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Hunter Clarke wanted one thing for Christmas: to spend it with his dad and his brother. He misses being included in any guy trips since his parents divorced and he went to live with his mom. So he’s less than happy when his mother tells him that he won a contest to spend Christmas in West Monroe, Louisiana, with a family named the Robertsons. For some reason, they’re supposed to be a big deal. How did he win a contest he didn’t enter? Besides, he’s never heard of them and sure doesn’t want to spend Christmas in a...

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Hunter Clarke wanted one thing for Christmas: to spend it with his dad and his brother. He misses being included in any guy trips since his parents divorced and he went to live with his mom. So he’s less than happy when his mother tells him that he won a contest to spend Christmas in West Monroe, Louisiana, with a family named the Robertsons. For some reason, they’re supposed to be a big deal. How did he win a contest he didn’t enter? