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Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright
Published by: Shadow Mountain
Page Numbers: 240
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Carter is an insurance adjuster whose longing for creative expression spills over sometimes into his accident reports. Abby works for her adoptive father, Uncle Mannie, in the family bookstore, the ReadMore Café. Carter barely tolerates Christmas; Abby loves it. She can’t wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter despises.
When an automobile accident throws Carter and Abby together, Uncle Mannie, who is harboring secrets of his own, sees a chance for lasting happiness for his little girl. But there are so many hurdles, and not much time left. Will this Christmas deliver the miracle everyone is hoping for? Where love and Christmas are concerned, there are no accidents.
This was a short, sweet, fun story full of holiday cheer!
It reads as a bit of a parody of Christmas stories, which I think is helpful to know going into it, because the writing was pretty cheesy in the beginning. I have read almost all of Camron Wright’s books and this one definitely has a different feel and is more of a comedy than his other books. There were several things that made me laugh as the book poked fun at itself and other Christmas stories.
It gave me a very similar feel to Hallmark Christmas movies—I know they’re not the most profound or well-crafted stories but they make me smile, feel good, and have Christmas cheer! This one had the added benefit of being self-aware of the cheesiness and cliches of the stories while also bringing heart and meaning in.
I thought the premise of the main characters’ jobs (an insurance adjuster and a bookstore owner/part-time editor) and how they meet was a lot of fun. It would make for an entertaining movie!
There are a couple recipes in the back of the book for foods that are mentioned throughout the story–including the cinnamon whipped cream I put on top of my hot chocolate in the picture above! The book has a really cute appearance with the smaller size and adorable cover!