Catching Christmas
The first Christmas story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock. “The feel-good Christmas book of the year. Blackstock’s tale of love and redemption wrapped in a holiday bow will leave you smiling. Don’t miss Catching Christmas.” —New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time 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.“Terri Blackstock’s latest offering touches tender places with its quirky characters and stirring plot. Catching Christmas explores what happens when the paths of a disenchanted Taxi driver collide with that of an overworked attorney. Blackstock weaves a compelling, romantic tale that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!” —Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Honeysuckle Dreams“Blackstock’s Catching Christmas is not your average romance. Darling and laugh-out-loud cute, it makes the reader think about the important things in life. I read it in one gulp and wished there was more. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Hope Beach series and the Lavender Tides series

Catching Christmas Details

TitleCatching Christmas
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780310351726
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fiction, Romance, Christian

Catching Christmas Review

  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    In this sweet, heart-tugging story, readers will examine what truly matters at Christmas. Woven with humor and told in the first person narrative, Catching Christmas follows the exploits of an elderly lady named Callie and her “driver”, Finn.There is a light thread of romance in this story, yet it appears fairly late to the novel, so the focus of this book is really on the relationship that develops between Finn, who is the cab driver, and Callie, the elderly lady who is definitely experiencing In this sweet, heart-tugging story, readers will examine what truly matters at Christmas. Woven with humor and told in the first person narrative, Catching Christmas follows the exploits of an elderly lady named Callie and her “driver”, Finn.There is a light thread of romance in this story, yet it appears fairly late to the novel, so the focus of this book is really on the relationship that develops between Finn, who is the cab driver, and Callie, the elderly lady who is definitely experiencing memory problems. Throw in Sydney, a harried and overworked granddaughter, and it is a recipe for an emotional and memorable Christmas season.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Finn Parish is a cab driver. Miss Callie is a lady with dementia in a wheelchair. She calls for a cab one day and the adventures begin. Finn doesn't really want to be saddled with this old lady but she also reminds him of his mother.It is Sydney Batson's first year as a law student. When her grandmother gets ill unexpectedly while she has to be in court, she reluctantly sends her in a cab to the clinic.I don't want to give any spoilers so I will stop there. I had to sigh when Catching Christmas Finn Parish is a cab driver. Miss Callie is a lady with dementia in a wheelchair. She calls for a cab one day and the adventures begin. Finn doesn't really want to be saddled with this old lady but she also reminds him of his mother.It is Sydney Batson's first year as a law student. When her grandmother gets ill unexpectedly while she has to be in court, she reluctantly sends her in a cab to the clinic.I don't want to give any spoilers so I will stop there. I had to sigh when Catching Christmas was over. I really didn't want it to end. I don't know what better compliment you can pay an author. I laughed. I cried. I enjoyed every minute with Callie, Sydney and Finn. I truly enjoyed all of these characters. I thought Catching Christmas was a sweet novella that left me with a happy feeling that I read it. I would recommend it to anyone needing a dose of Christmas cheer. I also liked that there are discussion questions in the back of the book and it is well worth the reader's time to read the author's note and acknowledgements for Catching Christmas.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet story that grabs from the beginning and involves lots of emotions. The star of the story is Callie, an eighty year old grandmother with health and memory issues. Her only living relative is her granddaughter, Sidney, a first year law associate, working under pressure from the partners on a case. Sidney takes care of her grandmother, getting her fed and dressed each morning and night but has to work during the day. When her court case keeps her from taking Callie to the doctor, sh This is a sweet story that grabs from the beginning and involves lots of emotions. The star of the story is Callie, an eighty year old grandmother with health and memory issues. Her only living relative is her granddaughter, Sidney, a first year law associate, working under pressure from the partners on a case. Sidney takes care of her grandmother, getting her fed and dressed each morning and night but has to work during the day. When her court case keeps her from taking Callie to the doctor, she has to call a cab for Callie. Finn Parrish is a chef with great credentials but had a restaurant that failed. He is driving a cab to make ends meet. When he goes to pick up Callie, she is asleep and doesn't remember that she has a doctor's appointment. Finn is drawn in to make sure that Callie sees her doctor and is stuck helping her out with Christmas shopping and other errands for the next days. Callie is hilarious. As with so many elderly people, Callie doesn't have a filter on what she says about those around her. But, Callie is a lovely, sweet person of faith. Sidney and Finn get off on the wrong foot. Finn cannot understand why Sidney can't take her grandmother to the doctor but eventually, they unite to take care of Callie. This story will have you smiling and laughing, feeling frustrated with both Finn and Sidney, sad but optimistic, happy about a life well lived and loved, and the hope that comes with the spirit of Christmas. Callie's faith and life has a profound effect of both Finn and Sidney.I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions stated are mine only.