#BookReview & #HolidayReads: A Lowcountry Christmas (Lowcountry Summer #5) by Mary Alice Monroe

Reviewer: Phyllis Jones Pisanelli

Date of Release: October 25, 2016


A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.

As far as ten-year-old Miller McClellan is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever. His father’s shrimp boat is docked, his mother is working two jobs, and with finances strained, Miller is told they can’t afford the dog he desperately wants. “Your brother’s return from war is our family’s gift,” his parents tell him. But when Taylor returns with PTSD, family strains darken the holidays.

Then Taylor’s service dog arrives—a large black Labrador/Great Dane named Thor. His

brother even got the dog! When Miller goes out on Christmas Eve with his father’s axe, determined to get his family the tree they can’t afford, he takes the dog for company—but accidentally winds up lost in the wild forest. The splintered family must come together to rediscover their strengths, family bond, and the true meaning of Christmas.


The novel by Mary Alice Monroe, “A Lowcountry Christmas”, is the 5th installment of her Lowcountry series. It is a wonderful addition to the series and is a story about the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of family and close friends. 

In the past, I have enjoyed her story lines and characters and when I pick up one of her books I know I am in for a treat. This book was not an exception. There were many times I wanted to be able to hug the characters because most of them were struggling with a difficult time in their lives. 

Miller was the youngest child of Jenny and Alistair. I felt so sorry for him as he struggled to come to terms with his parents not being able to afford a puppy that he fell in love with.  Who doesn’t want a young boy to have a treasured pup? 

Christmas is a time for family, friends and reading! Get a copy of this book and add a little more warmth to your holiday. Merry Christmas! 

4 Stars.