Finding Christmas
From the writer of the Netflix sensation, A Christmas Prince, and Christmas Camp, the Hallmark movie and novel, comes a heartwarming new Christmas story, Finding Christmas, showing how sometimes the detour in your journey is the path to true love.With all the glittering decorations, twinkling lights, snow angels, gingerbread men and mistletoe, Christmas is Emmie’s first love.This year, she can’t wait to share her favorite Christmas traditions with her boyfriend, Grant. She thinks he’s “the one.” So when Grant’s hectic work schedule has him more “Bah Humbug” than “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Emmie creates a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to help him find his Christmas spirit. At the end of the journey, Grant will arrive at the charming town of Christmas Point where she’s planned a romantic weekend filled with holiday activities.But Emmie’s plan backfires when a mix-up has the wrong guy following her clues! Sam, a best-selling mystery writer, thinks Emmie’s clever Christmas riddles are from his agent, who is trying to help him get over his epic writer’s block.When he arrives at Christmas Point and finds the stunned Emmie, he immediately feels she’s someone special, but she can’t see beyond the fact that the wrong guy has shown up. Inspired by the small, charming town, Sam decides to stay and convinces Emmie to join him in a little holiday fun while she waits for Grant.When Grant finally shows up, Emmie is disappointed to discover he’s not enjoying the activities she planned and can’t help wonder if he’s really the one for her. She also can’t get Sam out of her mind and all the great times they had together. With Christmas coming fast, Emmie will need the magic of the season to help steer her in the direction of true love…  

Finding Christmas Details

TitleFinding Christmas
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062883711
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

Finding Christmas Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    This book was Christmas STRONG! If you love listening to Christmas music, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and have a Christmas wreath on your car this one is for you! Karen Schaler has written a couple hallmark Christmas movies and that really shown through in this book. Emmie is all about Christmas! This is the first Christmas after she lost her parents and she is determined to keep her family’s Christmas spirit alive. Her boyfriend Grant is a bit of a Scrooge, but she is convinced that This book was Christmas STRONG! If you love listening to Christmas music, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and have a Christmas wreath on your car this one is for you! Karen Schaler has written a couple hallmark Christmas movies and that really shown through in this book. Emmie is all about Christmas! This is the first Christmas after she lost her parents and she is determined to keep her family’s Christmas spirit alive. Her boyfriend Grant is a bit of a Scrooge, but she is convinced that with a little time and a clever Christmas scavenger hunt that she has planned he will see the Christmas lights! But when there is a bit of a mix up and Sam (a best-selling mystery writer) shows up at Christmas Point instead of Grant Emmie’s perfect Christmas might be spoiled. But Sam loves Christmas just as much as Emmie and soon she finds herself enjoying the things she planned with Grant with him. So who really is the jingle to Emmie’s bells? Festive and sweet this book will definitely put you in the Christmas mood and make you want to take a trip to Christmas Point. Emmie was likable, but oh so frustrating. The girl was clearly with the wrong guy, I mean there is no way Grant would have participated in this Christmas scavenger hunt and I’m not sure how she could’ve ever thought he would? Sam was great, he loved Christmas but I think he balanced over the top Emmie out well. The town of Christmas Point was Holiday perfection! Ice-skating, gingerbread cookie making, tree lighting ceremony, and even a dog named Dasher. This book is not for the faint of Christmas heart, it is a Christmas book for the Christmas lover! I suggest reading it in front of a cozy fire with Christmas music in the background, a cup of hot chocolate and twinkling lights on the tree.This book in emojis: 🎄 🎁 🐶 ☃️ 🤶 ⛸ 🍪
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite holiday series is The Christmas Prince. In fact, I'm counting down the days until Netflix releases the next one for 2019! When I chose to read Finding Christmas I had no idea that the author for these two, book and movies, were one and the same. I was expecting something far too cheesy from Finding Christmas, but Schaler proved me wrong! Yes, it is very heavy on the Christmas theme - as it should be - but at the heart of the story we find two people struggling after personal One of my favorite holiday series is The Christmas Prince. In fact, I'm counting down the days until Netflix releases the next one for 2019! When I chose to read Finding Christmas I had no idea that the author for these two, book and movies, were one and the same. I was expecting something far too cheesy from Finding Christmas, but Schaler proved me wrong! Yes, it is very heavy on the Christmas theme - as it should be - but at the heart of the story we find two people struggling after personal loss and their need to hold on to their Christmas Spirit regardless. I loved all of the characters, especially Ruby the innkeeper, and the town itself sounded amazing. Finding Christmas definitely has put me in the holiday mood and I think would you as well.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars 3.5 stars ⭐️
  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Schaler's Finding Christmas was a little like falling into a Hallmark movie. It will come as no surprise to anyone that Schaler is the writer of a couple Hallmark movies, including "Christmas Camp", and a Netflix one, "A Christmas Prince". But, the book could have used a little editing so it would fit in a two hour span.Emmie Sanders' parents always told her the true meaning of Christmas is "about spending time with the people you loved most, making memories, and helping others". They Karen Schaler's Finding Christmas was a little like falling into a Hallmark movie. It will come as no surprise to anyone that Schaler is the writer of a couple Hallmark movies, including "Christmas Camp", and a Netflix one, "A Christmas Prince". But, the book could have used a little editing so it would fit in a two hour span.Emmie Sanders' parents always told her the true meaning of Christmas is "about spending time with the people you loved most, making memories, and helping others". They lived that until their deaths in a car accident five years earlier. Emmie has taken over the community center they built, and she tries to bring that spirit to the people who come. But, somehow, her boyfriend, Grant Baxter, is just too busy to appreciate her love of Christmas. Emmie knows it's because he's so busy trying to make partner at the law firm. So, she plans something special, a scavenger hunt.Grant promises Emmie they'll have a special weekend escape to kick off the Christmas season, but it's not Grant who shows up in Christmas Point, the final destination on the scavenger hunt. Sam Riley, a bestselling author who lost his sister to cancer a year earlier, was given Grant's first clue by mistake. He loves Christmas as much as Emmie does, and this escape is just what he needs to forget about his case of writer's block. But, Sam isn't the man Emmie was expecting for the weekend at a charming bed and breakfast in a Christmas town.Remember when I said "Hallmark"? Anyone who has ever seen even one Hallmark Christmas movie knows where this story is going. There really are no surprises. There is a happy ending. And, there are wonderful characters in Christmas Point, including a dog. A year later, there are happy endings for most of the characters, as expected.I don't have trouble with happy endings and Christmas books. But, this book needed tighter editing. It has a slow start with too much detail. And, it seemed too commercial when the author had Emmie and her best friend choosing to watch Schaler's own shows on television.Schaler's book does have a strong Christmas message. The spirit of Christmas and the romances are the reason people watch Hallmark Christmas shows. Finding Christmas will fit right in.
