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review 2016-11-14 00:00
The Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree - Allyson Charles description

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Sadie is in Pineville, Michigan to check out the house her grandmother left her. One quick glance at her phone and a raccoon sets off a domino effect ending with a light pole right down the middle of someone's truck.

Colt McCoy can't believe his eyes when his truck is destroyed by a falling light pole. When he finds out that Sadie was looking at her phone instead of the road, he loses his temper completely.

Calling the police doesn't exactly end as planned with them both having to serve community service decorating the town Christmas tree. What starts with anger and barbed words, soon turns into something a whole lot more.

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I absolutely ADORED every single minute of this book. It made me laugh out loud SO many times I lost count. The hero and heroine were extremely likable. The banter between them was HILARIOUS at times. Colt was such an ass at first, but he gets over himself quickly and isn't afraid to apologize when he is in the wrong. Sadie was just super sweet. The things her and Allison got up to together..LMAO.

The festive small town feel was enjoyable, as was the plethora of secondary characters that you won't help but fall in love with. From baddie David (I think he is just misunderstood), to Jerome the single father cop. Not to mention Sadie's sidekick Allison, the "tree twins", and even the mayor get in on the matchmaking act. SO many well written and enjoyable secondary characters that added a nice backdrop for the main couple.

Add in some sexytimes (fairly mild), a little relationship angst (just a smidge), and this one should definitely be on your holiday TO READ list. Two HUGE thumbs up from yours truly.

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review 2016-09-28 21:20
The Christmas Tree - Julie Salamon,Jill Weber

  The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon
wrote first review Jan 2015: I have read many books about how the tree is selected and how it gets from point A to point B.
Very fascinating details along the way.
 
Based on the NJ nuns that donated a tree to the NY Rockefeller center for the holidays.
As told from the gardener of Rockefeller Center he must search for and find just the right tree every year to display.
One day from the air he learns of the Nunnery and how it came to be as he finds a really good tree. Love hearing of the different species of trees as my family is in the nursery business.
Loved hearing of the journey as I had read about a similar journey from the west coast=a tree for America. Love the history how the tree is selected as I am from a nursery family. We just recently removed our 30 yr old CO blue spruces as the branches were too damaged to save.
Pictures along the way help tell the story.
I received this book from Open Road Media in exchange for my honest review.
 

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review 2016-09-02 00:00
The Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree - Julie Salamon The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon, illustrated by Jill Weber and re-published by Open Road Integrated Media this next Oct 4th in a new edition for the 20th anniversary is a book that you can't and you won't put down and it will be one of the best gifts for this next Christmas for sure.

It's so precious, tender, plenty of wonderful humanity and good feelings.
A little big story able to warm the heart of millions of people in the world.

The book is narrated in first person by the manager of the Rockefeller Center of NYC deputed at the choice of the Christmas Tree and by Sister Anthony...

Everything started a lot of time ago when a little baby called Anna lost all her family and was sent in an orphanage. Later some nuns agreed to give her hospitality, because the toddler very nice and a person of good heart. Brush Creek opened the arms at this little kid. Anna became diffident because she had met along her way (at the orphanage) a lot of bad companions.

Anna started to make friendship not with some humans after all but with a tree, that she will call Tree. This tree a Norwegian one will become her best friend and the symbol of her life and of her personal spiritual and physical growth. Tree and Sister Anthony will grow up together, year after year.

Will Sister Anthony agree to share with NY, the city where once she was born and with the rest of the world her beloved tree, that to her meant a lot, cutting the past and giving a new start at her life?

I cried a lot of times while I read this little, precious tale. It is moving.

I would suggest this book to all of you, because Christmas is not just a feast but a part of us and our life-style.
Christmas is not just on Dec 25th but everyday and everyday we should spread to the world our own light.

The cover is beauty but I would have chosen a different image, for create a more, genuine romantic idea to the reader about the story, with more colors.

I thank Netgalley for this book.


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review 2015-12-28 06:05
A Christmas Carol / A Christmas Tree
A Christmas Carol / A Christmas Tree - Charles Dickens

Let me start by saying that the four star rating is a combination rating for both stories.  A Christmas Carol was definitely a 5 star read.  It's brilliantly written and, as I discovered with the audio edition, surprisingly funny.  I found this beautifully illustrated hardcover edition at a library sale for 20 cents.  I got a real steal.

 

My absolute favourite quote:

 

“You seek to close these places on the Seventh Day?” said Scrooge. “And it comes to the same thing.”

 

“I seek!” exclaimed the Spirit.

 

“Forgive me if I am wrong. It has been done in your name, or at least in that of your family,” said Scrooge.

 

“There are some upon this earth of yours,” returned the Spirit, “who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us.”

 

This seems an apt quote for our times as well as his.

 

This book also includes A Christmas Tree.  This was a story I loved in spirit but in deed, it's a slog.  It took me forever.  It's rambling and it's not always easy to comprehend.  It's Charles Dickens, the stream-of-consciousness version.  I love how he viewed the Christmas tree, but man was I glad to finally see the backside of this story.  3 stars.

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text 2015-11-14 16:27
The Aware - Glenda Larke
Plot Boiler (A Black Cat Bookshop Mystery) - Ali Brandon
Death Takes Priority (A Postmistress Mystery) - Jean Lilith Flowers
Jeweled Fire (An Elemental Blessings Novel) - Sharon Shinn
Guilty as Cinnamon - Leslie Ann Budewitz
Murder Fir Christmas (Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries Book 1) - Jeni Chappelle,Jim Lavene,Joyce Lavene
Pouncing on Murder - Laurie Cass

More books for my to be read list.

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