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Christmas Letters Hardcover – September 19, 2006

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From Publishers Weekly

Katherine O'Connor, a Seattle medical transcriptionist, has a booming sideline business, writing other people's Christmas letters. A run-in with Dr. Wynn Jeffries, however,ruins her holiday cheer. Katherine's sister is a devotee of Jeffries's Free Child movement, advocating "no boundaries for kids," a technique that has turned Katherine's into terrors. Jeffries just happens to live in Katherine's building, and their debate over parenting technique turns predictably, if perplexingly, to lust. Sticky with sentimentality, Macomber's latest is a fine companion to a glass of eggnog, but don't expect sustenance. (Oct.)
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Similar in format to Keys to the Imagination [BKL F 1 06], a previous StoryWatchers Club episode, this title features Christmas stories. Kevin Condi relays the story of Marie in "A Gift for Santa," and Christine Petrell Kallevig uses paper folding to enhance "Home for Christmas," a nineteenth-century immigrant tale of unselfishness. Mary Jo Huff humorously relays that Santa is under the weather in "Christmas Is Cancelled," while Michael R. Kasony-O'Malley concludes with a recitation of "The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg," a participation tale that takes an original view of the first Christmas tree. A multicultural group of puppet friends leads viewers into the stories and helps segue into the next tale. There are some studio-audience shots, but the main focus is on the storytellers. Suggested for holiday and storytelling collections. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Library ed edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778323498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778323495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Twenty-eight-year-old Katherine "K.O." O'Connor, adores the holidays on Seattle's Blossom Street. She spends her mornings lounging at the French Cafe, a peppermint mocha and bran muffin seated in front of her, and clicks away on her laptop, creating Christmas letters for the hurried and harried who have no time to write their own. It may seem like a crazy job, but it gives K.O. pleasure knowing that she's helping people out around the holidays, and gives her a chance to get away from her never-ending job hunt and medical transcription wonderland. However, when K.O. finds out that her younger sister has decided to boycott Christmas, and bury Santa under the sleigh, ending all of her lifetime holiday traditions and creating a horrible holiday atmosphere for her twin daughters, all because of a ridiculous child-rearing book written by Dr. Wynn Jeffries, K.O. gets angry. She feels that Dr. Jeffries is a pretentious quack, and finds his theories borderline insane. But when she comes face to face with the doctor of the hour, K.O.'s opinions quickly begin changing. Suddenly she realizes that the man who seems so evil on paper, is actually quite a warm-hearted fellow, who just happens to be quite easy on the eyes and absolutely irresistible. Oddly enough, Wynn finds K.O. just as irresistible. But when the two of them see just how much they disagree with one another, and realize that their personalities and beliefs are, quite frankly, on two different sides of the hemisphere, K.O. and Wynn begin to question whether or not their feelings for one another will make it through the holidays, or be shelved with the decorations come January.

I suppose I should admit that I'm a sucker for holiday romances, especially those that mention quaint cafes, fallen snow, and presents galore.
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Format: Hardcover
Katherine O'Connor loves Christmas. So much so that she has turned her ability to write charming Christmas letters into a second job. Understandably, she gets upset when she hears her sister is forgoing severing holiday traditions based on a book by Dr. Wynn Jeffries about child rearing. Katherine thinks the book and the doctor's theories are laughable. However, when she comes face to face with the man, she finds him to be much different than she expected. He's irresistible, and he thinks she is, too. Can these two find enough middle ground, or are they too different for love to triumph?

As always, Debbie Macomber writes vivid and heartwarming characters. Katherine is smart and spirited. Wynn has a sense of humor and a strong sense of self. Most wonderful, perhaps, are the secondary characters. The eccentric LaVonne and the aging hippie Max are funny and charming. All together, they create a fabulous world for this story to unfold.

The love story between Katherine and Wynn is quite engaging. Debbie Macomber fans will love the romantic settings and witty dialogue. However, due to the shortened length of this book, the resolution of the conflict is abbreviated and a bit unrealistic. Also due to the length, the entertaining secondary characters are lost in the final chapters. Because Ms. Macomber created such compelling characters, it is understandable the reader would feel cheated not seeing the resolution to their storylines. Still, fans of romance and Ms. Macomber's stories will love this book and will cheer for Katherine and Wynn to overcome the odds and find their happy ending.

Reviewed by Joelle Charbonneau-Blanco

9/28/2006
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Format: Hardcover
Her sister Zelda knows that Katherine "K.O." O'Connor has a full plate. Besides working as a medical transcriber and searching for a better job, K.O. writes Christmas letters for other people. Z knows K.O. is so good, her side business at the French café on Blossom Street in Seattle is booming.

Famous child psychologist Dr. Wynn Jeffries thinks Christmas is a commercial lie. He believes kids should know the truth about Santa. K.O. thinks otherwise and that kids should have some whimsy in their life. He got her tossed out of a local bookstore and now wants her removed from the French Café though he admits to himself he enjoys their debates over his "Free Child" methodology. She accuses him of being Dr. Frankenstein causing the change in her formerly precocious angelic nieces into cold monsters so she wonders why she cherishes their arguments.

This is a fun holiday romance as Debbie Macomber warms the hearts of her readers with this fine Christmas cheer. The two lead combatants make for a nice coupling as she really believes in the magic of the holiday while he literally writes if off as a bah humbug waste of parenting. Fans will enjoy how these beloved enemies find the way to each other's heart.

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Katherine O'Connor, commonly called K.O., has a lucrative Christmas letter writing sideline. During an interview with one of her clients, she sees someone she has never met yet thoroughly despises: Dr. Wynn Jeffries, author of the child-rearing book that K.O.'s sister Zelda considers a bible. K.O. disagrees with the "no rules" theory of the book and believes it is responsible for turning her lovely five-year-old twin nieces into terrors. Why is the author here on Seattle's Blossom Street?

Resolved to let Dr. Jeffries know how much she opposes his book, K.O. follows him. She is incredulous to discover him entering her own condo building. K.O.'s friend and neighbor, LaVonne, informs her that Dr. Jeffries has lived in the penthouse of the building as long as K.O. has lived in her own tiny condo. She is not surprised to hear that he is single and childless; only a non-parent could come up with such a skewed view of parenting.

K.O. calls to tell Zelda that she and Dr. Jeffries are neighbors. She grows angrier toward him when she learns that Zelda and her husband are taking his advice to downplay Christmas. They'll have no tree and no Santa for the children. K.O. once again vows to discuss Dr. Jeffries's philosophy with him --- after she attains an autograph for her sister at Zelda's insistence. However, when she does confront the author at the neighborhood coffee shop, she loses her cool and scolds him so loudly that he flees.

LaVonne invites K.O. to a party where she finds that the only other guest happens to be Wynn Jeffries (who is visibly appalled to see her). LaVonne informs them that she's seen their future --- first in kitty litter, then in her bowl of Raisin Bran --- and that they are destined to fall in love. K.O.
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