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  • romancejunkie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an adorable christmas story. Emmie and Sam together was so sweet, i was smiling throughout all the book and hoping for their happy ending to happen soon. Their love story was so cute and charming, i hope the author's will keep writing these romantic holiday stories. I received a free Arc copy of this book and this was my honest opinion.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas is Emme’s favorite time of year – although this year is a rough one with losing her parents in an accident – she’s wondering just how to keep the magic of the season alive for her. But, she’s hoping that sharing some of her favorite traditions with Grant – the person she thinks may just be “the one”, she’s finding a way to keep her spirits alive and celebrate one of her favorite holiday traditions. Taking a page from her father’s book, she’s making a scavenger hunt – sure to bring Christmas is Emme’s favorite time of year – although this year is a rough one with losing her parents in an accident – she’s wondering just how to keep the magic of the season alive for her. But, she’s hoping that sharing some of her favorite traditions with Grant – the person she thinks may just be “the one”, she’s finding a way to keep her spirits alive and celebrate one of her favorite holiday traditions. Taking a page from her father’s book, she’s making a scavenger hunt – sure to bring Grant into the spirit. But, the first clue goes awry and it’s Sam, not Grant who arrives to join in the fun – and Emme is left to wonder just why she can’t get this man out of her head. So – I loved the premise of the story, and a Christmas Scavenger hunt is just a wonderful way to get people involved in the fun. But, Emme was a conundrum for me – and it wasn’t helped by her vacillation or the over-worked telling of the basic plot points. We are told, repeatedly that Christmas is Emme’s favorite time of the year - we don’t need it repeated – and not as frequently as it was. Then we have her justifications and near convincing dialogue about Grant – I’m not quite sure who she was trying to convince since it was obvious to me as a reader that Grant just wasn’t all that into her – and nothing she would or could do would convince me otherwise. Combined with the all tell and little show, there wasn’t a ton to grab onto as far as the relationship between Emme and Grant went. When you add in Sam, who starts as a friend and is someone she can’t quite get out of her mind, the match (for me) was made – and it was simply a matter of Emme seeing the light. A bit of a mixed bag overall, even as Emme did finally see that her match, and perhaps her way through her grief and to keep her ‘favorite’ holiday alive was with Sam, and he’s perhaps the better developed character of them all in the story. Not quite as memorable as the first book I read from this author – but it was an ok, light and fluffy Christmas story with a clever scavenger hunt that was different from the usual. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. It's cute and cheesy, but sometimes not the best writing to connect to the characters. I also did not enjoy the author's advertisement for her movies on TV/Netflix inside the story. It felt really fake and a bit sleezy.
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Emmie Sanders nickname is Miss Christmas. That's how much she likes the Holidays. Celebrating Christmas with as many activities as she can do is also a way to honour her parents who died in a car accident years ago and gave her the joy of Christmas traditions. This year, Emmie planned to share it with her boyfriend and prepared a scavenger hunt that's supposed to end with a romantic getaway. But there's two problems with her plan : the wrong guy received the clues and her boyfriend can't seem to Emmie Sanders nickname is Miss Christmas. That's how much she likes the Holidays. Celebrating Christmas with as many activities as she can do is also a way to honour her parents who died in a car accident years ago and gave her the joy of Christmas traditions. This year, Emmie planned to share it with her boyfriend and prepared a scavenger hunt that's supposed to end with a romantic getaway. But there's two problems with her plan : the wrong guy received the clues and her boyfriend can't seem to be able to say no to work. For Sam, it doesn't matter that the clues wasn't intended for him. He had fun following them and maybe staying at the beautiful inn in Christmas Point will give him inspiration for the new book he's supposed to be writing. But maybe he'll find something else too?I've never read this author before, nor seen any of the movies she wrote but I already had Christmas Camp waiting for me at home. The thing is, when I saw this adorable cover at the bookstore, I couldn't resist and I'm glad for it because Finding Christmas was everything I expect and want from a Holidays romance. I especially liked how the dog on the cover have a role on the story even if he doesn't belong to either MC. My favorite scene was the snowmen. Such a touching moment! hope this book will be made into a movie. I'd definitively watch it!
