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  • By: Susan Wiggs
  • Length: 12 hrs

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The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

By: Susan Wiggs
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The ultimate holiday gift from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs: a delightful novel about a Christmas transport of rescue puppies that’s guaranteed to warm listeners’ hearts.

Brenda Malloy wants nothing to do with Christmas ever again. Last year, Brenda and her husband Grant rushed their beloved dog Otto to the emergency vet at midnight. The good news: Otto survived after the vet cleared the obstruction in his stomach, a pair of women’s lace undies. The bad news: the undies were not Brenda’s.

A year after the breakup, Brenda has put her life back together. She’s completed a triathlon, is writing a middle grade novel, and found purpose and healing as a volunteer with a dog rescue organization, fostering strays in her home near Austin, Texas. The rescue partners with a program in Avalon, New York, a small, snowy town deep in the Catskills where Brenda went to high school. Now she’s arranging the transport of rescued dogs from Austin to Avalon—just in time for a merry Christmas with their forever families. Brenda’s friends worry about her driving a van two thousand miles with twelve dogs in crates, but Brenda shrugs off their concern. How hard can it be? She knows the way, and she’s just looking to escape the Christmas overload for a while.

But a blinding snowstorm, an escaped mutt, and a chance reunion with her high school nemesis Adam Bellamy—now a single dad and EMT—means Brenda will be in Avalon longer than she planned. As she drops off each precious pup at their new homes, some of the comfort and joy of the season begins to creep up on Brenda despite her bad memories. Perhaps you can come home for Christmas after all...if you have the right furry friends to guide the way.

©2023 Susan Wiggs (P)2023 HarperCollins Publishers

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