A Campy Christmas

A Frannie Shoemaker Campground Adventure
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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A holiday novella. The Shoemakers and Ferraros plan to spend Christmas in Texas with Larry and Jane Ann's brother and then take a camping trip through the Southwest. But those plans are stopped cold when they hit a rogue ice storm in Missouri and they end up snowbound in a campground. And that's just the beginning.

©2015 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
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A Cozy Christmas Adventure

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A good, clean, fun campground adventure. A cozy Christmas adventure. This is my first Frannie Shoemaker campground adventure. But it was just as enjoyable as her Time Travel Trailer series. It's a cute, light, entertaining and fun, spirit of Christmas story. I say spirit of Christmas but really it's about caring and helping someone in need no matter what time of year it is.

Setting off on a Holiday adventure they're plans suddenly change due to severe weather. Their adventurous holiday misfortune from weather turns into another mans miracle.

Michelle Babb did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace to her narration. Good character voices. She made the characters and the story come to life. Very enjoyable.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook by the narrator, author or publisher.

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What stopped me from giving.....

What stopped me from giving this a 5vstar review is the length! If this is Book #6(That's what it said in the beginning & this so far is the only 1 I've listened to)I bet you could put all the books together & make 1 Regular size book! Don't get me wrong, what was there was good but you BARELY got time to know the characters & it was over! I also felt like I was missing some stuff! However all the info I am missing VERY WELL COULD BE IN BOOKS 1-5!!

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A short & sweet Christmas adventure

I love all of the Frannie Shoemaker mysteries, but this might just be my favorite! It's short and sweet, but has all the elements to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. There is compassion, humor, camaraderie, a bit of adventure (and misadventures), a furry pup, and lots of holiday cheer.

Even though it's not quite the holidays here just yet, the imagery in this book made me feel like I was there in that time & place. Michelle Babb narrated this so well (as usual), and all the visual narration of the cold and snow helps you transport. It's a feel good from start to finish with a bit of innocent mystery tied in. I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review

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A Christmas Classic in the making.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I predict that this will be a Christmas Classic around my house. I've enjoyed several of the Frannie Shoemaker Camper stories in the series. This is a story of what Christmas means. Caught in a blizzard at a campground on Christmas Eve, Frannie, her husband and their close friends / in laws, start with "making do". The story evolves into a heartwarming "adventure" - different, and delightfully so!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The whole group but I liked Dasher. I'm a sucker for brown eyes, lol.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole story worked so well, but the Christmas Dinner with the Shoemakers, Ferraros, J.C., Dasher was heartwarming.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both actually. Karen Muser Nortman's character interactions are funny, and I relate to the relationship between the men bickering. And I was very much touched by the family and Spirit of the story.

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Michelle Babb was a perfect choice for the story. She adds so much to the overall "feel" of it. Pleasant voices, subtle differences in characters, truly enjoyable.

Thanks for the opportunity to review "A Campy Christmas" and the entire Frannie Shoemaker series!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

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Love this Book, Love this Series

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I have to admit that I truly enjoy The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery series by Karen Musser Nortman and “A Campy Christmas” is no exception. Unlike previous entries in the series,  “A Campy Christmas” is not really a mystery; instead this is a lovely little tale that deftly weaves the spirit of Christmas into the story of a camping trip gone wrong without being overbearing.

Frannie Shoemaker is feeling a bit bereft as neither of her children will be home for Christmas. She and her husband Larry decide to pull their camper out of storage and join Larry’s sister, Jane Ann, and her husband Mickey on their trip to Texas to visit Larry and Jane Ann’s brother. Unfortunately, the four encounter a huge winter storm and are forced to take refuge in an isolated campground. How they deal with the consequences of the storm as Christmas approaches, make for a lighthearted but ultimately heartwarming story. I have always loved the interaction between the realistically drawn characters in this series and still do, as this book adds a little more depth to a couple of them. The relationships and banter between the four ring true, which is probably why I enjoy this series so much. It is rare to read a book where the characters really sound and act like real people.