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  • Heather K Veitch
    January 1, 1970
    Finding Christmas is a light-hearted and easy read just in time for the holidays. It follows the adventures of Emmie, whose favourite holiday is Christmas, as she attempts to bring some festive cheer to her overworked boyfriend’s life and show him how wonderful the season really is — however, things don’t go according to plan. Her festive-themed scavenger hunt accidentally ends up in the hands of Sam, an author struggling to write his next book after the death of his sister, and that’s just Finding Christmas is a light-hearted and easy read just in time for the holidays. It follows the adventures of Emmie, whose favourite holiday is Christmas, as she attempts to bring some festive cheer to her overworked boyfriend’s life and show him how wonderful the season really is — however, things don’t go according to plan. Her festive-themed scavenger hunt accidentally ends up in the hands of Sam, an author struggling to write his next book after the death of his sister, and that’s just where the fun begins. I really wanted to like this book, and I did as a whole. I felt that the characters were well-drawn and the plot was well-paced and delightful. Despite this, there were a few points with the characterisation that I found difficult — Grant, for one, is a stereotypical lawyer more concerned with his job than with Emmie. It’s obvious he’s not the guy for her, so why does she keep trying to make it work? And Emmie herself is a bit over-the-top at times, tipping her from adorable and enthusiastic into a caricature. But Sam is appropriately lovely, and the citizens of Christmas Point are dynamic and interesting. I especially loved Dasher. However, I also felt that some of the dialogue was clunky — like when Sam and Emmie are talking with Ruby about their meals — and this not only jolted me out of the story but made me grimace, too. Another grimace came towards the end of the book where Emmie and Denise are watching movies — and the author uses that section to plug the movies she has previously written for Netflix. Ummm, no. This was really off-putting and a bit egotistical on the author’s part, and I honestly don’t know how the publishers thought this was a good idea — unless there’s an advertising element to the contract? Anyway. My other main problem with the book is that there’s a lot of telling that goes on, and not a lot of showing. We are told again and again how much Emmie loves Christmas, how much she misses her late parents, how her job and her love of the season brings their memory closer to her. The reinforcement of this is heavy-handed and, whilst similar could be said of Sam’s loss of his sister, this latter aspect is handled more lightly. That said, the amount of telling and not showing drove me batty — please stop telling the reader. Show us. Immerse us into the story. Show, don’t tell. Geez. Perhaps this would have worked better as a film? Equally, I felt the ending was abrupt and the jump to the Epilogue a bit of a cop-out. I wanted to see what happened after Emmie realised her true feelings for Sam, not what happens some time on from then… Despite all this, though — Sam and Emmie really stuck in my mind. I’m still thinking about them and it’s been a week or so since I finished the book. They really did work their way into my heart — especially Sam — and, on the whole, I enjoyed their story. It just could have been so much more than it was, so I’m pretty torn about this book. I have read quite a few Christmas romances over the years, and when I bring them to mind (e.g. Sarah Morgan’s), then this doesn’t quite hit the mark for me — but if you’d like a quick, feel-good, festive read, this may be the book for you.I received an e-ARC from the publisher, Piatkus, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • JoAnne
    January 1, 1970
    Read my review on RomanceJunkies.com by clicking on the link below:http://romancejunkies.com/reviews/fin...
  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    I love Hallmark Christmas movies and this book reminded me of them.It's a sort of comedy of errors, well written and entertaining.It's got all the elements for a great Christmas story: the romance, the Christmas spirit plus a lot of humour.I rooted for the well written characters, I smiled and liked the style of writing which is great in making you visualise the setting.It's the first book I read by this author and hope it won't be the last.Highly recommended.Many thanks to the publisher for I love Hallmark Christmas movies and this book reminded me of them.It's a sort of comedy of errors, well written and entertaining.It's got all the elements for a great Christmas story: the romance, the Christmas spirit plus a lot of humour.I rooted for the well written characters, I smiled and liked the style of writing which is great in making you visualise the setting.It's the first book I read by this author and hope it won't be the last.Highly recommended.Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Jodie
    January 1, 1970
    In this festive holiday read, the protagonist Emmie loves everything Christmas related. Having recently lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident, she is determined to keep alive the memories of all her past Christmases and to keep the spirit of the season which her parents conveyed to her. One of the traditions she most enjoyed was a holiday inspired treasure hunt which she plans for her workaholic boyfriend, Grant, who has promised to take some much needed time off work over the In this festive holiday read, the protagonist Emmie loves everything Christmas related. Having recently lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident, she is determined to keep alive the memories of all her past Christmases and to keep the spirit of the season which her parents conveyed to her. One of the traditions she most enjoyed was a holiday inspired treasure hunt which she plans for her workaholic boyfriend, Grant, who has promised to take some much needed time off work over the Christmas season and allow Emmie to plan her perfect holiday. When the first clue of the scavenger hunt gets into the wrong hands, Emmie’s Christmas plans look to be ruined. But then she meets Sam for the second time in less than a week and finds another heart which has much spirit as she does.I loved this book which has put me into the Christmas spirit in September! It is charming, and full of kind generous characters who truly display the spirit of the season. I look forward to watching the movie version of this book! Thank you to Edelweiss Plus and William Morrow Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler was a perfect Christmas story. It's one of those slow burning reads. The plot started off by introducing the characters. The main problem was a no show boyfriend and the wrong guy who fits the checklist so perfectly. Maybe, the wrong guy is the right guy. But Emmie has her hands full. Planning a Christmas getaway for her and her boyfriend to enjoying everything Christmas has to offer.By celebrating Christmas, this Christmas Queen, keeps her parents memories Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler was a perfect Christmas story. It's one of those slow burning reads. The plot started off by introducing the characters. The main problem was a no show boyfriend and the wrong guy who fits the checklist so perfectly. Maybe, the wrong guy is the right guy. But Emmie has her hands full. Planning a Christmas getaway for her and her boyfriend to enjoying everything Christmas has to offer.By celebrating Christmas, this Christmas Queen, keeps her parents memories alive. I felt the immediate heartache and pain that Emmie felt from losing them. She dives head first into Christmas spirit. There's also her annoying On Track App. Even the wrong guy, Sam, and a cute dog name, Dasher, hate the app. However, getting Emmie off the app is impossible. Sam is the hot Christmas guy visiting Christmas Point. He is a writer who missed his deadlines. He avoided his agent until she came to chase him down. Sam isn't sure if he will ever write another novel. Until, a Christmas scavenger clue led him to a woman who loves Christmas everything. Something changed, and Sam won't give up easily. He too suffered a major loss. His sister died. All in all, this heartwarming tale, has enough Christmas magic to melt my heart. I loved the cast of characters. Emmie, Sam, Dasher, and the rest of  the Christmas Point cast. Each one added to the story. They gave it depth, meaning, and heart. Loss, grief, hope, and a bit of romance can be found in this read. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book. The Christmas scavenger hunt is a fun premise. Unfortunately, there were a couple of issues for me. First, the author did a lot of telling rather than showing and the telling was super repetitive. How many times does the reader need to be reminded that it's the main character's favorite holiday because it helps her feel close to her dead parents? Second, the characterization felt forced. Obviously the perfectionist, over-scheduled woman is eventually going to I really wanted to like this book. The Christmas scavenger hunt is a fun premise. Unfortunately, there were a couple of issues for me. First, the author did a lot of telling rather than showing and the telling was super repetitive. How many times does the reader need to be reminded that it's the main character's favorite holiday because it helps her feel close to her dead parents? Second, the characterization felt forced. Obviously the perfectionist, over-scheduled woman is eventually going to open her eyes to see that she enjoys life and feels loved when she allows herself to relax and the sweet "wrong" guy will help her reach this revelation. But seriously, she felt manic for most of the book and her stupid boyfriend was so obviously not into anything she had going on. She kept defending him and saying how much he would love some activity or other that even the reader, who had literally gotten one short scene with him, knew that wasn't the case. Who are you trying to convince, girl? I spent at least half the book wanting to smack her upside the head. There are lots of other, better Christmas romances to curl up with.*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marian