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Terri Blackstock's first Christmas book is one for the keeper shelf! Seriously warm and we'll written with a good dose of dry humor, this is one holiday read you don't want to miss. Can driver Finn Parrish beeps his horn at the house of his next fare. No one comes out, so he grudgingly stomps to the door. Inside, in her wheelchair, sets 80 year old Callie Beecher. Sound asleep. Finn does not need this! He doesn't want to tire around this old lady. But he has good manners, so he drops her off at Terri Blackstock's first Christmas book is one for the keeper shelf! Seriously warm and we'll written with a good dose of dry humor, this is one holiday read you don't want to miss. Can driver Finn Parrish beeps his horn at the house of his next fare. No one comes out, so he grudgingly stomps to the door. Inside, in her wheelchair, sets 80 year old Callie Beecher. Sound asleep. Finn does not need this! He doesn't want to tire around this old lady. But he has good manners, so he drops her off at the doctor's office. So begins the journey with this dear lady who is making the rounds of what just might be her last Christmas. Add in her just found again granddaughter, Sydney, who is a young associate at a law firm who is trying to please a demanding boss, and you have the best Christmas story yet! I read this in one day. So hard to put down. Heartwarming, funny, heartbreaking, too, this one will cause more than one year to fall and also joy to pour out of your heart.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    When I first learned Terri Blackstock was releasing a Christmas story (one that’s not a romantic suspense which she’s so well-known for), I was intrigued. And oh boy, are you in for a treat!Blackstock takes readers through a gamut of emotions—from humor and laughter at Finn’s sarcastic reluctance with his newest customer to lumps in the throat when Sydney speaks to her grandmother’s doctor.In Catching Christmas, Blackstock managed both a light-hearted story and one with depth. Finn’s reluctant a When I first learned Terri Blackstock was releasing a Christmas story (one that’s not a romantic suspense which she’s so well-known for), I was intrigued. And oh boy, are you in for a treat!Blackstock takes readers through a gamut of emotions—from humor and laughter at Finn’s sarcastic reluctance with his newest customer to lumps in the throat when Sydney speaks to her grandmother’s doctor.In Catching Christmas, Blackstock managed both a light-hearted story and one with depth. Finn’s reluctant acceptance of Miss Callie soon turns to concern for the older woman, mirroring his journey of apathy toward the older woman’s Jesus to reaching out to Him for help and, eventually, healing of the heart.This is one Christmas story you don’t want to miss!If this is what Blackstock produces in the contemporary romance genre, I want more! Although, she does need to keep writing those romantic suspense books we all know and love. Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this book and was left wanting more. I laughed and cried I was blown away.The best romance you will read this holiday season.If you only buy one Christmas book this year, This is the one you will want to read and reread each year. I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all! I knew Terri Blackstock was a master storyteller with suspense thrillers, but I had no idea that she could write romantic chic lit. This book had me literally laughing out loud. I was cracking up at Finn, the hero of this book. Then, I was crying real tears down my cheeks at the gymn walking on the treadmill. I couldn't help it. This book was an absolute delight to read. I could not put it down. This is an endearing Christmas story with the message of Jesus with a HEA. This story will tic Y'all! I knew Terri Blackstock was a master storyteller with suspense thrillers, but I had no idea that she could write romantic chic lit. This book had me literally laughing out loud. I was cracking up at Finn, the hero of this book. Then, I was crying real tears down my cheeks at the gymn walking on the treadmill. I couldn't help it. This book was an absolute delight to read. I could not put it down. This is an endearing Christmas story with the message of Jesus with a HEA. This story will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. My conclusion is that Terri Blackstock can write anything. No matter if it's a spine chilling suspense or a sweet and inspirational romance.*I was given as copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers and was under no obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    With Catching Christmas, Blackstock introduces me to a tale of second chances and forgiveness. Finn, the hero is a cab driver who used to be a chef who needed forgiveness for his mother's funeral. While Sydney, the heroine, is the overworked lawyer who feels bad about not taking care of her grandmother. The story has a happy storyline and a feel good ending but not passing through some sad moments first. The romance sprinkled through the ending felt nice and not overwhelming. I enjoyed the stor With Catching Christmas, Blackstock introduces me to a tale of second chances and forgiveness. Finn, the hero is a cab driver who used to be a chef who needed forgiveness for his mother's funeral. While Sydney, the heroine, is the overworked lawyer who feels bad about not taking care of her grandmother. The story has a happy storyline and a feel good ending but not passing through some sad moments first. The romance sprinkled through the ending felt nice and not overwhelming. I enjoyed the story and am glad that I spent the time with it. This is a sweet little novel that took no time to finish. I recommend this novel to fans of Karen Kingsbury and Melissa Tagg's Christmas novels. This story would fit right in.I received a complimentary copy of Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A charming story with a timeless message! Loved "Miss Callie" and her quirky ways. Putting her concern for her granddaughter's happiness above her own needs, she has a wonderful outlook on life, with a heavenly perspective. Her legacy of faith and hope brushed over everyone she met, and was truly inspirational. I enjoyed watching Finn's transformation and his growing friendship with Callie and Sydney. I laughed and cried with them. The message of valuing time spent with loved ones over the busyn A charming story with a timeless message! Loved "Miss Callie" and her quirky ways. Putting her concern for her granddaughter's happiness above her own needs, she has a wonderful outlook on life, with a heavenly perspective. Her legacy of faith and hope brushed over everyone she met, and was truly inspirational. I enjoyed watching Finn's transformation and his growing friendship with Callie and Sydney. I laughed and cried with them. The message of valuing time spent with loved ones over the busyness of life was a good reminder, especially over the holidays. Recommend for readers who enjoy an inspirational story with a bit of romance, set around Christmastime.