25 Days 'til Christmas

25 Days 'til Christmas

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Kate Potter used to love Christmas. A few years ago, she would have been wrapping her presents in September and baking mince pies on Halloween, counting down the days and hours to Christmas. But that was before Kate's husband left for the army and never came home. Now she can hardly stand December at all. Kate can't deny she's lonely, yet she doesn't think she's ready for romance. She knows that her son, Jack, needs a Christmas to remember--just like Kate needs a miracle to help her finally move forward with her life. So she's decided if there isn't a miracle on its way, she'll just have to make her own. As Kate's advent countdown to the best Christmas ever begins, she soon realizes that even with the best laid plans, you can't plan for the unexpected. For when the path of the loneliest woman in town crosses with that of the loneliest man, these two destined hearts might find a way to save the holiday for both of them.
Publisher: New York : Willaim Morrow, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062958792
0062958798
Call Number: FIC ALE
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 21 cm

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AConsolver
Nov 15, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary Christmas fiction. This one while still light, is a bit more serious than most.

Daniel's sister Zoe died in January, this is his first Christmas without her. He remembers the "Christmas Tree Girl" working at the lot, who was always so kind to him and Zoe when they bought their tree. He remembers her sad eyes, and now recognizes that she must have lost someone too. He wants to have the courage to tell her his story, but is painfully awkward in practice. Kate is a widow and mom to Jack, her six year old son. Her job at the Christmas tree lot is in peril, her son is being diagnosed with special needs, her "mother in law" is in a nursing home and her funding is about to be cut, and she barely has money to keep porridge on the table, let alone a tree and gifts for Jack. Kate and Daniel will meet again and again in different circumstances, getting to know one another better. Can they move past their grief and hurdles to be happy again?

This is the Christmas novel for you if you are looking for a story with a bit more intensity. I really loved both Kate and Daniel, and thought that they were strong characters dealing with a lot of issues. Kate was a very passionate mother, put in a tough situation, just trying to make ends meet on her own. Daniel was dealing with the loss of his sister, and going through the motions of his day to day life. I admired their strength, and how they eventually came together to have a memorable Christmas. I enjoyed the charitable elements of the story related to raising money for the Apple Cafe run by young adults with special needs. I thought that the Bake Off element was a fun addition. While it did feel like the problems were piling on Kate one after the other, I like how things tied up. It felt sort of serendipitous but also very satisfying. I would recommend this novel if you are looking for a Christmassy read with a little bit more meat.

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darladoodles
Oct 02, 2019

This new Christmas read is brimming with real-life issues: death while deployed, widowhood, suicide, sexual harassment, starting a new business, real estate, and most importantly dealing with the busyness of the Christmas season. Kate is a widow with a young son and determined to give her son a memorable holiday. Daniel is experiencing all the "firsts" since his sister Zoe died, including this Christmas. Daniel and Kate are acquainted through the department store where Kate has to dress up like an elf to help sell trees. As the narrative draws nearer to Christmas (each chapter covering a day of the 25 before) we see their paths cross and miss each other as the crises they are facing come to a head. Are there some "too good to be true" solutions -- maybe. But isn't that one of the great things about fiction -- satisfying endings? I especially loved two aspects of the plot: her son dancing along to "We Three Kings" while wearing a camel costume and the inclusion of "Once In Royal David's City" in the Christmas Eve church service. That is one of my favorite old hymns.

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