Archive for Contemp Review

Contemp Review: An Angel for Christmas [Hardcover]

I’ve finished “An Angel for Christmas” by Heather Graham.

Product Description

Christmas has never brought out the best in the MacDougal family. Still, year after year, they gather together in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make the season merry and bright. But this year is an especially strained one, with Shayne’s impending divorce, Morwenna’s slavish devotion to work and Bobby’s reluctance to face what life has to offer. They’ve never felt less like a family.

Then, in the midst of a snowy sibling shouting match, a mysterious stranger appears. He could be a criminal, a madman — or something far more unexpected. Despite their fears and the growing danger in the dark woods around them, the MacDougals take a leap of faith. But when another stranger arrives on the mountainside, they don’t know which of them to believe. One of these men can’t be trusted. And one is about to bring Christmas into their hearts.

Product Details
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Mira (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778312798
ISBN-13: 978-0778312796

My Review:

Every year the MacDougalls have Christmas together even through the all the bickering and fighting. It’s even tenser this year with Shayne the oldest son is bitter and extremely upset about his divorce and missing his kids, Morwenna the middle kid is at home while her boyfriend is in Mexico and debating if she made the right decision and Bobby the youngest son keeps changing schools and courses.  Now he really wants to go to Jiliard though his dad tells him he won’t make much money singing or playing guitar.  Mike MacDougall is a lawyer and really wants whats best for his children.  Stacy MacDougall is a stay at home mom and grandmother.

Cindy has allowed the children to stay with their dad’s family since she wanted them to have a family Christmas.  Then the whole family finds an injured stranger on their property and he says his name is Gage Lange and he’s a State Trooper chasing after a dangerous criminal Luke Defeo.  The family brings him inside and nurses him back to health while Mike doesn’t trust him.  Gage is incorporated into the family gathering when Luke arrives on the scene saying he’s the State Trooper.

The family doesn’t trust either so they both of them up and walk them down to the family restaurant in town when the snow lets up.  The reception is bad so they always miss the news when finally they get some reception back and Morwenna sees her boyfriend chasing Miss Double D on the beach.

Then Luke escapes and targets Morwenna’s brothers as an ambush and now everyone has to fight for their lives.

This book was quite heartwarming though a little different with elements of spiritual things.  It has a happy ending though I thought the romance was kind of unbelievable since Morwenna was suspicious of Gabe for the entire book.



Contemp Review: Bring Me Home for Christmas (Virgin River) [Paperback]

I’ve finished “Bring Me Home for Christmas” the book in her Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.

Product Description

This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list — getting over Denny Cutler.

Three years ago, Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It’s time she got over her silly college relationship and moved on.

So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother’s men – only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters.

As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. And the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Mira; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778312712
ISBN-13: 978-0778312710

My Review:

Becky Timm needs to get over her old boyfriend Denny before she can decide to marry her current one.  Three years ago Denny broke her heart when he broke up with her before heading off to war.  She tells herself she’s over him but deep inside herself she’s not so sure.

So to make sure she arrives at her younger brother’s house with a suitcase determined to tag along at his men only weekend getaway.  When she arrives it doesn’t go as expected Denny isn’t happy to see her and starts ripping at her.  Now she believes she has made a terrible mistake.

Life hasn’t been that good for Denny the last three years but he has finally found a place he loves with a great job at Jilly Farms and has made some good friends.  He never expected his ex-girlfriend Becky to come when he invited his friends to a men only fishing weekend.  He knew letting go of Becky was the worst thing he has ever done.  Now he’s determined to win her back at no cost!

Then an accident happens that forces Becky to stay in town longer and she learns Denny isn’t the boy she used to know but a good man.

I was really glad when Becky and Denny were able to resolve their issues to get together once again and that Becky finally grew up and started to love the town and it’s inhabitants.  Loved how she interacted with the young children and really bonded with one of them.