Be prepared to cry. Not just a few tears, I am talking the "ugly cry". It could be PMS, but The Christmas Clock is one of those books that just hit my heart right where it aches the most.
Eight year old Teddy has been "working" around Joe's body shop. Sweeping, cleaning and such. He is trying to save money to buy his Grandmother the clock that she wants for Christmas. But all his Grandmother REALLY wants is to find a home for Teddy before her Alzheimer's gets too bad. Unfortunately she starts to deteriorate faster than she thought and Teddy has to go into foster care.
Joe has decided that he wants to take care of Teddy, but the tragic mistake from his past may keep Joe and Teddy from being a family.
Ugly Cry. I am not even kidding. The Christmas Clock is not going to win any awards, but the characters are simple and good hearted. They all want one thing, to take care of eight year old Teddy. That kind of unity is what set me over the edge. The Christmas Clock is a very fast read and one you won't regret. I promise.