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Catching Christmas

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This was an extremely difficult story to read and rate; my own mother passed away during the holidays of cancer and had I known exactly where this story was going, I would not have selected it at all.

Catching Christmas was a tear jerker in its own right and when you add in the above, it's devastating. This story did not leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy, and it did not get me into the Christmas gutted me. Instead I'm am angered.

No rating at this time due to feeling so absolutely mislead by the books description.

Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
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“Catching Christmas” is a wonderful holiday read with realistic characters and scenarios that made me feel a wide range of emotions. With very minimal romance toward the end of this book, this story's main focus is on the moving and amusing interactions between cab driver Finn and the old lady with dementia, Miss Callie, which I loved to read about. I found this book difficult to put down and I didn't want it to end.

If you like endearing and inspirational Christmas stories that make you laugh and cry, and that really tug at your heartstrings, I highly recommend you read "Catching Christmas."
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was a quick read, and the characters were great, especially Finn and Sydney. The Christian element was done well, and it was uplifting without being super sad.
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Sydney Batson is a young lawyer trying to survive as the law firm is making cuts while also being the caregiver for her grandmother who she has just recently reconnected with.  When a call to a cab driver to help get her grandmother to a doctor's appointment becomes a serendipitous moment!  Finn Parrish is the cab driver who ends up spending a lot of time with Miss Callie and helping her out in a time of need and being a generous, kind fellow may just change his life!

I love a Christmas book where values are at the forefront of the story and a lesson can be learned.  Many of the books I have read this season, love has been at the center, so it was nice to have love be a very side story and instead relationships and values be the center of attention.

Beware, this one has a moment or two that could cause some tears, so you may not want to read this one out and about.
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This has become the book I recommend when people tell me they want something to put them in the Christmas spirit, but all those holiday books are soooo cheesy. This has a fair amount of snark to it, but will still hit you in the feels. I really enjoyed it.
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I usually don't care about Christmas stories, but I read this one because I am a big Terri Blackstock's fan, and I wasn't disappointed. She uses Christmas as a background to the story about a driver who meets a singular old woman that changes his life. This is not the regular mistery novels that Mrs. Blackstock writes, it is a much lighter story, but it gets the reader's attention too. She uses a first person narration, as she did in the If I Live series (another one that I absolutely loved!).
In summary, it was a nice story, with a good rhythm, interesting characters and a simple but deep plot. Another great read by Mrs. Blackstock.
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Terri Blackstock writes such relatable characters in such amazingly relatable yet engaging situations that you can't help but fall in and become totally engrossed.
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A cute happily ever after story.  You have Finn who is a burned out chef who now runs a taxi cab and Sydney who is so wrapped up in her lawyer life she really doesn't have the time to spend with her failing grandmother.  The beginning is a little slow but worth the read.
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The story was a complete joy and surprise to me. I have only read Blackstock’s suspense novels, so when I saw she was tackling a Christmas Romance novel, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to dive in. Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I have high standards for Christmas novels. I want them to have a certain feel, a certain message, and above all make me smile. Don’t worry – Blackstock managed to go above and beyond my standards.

First of all, this story is different. A cab driver helping a lady with dementia? You had me at that sentence alone. What Finn needed most was redemption and love. Sometimes guilt can really eat away at us, and Finn is the perfect example of that. It comes out slowly throughout the story, and the more time he spends with Miss Callie, the more you understand why he sticks around, why he goes above and beyond. Her hunt for a boyfriend for her granddaughter I found to be sweet, and had me chuckling a few times. I could totally picture someone in my life doing the same thing for one of her granddaughters. I found Miss Callie very sweet, endearing, and a joy to read about.

In addition, you have the story line for Sydney, the girl who needs to prove herself in order to keep her job at the law firm. As I read her scenes, I wondered to myself how many associates need to do the same, and go to a courtroom and basically leave their morals at the door so they can win a case. I found the case Sydney was working on to be really interesting, and I enjoyed seeing how she handled herself, not only in the courtroom but also while dealing with the defendant’s father. You’ll have to read it yourself to see what I am talking about!

