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.
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 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.
It seemed to me that the story was trying to present itself as family oriented, traditional with warm memories. But it was hard to accomplish in my heart with every one willing to have sex with someone they just recently met. It lacked Christian morals and could not dredge up feelings of family-friendly traditional Christmas memories for me.
It was predictable, but then again that is kind of a Debbie Macomber style. It was still a lovely, happy book.
It kept me intrigued as to what would happen next. I smiled often as the characters interacted and revealed more of themselves. The author is expert at writing about human emotions in relationships. A lighthearted Christmas adventure sure to please.
Not at all.
Wish I knew it was an ending to a collection of characters from past books. Books that I haven't even read yet. The story was flat because I had no vested interest in the characters.
She was ok but her characters sounds too childish. The adult daughters sound like twin 6 yr olds.
Can't imagine what that would be.
Please identify this book as being a conclusion for those of us who haven't read all the other books in the series.
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