Nici's Christmas Tale: 1157 Aquitaine
Nici's Christmas Tale: 1157 Aquitaine
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A stand-alone short story in the multi-award-winning Troubadours Quartet series

1157: Aquitaine. The wolves are coming! At midnight on Christmas Eve, while the blizzard blasts snow through every crack in the castle walls, Nici the Shepherd's Dog stands guard in the sheepfold.
Beside him as usual are his pack and the flock they protect but this night is not usual at all. A small boy braves the snowy night, seeking the protection of his great friend while he is banned from his parents' quarters in the castle.
Nici recalls other times and other dangers, his trials and failures, the reasons why he ran away with a young girl, now the little boy's mother. He would still give his life in a heartbeat for Lady Estela. And yet, on this snowy night, he cannot help her. So, while he waits and comforts Estela's son, he tells his own puppies the story of a dog's life.

5* ‘A short story that packs an enormous punch and contains everything a full sized epic novel might contain.’ Linda’s Bookbag Blog

5* 'One just wants to sit down with Nici as he shares his story in that cozy sheepfold while the cold winds rage outside on Christmas Eve.' Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Faith-based
  • Inspirational

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Nici's Christmas Tale: 1157 Aquitaine, A Troubadour's Short Story is written by Jean Gill.  Nici's Christmas Tale is a short story as told by Nici, a shepherd dog, telling his story to his puppies on Christmas Eve.  Nici shares what it was and is like to work for humans who are good and bad.  Nici also shares with his puppies what training to be a shepherd dog is all about, how to be a good shepherd, and to listen to all that surrounds you while on the job.  There are a lot of events in the life of a shepherd dog from helping out in the fields to helping corr

This is a story about a dog named Nici who is looking for a human to take care of him, and in return, Nici will treat this person with devotion. It all starts on Christmas Eve, where in the sheepfold, Nici along with his beloved puppies and other dogs were waiting for this fierce winter night to end. In search of protection, a little boy also joined their company. The boy is the son of Nici's owner, and for both of them, the dog is ready to give his life.

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