Friday, October 12, 2018

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock

I truly enjoy Christmas books. I begin reading them every September. I like them because they nearly always have a happy ending. Sometimes, however that happy ending can be a surprise. Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock is the latest Christmas read to fill my Kindle. It's a good one!

First a bit from Thomas Nelson, the publisher:

This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time



My Thoughts:
     This was a most unlikely novel. The little old lady was just so adorable, and yet a bit headstrong. Wrap headstrong in lovely manners, and she just gets away with it!  
     It begins with a match of Finn the cab driver and Callie the sick little old lady who he describes as a hundred and then two hundred years old. Because of Finn's past regrets, he takes the time needed to help Callie even though he doesn't want to.  All the while he's growing angrier at Sydney the granddaughter whom he's never met.
     Sydney is stuck in a terrible job that she just must keep that is keeping her from fulfilling her grandmother's needs. She's supremely frustrated and stressed.
     Callie is a loving grandmother who has a plan and a long to-do list that must be completed before Christmas. She relies on charm and God to get those to-dos to-done!
     This is a quick little novella that can be read in an evening or two...or stretch it out to make the enjoyment last longer. The setting is described perfectly, the characters are developed well for such a short novella, and the action moves along just quick enough to keep the reader's interest.
     I enjoyed it very much. It is clean and good for any age to read.
     5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  1. Sounds interesting! I might end up reading it. :)

  2. That sounds like a really great book, Laura. I will put it on my "need to read" list. Not sure when I will ever get around to that but hope to do so soon! Have a great weekend. xo Diana

  3. I enjoy a good Christmas book they are so heartwarming, I tend to save mine for when the weather changes and I am not getting out as much. There is nothing nicer than a good book in front of the stove. Hope you are recovering well.

  4. Laura,

    This sounds like a fun story. I love stories that include fun older ladies! I am always looking for new Christmas books, so I will definitely keep this one in mind. : )


  5. Oh this sounds so cute and like something I want to read. The lady sounds like a Fannie Flagg character and I do love her books.

  6. I've got lots of books I'm planning to read...for years now! I'm guilty of reading the first chapter and then getting distracted. With the need to downsize for a move, I'm avoiding buying. But a good Christmas book does sound fun with all the rain we are getting here in Texas.

  7. I am reading "The Christmas Star " by Ace Collins. Hope you are feeling good.
    God Bless

  8. A wonderful way to rest and recover.. curled up with a good book. Find some time every day dear lady..Prayers and a Gentle Hug across the miles.

  9. Found your blog from Pinterest. I enjoyed the audio of this book. Great story I thought!

    1. Hi BP!
      We ran the restaurant at Precious Moments Chapel in Missouri for a couple of years.
      I'd like to check with my library and see if there are audio books I can borrow.
      I'll be over to visit your blogs in a bit.
      Happy Christmas!
      Mrs. Laura Lane


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