( I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this fast read, and you can feel what Christmas is really about, what a great book the author has shared with us.There are some chuckles and tears here, and you feel compassion for all of those involved, and I felt like I was watching as I read!You will find yourself thinking of your own mother or grandmother, and putting a face to Miss Callie, and yes, you can actually see that all that happens here could be true.We really answer the question here of who is really family, and when you I enjoyed this fast read, and you can feel what Christmas is really about, what a great book the author has shared with us.There are some chuckles and tears here, and you feel compassion for all of those involved, and I felt like I was watching as I read!You will find yourself thinking of your own mother or grandmother, and putting a face to Miss Callie, and yes, you can actually see that all that happens here could be true.We really answer the question here of who is really family, and when you think about it the answers come, those who care and love you, and “the cab driver”.A don’t miss read that will keep your attention!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet romance, set around Christmas. A jaded cabdriver gets roped into repeatedly helping a sick old woman, and her personality draws him in, despite his initial resistance. Callie (the old lady) was such a great character and reminded me of a lot of old ladies I have met - absolutely no filter, and a great desire to do good. Meanwhile, Callie's granddaughter/caregiver is dealing with enormous work pressure. The story was sweet, funny, and a little sad too - a very nice entry to the C This was a sweet romance, set around Christmas. A jaded cabdriver gets roped into repeatedly helping a sick old woman, and her personality draws him in, despite his initial resistance. Callie (the old lady) was such a great character and reminded me of a lot of old ladies I have met - absolutely no filter, and a great desire to do good. Meanwhile, Callie's granddaughter/caregiver is dealing with enormous work pressure. The story was sweet, funny, and a little sad too - a very nice entry to the Christmas season.Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. I will definitely look for other books by this author.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful way to start my Christmas binge reading. This book will carry you through every emotion you can imagine. This book will grab you by the heart and keep you there until the very end. The three main characters were each incredible in their own way. Miss Callie is 80 years old and suffering from ill health and early dementia. Feisty, caring, and a strong Christian, she tells it like it is. Finn Parrish is an ex-haute cuisine chef now working as a cab driver whose life becomes entwi What a wonderful way to start my Christmas binge reading. This book will carry you through every emotion you can imagine. This book will grab you by the heart and keep you there until the very end. The three main characters were each incredible in their own way. Miss Callie is 80 years old and suffering from ill health and early dementia. Feisty, caring, and a strong Christian, she tells it like it is. Finn Parrish is an ex-haute cuisine chef now working as a cab driver whose life becomes entwined with Miss Callie's when he is called to take her to a doctor's appointment. With a heart of gold, he never knew what hit him and didn't realize how much Miss Callie would change his life. Sydney, Callie's granddaughter, is caught up in trying to take care of her grandmother but keep her job as a first year lawyer at a large law firm as well. Torn between the two, she isn't doing a very good job of either.Priorities, second chances, and forgiveness all serve wonderful places throughout this novel. I guarantee you won't finish it without laughing, crying, and every emotion in between. If you only read one Christmas book this year, this has to be on your TBR list. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    January 1, 1970
    Finn Parrish is a cab-driver extraordinaire, but even Finn finds himself pushed to his limits when he arrives to pick up the elderly Miss Callie for her medical appointment and discovers that she has dementia. He soon finds himself embarking on an unexpected adventure as he continues to respond to her requests to drive her on her errands around town, meeting her frazzled granddaughter Sydney Baston along the way. Although they initially butt heads over her care of Miss Callie, their mutual affec Finn Parrish is a cab-driver extraordinaire, but even Finn finds himself pushed to his limits when he arrives to pick up the elderly Miss Callie for her medical appointment and discovers that she has dementia. He soon finds himself embarking on an unexpected adventure as he continues to respond to her requests to drive her on her errands around town, meeting her frazzled granddaughter Sydney Baston along the way. Although they initially butt heads over her care of Miss Callie, their mutual affection for the elderly woman draws them together as they seek to fulfill Miss Callie's final Christmas wish.Terri Blackstock has long been one of my favourite suspense authors, as she churns out one fabulous book after another, so I was quite curious to see what her first Christmas-themed novel would be like. I can attest that Blackstock's skill continues to shine through "Catching Christmas", as I was immediately swept up into the story and into these quirky character's lives. Miss Callie may be misplacing her memory, but her heart is fully intact as she seeks the best for her dear Sydney, drawing Finn into her plans along the way (with some humerous scenes to boot). I really appreciate that while love may bloom across the pages of this story, the plot is not overly romantic per se, and thus will appeal to readers of all kinds. The plot zings along, and I soon found myself longing to put on Christmas carols and decorate a tree along with these characters, even if it is only October! Blackstock has not only penned a marvellous Christmas story, but just a good story, period.Readers looking for a heart-warming read to get them in the Christmas spirit should look no further than "Catching Christmas". I greatly enjoyed this novel and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher through the Booklook Bloggers program.
