Home For Christmas – Florence McNicoll


Description: Kathy Brentwood is good at keeping it together – or so it seems to the people around her. But really, struggling with grief after the death of her husband, Kathy’s life has become small. Her days are organised, her house is neat, but she’s desperately lonely – and with her son starting to build a life of his own, she isn’t sure where she fits anymore.

On Christmas Day, a chance encounter with a man called Ben and a rescue dog leads Kathy to the door of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. She meets Milly, the shy greyhound in need of a loving home; Baxter, the friendly Staffie who brings everyone together and Archie the Jack Russell Terrier who is a true original and has a heart of gold.

Through a year of ups and downs, new friends – both two and four-legged – and even the possibility of romance, a new life beckons for Kathy, if only she is brave enough. Because at Battersea Dogs And Cats Home, it is never too late for a second chance – especially at Christmas.


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We love Florence McNicoll’ s books, The Nine Lives of Christmas was one of our favourites last year. Florence has this magical ability to share the wonderful philosophy of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in the most natural and endearing way and in this story she includes the poignant realities of some of the people most deserving of the support of animals.

While this book is a work of fiction, in writing this, Florence also shares Battersea’s policy of aiming to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found no matter how long it takes. They are champions for and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.


A heart-warming tale about loneliness, love, families and the importance of furry friends – perfect to snuggle up with this Christmas.

We absolutely loved it. Highly Recommended!