Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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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.