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    What fun to see another side of Terri Blackstock’s writing talent as this story and her characters are endearing, quirky and the topics and situations are laugh out-loud. Funny and sad. I liked her balance. Sydney Batson is a first-year law associate with a ridiculous case she’s sure not to win. She’s been doing her best to be there for her grandmother in between her other obligations. She calls for a cab to pick up her grandmother and take her to the Dr. enters in cab driver Finn Parrish to the What fun to see another side of Terri Blackstock’s writing talent as this story and her characters are endearing, quirky and the topics and situations are laugh out-loud. Funny and sad. I liked her balance. Sydney Batson is a first-year law associate with a ridiculous case she’s sure not to win. She’s been doing her best to be there for her grandmother in between her other obligations. She calls for a cab to pick up her grandmother and take her to the Dr. enters in cab driver Finn Parrish to the scene. He knocks on the door no answer. Then he sees an older woman in a wheel chair all dressed ready to go. He goes the extra mile for Miss Callie who reminds him of his mother he lost a few years back.Sydney and Finn meet because of Callie. They both are caught up in the tornado of her intentions. Finn says to Sydney, “I’m glad she entangled me in her schemes. I’m honored to have been there with Sydney…”. And I’m glad I had the chance to meet the God she trusted in. I hope someday I can trust him like that, too.”Callie is all excited to celebrate Christmas this year. Finn could care less, and Sydney was overworked, and sleep deprived to care about celebrating. But Callie had big plans for Christmas. Finn and Sydney couldn’t help but make her dream come true.I enjoyed Callie, Finn and Sydney as they check off the items on Callie’s list. I couldn’t help smiling from ear to ear. It’s a heart-felt, fun story filled with love, healing, redemption and a reality check on what’s most important in life. This is a fun read that makes you think, celebrate life and its creator.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher/NetGalley.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine https://www.bookfun.org/page/past-iss...SVP Promotion
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    Catching Christmas is a sentimental holiday story by author Terri Blackstock. Finn Parrish, once a Cordon Bleu trained chef and restaurant owner, is now a taxi driver. He gets an unusual fare at the home of a senior lady who needs transport to a doctor appointment. Little did he know the effects this call would have on his emotions and his life.Miss Callie Beecher is 80. She is confined to a wheelchair and is showing signs of dementia. Her one wish for Christmas is to give her granddaughter Sydn Catching Christmas is a sentimental holiday story by author Terri Blackstock. Finn Parrish, once a Cordon Bleu trained chef and restaurant owner, is now a taxi driver. He gets an unusual fare at the home of a senior lady who needs transport to a doctor appointment. Little did he know the effects this call would have on his emotions and his life.Miss Callie Beecher is 80. She is confined to a wheelchair and is showing signs of dementia. Her one wish for Christmas is to give her granddaughter Sydney a wonderful Christmas and a connection that will last well beyond Miss Callie’s lifetime.Sydney Batson is a first year lawyer with a large firm who has been given an impossible case. The minor son of their largest client provided alcohol to his college dorm, then drove inebriated and ran into a Burger King. As an entitled son of an arrogant father, Sydney is being asked to do highly unethical things, the one hurting her heart the most being the demands on her time when she feels she should be spending the time with her grandmother.A lovely holiday story of loss and love and forgiveness. I did enjoy this story and do recommend it!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really sweet Christian romance that takes place around Christmas. I loved the character of Callie, Sydney's grandmother, who is determined to find a man for Sydney before she dies. Callie is a feisty lady who knows what she wants. Sydney is a young lawyer trying to meet the demands of her law firm and take care of her failing grandmother. Enter Finn, a cab driver who gets pulled into Callie's world and then Sydney's. The gentle progression of Finn and Sydney's relationship was heart-wa This is a really sweet Christian romance that takes place around Christmas. I loved the character of Callie, Sydney's grandmother, who is determined to find a man for Sydney before she dies. Callie is a feisty lady who knows what she wants. Sydney is a young lawyer trying to meet the demands of her law firm and take care of her failing grandmother. Enter Finn, a cab driver who gets pulled into Callie's world and then Sydney's. The gentle progression of Finn and Sydney's relationship was heart-warming to witness and the religious aspects were under-stated but effective. I would have appreciated an epilogue to find out how their jobs changed and where they decided to live, but I finished the story with a smile on my face.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Joan Arning
    January 1, 1970
    Get in the Christmas spirit with Terri Blackstock's latest book, a sweet but humorous story, Catching Christmas! Finn is a cab driver and a former French chef who finds himself doing all kinds of tasks for the ancient Miss Callie since she appears to have no family! Callie's granddaughter, Sydney, is actually a busy young attorney working hard to keep her job and care for her grandmother at the same time. Finn ends up escorting Miss Callie around town while she attempts to find a husband for Syd Get in the Christmas spirit with Terri Blackstock's latest book, a sweet but humorous story, Catching Christmas! Finn is a cab driver and a former French chef who finds himself doing all kinds of tasks for the ancient Miss Callie since she appears to have no family! Callie's granddaughter, Sydney, is actually a busy young attorney working hard to keep her job and care for her grandmother at the same time. Finn ends up escorting Miss Callie around town while she attempts