    January 1, 1970
    Some people are super into Christmas movies and some are more into Christmas books. I enjoy a really well done or super cheesy Christmas movie and since the author of Finding Christmas has written a couple of those (not that I've seen them), I was hoping FC would scratch the same itch as Christmas movies in general. It kinda did, but for a good chunk of the book I kept thinking it would actually work far better as a movie as we're told a lot of things instead of being shown them. The actual Some people are super into Christmas movies and some are more into Christmas books. I enjoy a really well done or super cheesy Christmas movie and since the author of Finding Christmas has written a couple of those (not that I've seen them), I was hoping FC would scratch the same itch as Christmas movies in general. It kinda did, but for a good chunk of the book I kept thinking it would actually work far better as a movie as we're told a lot of things instead of being shown them. The actual story itself is pretty cute. Emmie is a workaholic dating an even bigger workaholic-Grant. Since Christmas is her season to shine and remember/honor her parents, she convinces Grant to take a Christmas themed vacation. Wanting their first Christmas together to be memorable, she cooks up a Christmas scavenger hunt which will lead him to Christmas Point. Unfortunately, Grant is working when he shouldn't be and she's unable to give him the first clue in person. She leaves it with his doorman and naturally someone else picks it up instead.Sam loves Christmas almost as much as Emmie, though he seems slightly less likely to wind up in the poor house due to buying every Christmas tree he comes across. However, he's finding it hard to really get into the swing of the holiday season since the loss of his sister. Worse, he's a writer who lost his sounding board and has missed so many deadlines that his career is in jeopardy. When his agent tells him she's sending something over to help his writing, he doesn't think twice about undertaking a random scavenger hunt. When Sam shows up in Christmas Point instead of Grant, Emmie is thrown.Sam is smitten pretty early on and since Grant keeps flaking on Emmie, Sam steps in and helps Emmie with her extremely detailed list of Christmas activities. The chemistry between the two is fairly easy and believable, though I think we cut away from conversations a little too frequently. Grant's a decent enough third in a love triangle. He's not a complete jerk, but you don't root for him to keep Emmie's heart either. It's hard to even really feel sorry for him when the inevitable happens since he's so wrapped up in making partner that he doesn't seem present for anything else. My only issue with the actual plot is Emmie throwing a fit when she thinks Sam is lifting her life story for his next novel. It'd be one thing if he'd hidden that he was a writer, or if Grant hadn't stressed that Sam writes -mystery- novels and it's hard to really confuse Emmie/Sam/Grant with a mystery. But we needed some conflict, I guess? It's not a deal breaker, it's just one of my least favorite tropes that unfortunately tends to come with the territory.The reason we're only at three stars is because the writing loses me in places. Yes. I'm nitpicking a Christmas movie in book form. Sorry?First, there's this: "I'd much rather buy something from her and support someone who is doing such beautiful work than spend money buying something generic that was probably made in China." I get that she means she'd rather buy something one of a kind and handcrafted versus something you can get just anywhere with little to no thought put into the purchase or even the creation, but the way it's written is just cringe inducing. This one I'm fully aware is likely just me, though."As she sipped her hot chocolate, loaded with tiny pink and white marshmallows, out of her favorite Santa mug, the Christmas song, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" played softly in the background. - This happens a fair amount whenever a song pops up. Since they're all Christmas songs, there's no need to announce that it's a Christmas song. If we didn't get the idea from being told that Emmie was listening to a Christmas playlist, we'd definitely get the idea from the song title. It's like the author was bound and determined to use the word Christmas so many times that it would cease to feel like a word. Once or twice and I'd just assume it was a quirk, like characters "holding things to their hearts." But it keeps happening and I kept noticing, so annoying it became.But the full body cringe and loss of stars comes towards the end when Emmie and her friend Denise are planning a Christmas movie marathon... and we have to sit through them discussing the merits of A Christmas Prince and Christmas Camp, both movies by our author. Which I only know because it's on the front and back cover as well as the author blurb in the back. I'm sure there are plenty of people who think it's cute but for me it was groan out loud worthy. So. A star for Emmie and Sam, a star for Christmas Point (it's entirely too perfect for words but I did say I like cheesy Christmas, right?), and a star for Dasher who is worth the price of admission. I received a copy of this book and this was the honest review. Huzzah.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Christmas novels and movies. Karen Schaler is the perfect Christmas author as she not only wrote a Christmas novel I enjoyed last year, Christmas Camp, but she also wrote a Netflix movie my daughter I love, The Christmas Prince. Finding Christmas is her new novel this year and I was overjoyed to be able to read it.Emmie loves Christmas. After losing her parents in a terrible car crash, she keeps their memories alive and their joy of Christmas with her own celebrations. She has a very busy I LOVE Christmas novels and movies. Karen Schaler is the perfect Christmas author as she not only wrote a Christmas novel I enjoyed last year, Christmas Camp, but she also wrote a Netflix movie my daughter I love, The Christmas Prince. Finding Christmas is her new novel this year and I was overjoyed to be able to read it.Emmie loves Christmas. After losing her parents in a terrible car crash, she keeps their memories alive and their joy of Christmas with her own celebrations. She has a very busy schedule running a community center, but she takes time out to plan a special romantic Christmas vacation with her equally busy boyfriend, Grant, so that they can create new Christmas memories together. She starts their vacation off by leaving him a scavenger hunt to figure out where they will meet in the quant town of Christmas Point. Unfortunately, author Sam who lives in Grant’s building, is delivered the first clue. He has been struggling with the loss of his sister and trying to find inspiration for a new novel. When he finds the clues and follows along on the scavenger hunt, he finally feels inspired again. What will happen when Sam and Emmie meet? Will Grant make it to Christmas Point?I really enjoyed this novel. It was a cute story. I loved the sentimentality, and the romance. I loved the joy of Christmas and what it really means for family and friends. I also loved that it showed it that the spirit of giving and helping out those in need can make your Christmas brighter. I enjoyed all of the characters and thought they were well written down to the excellent dog Dash. I want to stay in Christmas Point!! I must admit thought my favorite part of the book was when Emmie is watching Christmas movies with a friend. They go through a list of some of my favorite movies as well, and then they tongue in cheek mention The Christmas Prince and Christmas Camp. I laughed out loud!!Favorite Quotes:“I don’t want these tears. I don’t want to be sad. I want to remember all the joy and love. I like to think the people we’ve lost are still with us, watching down on us, guiding us.”“That’s not crazy, that’s Christmas!”“As they kissed, Emmie knew without a doubt that she’d found the right person to spend Christmas with, now and forever.”Overall, Finding Christmas is a perfect Christmas novel to get you in the mood for the holidays. If you love Hallmark Christmas movies, you will love Finding Christmas.Book Source: Review Copy from William Morrow as part of the TLC Book Tour. Thank-you!This review was first posted on my blog at: https://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2019...
