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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451468376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451468376
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heath Sawyer, a headlining country-music star, has been on the road and avoiding his family for six months. Now, two days before Christmas, he’s just finished his tour with a big concert in New York City and suddenly decides it’s time to return to the fold, at least for the holiday. With rough weather looming in the Midwest, though, getting there turns out to be a challenge. Stranded in a snow-bound Chicago on Christmas Eve, Heath shares a cab to the hotel with Cara, a woman he met at the airport, and that’s where their journey begins. From canceled flights to derailed trains and finally driving through a snowstorm, this book resembles nothing so much as a romantic retelling of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Heath’s heavy drinking and sometimes childish narcissism are an odd match for Cara’s teetotaling, upright tendencies, and their story is a humorous litany of stereotypes and clichéd, introspective moments. Light on depth but heavy on warmth, this Christmas tale will appeal especially to country-music fans looking for a feel-good read. --Cortney Ophoff

About the Author

Dorothy Shackleford is the mother of country music megastar Blake Shelton. She has written dozens of songs over the past twenty years, including several collaborations with Shelton like “Time for Me to Come Home.” She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Mike.

Travis Thrasher is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, including collaborations with musicians like Jimmy Wayne and Thompson Square. He lives with his wife and three daughters near Chicago.

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Customer Reviews

The story was very well written and enjoyable.
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The book was very well written lovely to read although it is a Christmas book I would recommend it to anyone whatever time of the year it is will warm your heart.
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I started reading it and couldn't put it down til I finished!!!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By W C Bauers on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In the spirit of full disclosure, I work for the publisher and read this in manuscript form. And, I know the co-author too - great guy by the way. And a great writer.

The storyline follows a fiction country superstar named Heath Sawyer who's running from his past by self-medicating (alcohol - for the entire book). Thrasher's novel delicately walks that fine line between casting Sawyer as a sympatheic character while honestly depicting his "punch-drunk" approach to life. In this regard Thrasher nails it. One page I'm cringing at Sawyer's behavior, and the next cheering him on.

Enter a feisty young woman who's fleeing her own demons, and an unlikely run-in at the airport, and...you'll just have to take it from there.

The airport set-up is a bit predictable (well - not totally, the unlikely encounter between Sawyer and the young woman might be the best run-in ever), but the story unfolds in a completely satisfying way. And there's a larger takeaway too: we all are broken and sometimes the only way to heal is to turn around and go home.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By robin byrd on October 29, 2013
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I received the book the morning from a pre-order. I started reading it and couldn't put it down til I finished!!! I loved the book. It was a feel good book with funny and sad moments. It shows the strength of a mother's love for her children and a young man's struggles of dealing with the death of his father and his struggles of life in general. Dorothy reaches out and touches the hearts of the readers. I say it is a must read for the Christmas season!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darlene M. Dakessian on November 2, 2013
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Every year around this time I look for new Christmas stories to read, and reread - this will be one I save to reread every year :) especially the vignettes before each chapter - brought a few tears for sure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy kimmel on November 9, 2013
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I would recommend this book to everyone. it was definitely one of those that you could just keep on reading. I didn't put it down and when I got to the 99% on my kindle I was sad it was ending. Excellent book, one I will read over and over....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 6, 2013
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I think what I loved the most was envisioning the author's son as I read. No matter what the reader's age or the genre of your favorite music, the charm and innate allure of the main character brings it home. Thanks for sharing him with us in a uniquely intimate way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on October 30, 2013
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I read this in a few hours. And why is it when i read Heath i heard Blake. I laughed and cried. Best Christmas story ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daecia on November 1, 2013
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I live this book in every way possible. So much meaning, so much depth. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! It brings you back to the reality of the true meaning of life. I love Blake Shelton and this book proves that he takes right after his mother! Great job Dorothy and Travis at writing such a great book that I read in less than a day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Tharp on November 1, 2013
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Heath trying to get home for the holidays & keeps running into problems. But his since of humor & newly traveling companion who has no idea who he is, makes this a light hearted that I finished in 1 day. must read.
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