Emily Springer, widowed mother of one, decides to leave Leavenworth, Washington, to spend Christmas with her daughter in Boston.
Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays - except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston - and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town - it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and...elves.
Meanwhile, Emily’s friend Faith Kerrigan travels to Leavenworth to visit her and instead finds Charles the grinch. Then Charles’s brother, Ray, shows up at his home in Boston to discover that he isn’t there - but Emily is.
Through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, amid the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge in unexpected ways. Because everything changes at Christmas!
©2011 Debbie Macomber (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
It was a lovely fluffy book for the holidays. Occupied my mind while working on Christmas gifts. Much better story an the Hallmark movie of the same piece.
intriguing refreshing nostalgic
did not have fav as they are all integral. you start out with one person not being as important and they turn out to be critical.
good to do while doing housework, etc
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.
This sweet, funny story is full of the unexpected . . . and a comedy of errors . . . and like all of Debbie Macomber's books has the healing balm of love, forgiveness, and learning from our own mistakes. And just like life, sometimes we find ourselves in situations we would never choose, but really NEED to get us out of the rut we are in. Great listen for the holidays.
I would because it's a perfect holiday read.
Macomber creates an inescapable world for her readers to revel in, the descriptions and narrative are so vivid that you cannot help but picture everything. At the same time everything remains realistic and in the moment. This was one of her best Christmas stories. Full of family and Christmas cheer. I really loved the Christmas world building and the pictures painted by the author. You'll finish this book with a smile on your face.
There was so much comedy through out the book, that is hard for me to just pick my favorite scene.
It will crack you up and want to bake cookies and decorate your Christmas tree!
What a sweet read. Yes, we know when Debbie Macomber writes a book that we are going to get a solid, good read and this book met the mark. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it while on a trip. This was one of those stories where you knew what was going to happen, but it is the season to be joyful and this book kept you in that mood. Good job!
This may possibly bet the funniest, most unique Christmas story that I’ve ever read. Macomber throws her cast of characters into some very unique situations that you can’t help but laugh at. She creates an inescapable world for her readers to revel in. Macomber’s descriptions and narrative are so vivid that you cannot help but picture everything. At the same time everything remains realistic and in the moment.
Macomber’s brilliant cast carries this story forward without a hitch. Getting to know these characters was a uniquely thought provoking time. As a reader you get to know the main characters and the supporting cast alike. I quite enjoyed getting to know them.
Overall this was a captivatingly hilarious read that I’d definitely recommend.
I was looking for something lighthearted and fun to read during the crazy chaos of Christmas time to relieve stress. This was a fun and enjoyable book for that. It is a fun story of a comedy of errors that lead to romance. I enjoyed it!
My advice is to NOT watch the movie on TV. Listen to the book because the movie is depressing at times and the book is uplifting and funny. So much was left out or altered in the movie. My husband kept telling me that it's written according to the book not the acutal events in the book. Too bad because I was looking for the events and they never came. This Christmas I will listen to it again and forget the movie. Thanks Debbie Macomber for the heartwarming Christmas story.
I was looking for a sweet, mindless listen that had something to do with Christmas and a happy ending. This fit the bill nicely. The narration is fine, the story is fine.
I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
I would listen to it again if I was sharing it on a road trip with a friend.
Lighthearted and funny. It put me in the Christmas spirit.
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