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    They had taught her that Christmas wasn’t about things, that it was about spending time with the people you loved most, making memories, and helping others.White twinkling Christmas lights.She loved them the most. She was a prisoner to their magic and cham. The way they glittered and shimmered, drawing her in, casting a dreamlike spell over her, commanding a complete Christmas surrender. It was the kind of surrender that often triggered holiday decorating, shopping, movie watching, and baking They had taught her that Christmas wasn’t about things, that it was about spending time with the people you loved most, making memories, and helping others.White twinkling Christmas lights.She loved them the most. She was a prisoner to their magic and cham. The way they glittered and shimmered, drawing her in, casting a dreamlike spell over her, commanding a complete Christmas surrender. It was the kind of surrender that often triggered holiday decorating, shopping, movie watching, and baking binges.“It looks like the Grinch stole Christmas and brought everything here.”It had stopped snowing, but the new snow that was clinging to the trees made it look like an enchanted winter-white forest from a fairy tale.“I think you can have Christmas spirit anywhere.” Emmie said. “Christmas lives in your heart, in your memories.”There was a beautiful gazebo covered with white twinkle lights.The gazebo’s two-tiered domed octagonal roof was covered with a blanket of fresh snow, and snow also covered the few steps leading up to the gazebo. The entire gazebo was decorated with wonderful wreaths and seemingly endless strands of garland covered with red velvet bows. In the center of the gazebo was the real showstopper, a charming Christmas tree sparkling with white lights. Bright red ornaments, and candy canes. Emmie couldn’t believe it. The gazebo was like a Christmas wish she hadn’t even wished for yet. It was all the many things she loved about Christmas in one place. It was perfect.This is my honest opinion. I finally won my first giveaway on Goodreads. And I’m beyond excited that I won this book, Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler. I was already hooked from page one. The details that the author wrote about is wonderful. One of my favorite parts about the book is how well the author wrote about the details. I could see the shops, the town, the inn, and decorations, everything, so clearly. I could picture Emmie clearly. She reminds me of a person, and that’s me. My favorite holiday is Christmas and I felt like I was Emmie in the book. This book was a fun, festive and an adorable read. Definitely a perfect book to read during the holiday time.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this sweet, fun Christmas story by Karen Schaler. This is what Christmas stories and movies should be about. If you enjoy Christmas cookies, decorating, making wreaths, stockings and snowmen, singing Christmas carols and just enjoying all Christmas has to offer, this is the book for you. Emmie loves Christmas. She runs a non-profit and is in the midst of fundraising and organizing a huge Christmas dinner for a local shelter. Even with all that going on, she wants to plan a perfect I loved this sweet, fun Christmas story by Karen Schaler. This is what Christmas stories and movies should be about. If you enjoy Christmas cookies, decorating, making wreaths, stockings and snowmen, singing Christmas carols and just enjoying all Christmas has to offer, this is the book for you. Emmie loves Christmas. She runs a non-profit and is in the midst of fundraising and organizing a huge Christmas dinner for a local shelter. Even with all that going on, she wants to plan a perfect Christmas getaway for her boyfriend, a busy lawyer, and herself. She puts together a scavenger hunt for him to follow to that they will meet up at Christmas Point where she can share all her favourite Christmas traditions. What happens when someone else follows her clues?It is a familiar theme, the workaholic who doesn't treat his partner with the respect and care they deserve, but this book had a bit of a twist. When Sam shows up in Christmas Point instead of Grant, they end up spending time together, while waiting for him to arrive. The longer it takes for him to get to Christmas Point, the more time Emmie and Sam spend together. Of course, you know how this one will end up, but the journey is so much fun. I love the addition of Dasher, the border collie that lives at the inn. He is almost psychic at times. The people in the town see what is happening between Sam and Emmie, even if they or should I say she, does not want to see it. A fun, sweet, Christmas romance that I really enjoyed. I would love to see this one made into a Hallmark Movie.I listened to the audiobook of Finding Christmas narrated by Bailey Carr. I really enjoyed listening to this one. Bailey Carr has an easy voice to listen to. She used the right tone, with enough expression and inflection to give voice to the various characters. I would happily listen to other books narrated by her. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Sarah Louise
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I just overdosed on Christmas. This was adorable, a true Hallmark Christmas romance, which I expected nothing less coming from the writer of The Christmas PrinceIt was magical. The cozy village of Christmas Point. The Christmas scavenger hunt. Emmie, in hopes to surprise her boyfriend, leaves a scavenger hunt where the final destination is Christmas Point, the perfect getaway for the season. Unfortunately, her plan goes amiss when the wrong guy, Sam, follows her clues. I loved this I feel like I just overdosed on Christmas. This was adorable, a true Hallmark Christmas romance, which I expected nothing less coming from the writer of The Christmas PrinceIt was magical.❆ The cozy village of Christmas Point. ❆ The Christmas scavenger hunt. Emmie, in hopes to surprise her boyfriend, leaves a scavenger hunt where the final destination is Christmas Point, the perfect getaway for the season. Unfortunately, her plan goes amiss when the wrong guy, Sam, follows her clues. I loved this setup. ❆ The pure, childlike happiness that Emmie shares with everyone around her. ❆ The romance, of course. I felt the spark from their first encounter. Sam was perfectly charming.It was predictable in the way every Christmas romance is, and very over-the-top cheerful, but that’s what I wanted. I came for the warm and fuzzies and that’s what I got, along with the urge to bake cookies and play Christmas songs.