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Publisher's Summary

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.

Any additional comments?

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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Great Christmas Story

What did you love best about A Campy Christmas?

The resourcefulness of the campers and their big hearts.

What about Michelle Babb’s performance did you like?

As always Ms. Babb continues to be one of my favorite narrators. She can take any story and give the characters of that story their own identity even though I know her voice well, it's like listening to her for the first time with each new series book I listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did.

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I was kinda of skeptical about this Christmas book because I normally don't listen to holiday books but I did since it is part of the series that I am currently listening to. I was surprised as to the content of the book as I was expecting it to be a short murder mystery and instead I got a Christmas miracle. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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Christmas at the campground

A Campy Christmas by Karne Musser Nortman is another cozy mystery starring Frannie Shoemaker and her friends. This time it's Christmas and there's a storm on its way. All kinds of surprises await the gang and the author does a great job of keeping the reader's interest. A Campy Christmas is a great holiday book to read (or listen to as this reviewer did). The narrator, Michelle Babb, does a nice job of giving characters their unique voice, making for an enjoyable listening experience.

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Nice Christmas story

Roughing it on Christmas with the camping crew. A very touching story with friends and family. I highly recommend this cozy story.

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Great read

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A Campy Christmas by Karen Musser Nortman was a great Read. This was a holiday novella in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground mysteries. The Shoemakers and Ferraro plan on spending Christmas in Texas. Their plans get thwarted by a storm and an unexpected death. I can't wait to read more by the author.

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Wonderful Series!!

I've now read. almost all of Frannie Shuemaker books. This was a great, mystery murder story. There was so much depth, intrigue, mystery not to mention colorful characters . It was almost a story with in a story. How it all came together was brilliant. Her stories are so descriptive and intetesting. You keep reading forgetting about time or anything else. Can't wait for the next book!!!!!.
"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.