to find a husband for Sydney. You will enjoy the antics of Miss Callie and the tender ending to this story. Catching Christmas is different from Terri Blackstock's usual suspense stories. I received a complimentary e-book from NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Andrea Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    Normally, I hold off until December to binge on Christmas reads, but I saw this on the shelf at the library and grabbed it. And I usually prefer happy, feel-good stories for that time of year. I didn't expect to find an anti-hero in a Christmas novel. (Not that I'm complaining. I LOVE anti-heroes!) Even with all of these unexpected elements, I loved this story! Yeah, there was that part in there that some would consider sad, but if you think about it, it really wasn't. Imagine getting everything Normally, I hold off until December to binge on Christmas reads, but I saw this on the shelf at the library and grabbed it. And I usually prefer happy, feel-good stories for that time of year. I didn't expect to find an anti-hero in a Christmas novel. (Not that I'm complaining. I LOVE anti-heroes!) Even with all of these unexpected elements, I loved this story! Yeah, there was that part in there that some would consider sad, but if you think about it, it really wasn't. Imagine getting everything you really wanted for Christmas. How could you be sad about that?
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a powerful and inspiring message that slowly reveals itself through the transformative journey of two characters who have lost their way in a crazy and chaotic world. Finn is a jaded man whose career ambitions blinded him at a critical time in his life that he deeply regrets. And although Sydney tries her best to take care of her ailing grandmother she can’t be with her every minute of the day because of her highly demanding career. In the middle of all this chaos is Sydney’s sweet This book has a powerful and inspiring message that slowly reveals itself through the transformative journey of two characters who have lost their way in a crazy and chaotic world. Finn is a jaded man whose career ambitions blinded him at a critical time in his life that he deeply regrets. And although Sydney tries her best to take care of her ailing grandmother she can’t be with her every minute of the day because of her highly demanding career. In the middle of all this chaos is Sydney’s sweet grandmother, Callie, whose tenacious spirit and trust in God’s love provides a much needed beacon of faith. I felt a deep emotional connection to all three characters as they struggled through impossible circumstances that deeply touched my heart and I so loved the powerful storytelling of this wonderful author. I read an early copy of this book provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
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  • Kay Defreese
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a heartwarming Christmas story. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. You won't regret getting to know these quirky characters.
  • Ian Mcnamara
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of this author, she writes lovely stories and they all have a christian element to them which is also lovely. This is a lovely romance but I like the fact that it focuses more on the characters and what there going threw than the actual romance part. Although there was a sad element to this book it was actually quite a funny story in parts especially Kally. I really loved her character and the way she brought the story to life. another good book by a fantastic author.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    A fun romance ride and just perfect for those getting ready for the Hallmark Christmas movie season. Sydney Batson is trying her hardest to be a good granddaughter and take care of her ailing grandmother while also trying not to lose her job at her law firm. In desperate need of help to get her grandmother to the doctor at the same time she is due in court Sydney, calls for a cab to take her to the clinic. She knows she should be the one to go but if she loses her job she won’t be able to take c A fun romance ride and just perfect for those getting ready for the Hallmark Christmas movie season. Sydney Batson is trying her hardest to be a good granddaughter and take care of her ailing grandmother while also trying not to lose her job at her law firm. In desperate need of help to get her grandmother to the doctor at the same time she is due in court Sydney, calls for a cab to take her to the clinic. She knows she should be the one to go but if she loses her job she won’t be able to take care of either of them. Cab driver Finn Parrish is trying to make up for lost money after being robbed and when a call comes to pick up a woman and take her to a doctor’s appointment he reluctantly goes. Miss Callie is a hard reminder of his mother who he feels he let down in her last days and now every time he gets a call he can’t refuse to help. Even when Miss Callie doesn’t remember to pay him, Finn is there for her as she goes around running Christmas errands and looking for a date for her granddaughter. Finn is trying to do all he can to help Miss Callie fulfill her Christmas wish of doing something nice for the only family she has left. When he meets Sydney, he realizes he might just be getting a Christmas gift he never expected.For me, when I read Terri Blackstock I know I am going to get a good romantic suspense. With her first Christmas novel, Blackstock takes readers on an adventure with these three characters that is sure to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. I loved the way this story played out. Finn had just the right amount of grumpiness in him to make him reluctant to want to help but enough goodness in him to overpower and be there when he was needed. Sydney isn’t so driven by her career that she doesn’t care about her family, she just is in a position that makes it hard to be in two places at once. The characters meshed so well with each other in not only dialogue but also narrative sections, which can become a part that drags in the story if not done correctly. Each paragraph brought out more interesting aspects of the characters and more enjoyment in the story. It was fun to see Blackstock stretch her writing while keeping the story flowing without the suspense aspect. There was still plenty of tension to drive the story along, it was just presented in a different way. I recommend this to readers that love a great Hallmark Christmas movie and want to read a story that will play out like the movie while reading. And of course, all fans of Blackstock’s work will enjoy this as well.I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Aurelia Mast-glick