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    As a typical Christmas book, it had some great elements. I instantly felt like I had been transported to a Hallmark movie.Sam and Emmie have great chemistry and I loved the Scavenger Hunt scenarios.One small issue that drove this from 4 to 3 starsThe author seriously referenced her own books twice. She made a reference to her other book Christmas Camp, going so far as to even give a brief synopsis and then the characters even mention wanting to watch A Christmas Prince which this author also As a typical Christmas book, it had some great elements. I instantly felt like I had been transported to a Hallmark movie.Sam and Emmie have great chemistry and I loved the Scavenger Hunt scenarios.One small issue that drove this from 4 to 3 starsThe author seriously referenced her own books twice. She made a reference to her other book Christmas Camp, going so far as to even give a brief synopsis and then the characters even mention wanting to watch A Christmas Prince which this author also wrote. Talk about a shameless plug. I think that was a little tacky. Anyway, That is about all I can say for now. If you want just a cutesy read for the Christmas season ... this is the book for you.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Right guy, wrong guy- which is which? Emmie loves Christmas and she wants everyone she knows to love it too, including her boyfriend Grant, who has a lot of other things going on. I can't imagine why she thought he would actually participate in a scavenger hunt but she did. Sam stumbles into the middle of this and follows the clues, much to Emmie's surprise. Is there really a town like Christmas Point? We'd all like to think so because it seems magical- magical enough to keep Sam in town to woo Right guy, wrong guy- which is which? Emmie loves Christmas and she wants everyone she knows to love it too, including her boyfriend Grant, who has a lot of other things going on. I can't imagine why she thought he would actually participate in a scavenger hunt but she did. Sam stumbles into the middle of this and follows the clues, much to Emmie's surprise. Is there really a town like Christmas Point? We'd all like to think so because it seems magical- magical enough to keep Sam in town to woo Emma and strong enough to lure Grant as well. Which will she choose? Regular romance readers know but it's a sweet story. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This would make (and at times reads like) a movie.
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  • Denise Levendoski
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Karen Schaler and Goodreads.com I won this book in a Giveaway.Funny, charming and quick read about Christmas miracles. I really enjoyed this book, I laughed out loud at several passages and got a warm cozy feeling just in time for Christmas. And I hate Christmas ! If you are looking for a gift or a spirited Christmas story this is it !
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    Emmie loves Christmas more than anything, so naturally she plans to make her first Christmas with boyfriend Grant extra special. She plans an elaborate holiday scavenger hunt that will take him to a small mountain town called Christmas Point, so they can have a romantic holiday weekend together. The catch? The wrong man gets the scavenger hunt clues. Sam is a mystery novelist with writer's block. He thinks the clues are from his agent, and he arrives at Christmas Point for the weekend. Emmie's Emmie loves Christmas more than anything, so naturally she plans to make her first Christmas with boyfriend Grant extra special. She plans an elaborate holiday scavenger hunt that will take him to a small mountain town called Christmas Point, so they can have a romantic holiday weekend together. The catch? The wrong man gets the scavenger hunt clues. Sam is a mystery novelist with writer's block. He thinks the clues are from his agent, and he arrives at Christmas Point for the weekend. Emmie's boyfriend is too busy working to join her, so she becomes friends with Sam and sparks start to fly.I wanted to read this book from first description because I love Christmas! I love Christmas novels and Christmas movies, and knew I would like this book because of the author's background. Karen Schaler has written a number of Christmas movies for Hallmark, Netflix, and Lifetime.Finding Christmas reads like the most charming Hallmark Christmas romance imaginable. Emmie starts out a little grumpy because she is on a big Christmas shopping trip and her perfect wreath purchase is blocked by another customer - Sam (we will see him again later). At first I thought Emmie was going to be a shopaholic character, but she really isn't. She works hard managing a nonprofit community center and helping families in need. Christmas is her one special time that she likes to shop - and often for others.Sam is such a charming character. He is a great sport who is up for anything - from decorating cookies to ice skating. From the start I wanted him to get together with Emmie. I absolutely loved their scenes together.I especially loved the Christmas scavenger hunt that Sam (mistakenly) went on. Every little stop of the hunt was great fun. The author even has tips on how to plan your own holiday scavenger hunt in the back of the book!Christmas Point is a charming setting for this story. It is a little town (population 720) dedicated to all things Christmas. Emmie stays at an inn there that is owned by a widow named Ruby. Ruby is a lovely, warm character and her friendship with Emmie adds a lot to the book. I loved all the details of Christmas celebrations in this little town too. I have to add that Ruby even has a sweet Border Collie named Dasher! (I enjoy all books more when they feature a lovable dog or cat.)I also loved Emmie's passion for all things Christmas. I could just picture her apartment from the book's description:"Her entire apartment looked like a scene from a Christmas fairy tale. There were hundreds of white twinkle lights hanging overhead, attached to the loft's old wooden ceiling beams. The lights also outlined all the windows. From top to bottom, Emmie's apartment was filled with all kinds of Christmas decorations from vintage to modern, similar to how her office was decorated. Emmie didn't discriminate. She had a snow globe collection, an angel collection, and a snowman collection, as well as several antique nativity sets. ... It was the perfect balance of old and new, and it felt genuine and real" (p. 57).I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and know that other fans of Christmas novels will like it too. Finding Christmas is a perfect holiday read -- just settle in with a cup of cocoa and prepare to get in the holiday spirit!
