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A Cedar Cove Christmas | [Debbie Macomber]

A Cedar Cove Christmas

Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....
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Publisher's Summary

Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....

So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals - including a donkey and a camel - for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).

When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers - the three Wyse men - show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...

What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 12-09-08
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 12-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "loved this book"

    I just want to say that i really have enjoyed this story, it has really put me in the mood for Christmas and the true meaning. I hope you enjoy this as much as i have and as a side note this book is clean so my daughters can also hear this book they are young teens so they also like romance but i am needing them to be clean books
    Heather

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-13-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 12-13-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Kindness, Family, Christmas"

    I love this modern day tale of an unwed mother, with three older brothers, who want to "defend her honor". And I very much appreciate that real life Christians, when faced with a choice to love or condemn, chose to do what our Lord would do . . . what He DID do. This is a precious story of mistakes, love and redemption. And listeners who are put off by "Christian overtones", must have somehow missed the title, A Cedar Cove CHRISTMAS. There is no Christmas without Christ. And for those who have been hurt by the church, rest assured there is none of that in Debbie Macomber's books . . . so come to the stable where the Christ child lays and rest your weary soul. You will be glad you did.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scarp VALLEY COTTAGE, NY, United States 04-11-15
    Scarp VALLEY COTTAGE, NY, United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    As always it never fails to enjoy a cedar cove story. Can't wait to start the next book
    To see what cedar cove has in store

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK 12-21-14
    DK 12-21-14 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Cheesy-Grandmother Might Like It-Not Mine"
    What would have made A Cedar Cove Christmas better?

    This was an attempt of modernizing the Greatest Story Ever Told (Jesus' birth) - it begins with a single, very pregnant, young woman - Mary Jo Wyse...I WILL give kudos to Debbie Macomer for not trying to recreate the Immaculate Conception, but....

    Mary Jo takes off from the family home to look for the father of her unborn babe. His family lives in Cedar Cove but he can't be found nor can any of his family.

    She rolls into town and feels faint at the library. The fire department and the young, handsome, single fireman/EMT comes and helps her through her swoon.

    A bunch of strangers offered to help the pregnant woman and she is amazed by their goodness and benevolence. One of them has an apartment above her barn and offers it to her for the night (because all the Inns and B & B's are full.) It just so happens there's a bunch of animals; mule, sheep, horse, A CAMEL, etc. (a camel in Washington State in December at an individuals residence, come on, now!) hanging out in that barn-from the live Nativity the preceding weeks.

    Mrs. Macomber tries to make analogies throughout to the real Christmas story, but it's really cheesy. Mary Jo has three brothers (whose business is 3 Wyseman Builders) who frantically look for her in Cedar Cove-an island, etc.

    Anything else I say will give away and spoil, if you are a diehard Debbie Macomber fan, you may like this.

    For me its a miss...I'll stick to the original


    Publisher's Summary

    Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....

    So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals - including a donkey and a camel - for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).

    When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers - the three Wyse men - show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...

    What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

    ©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something heavy and meaningful - maybe a Marc Cameron book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

    The narrator matched the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was SO cheesy...is that a reaction? Eyeball rolling, disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I really do not mean to be such a downer on Debbie Macomer. I really enjoyed the first book that I read "16 Lighthouse Road"n - it was catchy, romantic and clever.

    I picked up 3-4 other titles as they were on sale, as I listen I've determined I'm not a fan.

    Macomer has a lot of fans and I'm not sure why I don't warm up to her material as so many seem to. Perhaps it's a generational difference. As I said, I really enjoyed the first book that I read but the others after that have fallen flat. That is not to say she is bad most reviews are to the contrary of mine.

    NOTE: Completely 'safe' to play with kiddos around
    CREDIT/$ Worthy: In my opinion, no on all counts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-12-13
    Elizabeth Sandia, TX, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

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    "Christmas Spirit is Alive and Well in Cedar Cove"

    If you are in the mood for some Christmas Spirit, A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber is just the ticket! Definitely credit worthy! Make a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 12-09-13
    AudioAddict 12-09-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "What a disappointment"

    STORY - This sounded like it would be a fun holiday listen...a modern twist of the classic Christmas story written by a famous author. It's a novel idea that I think could have been so much better than it was. There are, of course, parallels between this story and the classic, i.e., Mary Jo for the Virgin Mary, the three Wyse brothers for the three wise men, but some of them are so far-fetched they should have just been left out. (Like seeing fireworks and saying, "Look, follow that star!") There is way too much detail that served no purpose but to drag things out. Some of the dialogue between the three brothers is so stupid and repetitive it made me want to SCREAM!!!!

    On the positive side, the story is cozy and full of holiday cheer. I loved Mack, and the ending of the book is very touching.

    PERFORMANCE - The narrator definitely gets an A for effort. This female narrator actually tries to distinguish between the three brothers' voices -- something which many male narrators don't even bother to do. It kinda works and kinda doesn't.

    OVERALL -- I've never listened to a Debbie Macomber book before, so die-hard fans might like this story. My advice, however, is to skip it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pure Jonel 12-08-13
    Pure Jonel 12-08-13

    Pure Jonel

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    "Christmas, Cedar Cove style"
    Would you listen to A Cedar Cove Christmas again? Why?

    This is going to become a staple Christmas tale for me. I loved it & it put me in the holiday spirit so easily.


    What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

    The narrator brought this story to life in many ways. She made it very easy & fun to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is perfect to put you in the holiday spirit. It’s perfect as part of the Cedar Cove series or as a stand-alone for Christmas.

    Through this tale Macomber pulled at my heartstrings and made me laugh like crazy. It was absolutely perfect. This story is simultaneously completely original and a traditional love story. I also love the many parallels you can draw to the original Christmas story. Not only does Macomber create a brilliant storyline for us to follow but she brings it to life with her brilliant descriptions and captivating narrative so that you can picture it all.

    The character development in this novel is phenomenal. Although this novel falls well into the series, you don’t ever feel like there’s anyone that you don’t know, nor any aspect of the story that is beyond you. I love how the narrator gives each character their own voice. Not only do you get to know them as individuals through the development on the author’s part, but it’s impossible not to picture them because of this.

    This story brought tears to my eyes more than once and definitely warmed my heart. It’s the perfect modern day Christmas story to bring you into the holiday spirit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine 12-07-13
    Kristine 12-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictable"
    Any additional comments?

    It was very predictable, and it had to much detail, I couldn't wait for the book to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 12-06-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 12-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "What Child Is This"

    A feel good story that wonderfully mirrors the first Christmas Eve. Mary Jo is a nice young girl who gets pregnant by a scoundrel who has her believing that he will be back for her before their child is born. When it becomes evident that this was just another in his long list of lies she goes in search for him in his home town. Cedar Cove is small town where community support and kindness are in abundance and the father of her child is well known for not fitting in, he in fact does not live there at all.

    As she becomes more disillusioned signs of strain due to her impending arrival become serious and is immediately taken into the fold by the Cedar Cove residents. She has an instant attraction to the, night in shining armor, EMT that comes to her rescue. Grace, the local librarian will not take no for an answer so Mary Jo finds herself staying in a very cozy upstairs studio apartment above her barn.

    There are many cute and touching twists that make this a wonderful reflection of how we can all embrace the spirit of Christmas. Sandra Burr has a way of capturing all of the personalities of the ongoing characters in the Cedar Cove series. A fun and heart felt listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon wallingford, PA, United States 12-21-08
    sharon wallingford, PA, United States 12-21-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't bother"

    Didn't realize that it was going to have such a overt Christian theme. Its rather a trite story and just didn't 'grab' me. Don't waste a Credit.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful

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