"I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets....
Christmas is the season of the heart, and best-selling author Debbie Macomber is here to warm yours with a delightful holiday novel of first impressions and second chances....
Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories....
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge....
Promise, a ranching community in the Hill Country, is a place with a mysterious past and more than its share of secrets. It’s also a place where family and friendship matter....
Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close - until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school Cassie ran away from home....
Like many small towns, Buffalo Valley is dying. Stores are boarded up, sidewalks are cracked, houses are in need of coats of paint....
Location: north of the Arctic Circle, Population: 150 (mostly men!) But the three O'Halloran brothers are heading a campaign to bring women to town.....
There's a little shop on Blossom Street in Seattle called A Good Yarn....
Cassie, at 33, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance....
Disagreements begin to escalate with the "help" of an attractive young woman who's got her eye on Cal....
So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals - including a donkey and a camel - for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).
When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers - the three Wyse men - show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...
What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?
I just want to say that i really have enjoyed this story, it has really put me in the mood for Christmas and the true meaning. I hope you enjoy this as much as i have and as a side note this book is clean so my daughters can also hear this book they are young teens so they also like romance but i am needing them to be clean books
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I love this modern day tale of an unwed mother, with three older brothers, who want to "defend her honor". And I very much appreciate that real life Christians, when faced with a choice to love or condemn, chose to do what our Lord would do . . . what He DID do. This is a precious story of mistakes, love and redemption. And listeners who are put off by "Christian overtones", must have somehow missed the title, A Cedar Cove CHRISTMAS. There is no Christmas without Christ. And for those who have been hurt by the church, rest assured there is none of that in Debbie Macomber's books . . . so come to the stable where the Christ child lays and rest your weary soul. You will be glad you did.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
STORY - This sounded like it would be a fun holiday listen...a modern twist of the classic Christmas story written by a famous author. It's a novel idea that I think could have been so much better than it was. There are, of course, parallels between this story and the classic, i.e., Mary Jo for the Virgin Mary, the three Wyse brothers for the three wise men, but some of them are so far-fetched they should have just been left out. (Like seeing fireworks and saying, "Look, follow that star!") There is way too much detail that served no purpose but to drag things out. Some of the dialogue between the three brothers is so stupid and repetitive it made me want to SCREAM!!!!
On the positive side, the story is cozy and full of holiday cheer. I loved Mack, and the ending of the book is very touching.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator definitely gets an A for effort. This female narrator actually tries to distinguish between the three brothers' voices -- something which many male narrators don't even bother to do. It kinda works and kinda doesn't.
OVERALL -- I've never listened to a Debbie Macomber book before, so die-hard fans might like this story. My advice, however, is to skip it.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Debbie writes so beautifully, with wonderful descriptions, so much heart felt & realistic.
You help me find things, people that I want & look forward to having in my life.
I enjoyed the narrater Sandra also.
Thank-you for the many hours of joy & good tears...
Whenever the reader imitated male voices, she sounded like an Oompa Loompa. After a while it was annoying. The story was nice and a great, cherry holiday read.
This is a feel good story for the holidays. It helps you find your Christmas spirit and reminds you of what is really important. An easy read during the busyness of the holidays and life.
A nice Christmas story.
Glad we knew some of the characters from Cedar Cove on TV.
As always it never fails to enjoy a cedar cove story. Can't wait to start the next book
To see what cedar cove has in store
What would have made A Cedar Cove Christmas better?
This was an attempt of modernizing the Greatest Story Ever Told (Jesus' birth) - it begins with a single, very pregnant, young woman - Mary Jo Wyse...I WILL give kudos to Debbie Macomer for not trying to recreate the Immaculate Conception, but....<br/><br/>Mary Jo takes off from the family home to look for the father of her unborn babe. His family lives in Cedar Cove but he can't be found nor can any of his family. <br/><br/>She rolls into town and feels faint at the library. The fire department and the young, handsome, single fireman/EMT comes and helps her through her swoon.<br/><br/>A bunch of strangers offered to help the pregnant woman and she is amazed by their goodness and benevolence. One of them has an apartment above her barn and offers it to her for the night (because all the Inns and B & B's are full.) It just so happens there's a bunch of animals; mule, sheep, horse, A CAMEL, etc. (a camel in Washington State in December at an individuals residence, come on, now!) hanging out in that barn-from the live Nativity the preceding weeks.<br/><br/>Mrs. Macomber tries to make analogies throughout to the real Christmas story, but it's really cheesy. Mary Jo has three brothers (whose business is 3 Wyseman Builders) who frantically look for her in Cedar Cove-an island, etc.<br/><br/>Anything else I say will give away and spoil, if you are a diehard Debbie Macomber fan, you may like this.<br/><br/>For me its a miss...I'll stick to the original<br/><br/><br/>Publisher's Summary<br/><br/>Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....<br/><br/>So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals - including a donkey and a camel - for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).<br/><br/>When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers - the three Wyse men - show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...<br/><br/>What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?<br/><br/>©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.<br/>
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something heavy and meaningful - maybe a Marc Cameron book
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?
The narrator matched the material.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
It was SO cheesy...is that a reaction? Eyeball rolling, disappointment.
Any additional comments?
I really do not mean to be such a downer on Debbie Macomer. I really enjoyed the first book that I read "16 Lighthouse Road"n - it was catchy, romantic and clever.<br/><br/>I picked up 3-4 other titles as they were on sale, as I listen I've determined I'm not a fan. <br/><br/>Macomer has a lot of fans and I'm not sure why I don't warm up to her material as so many seem to. Perhaps it's a generational difference. As I said, I really enjoyed the first book that I read but the others after that have fallen flat. That is not to say she is bad most reviews are to the contrary of mine.<br/><br/>NOTE: Completely 'safe' to play with kiddos around<br/>CREDIT/$ Worthy: In my opinion, no on all counts<br/>
If you are in the mood for some Christmas Spirit, A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber is just the ticket! Definitely credit worthy! Make a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!
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