Christmas in Blue Dog Valley

By Annie England Noblin

For anyone who ever loved All Creatures Great and Small, Annie England Noblin’s newest novel—about a big city vet transplanted to a small Wisconsin town—is pure delight as we meet aging alpacas, stump-tailed cats, goats in tutus, a vagabond border collie named Kevin, and the people who think they own them. And through it all, Goldie McKenzie, DVM, navigating the small town of Blue Dog, Wisconsin.


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Welcome to Blue Dog Valley, home of the Fighting Elk, population 3,411.

When Goldie McKenzie, DMV, wet to the Hollywood pet stars, leaves Los Angeles and arrives in Blue Dog Valley, she realizes three things:

  1. Never agree to upend your life when you’re hungover.
  2. Potbellied pigs are not true farm animals.
  3. She’s going to need a warmer coat.

At first Goldie is a fish out of water, with few clients and fewer friends. But after saving the local bartender’s dog from a possibly fatal case of bloat, she earns the trust of the townsfolk, and her practice grows. Soon she’s tending to a horse named Large Marge, a cape-wearing therapy alpaca, and a yardful of sweater-wearing goats.

With Kevin, the “worst sheepdog in Blue Dog Valley,” and a Sphinx cat named Airport as her companions, Goldie is having the best time a vet can have. Aside from the annoyingly attractive town grouch, Cohen, who seems intent on making sure she always feels like an outsider, her life is great.

With her newfound goodwill, and despite some brief resistance from Cohen and his father, Goldie even comes up with an idea to reinvigorate the once-flourishing Blue Dog Valley: a Christmas carnival. But will it be enough to salvage this dying town–and could it bring Goldie closer to a certain grumpy man?

Category: Genre: Fiction, RomanceTag: sku: 9780063040199

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Weight 10.15 oz
Dimensions 8 × 5.25 × .85 in