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  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    Emmie loves Christmas. So much that she goes almost overboard on decorating and celebrating. Without a doubt, she loves Christmas so much because her parents (both deceased) loved Christmas and worked to make it an extra special time for her. The way she loves the holiday season is a lot but it made me smile while I was reading because I feel like I have the potential for going overboard with the holidays sometimes myself. Emmie has planned a short vacation at holiday-themed Christmas Point, and Emmie loves Christmas. So much that she goes almost overboard on decorating and celebrating. Without a doubt, she loves Christmas so much because her parents (both deceased) loved Christmas and worked to make it an extra special time for her. The way she loves the holiday season is a lot but it made me smile while I was reading because I feel like I have the potential for going overboard with the holidays sometimes myself. Emmie has planned a short vacation at holiday-themed Christmas Point, and her boyfriend Grant's enthusiasm for the trip is basically nonexistent. So Emmie decides she'll enjoy the vacation jam-packed with holiday activities on her own because she loves Christmas that much. Interestingly, Sam shows up to the same town where Emmie is. He loves Christmas just as much as she does, and for similar reasons. The two join one another during their holiday-themed adventures, and naturally Emmie begins to wish she had someone just like Sam to enjoy Christmas with. It seems that Sam places the same amount of importance on the holidays that she does. They're a match, really. Except that Emmie has a boyfriend back home. I ADORE everything about the way that Emmie and Sam end up in the same place. Their journey there was so much fun to read and was so clever. I smiled a lot while I read. I also felt some tension where the romance is concerned. Emmie's boyfriend doesn't show up for her and Sam is there to fill in all of the gaps, but Grant is still her boyfriend. It made me sad that Emmie kept making excuses for Grant when the reality was that the two just had different priorities and interests where Christmas is concerned. That being said, I was totally #TeamSam and I really did want Emmie and Sam to find a way to be together. Because of these conflicted feelings and because of how long they lasted, I sort of wish Grant wouldn't have been in the story at all. The vacation in Christmas Point was great and the people that Emmie and Sam met there were fantastic and easy to love. I especially loved the lady that owned the bakery and the lady that owned the Inn. Karen Schaler writes amazing, well-rounded characters that I would like to know in my real life. This one is bursting at the seams with Christmas. It's an easy addition to my annual holiday reads list and it is clear to me that Karen Schaler is one of my must-read authors. I still think that Christmas Camp is my favorite, but I have loved all of the holiday stories that she has written. Just like Christmas Camp and Christmas Camp Wedding from a year ago, this one would make a perfect Hallmark or Netflix movie. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, William Morrow Books!
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  • Tristan Munoz
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Christmas book I’ve ever read - not counting the traditional children’s/family stories like the Grinch and such. I’m not a huge fan of the cheesy and overly predictable romance stories but I got this book as a gift from a friend, so I HAD to give it a try! I don’t regret it! I took off one star only because the story was a little bit longer than it needed to be - I felt like some things were repeated too much and other things could’ve been left out altogether - but overall it This is the first Christmas book I’ve ever read - not counting the traditional children’s/family stories like the Grinch and such. I’m not a huge fan of the cheesy and overly predictable romance stories but I got this book as a gift from a friend, so I HAD to give it a try! I don’t regret it! I took off one star only because the story was a little bit longer than it needed to be -  I felt like some things were repeated too much and other things could’ve been left out altogether - but overall it was still a very sweet and enjoyable holiday read!Emmie puts her entire heart into celebrating Christmas. This woman goes ALL OUT! She’s dating Grant, a very Scrooge - like character. Emmie has high hopes that getting Grant away from the city will boost his Christmas spirit. She plans an elaborate Christmas scavenger hunt for Grant, which will lead him to Christmas Point - a town devoted to Christmas - where they will spend a magical Christmas vacation. But things get mixed up and Sam, a sexy author, accidently gets the scavenger hunt clues! This could go terribly wrong, but it turns out that the level of Sam’s Christmas spirit almost matches Emmie’s. Will Grant be able to step away from work and  enjoy Christmas with Emmie or will Emmie realize Sam is the perfect holiday mate for her? I think this a great book for those of us who don’t love the sappy romance holiday stories but still want to experience a nice holiday story.  The romance level was sweet but not too cheesy. Karen Schaler is also the author of other popular Christmas books that have been made into movies or shows such as - A Christmas Prince and Christmas Camp. Finding Christmas is perfect to read while curled up with your favorite blanket , a cup of cocoa and some cookies!
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This reads like a classic Hallmark Christmas movie, at times even feeling more like a screenplay than a novel. I loved the premise with the wrong guy picking up the scavenger hunt clues. The setting with the inn and Christmas Point - and the dog - was fantastic.But the writing tripped me up here and there - it was repetitive at times. And Emmie was WAY over the top for me. Her Christmas fanaticism felt so over blown, almost to the point of compulsion. It made her unsympathetic or 3.5 stars. This reads like a classic Hallmark Christmas movie, at times even feeling more like a screenplay than a novel. I loved the premise with the wrong guy picking up the scavenger hunt clues. The setting with the inn and Christmas Point - and the dog - was fantastic.But the writing tripped me up here and there - it was repetitive at times. And Emmie was WAY over the top for me. Her Christmas fanaticism felt so over blown, almost to the point of compulsion. It made her unsympathetic or accommodating to anyone - like her boyfriend - who didn't match her level of intensity. For example, in one passage where she makes Grant go to a gift wrapping event with her, she told him wrapping gifts was "easy" four times in a two-page scene (as well as a "piece of cake."). She had no grace for him that it wasn't something he had done for years or had any experience with. There are so many ways she could have been understanding - where they could have still done the event together, but not in a way that shamed and demeaned him - but that didn't happen. Yes, Grant was slavishly devoted to his job in an unhealthy way, and he blew off her plans far too often for them to stay together. But she was hardly blameless in their relationship issues. It felt like she had no respect for his personality/preferences/boundaries when it came to Christmas activities. Because of her history and her fanaticism, her way was somehow right and he was always bad and wrong. And don't get me started on the productivity app. So, this was not a great fit for me on the Christmas book front, which made me sad, because that premise was fantastic.
