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The Christmas Spirit by [Buchanan, Susan]
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  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Buchanan (November 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZ8P9B6
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Susan Buchanan (The Dating Game, Sign of the Times) has done it again. She's crafted a heartwarming story about Natalie, who comes to a small Scottish village to run the local bakery, the Sugar and Spice, while the owner is away having surgery.

Ms Buchanan skillfully weaves in the stories of widowed Stanley, still grieving the loss of his wife, along with Meredith, a hard - and hard-driven - businesswoman, and her hapless assistant, Sophie. Then there is Jacob, who's unable to find a job until Natalie takes him on at the bakery.

This is a multi- layered, feel good book that left me smiling when I finished it. Highly recommended.
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I read Susan Buchanan’s new novella while experiencing a bad case of the winter doldrums, and it was just the sort of hopeful, heartwarming tale I needed to boost my spirits. I closed my Kindle with a smile on my face after finishing The Christmas Spirit and felt like my time had been well spent with the diverse and fascinating group of characters populating it. This ensemble is led by the cheerful and magnanimous Natalie Hope who steps in to run a bakery in small-town Scotland when its owner needs to take a medical leave. In her own special (one might even say “magical”) way, Natalie touches the lives of many who frequent the Sugar and Spice.

Finding a reason to go on after a devastating loss, finding your place in the world, finding the right person, learning how to embrace change, rediscovering what’s really important – these are all themes in The Christmas Spirit, and I have to give major kudos to the author for doing such an impressive job of weaving her character’s stories together. If I had to pick one, I’d say that elderly widower Stanley’s story affected me the most. He was such a sweet man and I wanted so badly for him to be happy, so it was really lovely to see him find a new lease on life. It was, also, nice to see the turnaround of the grinchy Meredith character. She was in dire need of an attitude adjustment at the beginning of the novella and I wasn’t sure how that would come about, but it did in a very organic and believable way.

Don’t feel like you have to wait until the holidays to read this delightful, beautifully crafted novella. I think it’s one that will have meaning and bring joy year-round!

I received a copy of The Christmas Spirit in exchange for an honest review.
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Natalie Hope arrives in Winstanton to take over the management of a small café from its recovering owner close to Christmas, and her presence in the store has a positive effect upon the patrons of the shop.

This is an enchanting multi-character story which moves easily from one set of characters to the next, and finds them in interesting situations. The centerpiece of the story, Natalie, is wise but never schmaltzy, and sets the solemn yet joyful tone for the story, with hard-nosed Meredith being another standout character. A book that can be read at any time of the year due to its universal theme of people seeking happiness in their lives, THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT is a great read.
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A mysterious stranger comes to town, opens a food shop and everyone's life changes. Heard that before? Well, maybe I have but THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT puts a different take on it. This is not Lansquenet and it's not chocolate - it's Winstanton and it's The Sugar and Spice Bakery but the message is the same.
The stranger in this case is Natalie Hope, the true significance of whose name will eventually become apparent. Her mission is to bring joy and understanding to the people of Winstanton and her weapon of choice is cake. She is a Fairy Godmother if you like, but this is no pantomime as the author seeks to raise some serious issues - not everyone is looking forward to the festive season for various reasons. The most challenging of these is Meredith (Ms Buchanan's personal version of Scrooge) and it's how Natalie will manage to bring her and the rest of her flock round that keeps us reading - that, and who Natalie really is.
But all will be revealed and Ms Buchanan does a fine job in juggling her array of characters right up until the very end with the dexterity of one well versed in the complexity of modern relationships. Fortunately, this soap opera has a happy ending and we learn a valuable lesson - food and goodwill can transform.
But isn't that what Christmas is all about?
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Young Jacob cannot seem to find a job despite having graduated with honors; Rebecca was just dumped by her long-term boyfriend right before Christmas; Stanley is mourning his wife of forty-something years; Sophie is working herself ragged for her nightmare boss, Meredith; and Meredith is the epitome of The Grinch. What they all have in common is the Sugar and Spice bakery and its temporary manager Natalie. Natalie has arrived just in time to bring the spirit of Christmas to their lives.

Although I am Jewish, I can appreciate a good Christmas story. In fact, I have been riveted to my television screen watching holiday movies on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels for the past several weeks. Just like these movies, The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan left me all warm and fuzzy! I enjoyed all of the sub-plots in the book and choked up on several occasions, especially over the "Stanley" story. The entire book was incredibly heartwarming and the conclusion immensely satisfying. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to bask in the Christmas season or perhaps needs some help getting into the spirit. I guarantee The Christmas Spirit will put the Christmas spirit into your hearts and minds.

The author provided me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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