Unexpected events bring together a single father and a fashion photographer, who are united by their connection to a young boy and a mischievous dog, in this heartwarming Christmas romance—soon to be the Hallmark Channel original movie Picture a Perfect Christmas.
David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, he is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious dog—who leads him to Sophie.
Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment—helping her grandmother for a few weeks—is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake—but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn’t help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park—and leads her to David.
Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they are forced to decide whether their relationship is more than a fleeting holiday romance before the season runs out.
Terri Reed is an award winning author whose romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly Top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan Top 100, and Amazon’s Top 100, and have been featured in USA TODAY, Christian Fiction Magazine, and RT Book Reviews. Her books have been finalists in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, and the ACFW Carol Awards. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, children, and dog.
"Readers will cherish Terri Reed’s delightful Christmas story, A Family Under the Christmas Tree. The story sparkles with Reed’s trademark warmth, and it’s hard to say which character will run away first with the reader’s heart—the lonely child, the mischievous dog, or the two lead characters who so stubbornly resist the truth that they were made by God for each other."
– Marta Perry
"A tender and warm-hearted Christmas story of new beginnings. The wintery Washington setting provides the perfect background for a charming romance that will make you want to ignore the to-do list and linger over every page."
– Kara Isaac, author of Close To You
"Captures the magic of the Christmas season...Christmas trees form the perfect backdrop for this sweet inspirational story filled with love and the promise for a brighter future."