Catching Christmas

Catching Christmas

eBook - 2018
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This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time! As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year's if she loses her current case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she's in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic. The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can't say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn's biggest concern now is paying his rent, but half the time Callie doesn't remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild-goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter. When Finn meets Sydney, he's quite sure she's never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He's willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie's Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.
Publisher: [United States] : Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2018.
ISBN: 9780310351733
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Dec 28, 2019

Loved this book. Made me laugh and cry. Also, Terri Blackstock inspired me to want to look up the Bible verses quoted in the book, AND I didn’t know that Yale University offered a course in the science of happiness to the public! How interesting!

Dec 26, 2019

As Christmas novellas go, this one was really good.

Dec 04, 2019

Like eating sweet and salty together, this timely Christmas story has a palate-pleasing balance to ward of a sugar high. When a taxi-driving, Uber-hating, former chef (Finn) gets a call to pick up a woman in a wheelchair (Callie) and take her to the doctor -- we fall in love. Callie is sentimental, bossy, a bit manipulative, and forgetful; but she has a plan and it revolves around her dear granddaughter, Sydney. Finn at first tries to avoid driving Callie around, but is soon finding himself irresistibly drawn to her and her simple faith. Told in alternating POV of Finn and Sydney. I can see why this was a Christie Award winner last year. Fans of Richard Paul Evans will also enjoy this standalone from Terri Blackstock.

Aug 31, 2019

Very fresh approach to a a lot of novels, the perspective changes from the man to the woman, usually every chapter...what was different is that the man actually seemed to "talk internally" (aka "think") like a man in his situation and position of faith. (He is a chef turned taxi driver.) Another difference is that he isn't almost perfect/ideal, as in a typical romance--he's just a regular guy, fallen on tough times after his restaurant failed, but who has a good heart.

I thought the book was extremely enjoyable. Both characters come back to faith in what appears to be a natural and realistic way through the course of the novel. The woman's job seemed a little "over the top" inflexible and driven to profit, but since I've never been a first year lawyer, perhaps it was realistic. The book also has a definite moral, but is so well integrated into a very satisfying end to the novel that it doesn't fall into being moralistic or didactic. This writer is extremely talented.

Apr 11, 2019

Yep, it's late January 2019 and I'm still catching up on my Christmas reading starting with 'Catching Christmas'!

'Catching Christmas' is a sweet little book that will make you laugh out loud by the very determined elderly Callie. It's a book of courage, faith and redemption.

I enjoyed 'Catching Christmas' and was so eager for 'what happens next' that I probably read it too fast, in under the time it took my husband to watch a movie.

'Catching Christmas' is the first book I've read from Terri Blackstock since Seaside in 2001. I'm so glad I read them both.

Kim Potter
Dec 24, 2018

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock is a Christmas short story. Sydney Batson is a first-year law associate with a pressing court case. So, when her grandmother needs to go to the doctor, she arranges for a cab to take her, since she can’t leave court. Flynn Parrish responds to a call never expecting to pick up a sick, little old lady with dementia. As Flynn drives Carrie around on her errands he begins to care about her. Carrie’s greatest Christmas wish is for her granddaughter to be happy. This was such a sweet story. The only draw back was that it was written in first person; and skipped back and forth between Sydney and Flynn too often. The story-line caught your attention and held it throughout. Never forget the people in your life. Take care of them, spend time with them. Just be there for them. One day you may find that they are no longer here on earth and you don’t want to have any regrets. Make each day count.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.

Dec 15, 2018

terri writes a good story every time, great novella


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