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A Christmas Romance

Times are tough for Julia Stonecypher and her family. A widow with two young daughters, Julia has struggled to keep up financially. To make matters worse, she loses her job just days before Christmas. So when Brian Harding, an upscale banker from the city, comes to collect on her outstanding bills, Julia is unable to pay. After informing her that she will lose her house, Brian takes off into the snowstorm, but doesn’t make it far. When he crashes his car and injures himself, Julia allows him into her home despite his surly attitude. But as they wait out the storm together, Brian seems to have a change of heart and it looks as though this might be a merry Christmas for Julia after all.

It has almost become a Christmas tradition for me to watch A Christmas Romance. I’ve watched it several times and I still love it. It’s one of the most romantic Christmas movies, I’ve seen. Olivia Newton-John is Julia Stonecypher and Gregory Harrison is Brian Harding. But did you know that Olivia Newton-Johns daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, is in the movie as well? I just learned that she’s Deenie Stonecypher!

Merry-Christmas

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Christmas with the Kranks (movie)

Christmas with the Kranks

Storyline from IMDB: With their daughter away, her parents decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holidays at the last minute.

This film is based on John Grishams Skipping Christmas, which I read earlier during this Christmas Challenge. I was not too fond of the book, but I must say that I love the movie. Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis are wonderful as Luther & Nora Krank. The movie is funny (I’ve watched it 3 times now) and I highly recommend it.

My rating: 4/5

This is a part of my Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge – Fa La La La level.

Silent Night: A Christmas Suspense Story by Mary Higgins Clark

I read this book as a part of The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge.

Storyline from Goodreads: When Catherine Dornan’s husband, Tom, is diagnosed with leukemia, she and their two young sons travel with him to New York during the holiday season for a lifesaving operation. On Christmas Eve, hoping to lift the boys’ spirits, Catherine takes them to see Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas tree; while there, seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother’s wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather’s life in World War II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the thief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins. . .

I’ve always been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark and this book didn’t disappoint me either. Especially the last 50 pages, I had a hard time putting the book down.

My rating: 3/5

Bitre Mandler – Danish Christmas stories!

This book is a collection of short Christmas stories written by Danish crime writers. The title, Bitre Mandler, means Bitter Almonds.

My 2 star rating is an average, which is not quite fair, since I liked some of the stories and others were a waste of time.

I give 3 stars to the only 2 novels in this book that made me hold my breath and think OMG!:
Når krisen kradser by Gretelise Holm
Højt fra træets grønne top by Elsebeth Egholm

2 stars to:
Mor har det ikke så godt by Anna Grue
Julekort fra fortiden by Leif Davidsen
Sidste jul for genboen by Lotte & Søren Hammer
Juletestamentet by Inger Wolf
Julemandssæson by Mikkel Birkegaard
Julemandens overraskelse by Anders Bodelsen

And finally 1 star to:
White Christmas by Dan Turèll
Livets gave by Liv Mørk

My rating: 2/5

 

My Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012!

I’m not done yet, but I have added the first story and the first two movies on my Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012:

  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Four Christmases starring Vince Vaughn
  • On Strike for Christmas starring Daphne Zuniga

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Two hearts to John Grisham for Skipping Christmas!

First of all I wanna say that I was very surprised to learn that John Grisham has written a Christmas novel! Who would have thought?

I give the novel ♥ ♥, which means I find it okay. It was a nice Christmas read and I thought it was quite amusing at times, but the problem for me was … I had already seen the movie and it’s the wrong order for me! I easily get to read the book too fast when I know how it’s gonna end and that’s not fair to the book or the author. My mistake!

This was my 1st book in the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2012.

Click here to read more about Skipping Christmas on Goodreads.

Help me with my Christmas reading challenge!

Michelle (The True Book Addict) has invited me to her Christmas reading challenge. I think it’s a great event, that can get us into the Christmas spirit and for sure make me read books, I’ve never even considered before.

You can join the event as well and you do not have to have a blog to participate. Michelle hasn’t set up a lot of rules; the most important is to have fun and if you read only 1 Christmas book, you can still participate. Visit Michelles blog for more information and to sign up … 2012 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge!

Now to my cry for help 🙂

On Goodreads I’ve found so many interesting Christmas reads, but apparently they haven’t been published in Denmark.

Besides some of the fairytales written by H. C. Andersen, I’ve only been able to find John Grishams Skipping Christmas with the Danish title Hjælp, det er jul.

Does any of my readers from Denmark know any Christmas books?