• The Clause in Christmas

  • A Poppy Creek Novel, Book 1
  • By: Rachael Bloome
  • Narrated by: E.L. Beckett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This endearing, sweet romance will warm your heart and fill you with hope.

Cassie Hayward hates Christmas. Especially this year. 

No job. Flat broke. And an ex most definitely on the naughty list.

But the unexpected inheritance of a Victorian cottage in the idyllic town of Poppy Creek may be the miracle Cassie needs. Except for one problem: a clause in the will. Cassie must complete a series of festive tasks for each day in December leading up to Christmas. Overseen by the disarmingly handsome, Christmas-loving lawyer Luke Davis. 

Luke is as strong and steady as the bespoke furniture he crafts as a hobby. He has to be. Stepping into his late father's shoes as the town lawyer comes with a sleigh full of responsibilities. Which means the alluring stranger collecting her inheritance is a distraction he can't afford.

As the unlikely pair work together to complete the daily tasks, fighting their attraction becomes more futile than putting good ole St. Nick on a diet. But when Cassie's ex reappears with the offer of a lifetime, she'll have to choose between love and the life she always wanted. 

Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and visit a town that feels like home. A "must-read" year after year.

"The Clause in Christmas is a gift that will keep on giving, no matter the season." (Dave Cenker, author of the heart-warming Pigeon Grove series) 

Includes a recipe, playlist, and your own Christmas Calendar to follow along with Cassie

Rating: PG

©2019 Rachael Bloome (P)2019 Rachael Bloome

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I LOVED IT!

I loved this story so much! Nothing I’ve read recently really struck a chord. But I started to listen to this book and it caught me right away. It is well written, sweet, clean, inspirational and really makes you consider how your actions not only affect your life, but those around you as well. Life is what we make it. It’s well worth the read and I’m getting ready to grab the next book in the series.

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This belongs on the Hallmark channel

This is the first title I have read by Rachael Bloome. The book caught my eye but my "to be read" pile is WAY out of control and this landed down there somewhere. I knew I wanted to read it but didn't know when I would find the time. The best solution was an audio book ;) I requested a review copy & lost no time opening it to listen. The story introduces a town full of wonderful people who help change her view of Christmas...I guess a lot of that is that she was now surrounded by people who loved her. Nostalgic & hopeful, this will fill you with Christmas spirit & more. Christmas spirit in the purest sense is giving of yourself to redeem others who may have given up hope. This nails it!
E.L. Beckett did a wonderful job narrating the story. It sounds very natural & her voice fits the characters so well that it is hard to imagine that there is only one person speaking throughout.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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I would love to live in Poppy Creek!

I absolutely loved this sweet romance. I knew there would be a happy ending but I enjoyed the journey. That is one of the best things about this genre. Rachael created great characters and made them come alive in a charming setting. That is a sign of an excellent writer. She made me want to have coffee and pastries in Poppy Creek! I am looking forward to hearing the sequel.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs to believe in romance again. I listen to audio books daily and EL Beckett’s performance was excellent.

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Old-fashioned Love Story

This is a good and wholesome story of special people in a small town. I look forward to Rachel Bloomers next novels!

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Beautiful Christmas story!

I disagree with the review that said this book lacked character development, conflict and ability to hold one’s interest. The reviewer stated that if a student of their’s turned in a story like this they’d be disappointed. That person is obviously a teacher that should think twice about how their words and actions shape young minds and hearts. I loved this book and think that the teachers I know would love it!

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Super cute!

Clean family listening. This book is like a Hallmark movie in an audio book. Perfect for our travel to grandparents' house this Christmas.

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Amazing

It was a sweet refreshing and felt so real
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Merry Christmas from Poppy Creek

I love reading Christmas love stories at this time of year and this was a good one. Quaint, sweet and warm people from Poppy Creek. I’ve heard better narrators but listened the whole way anyway.

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Enjoyed it

Very heartwarming. Was a perfect book for the holidays. I have already purchased the next book.

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Nothing better than Christmas and Coffee!!

Love, love, love this sweet story!! Family, true meaning of Christmas, unselfish people and lots of dreams come true!! Need to sell to Hallmark!!

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  • 05-19-20

I love a good Christmas story

I love a good Christmas story and this one doesn’t disappoint. It was funny and entertaining. I loved it! Definitely recommend people listen to this. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 08-31-21

lovely heart warming story

A very enjoyable book, loved the characters. clean, easy to listen to and fun. looking forward to reading the next books in the series !