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  • Lani
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad I indulged in this wonderful Christmas story with characters who felt real (including Dasher the dog!). Christmastime and a friendship turned romance, what's not to love? Perfect book for me as I am all in at Christmas and so is the main character. What I loved about this story is the main male character also loves Christmas. Usually these types of Christmas stories involve just the girl being a Christmas fanatic, but it was fun to read about Sam decorating his home and his I'm so glad I indulged in this wonderful Christmas story with characters who felt real (including Dasher the dog!). Christmastime and a friendship turned romance, what's not to love? Perfect book for me as I am all in at Christmas and so is the main character. What I loved about this story is the main male character also loves Christmas. Usually these types of Christmas stories involve just the girl being a Christmas fanatic, but it was fun to read about Sam decorating his home and his colleagues thinking he was a little Christmas crazy as well. I definitely put myself in Emme's shoes and walked through Christmas Point with her. The details were so lovely, I almost felt like I was there, observing twinkle lights and smelling fresh baked gingerbread cookies! It was a surprise to look up from my reading and see Halloween decor at my house! I only wish the ending would have been longer and not so quick to be wrapped up with a short epilogue. It was a good ending, but still. So much time spent getting there, I wanted to be there for a few more pages. It's a very Hallmark Christmas movie type of book without being too cheesy. Christmas is the best time to let yourself believe in a some holiday magic. Pick up this book for a feel good festive read that really gets you in the spirit of the season!
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  • Marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving this book 4 stars because it met my desires for a "lighter" read and preferably a holiday-related one as well. The main female character is over-the-top Christmas-obsessed, although there's a psychological reason behind it; nevertheless, it sometimes drove me a little crazy. And she's got a boyfriend who is pretty blasé about holidays, being all caught up in his work life (he's a lawyer shooting for partner in the firm) - I didn't like him much, although I guess he had a few good I'm giving this book 4 stars because it met my desires for a "lighter" read and preferably a holiday-related one as well. The main female character is over-the-top Christmas-obsessed, although there's a psychological reason behind it; nevertheless, it sometimes drove me a little crazy. And she's got a boyfriend who is pretty blasé about holidays, being all caught up in his work life (he's a lawyer shooting for partner in the firm) - I didn't like him much, although I guess he had a few good traits. Along the way in the story, her plans for surprising the Scrooge of a Boyfriend with a vacation in a Christmas-themed town in the mountains, away from all distractions, gets messed up when the wrong guy gets the message to drive to a particular Christmasy Inn. Except this reader keeps hoping he's really the right guy (because he's a writer). I also really liked the inn keeper. And the town's holiday traditions and spirit. I enjoyed this as a Christmas read, wishing all the while that there was a real Christmas Point, loaded with such kind, helpful, generous, cheerful folks. There's a bit of romance and a lot of good will in this story. If you're looking for a holiday read, this might be one you'd like. If you want a holiday with more of an edge to it, hang in there- my next book review is another Xmas-related story with much more suspense!
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  • R J Mckay
    January 1, 1970
    I received a coy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.A Hallmark movie in book form, this happy and hopeful story will sweep you up and fill you with the Christmas spirit. From gingerbread men to white twinkling lights, the reader will be filled with the warmth of the holiday and the beauty of the season.Emmie is all about Christmas, so she plans a Christmas scavenger hunt for her boyfriend. She can’t wait to share her love for the holiday with him. But things go terribly wrong I received a coy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.A Hallmark movie in book form, this happy and hopeful story will sweep you up and fill you with the Christmas spirit. From gingerbread men to white twinkling lights, the reader will be filled with the warmth of the holiday and the beauty of the season.Emmie is all about Christmas, so she plans a Christmas scavenger hunt for her boyfriend. She can’t wait to share her love for the holiday with him. But things go terribly wrong when, instead of Grant, it is Sam who follows the clues. Sam is an author suffering from writer’s block. He thinks his editor has sent him on the hunt as a way to inspire him. Both are bewildered when they come face-to face at the end of the hunt. It is Sam who steps forward to fill in when Grant’s job keeps him away. And it is the magic of Christmas that pulls these two together as their shared love of the holiday inspires them both.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a lover of Hallmark/Lifetime/ION holiday movies, then do not pass up reading "Finding Christmas" by Karen Schaler. It is guaranteed to meet your expectations for a cheerful, heartfelt holiday read. I read Schaler's "Christmas Camp" last year and fell in love with the characters and charming setting, this follow-up novel is no less holiday cheer inspiring. {You do NOT need to read Christmas Camp first--theses are stand-alone novels.} Emmie adores Christmas and wants to cram in every If you are a lover of Hallmark/Lifetime/ION holiday movies, then do not pass up reading "Finding Christmas" by Karen Schaler. It is guaranteed to meet your expectations for a cheerful, heartfelt holiday read. I read Schaler's "Christmas Camp" last year and fell in love with the characters and charming setting, this follow-up novel is no less holiday cheer inspiring. {You do NOT need to read Christmas Camp first--theses are stand-alone novels.} Emmie adores Christmas and wants to cram in every possible way to celebrate and share that joy with her workaholic boyfriend, Grant. Sam is an author, who also loves Christmas, dealing with writer's block. Although not totally unpredictable, readers who enjoy Christmas cozies, will love to indulge in this sweet read. There is a perfect mountain town to set the ambiance, an adorable dog with spunk and an array of likable characters that will get you so pumped with holiday cheer that you will want to get those decorations up asap.
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