Overall, this was a charming feel-good Christmas story that will warm your heart. I hope that Blackstock considers writing more of these in the future. I know this girl will be first in line to buy them if she does 🙂 I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Miss Callie called again, Finn couldn’t take it. He had already taken her to visit so many “perspective” men and pick out hand towels. Now it’s another call through cab company and off he goes. He wishes he could be using his training in French cuisine to make his life brighter not driving a cab, but this isn’t a normal customer and she has so far paid for each trip and her granddaughter Sydney isn’t too terrible to deal with when he and Miss Callie get into some mischief.
Sydney is busting her tail to try and keep her job, her faith, and her grandmother alive during the holidays. She is facing being fired over a ridiculous case and yes the case may make your blood boil. Sydney is harboring some guilt of not being there for Callie. As a mother and daughter myself I could see and feel her emotions on this and it was heartbreaking, I wanted to tell Sydney, she was doing enough and was giving what she could.
Finn may not be family at the start but Miss Callie had a way of making him part of the family in the end. He is part of the humor and chuckles in the majority of this book and his compassion for this dear old lady is something that will hit you deep in your soul.
Miss Callie, I don’t know how to describe you without crying and laughing at the same time. Maybe, that right there is the best description? She creates a variety of emotions in the reader through this short tale and by the end, the reader feels part of Miss Callie in their heart.
This book was everything that Christmas is about, Jesus, family, love, joy, tears, and learning to be enough. I couldn’t put this book down when I received it and the entire story played out in my mind long after the end. It is touching and glorious to read this book, I would recommend it to every reader and their cat.
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I have been in quite a reading slump lately and this book was the perfect book to pull me out of it. The story is a lot of fun and definitely gives the reader "all the feels". It focuses on a slightly grumpy cab driver who is called to drive an elderly woman to an appointment. This assignment pulls him into her world and he ends up becoming her personal driver. 

The story is full of humor...some moments had me laughing out loud, but it also has touching moments and some heartbreaking ones. The characters are written extremely well. I felt like I knew each of them personally and was sad to say goodbye to them when the book was over. 

This book is also full of Christmas...sometimes I read "Christmas" books and find that there's only a page or two that mentions the holiday. This one discusses the season throughout the entire story, which really put me in the Christmas spirit. 

I highly, highly recommend this story. I would rate this as the best Christmas book I've read, I loved it and think that you will too!

I received this book from the publisher/author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I truly loved this book! Catching Christmas is a sweet story that reminds us of the importance of family, the necessity for faith and the comfort that comes from believing in God. The characters are also very believable. There is Callie, an adorable, elderly woman who grabbed my heart from the beginning with her desire to find someone that her granddaughter can lean on once she is gone. Her granddaughter Sydney Batson is challenged by being a first-year law associate in danger of losing her job and trying to find time to care for her very ill Grammy. And, of course, there is Finn Patrick. Finn is a once-successful chef who is now a cab driver and he reluctantly gets caught up in Callie's efforts to find that perfect man for Sydney. Finn could almost be labeled a Scrooge until you realize that he has a heart of gold. As hard as he tries to keep from getting involved, as much as he wants to move away from the situation, he can't because Callie is such a special person!

There is humor in Catching Christmas and Callie is like many older people who have no filters on their speech and reactions. As I was reading it, I made some notes 
about some of the funny sayings that Callie utters and some of her insightful thoughts on religion and I named them "Callieisms". I was right on track because eventually, near the end of the book, the word "Callieisms" is actually mentioned in the plot. Callie is very ill and she struggles with dementia but readers are very aware of Callie's deep faith. In one episode Finn mentions that Callie seems to be talking to Jesus and Sydney replies "She loves Jesus and she talks to him a lot, right out loud. She did this even before she had this...confusion." Callie herself shares that "I can just imagine Heaven being a mountaintop experience every day...every hour, just as much as you can stand, till your heart just can't hold anymore." Oh, to be as wise and as devout as Callie!

Callie wants to give Sydney the perfect Christmas and it is heartwarming to watch Finn as he finally decides that Christmas is worth having. I believe that Terri Blackstock has perfectly captured his reluctance and ultimately, his acceptance of the true meaning of Christmas. 

Catching Christmas is the perfect book for the Christmas season. If you read it before Christmas it will help you get in the Christmas spirit; if you read it after 
Christmas it will help you prolong your Christmas holiday! I recommend it to all who enjoy a faith-filled story filled with romance and the spirit of Christmas.

I received  a complementary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but a favorable review was not required.
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This is Terri Blackstock's first Christmas novel.

Sydney is a busy lawyer with an elderly grandmother who needs more care than she can give her. She hires taxi driver Finn to take her grandma to the doctor and this leads to Finn taking Grandma to many other appointments and meetings. Finn gets frustrated that family isn't looking after this elderly woman and tries repeatedly to get a hold of Sydney to let her know that there are issues. Grandma's biggest wish is that Sydney would find a nice man and be able to celebrate Christmas with him. 

I enjoyed the book - good writing and it kept me wanting to find out how it was going to end. The book is predictable in that you know who is going to end up together but the journey to the end is fun.
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“Catching Christmas” by Terri Blackstock was such a refreshing sweet holiday read. It is a romance, but more than the romantic component of the novel, it’s a story about unlikely friendships and family.  I will continue to recommend we bring this gem of a holiday story in each year to provide some levity and good cheer leading up to and through the holiday season.
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Looking for a typical Terri Blackstock novel? Well, you’ve found one. Just replace the suspense with Christmas, and read away. Although, this isn’t your typical romantic-comedy Christmas; this one is about real life situations.

