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The Last Noel (Import HB) Hardcover – October 16, 2007
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The O'Boyle family wants to spend one more Christmas together at their house in the mountains. The children are all growing up and before long will want to spend the holidays elsewhere. While Skyler is trying to make it a holiday to remember for her husband and children, danger is about to find them.
Not too far away, a robbery gone awry leaves the store owner dead and the felons escaping through the mountains, until their car crashes in a snow drift, stranding them within sight of the O'Boyle home. With a nor'easter blowing in, the felons seek refuge at the O'Boyle home, and thus usher the holidays in with terror.
Guns trained on her family, Skyler hopes and prays her family will find their way out of this living nightmare. Their only hope, daughter Kat has managed to escape and seeking help. But with the storm growing worse, will she be able to get to help in time? Or will this be The Last Noel for the O'Boyle family?
The Last Noel delves deeply into the bonds of family. Here we have a family that has grown distant from each other and has lost the true meaning of Christmas. No one except Skyler really wants to be there and some family members can barely get along. When their holiday getaway is invaded by criminals with a knack for terrorizing, the O'Boyle family learns the only way they'll make it out alive is if they remember what being a family really means and work together to erase the nightmare.
Surprisingly, the villains in the story add significantly to the story. Granted, one of them drove me out of my mind he was so darned annoying, but I actually found myself feeling sorry for, and liking one of them, Scooter, by the end of the story.Read more ›
The Last Noel was a page-turner from page #1. Each page was suspense laden...you could almost cut the tension with a knife as the hostage scenario played out. And through to the end, the story was well-written and thought out.
I think I'll check out more of her books in the future, as this one gets a thumbs up from me!
Kat is an extremely annoying and stupid young woman. At first the bad guys don't know she's in the house because she is able to hide when they break in. However, while the family engages in singing Christmas carols around the piano (they're not going to let men with guns spoil their Christmas, remember?) she sits up on the second floor landing and listens with tears running down her face. When her former boyfriend is brought into the house, injured with a concussion, she sneaks down the stairs to talk to him when everybody is out of the room. She moons around over his adopting a life of crime and sulks about it. She could have left when the family was singing Christmas carols as that would have covered up the noise but she was too busy crying on the landing. There were several other opportunities for her to leave, but she didn't avail herself of them-- the excuse being that it would be too dangerous for her to go out in the blizzard, and there was nowhere nearby she could go for help. Wuss!Read more ›
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The Last Noel was a great Christmas suspense. It is easy to find Christmas romances, but not as easy to find other genres. Right from the start The Last Noel drew me in. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Jen R
This book is definitely worth reading. I love mysteries the most and this one keeps you on the edge through the entire story. Try it out. I'm sure you will enjoy itPublished on November 25, 2013 by Sheila Manioci
I would love to read more of Heather Graham, but I wont. I don't understand why a good author has to use the f-bomb. It ruined a very good story. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by judiq
A family's love gets them through a hostage situation gone awry at Christmas Eve, with love, courage, savvy police work, and Uncle Paddy saving them in the end. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by SoCal Gigi
What can I say, Heather Graham is a master story teller and continues to create stories that keep you captivated.Published on June 1, 2013 by MaggieE.
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