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A Christmas by the Sea

Narrated by: Emily Durante
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)
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When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beach-side cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. 

She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in - temporarily, she reminds him - in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

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another great book by Melody Carlson

I love Melody Carlson's book. i havent read one i dont like. but this one is so cute and happy. i adored it. I wish i had read it sooner. loved it and the narrator was great as well. she had the perfect voice for this book. wonderful story!

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Great narration. Story was somewhat limited. But I enjoyed it because there were positive Christian characters.

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Rushed and unbelievable ending

This story was... ok... just ok... until the last 4 minutes when it went into the realm of not believable and totally rushed. While the end was what you hope will happen, the way they got there was rushed, not congruent with the story, and overall bad form.

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Predictable cosy romance, annoying heroine

Whilst the story was predictable and an easy listen, it became gratingly hard to get through because of the whiny, simpering heroine. I couldn't muster any empathy for this constant damsel in distress who clearly was an unfit mother.

The story overall would've been a more enjoyable listen if the character was written even just a wee bit stronger.

It's a wonder some1 like that didn't end up in a ditch, bankrupt considering how incapable she seemed to handle simple adult decisions.

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Easy Breezy Holiday Read

This book is a quick listen or read. It's clean with wholesome interaction and very light sexiness. I enjoyed the description of life in Maine and the small town setting. The teenage behavior is unrealistic and the ending was abrupt. I didn't hate it, it was just okay.

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Slow slow slow

Talk about a painfully slow story! Boringly plodding through meaningless mundane details. The narrator just added to the creaky storyline, I felt like my hair was graying by the minute.

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Wonderful story of hope and happiness

it was good and depicted real life struggles but offered a happy ending. A good Christmas read!

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A Hallmark kind of story

The story was a bit predictable but light hearted and fun. It started to drag a bit in some places but not enough that I lost interest.

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Sweet Christmas Story

Single mom and her 12 year old son travel to a coastal Maine town to fix up a cottage they inherited. They start to fall in love with the town. Characters are Sweet and likable. The story line is interesting.

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Cute. Warm. Predictable.

Ok, if you just want to enjoy a sweet, warm and predictable story, this is it! I love that it takes place by the sea. It is a good and clean, Christian-based story. The narrator was fine. I’ll consider this a keeper.