Terri BlackstockThomas Nelson / 2018 / HardcoverOur Price$13.494.5 out of 5 stars for Catching Christmas. View reviews of this product. 68 Reviews
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TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Can they help an elderly woman get her Christmas wish?December 30, 2018TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5To say that I am only used to Terri Blackstock's suspense novels would be an understatement. I had NO idea that she ever stepped out of that genre. But, when I saw that she was the author of Catching Christmas I thought I would take the chance and step out of my usual limit on reading only a select few holiday-themed books during the season. I'm glad I did.
Catching Christmas is sweet, funny, poignant, and a bit of a tear-jerker. Believe me, you'll run the gamut of emotions at the hands of Terri Blackstock's delightful characters. And if you've ever loved someone with dementia etc. this book will be particularly touching.
The characters in this book are truly something else. I fell in love with the blunt wanna-be-gruff-but-is-really-a-softy Finn right away. Sidney took me a little longer to warm up to but just about anyone can understand the sheer pressure of caring for an elderly relative while trying to hold down a demanding full-time job. And then there's Callie, your heart just goes out to her as she faces declining health while trying to remember "where are my manners?" She's a sweet lady with a faith as big as the ocean, a faith that reaches out and touches the granddaughter she loves and the hurting cabbie she takes into her heart.
Catching Christmas is a fairly quick read but it's a story that will linger long after the wrapping paper has been thrown away and the twinkle lights have been put away for another year...
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fresh, poignant and entertainingDecember 29, 2018Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleCatching Christmas is a beautiful and awesome read for the Christmas season or anytime, for that matter, because it's message of hope and redemption knows no season. Terri Blackstock has written a gem of a book quirky, emotional, romantic, and downright funny at times and totally different from anything I could have ever expected. Jesus is clearly seen in this story.
"Callie has made herself a daily fixture in my life. She's like gum on the bottom of my shoe. There's no way to get it off without making a mess." (Finn)
Catching Christmas revolves around three characters: Sydney, a young lady with a stress filled, thankless job at a cutthroat law firm; Finn, the reluctant hero, a gourmet chef turned taxicab driver; and Callie, Sydney's grandmother. Callie is the heart and soul of this story, and when Finn responded to the dispatcher's call that sent him to Callie's home, there's no way he could have anticipated what a pivotal moment in his life that would be.
In the hands of Blackstock's skilled writing, a story that has the potential to be sad doesn't come across that way at all. There's a good balance between humor and poignancy, with some delightfully funny moments such as the day Finn took Callie shopping.
"I feel like I'm getting to know Callie's Jesus a little better, even though I'm doing all the talking. But he speaks volumes in the way he listens." (Finn)
An anonymous quote that I've frequently heard so aptly applies to Callie: "Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words." Catching Christmas reminds us of what's most important in life, the value of savoring relationships, and of the far-reaching testimony our everyday interactions with people can have.
Normally a writer of suspense, this is Blackstock's first Christmas story, and I hope many more will follow. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5inspiringDecember 27, 2018ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Catching Christmas
What a wonderful story. It was such a blessing to read this book. It is in first person and sometimes that makes a book confusing. This one was not. Each chapter had the character name at the beginning, which I definitely appreciated.
Callie, Finn and Sydney were all special characters. Finn is a cab driver, who meets Callie when her granddaughter arranges for a cab to take her to the doctor. I so enjoyed Callie, she was determined to find someone for Sydney. Callie said exactly what pops into her head. Sydney is trying her best to keep her job but has lot to learn. Then there is Finn, I think a lot of people can relate to him.
I always wandered how the title of the book comes from. If you read the book, you will figure it out like I did. This is definitely one of those books that will stay with me.
I received an complementary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet and Inspiring!December 27, 2018ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I truly loved this book! Catching Christmas is a sweet story that reminds us of the importance of family, the necessity for faith and the comfort that comes from believing in God. The characters are also very believable. There is Callie, an adorable, elderly woman who grabbed my heart from the beginning with her desire to find someone that her granddaughter can lean on once she is gone. Her granddaughter Sydney Batson is challenged by being a first-year law associate in danger of losing her job and trying to find time to care for her very ill Grammy. And, of course, there is Finn Patrick. Finn is a once-successful chef who is now a cab driver and he reluctantly gets caught up in Callie's efforts to find that perfect man for Sydney. Finn could almost be labeled a Scrooge until you realize that he has a heart of gold. As hard as he tries to keep from getting involved, as much as he wants to move away from the situation, he can't because Callie is such a special person!
There is humor in Catching Christmas and Callie is like many older people who have no filters on their speech and reactions. As I was reading it, I made some notes about some of the funny sayings that Callie utters and some of her insightful thoughts on religion and I named them "Callieisms". I was right on track because eventually, near the end of the book, the word "Callieisms" is actually mentioned in the plot. Callie is very ill and she struggles with dementia but readers are very aware of Callie's deep faith. In one episode Finn mentions that Callie seems to be talking to Jesus and Sydney replies "She loves Jesus and she talks to him a lot, right out loud. She did this even before she had this...confusion." Callie herself shares that "I can just imagine Heaven being a mountaintop experience every day...every hour, just as much as you can stand, till your heart just can't hold anymore." Oh, to be as wise and as devout as Callie!
Callie wants to give Sydney the perfect Christmas and it is heartwarming to watch Finn as he finally decides that Christmas is worth having. I believe that Terri Blackstock has perfectly captured his reluctance and ultimately, his acceptance of the true meaning of Christmas.
Catching Christmas is the perfect book for the Christmas season. If you read it before Christmas it will help you get in the Christmas spirit; if you read it after Christmas it will help you prolong your Christmas holiday! I recommend it to all who enjoy a faith-filled story filled with romance and the spirit of Christmas.
I received a complementary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but my review is voluntary and these are my honest opinions.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A delightful Christmas taleDecember 27, 2018ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock is a fabulous feel-good story with humor and romance. I absolutely loved it. Finn is funny and so relatable. What woman wouldn't fall for a guy who is kind and generous to an elderly woman suffering from dementia? Sydney is such a sweet woman doing her best to just keep up with the demands of work and elderly caregiving. Best of all, Miss Callie is so lovable I felt like I could reach through the pages to touch her. Such an amazing story of expectations turning into blessings unimaginable. Terri Blackstock never fails to deliver a great book and Catching Christmas is a perfect example of that.
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