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read a lot of Terri Blackstock's book, but I am aiming to change that. I have read her "If I Run" series (definitely a good place to start if you haven't read any of Terri's books), her Seasons series with Beverly LaHaye and now this one. And I will be on the lookout for any of Terri's books, both new and old to add to this collection.When people say that a book will have you laughing on one page and crying on the next, I am generally disappointed. I don't laugh very much when reading I have not read a lot of Terri Blackstock's book, but I am aiming to change that. I have read her "If I Run" series (definitely a good place to start if you haven't read any of Terri's books), her Seasons series with Beverly LaHaye and now this one. And I will be on the lookout for any of Terri's books, both new and old to add to this collection.When people say that a book will have you laughing on one page and crying on the next, I am generally disappointed. I don't laugh very much when reading. I can cry, but I would even say that doesn't happen that often. But this book had be definitely grinning and all out crying. To be honest, I am not sure why I cried. Without giving away too many spoilers, I think it had to do with recognizing the deep hole death leaves, no matter when it happens and when it happens relatively suddenly, it just feels harder. I'm not sure, I just know I was reading the book with tears streaming down my face and that is highly unusual for me.The funny parts happened at the beginning of the book. Miss Callie has lost her "filter" if you will and will say whatever comes to her mind and she says it loudly and she doesn't care if the recipient of the comment hears her. So if she asks loudly if her thighs are as big as the generous ones on the nurse, it annoys the nurse until she realizes that the lady asking is "older than Methuselah". Things like that just make me grin, along with a few other things, like the cab driver "Mindlessly, I open it to an article on potty training.....I wipe my hands on my jeans as if the magazine has soiled me." When the little details like that can bring a smile to my face, then the author has done a good job, in my opinion.I just loved this story. It's short, you can read it quickly, but filled with figuring out what is important in life, in treasuring the moments you have with your loved ones, and redemption.A few quotes: "...lingering under the authority of quiet.""I can just imagine heaven being a mountain top experience every day...every hour, just as much as you can stand, till your heart just can't hold anymore.""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."So I know I didn't really tell you what the book was about, but you can read the back cover of it for that. Basically, it's a lovely little Christmas story, hopeful and sad, redemptive and satisfying and I highly recommend it.I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Debi Lantzer
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to see a Terri Blackstock Christmas book available through my book blogging relationship with NetGalley! I love this author AND I love Christmas books, so I knew this was going to be a good one! Today's post is about Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock.  I understand that this is the author's first Christmas book, and I'm hoping it won't be her last! This is the very sweet story of Callie, the eighty year old grandmother of first-year law associate, Sydney Batson.  Callie is I was so excited to see a Terri Blackstock Christmas book available through my book blogging relationship with NetGalley! I love this author AND I love Christmas books, so I knew this was going to be a good one! Today's post is about Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock.  I understand that this is the author's first Christmas book, and I'm hoping it won't be her last! This is the very sweet story of Callie, the eighty year old grandmother of first-year law associate, Sydney Batson.  Callie is wheelchair-bound and has a bit of dementia. Sydney is in the middle of a court case that will make or break her career, so when Callie has to go to the clinic, Sydney hires cab driver, Finn Parrish to take her. Finn is a burned out and jaded former successful chef turned cab driver who then somehow reluctantly becomes Callie's "Christmas elf" by virtue of the fact that he feels a bit of guilt in the fact that he failed his own mother in her last days.  When Callie calls Finn for a ride in the cab, despite the fact that she sometimes forgets to pay him, he just can't say no. Callie knows she is old and not able to take care of holiday errands, so she is very happy to find Finn and keeps him at her beck and call despite his protests.  During the time Finn is driving Callie around, he discovers that the only thing Callie really wants is to find someone special for her Sidney to spend Christmas day with.I loved the good dose of dry humor in this story that was light but always present. Readers could feel the fact that time was short for Callie, as well as the pressure Sydney felt rushing to and from work and caring for her grandmother.  Callie wants to find Sydney a Christmas date, and she uses Finn's services to do so.  Little do they both know that Callie sees both of them for who they are and knows they will make a great match.  When Finn and Sydney finally get together, Callie finds her happy Christmas. It’s their getting together that is the heart of the story.  I will admit that I really loved this Christmas story and especially from one of my favorite Christian authors!I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy from Thomas Nelson through Net Galley in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because this book was great! Thank you!
