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The beloved McCray family is back this Christmas season.
Greg Kincaid's New York Times bestselling book, A Dog
Named Christmas (2008), became a sleeper hit in the fall
of 2009 when it was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV
movie. And his two follow-up books, Christmas with Tucker
(2010) and A Christmas Home (2012), have touched the
lives of many across the country. For the first time in five
years, Kincaid takes us back to rural Kansas in NOELLE
(Convergent; on sale October 24th), a story about the
power of family, and the strength and love that comes from
It’s Christmas in Crossing Trails, Kansas, and three families,
each facing different challenges, are struggling to get through the holiday season.
When school teacher Mary Ann McCray unintentionally volunteers to redefine Christmas by playing the part of “Anna” Clause, she never thought she would unseat Santa. Her usually stalwart husband, George, and the town question her take on this most cherished of traditions. Meanwhile, Mary Ann’s former students Abbey and her husband, Link, decide to divorce, turning their young children’s lives upside down. Finally, Mary Ann and George’s developmentally challenged son, Todd, is at a crossroad with his girlfriend, Laura, as he starts a new job at the city’s animal shelter. There, Todd works with the incorrigible Elle, an oddly shaped dervish of a dog that Todd stubbornly tries to train as a service dog. However lovable, Elle has a hard time staying out of trouble, and the refrain “No, Elle! No, Elle!” is often heard throughout town.
As Christmas quickly approaches, the lives of these families will intersect in unexpected ways—old relationships will be redefined and new friendships forged. And surprising news guarantees that one family’s collective life will be changed forever.
Throughout the story, Kincaid tackles real-life challenges with family and marriage. As a divorce mediator himself, Kincaid deals first-hand with marital issues, and particularly the impact of divorce on children. Kincaid sheds light on a second timely subject. Rudolph, Frosty, Santa, the Grinch—all men. Wondering why women are excluded from the holiday stage, Kincaid gives the reader to the long forgotten, Mrs. Clause. Here, Kincaid presents a holiday character that interjects a long needed and fresh approach, standing up for her beliefs against others who may question her motives and abilities.