Michelle Babb does a fine job with the narration.  There is consistency from previous books to this one, and each voice is clearly distinctive. She does an excellent job with the pacing, as well. 

I highly recommend this book. There is something about this series that truly resonates with me.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own. 

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uplifting

In the true spirit of the Christmas season this group selflessly rescues/saves a bird, a dog , and a young man! How totally like this bunch of do gooders!! Loved it. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job. Heartwarming @

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Short and sweet Christmas story

A mystery series based in campgrounds. This one is a short, but sweet story.
A good story, a quick (1 3/4 hour) easy listen. Not too involved. The time passes quickly.
This book stands alone. It is not necessary to listen to the previous books first.
I would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.
I always enjoy Michelle Babb's narrations. She has done an excellent job as usual.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review!
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Christmas adventure

This book may be short but it is still full of fun, adventure, laughs and camaraderie. I received this book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review here of my own volition.

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Always good

I have read several books in this series and have enjoyed them all. You are guaranteed a good clean read without be “preachy”.

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A Campy Christmas Tale

Frannie is having a difficult time, with children and grandchildren away during a very special time of the year. This is a short novella portraying the Shoemakers and the Ferraros on a camping trip to Texas during Christmas to cure Frannie’s blues, but a snowstorm will prevent them to reach their destiny and will have them stranded at in empty campground.

This story was shorter and milder than what we are used to. It is a very quick and relaxing listen, and although there is not a murder this time to investigate, there are some strange happenings that will keep the two couples busy, with the added risk of the extreme cold and having limited food supplies. I enjoyed this one even though I kind of expected another murder mystery.

Michelle Babb did an excellent job bringing the characters to life and keeping me interested in the story. Babb’s narration definitely adds value to the book. I would recommend listening to the audiobook over reading it without a doubt.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Julie
  • 04-22-20

Blue Christmas

I have enjoyed the other books in this series but somehow this book didn't work for me, I kept waiting for something to happen and then it ended. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy it because I know he characters so well but if you are waiting for the mystery (which it is billed as, yes I did check) then you are going to be disappointed. It is a fun and very short story looking at what it is like going camping at Christmas, a nice fun cozy feel good book with old friends and new ones.
Frannie is facing a Christmas without her children or grandchildren for the first time and is struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. That is until Sue Anne and Mickey invite them to join them on there holiday plans. With the camper vans dusted off they head off to a empty camp site and settle down for the night before taking off in the morning . These plans quickly change when a snow storm hits and then it becomes a case of surviving. With no electricity or hot water its back to basics and as it was a last minute decision to go they have very little food. The roads blocked and even more snow falling they have to dig deep to find the joy of Christmas and use nature to help make it happen. Can the Shoesmakers pull off a miracle and actually enjoy Christmas? Somebody needs that miracle.
With Michelle Babb as the narrator a three star overall story jumps up to a four star. What more can I say? She is very talented and I enjoy listening to her.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-02-18

Look at the size of those flakes.

Another camping trip with Frannie and Larry Shoemaker and friends, but this time it's a seasonal short. For the first time in 44years of marriage, the couple are preparing to spend a Christmas alone and Frannie is sad. So when a trip to Missouri to stay with in laws is suggested, they dust of the camper van and off they go.
Unfortunately, they are also pursued by a blizzard which strands the two families travelling together on a deserted campsite, for much of the time without power and little food, whilst snow piles up around them.
As always with these delightful stories, the characters are so well drawn, they could be the people next door. With some bickering and moaning, but also friendship and warmth, they face up to a Christmas Eve that they will never forget.

Perhaps this reader was slightly influenced by the blizzard blowing outside of her own window, but listening to this book was a thoroughly delicious hour and a half spent snuggled in front of the fire. As always, narrator Michelle Babb perfectly captures the conversational conflicts, the closeness of family and the general interest of all of the protagonists in their enjoyment of camping together. A good performance and, overall, a nice seasonal addition to the Frannie Shoemaker series.