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  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.About the Book:The first Christmas story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock.“The feel-good Christmas book of the year. Blackstock’s tale of love and redemption wrapped in a holiday bow will leave you smiling. Don’t miss Catching Christmas.” —New York Times bestselling author Rachel HauckThis Year, Christmas Comes Just in TimeAs a first-year law **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.About the Book:The first Christmas story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Terri Blackstock.“The feel-good Christmas book of the year. Blackstock’s tale of love and redemption wrapped in a holiday bow will leave you smiling. Don’t miss Catching Christmas.” —New York Times bestselling author Rachel HauckThis Year, Christmas Comes Just in TimeAs 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 Review: Caring for a grandmother that is aging at a rapid rate you would think that this story was full of sadness but it was anything but. When Sydney realizes that her grandmother needs her she wastes no time at all to tend to her needs. Little does she know her grandmother is still quite lucid enough to have some plans of her own. It soon becomes evident that Miss Callie is up to something but the trick is finding out if its by chance or on purpose. Finn and Sydney need love in their lives. The lead lives with no real joy in them and love could be just the ticket to help with that. They story itself was great. I loved the characters and fell in love with Miss Callie from the start. Its really hard not to think of them as real people. A great Christmas story!
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Although the title of Terri Blackstock's latest book is Catching Christmas, do not wait for the holiday to read this wonderful, well written story. I loved Catching Christmas so much, once I picked it up, I could not put it down. I just want to know one thing, where can I get a Finn Parrish? He has to be my favorite book boyfriend this year. He wants to come off like a tough guy, but he is a big softy. I found myself wiping tears away so many times, either laughing till I cried or being moved to Although the title of Terri Blackstock's latest book is Catching Christmas, do not wait for the holiday to read this wonderful, well written story. I loved Catching Christmas so much, once I picked it up, I could not put it down. I just want to know one thing, where can I get a Finn Parrish? He has to be my favorite book boyfriend this year. He wants to come off like a tough guy, but he is a big softy. I found myself wiping tears away so many times, either laughing till I cried or being moved to tears. I loved Terri's dry humor. Every time Finn was referring to eighty year old “Miss Callie” she got a little older and older. The first time he picked her up in his taxi, she didn't come outside to his horn blowing, so he went to the front door. “An old woman sits in a wheelchair, her head tilted forward. Either she's sleeping or she's dead. Great.” “she has to be in her nineties.” Next time “this two-hundred-year-old woman” then “I hate to say no to a woman who's three hundred years old”. Miss Callie is such a sweet and fun character. At her age, she has no filter, so you never know just what she will say. While waiting in line at the doctors office, she see's a nurse who is quite overweight. Miss Callie asks the young lady standing in line in front of her if her thighs look that big. Not in a quiet voice. This could be a very sad story, but Callie's faith and walk with Jesus is so strong. This author has a way of bringing hope out of the darkness. Her spiritual thread throughout the novel is very inspiring. Terri has such a way of painting a beautiful word picture. One of my favorite lines Finns says about Sydney, Miss Callie's granddaughter, “She kisses me. It's as if the clouds break on a hurricane day, as if the sun comes out to dry up the floods. It's as if there are four rainbows encircling me, as if it's early Christmas Day.”I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.
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  • Laura Lane
    January 1, 1970
    I truly enjoy Christmas books. I begin reading them every September. I like them because they nearly always have a happy ending. Sometimes, however that happy ending can be a surprise. Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock is the latest Christmas read to fill my Kindle. It's a good one!My Thoughts: This was a most unlikely novel. The little old lady was just so adorable, and yet a bit headstrong. Wrap headstrong in lovely manners, and she just gets away with it! It begins with a match of Finn I truly enjoy Christmas books. I begin reading them every September. I like them because they nearly always have a happy ending. Sometimes, however that happy ending can be a surprise. Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock is the latest Christmas read to fill my Kindle. It's a good one!My Thoughts: This was a most unlikely novel. The little old lady was just so adorable, and yet a bit headstrong. Wrap headstrong in lovely manners, and she just gets away with it! It begins with a match of Finn the cab driver and Callie the sick little old lady who he describes as a hundred and then two hundred years old. Because of Finn's past regrets, he takes the time needed to help Callie even though he doesn't want to. All the while he's growing angrier at Sydney the granddaughter whom he's never met. Sydney is stuck in a terrible job that she just must keep that is keeping her from fulfilling her grandmother's needs. She's supremely frustrated and stressed. Callie is a loving grandmother who has a plan and a long to-do list that must be completed before Christmas. She relies on charm and God to get those to-dos to-done! This is a quick little novella that can be read in an evening or two...or stretch it out to make the enjoyment last longer. The setting is described perfectly, the characters are developed well for such a short novella, and the action moves along just quick enough to keep the reader's interest. I enjoyed it very much. It is clean and good for any age to read. 5 starsI received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." #CatchingChristmas #NetGalley
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  • Lea
    January 1, 1970
