K-9 HOLIDAY RESCUE
Surviving Christmas by Valerie Hansen
When single dad Sean Murray returns from a war zone and discovers someone is following him, he turns to his old friend K-9 officer Zoe Trent for help. But as the threat escalates, can Zoe and her police dog find whoever is menacing Sean and his son…and make sure this Christmas isn't their last?
Holiday High Alert by Lenora Worth
After a cryptic note appears in the playground at Josie Callahan's daycare center, rookie K-9 officer Dalton West vows to protect Josie and the kids she loves—especially his daughter, Maisy. And with a stalker closing in, the widower and his four-legged partner are all that stand between Josie and a deadly Christmas.
Two Christmas novellas that both have a similar basic information - a single dad with broken souls trying to survive with everyday life, finds solace in their faith in God, and fight against the evil lurking around trying to harm them and their loved ones. Even though the stories does have a similar baseline, they are both unique and original with their plot.
In Surviving Christmas both Sean and his son have heartwrenching histories that have left marks on their body and soul. Zoe is like the beam of light in their lives, and the old friendship takes a new meaning as they are fighting to keep Sean alive and his son from being kidnapped.
This story touched my heart, and I enjoyed it immensely. The action is fast, the danger was constant, the development of the relationship sweet and deeply felt. Sean's struggle to find his footing again after military service, not only with his job, health, and his son's health but in every possible way including his faith in God was poignant and true.
In Holiday High Alert Dalton and his daughter Maisy are still healing from the death of wife and mother. The hurt and pain little Maisy carries inside were heartbreaking. Josie has been the safe harbor in Maisy's life, and now that is set in danger by life-threatening messages and action. Josie and Dalton were outright cute in this novella. The feelings that had been growing inside them started to burst out like there was no holding back. The danger is real, the threats evident, the consequences actual. I loved how the whole unit rallied around Josie to help her and keep her safe. A heartwarming romance mixed with tension and peril from the crimes.
Lots of deep emotions, from love and joy to fear and doubt, great characters with deep faith in God and His guidance in life, good teamwork with the K-9 unit and four legged friends that make the stories even more delightful if that's possible.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me