The story is told from two different points-of-view. Finn and Sydney are quite lovable characters, as is Miss Callie. I can picture several grandmas that would try to set their granddaughter up at Christmas. I do not know of any granddaughters that would hire a cab to take their grandma to the doctor though. And, I certainly have never heard of a cab driver staying to wait on the grandma without being asked to. It either shows that there are really good people out there that we just don’t stop to recognize, or we wish there were. In my opinion, there are great people out there and we just fail to see the good they do.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of long chapters. I find myself counting the pages until the next chapter, and I don’t tell myself just one more chapter. But, Terri (I hope she doesn’t mind me just calling her by her first name) keeps these chapters short. You can “just one more chapter” yourself through the whole book rather quickly. That’s good and that’s bad. Good because you found out how it ends, and bad because it ends.

I’ve been trying to figure out who should play Miss Callie in a Hallmark Movie version of this book. Any ideas? I really think they should make a movie out of it.

Spoiler Alert, if you can call it that: There is a happy ending. The only thing sad about this book is that you have to leave the characters behind.
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Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock was a simple, sweet, fun read.  I have many patrons who will enjoy this book.  Overall, I like Blackstock's books.
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I have NEVER been disappointed with a book by Terri Blackstock and this one was no exception! Admittedly, it is very different from her usual style, however, it drew me into the story immediately and appealed to the ultimate reason for Christmas, Christ's birth , love and forgiveness. This rather light hearted romance touches on some aspects of life that are difficult to deal with any time, let alone during the Christmas season. Ageing is a process that none of can escape. The effects, often very sad,  which were so eloquently described in this tale, touched me deeply. It reminded me to approach every day as a gift to be enjoyed. 

The characters are vividly and realistically described , so well in fact, that the reader is immediately drawn into their lives. Being able to identify with them so easily makes a perfect story. Family relationships are rarely simple with which to deal , as the lives of two young people  and one elderly lady clearly shows us. Both Sydney and Finn are overcome with guilt  over the neglect of loved ones. I think each one of us can identify with that. Can we ever do enough for those we care for the most?? 

The plot moves at a steady pace with just enough twists and turns to keep a reader glued to the page! Some unexpected events caused me to panic, other times, I had to giggle. 

A great easy to read book for the Christmas season!! Makes one think of what our real priorities in life should be!!

This book was received from the author and Celebrate Lit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
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Loved this Christmas story...A feel good kind of book...One to savor the Christmas season for the upcoming cold months of winter. Enjoy it.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I often hear praise for Terri Blackstock on the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction Facebook group. So naturally, when I came upon catching Christmas on Netgalley, I immediately requested a copy of it to read and review.

Catching Christmas is a beautifully written book.  The story is written from the POV of 2 main characters, Sydney and Finn. Both of whom have equally interesting lives that keep you captivated and in want of reading more and more.

I was surprised at the mention of "mountain top" experiences as I recently read a book dedicated to exactly that - Mountaintop Experiences.

This is a truly heartwarming, sweet and funny story.

If you are a fan of Leota's Garden written by Francine Rivers, you will love this book! I was reminded often of that story as I was going through Finn's journey with Callie.

I am so excited to have gotten this chance to read one of Terri Blackstock's books and I look forward to more opportunities in the future. Thank you, Terri. And thank you, Thomas Nelson.
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Oh, my! How can I do this story justice?

I did not know what I wanted to do with Finn Parish, a cab driver fighting the Uber takeover. The beginning did not disclose this seemingly anti-hero’s character. I wanted to shake him, read him the riot act and scream at him, “Have a little compassion, man!!!” 

I sympathized and was also frustrated with Sydney Batson. Seriously, how many women, even single women, juggle with trying to do too much while riddled with guilt? Nonetheless, there are responsibilities that can’t and shouldn’t be dropped!

Then, my goodness, there was the unflappable, thoroughly loveable and genial Miss Callie! How I loved this beautiful woman, grandmother to Sydney. Her wisdom and Godliness resonated throughout the entire story.
Catching Christmas is not your typical Terri Blackstock novel. I truly wasn’t sure what to expect as Blackstock’s books are usually in the faith-filled suspense, thriller genre. However, Catching Christmas focuses on the days before, and leading up to Christmas from three very unique perspectives. 

I treasure Catching Christmas, a book I will read and relish for years to come and not only during the Christmas season.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and NetGalley However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
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