Catching Christmas & An Ornament Swap

To catch the real meaning
of the Spirit of Christmas,
we need only drop the last syllable
and it becomes
the Spirit of Christ.
- - Thomas Monson - -

A very happy day to you, my friends!
The holidays are quickly approaching
and what better way to bring them in
than to curl up with a sweet Christmas novel.
I have always had a soft spot for Christmas books
and during the holiday season I make it a point
to read one. . .two. . .or five.
Catching Christmas is my first holiday read this year
and oh, what a delightful book!

Before I jump into the book review,
I want to mention that I am going to host a
Christmas Ornament Swap.
You can find the details at the end of this post.

Catching Christmas

As a first-year law associate, 
Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year's 
if she loses her current court case. 
So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she's in court, 
Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.
The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants 
is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. 
But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, 
whom he failed miserably in her last days, 
he can't say no when she keeps calling him for rides. 
Once a successful gourmet chef, 
Finn's biggest concern now is making his rent, 
but half the time Callie doesn't remember to pay him. 
And as she starts to feel better, 
she leads him on wild goose chases 
to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.
When Finn meets Sydney, 
he's quite sure that she's never needed help finding a date. 
Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, 
or is this just a mission driven by delusions? 
He's willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie's Christmas wish. 
He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

My Thoughts
Catching Christmas is one of those
sweet, warm and fuzzy, feel-good book's. . .
it's the kind that makes you smile, laugh, and yes, cry.

Each character is simply precious,
and Callie. . .
well, Callie will wiggle herself into the reader's heart
from the very start.
Her sense of humor and outlook on life
will touch your heart, my friends.
This book is just the thing to get you in to the Christmas spirit.
Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows,
grab a soft blanket, curl up by a window in the sunshine,
open Catching Christmas and begin reading. . .
you will not be disappointed, sweet friends.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book 
from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide
and is a New York Times bestselling author.
She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall,
as well as the Moonlighters, Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911,
Suncoast Chronicles, and Restoration series.
Learn more at www.terriblackstock.com 

And now onto the Christmas Ornament Swap. . .
my dear friend, Vicky from Life On Willie Mae Lane,
used to host a delightful ornament swap
and it was always a joy to participate.
Unfortunately, she stopped hosting it a few years ago.
Since I loved it so much
I thought I would host one this Christmas season.

Registration will begin on this Thursday the 15th
and will end on Monday the 19th.

The rules are easy peasy, my friends. . .
simply send a Christmas ornament,
and extra little "Christmasy" something
to the lady I pair you up with.
This swap is open to bloggers and non-bloggers
so that means you do not have to have a blog in order to participate.
Also, the swap is only open to USA and CANADA residents.
I am truly sorry to limit it like this,
but I feel I must at this time.

I will have more details on Thursday
when the registration opens.
I hope you are able to join the fun.

Have a beautiful day
and I will "see" you on Thursday!

* * * * *

Also, don't forget
to enjoy 15% off your order plus free shipping
at Rose Petal Blessings.
Use coupon code
when you check out.
This offer is good until this coming Friday, the 16th.


Regina said...

Oh this sounds like so much fun! I participated in an ornament exchange way back in 2003 and I still have them. Looking forward to all the details on Thursday.

Elizabethd said...

I once did an ornament swap and would love to do it again if its open to UK readers?

Debbie Harris said...

Oooh...I would love to participate in your ornament swap!!
Looking forward to the details, and I as well as you, sure enjoyed Vickie's exchange.
This book sounds like a good read for sure. :)

Have a great day~

Chris Lally said...

Thanks for the great review, Stephanie. Sounds like a perfect book to enjoy this Christmas.
Looking forward to the ornament swap, too! Thank you for hosting!!

NanaDiana said...

That sounds like a good book, Stephanie!

I think the ornament exchange will be fun. I will be looking forward to seeing what everyone gets/gives. xo Diana

Sylvia said...

Looks like your kitty likes cocoa with marshmallows too!
The book sounds interesting.

Jill said...

Christmas books are the best.... just love this time of the year. That's exactly what my cat would be doing to my cup of chocolate too, lol. Have a wonderful afternoon!


Tamago said...

It sounds like a great read for Christmas!
How wonderful you are going to host the ornament swap. I'm sure lot of friends will participate :-)

mamasmercantile said...

Certainly sounds like a good read. I have been blessed this year with a gift from a fellow blogger of Christmas books but I have made a note for another year.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am excited to join! Also, the book looks like a great read! Look forward to Thursday to sign up! Jo

Mari said...

I like Terri Blackstock books and this sounds like a good one!

Debby Ray said...

Oh this surely sounds like fun...I have never been part of the ornament exchange! Looking forward to signing up on Thursday!

Wandering Wren said...

That book looks great! And we absolutely all need lots of warm, fuzzy feel goods in our lives... which is a perfect lead in to your Christmas ornament exchange. So sweet of you to have organised this for everyone. Of course, we understand limiting it to US and Canada, remember how tricky it was getting tea into Thailand haha?!
It is a very cute picture with the cat and the marshmallows! Oh you have me happy for Christmas already.
Wren x

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

must be joyful to have ornament exchanges.
have a great day

Lorrie said...

I've started reading Christmas novels, too. I finished The Mistletoe Promise and The Mistletoe Inn, both by Richard Paul Evans, and Giovanni's Light by Phyllis Theroux. I'd recommend them all.

Debbie said...

you are so kind to do these swaps that you do...they must be so much work at a very busy time!! i am not a reader but i really enjoy christmas movies!!

Gina said...

Thank you so much for hosting this, Stephanie! I am definitely going to sign up! ♥

Denise :) said...

Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors, and during the holiday season, all my fiction reading turns to Christmas-themed reading, so I'll be sure to add this one to my list! I'm excited about the ornament exchange! I can't wait ... yay!! ♥ :)

Anne Payne said...

Big fan of Terri Blackstock here! Glad to see a review for this book since I didn't know she had written a Christmas story :)

I wish I had known about the swap earlier. I already signed up to do one through one of the authors I promo for. Maybe next time. I know y'all will have fun!!!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Terri Blackstock is one of my very favourite authors so I will be searching for a copy of this book! Thank you. Ornie swap - hmmmmm......

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks for the review, it sounds a perfect book to enjoy this Christmas.

All the best Jan

krishna said...

That is exciting!

~ maria ~ said...

Oh stephanie, so looking forward to the swap🙂

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely ornament in your picture :)

Kerin said...

What a lovely quote from Presiden Monson, and how spot on it is!
I love when folks say, "Merry Christmas", and include Christ in their wishes and thoughts at this time of year :)

Thanks for the book review. I am still working on my stack of 'winter reading' books and enjoy curling up with a good book on these crisp and chilly days.

Best of luck with your swap. I won't participate, as I have a pretty jam-packed season ahead of me, but I love that you're so generous to offer a swap to those that want to participate! You're a wonderful lady!

Have a cozy day.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

The book looks perfect to curl up and read on these cold winter days. Perfect for a Christmas present too. I remember when Vicky used to do the ornament exchange and nice of you to host your own. I can’t participate but I will enjoy looking at the ornaments everyone receives.
Enjoy the rest of the week and weekend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

Red Rose Alley said...

I love that "Christmas in the home" cup. And I love the fact that you read so much, Stephanie. I think your cat wants some of those Yummy marshmallows hehehe. It sounds like you enjoyed the book "Catching Christmas" very much. : )


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