    This is the best feel-good about Christmas book that I have ever read. The story of Callie, the octogenarian who is determined to create a happy holiday for her overworked granddaughter Sydney, is both heart-warming and realistic. The unexpected character in the story is Finn, the cab driver who is tasked with driving Callie around town so that she can “catch Christmas.” Callie is well aware that she is old and not able to take care of holiday errands, so she is delighted to find a helper in Fin This is the best feel-good about Christmas book that I have ever read. The story of Callie, the octogenarian who is determined to create a happy holiday for her overworked granddaughter Sydney, is both heart-warming and realistic. The unexpected character in the story is Finn, the cab driver who is tasked with driving Callie around town so that she can “catch Christmas.” Callie is well aware that she is old and not able to take care of holiday errands, so she is delighted to find a helper in Finn. He’s like a reluctant Christmas elf, driving Callie all around town and seldom getting paid for his troubles because the elderly lady keeps forgetting to pay him. The humor in the book was light but was always present, as was the feeling that time was short for Callie. The theme of valuing time with those you love was well expressed, as I was quickly drawn into the story of Sydney rushing from work to caring for her grandmother, back to work, etc. Finn was my favorite character because he gave his time reluctantly at first, blaming Sydney for her lack of care for her ailing grandmother. When Finn and Sydney finally get together, Callie finds her happy Christmas. It’s their getting together that is the heart of the story and Callie’s ability to see the good and love in both young people is touching and heart-wrenching. I loved this timely Christmas story from one of my favorite Christian authors! It will definitely prepare your heart for the holidays, with the desire to spend Christmas with loved ones. DisclaimerDisclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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  • Nadine Keels
    January 1, 1970
    Finn, once a gourmet chef, now subsists as a disgruntled cab driver, currently in a bind to pay his rent. Sydney, a first-year lawyer, is in a bind to win a no-win case, lest she lose her job. And Callie, Sydney's grandmother, is on a mission to make this Christmas special for Sydney—and maybe for Finn, too—in Catching Christmas by author Terri Blackstock.First, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how precious this squarish little hardback is to hold. I laughed with joy as soon as I picked it up.N Finn, once a gourmet chef, now subsists as a disgruntled cab driver, currently in a bind to pay his rent. Sydney, a first-year lawyer, is in a bind to win a no-win case, lest she lose her job. And Callie, Sydney's grandmother, is on a mission to make this Christmas special for Sydney—and maybe for Finn, too—in Catching Christmas by author Terri Blackstock.First, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how precious this squarish little hardback is to hold. I laughed with joy as soon as I picked it up.Next, concerning my expectations for the book: snatches of chatter in the wind pretty much had me anticipating a "feel-good romance." As touching a tale as this is, there are too many tears in it (and not happy tears) for me to personally think of it as feel-good.I also wouldn't call it a romance, genre-wise. That's partly because the man and woman in question don't know or have much to do with each other until about a third or almost halfway through the book. It's also because the stronger love story here may be between the crabby, guilt-ridden cabbie and the sweet, iron-willed elderly lady he has to drive around town.Indeed, Finn's unlikely relationship with Callie is what I love about this story. Those two tugged on my heart!But I'll admit I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second. Once the romance gets underway, it escalates rather fast, as if in a rush to get the couple to a certain level by the holiday. Also, the tragic nature of events later in the story nearly left me feeling more morbid than Christmassy.As a whole, though, with its mix of hard times and humor, affection and redemption, this tale is as precious to read as the hardback is to hold. Such a cute book cover, too._________BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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  • Prairie Sky Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    We just celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving, and snow is in the forecast... You know what that means - Christmas is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out some old favorite Christmas stories, and hopefully add a few new ones to our collections. In fact, I just finished reading the most delightful little Christmas novel, perfect for ringing in the holiday season and certain to touch the hearts of readers of all ages. “Catching Christmas” was written by New York Times Bestselling Author T We just celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving, and snow is in the forecast... You know what that means - Christmas is right around the corner! It’s time to pull out some old favorite Christmas stories, and hopefully add a few new ones to our collections. In fact, I just finished reading the most delightful little Christmas novel, perfect for ringing in the holiday season and certain to touch the hearts of readers of all ages. “Catching Christmas” was written by New York Times Bestselling Author Terri Blackstock, and published by Thomas Nelson just in time for the holiday season of 2018. If you are looking for a new, feel-good Christmas story this year, you will NOT want to miss this one! Why, you ask? “Catching Christmas” contains all the elements of a wonderful holiday story - gentle humor, heartwarming themes, tearjerking moments, sweet romance, and reminders of the true Reason for the Season. I loved every page, and was sorry to reach the end. (Warning: you should probably have a box of tissues handy as you read this story!) In addition to memorable content (including a thought-provoking author’s note in the back about the study and science of happiness) this book is also packaged in a delightfully small-sized hardcover with a beautiful picture on the front - it is adorable enough to make a sweet gift, or to become a lovely piece of holiday decor on the mantle or shelf. All in all, “Catching Christmas” is certain to capture your heart, and will become a story you’ll want to re-read and share with family and friends this Christmas season. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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