelter, and now she has only four weeks to find new homes for a dozen dogs! But when she confronts her Scroogey councilman nemesis, Ally finds he's far more reasonable -- and handsome -- than she ever expected.
As the guardian of his dog-obsessed ten-year-old niece, Ben West doesn't have time to build a cuddly reputation. But he does feel guilty about the shelter closing. So he proposes a truce with Ally, agreeing to help her adopt out the pups. As the two spend more time together, the town's gossip is spreading faster than Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. And soon Ben is hoping he can convince Ally that Pine Hollow is her home for the holidays. . . and the whole year through.