Published: October 2017 by Sphere
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Christmas, Romance, Book Review
On a little street in a big city, everything is changing
Bill has lived on Christmas Street since he was a young man. He’s seen families come and go, watched children grow up… Now he wants to be left alone.
Everything seven-year-old Teddy loves is in America. But his widowed father, Sam, has brought them both back to England to be closer to their family. Sam’s one wish is for Teddy to be happy again.
Bill Hammersley has lived on Christmas Street for ever. Bill remembers fondly when it was a friendly street and people knew and understood each other and he doesn’t like the way things have changed. But things have changed and now there’s little to no interaction or sense of community between the neighbours. Bill has become more and more stubborn and solitary, with no visitors apart from Jack.
Jack, known by the residents as the street dog, had been left behind when the previous owners of the house next door to Bill had moved away. So Jack had made the street his home, dividing his time between each of the houses. And now, yet more new people were moving into the street. And right next door to Bill. Single father Sam Bishop has brought his eight year old son, Teddy, home to England after living in America for some time, and Teddy is homesick. He doesn’t understand why he’s been uprooted from his home and transported to a strange place where he doesn’t know anyone, except his aunt and cousins who live nearby. But when he meets Jack things don’t seem quite so bad.
Teddy reached a hand out cautiously and patted the dog’s head. It wagged its tail more furiously.
Teddy realised he was smiling and admitted, ‘Well. I guess you’re not so bad.’
The dog tipped its head so it could lick Teddy’s hand.
‘Everything else here is stupid, though,’ Teddy said, just to make sure the dog understood that. ‘Like that stupid tree. I don’t even think that tree is big enough for a treehouse. Mom built me such a great treehouse back home. We couldn’t build one in that tree even if Dad wasn’t totally useless when it comes to that stuff.’