Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas in Dogtown - Book Review

Christmas in Dogtown
by Suzanne Johnson

What is it about:
A standalone novella from the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series and Penton Legacy paranormal romance series (as Susannah Sandlin). Expanded from a previously published short story, now out of print.

A woman who spent years escaping her rural past learns that Dogtown, Louisiana, hides more family secrets than just the recipe for boudin blanc.

Resa Madere’s on the verge of losing it all. The boyfriend’s gone. The job’s history. Her beloved house is on the brink of foreclosure. She’ll do anything to save it--even spend a long Christmas holiday working in St. James Parish, Louisiana, helping her uncle run the family meat business. But the community of Dogtown, which has been home for seven generations of the Madere and Caillou families, has deep roots and deeper secrets. For Resa, going home is one thing. Getting out might not be so easy.

What did I think of it:
I have yet to come across a book by Suzanne Johnson/Susannah Sandlin I do not like, so I was happy to receive this story for free as a newsletter subscriber.

I loved the atmosphere Johnson created and could picture Dogtown easily. Resa was a character I could relate to and I was rooting for her to find happiness. The story is set up nicely and I really liked to read about the Christmas preparations of this close knit community.

As Resa finds out more about the secrets of her hometown she has choices to make. Whether you think she finally makes the right choice will depend on your view of the world.

All in all a very enjoyable Christmas novella that I can recommend to anyone who loves a story full of atmosphere and secrecy.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable Christmas read.

Buy it here


Roger Simmons said...

Thanks for your nice review. I have read and enjoyed Christmas in Dogtown.

I also have yet to come across a book by Suzanne Johnson / Susannah Sandlin I do not like.

miki said...

^^ she keeps surprising me with each book . i really loved this novella, thank you for the review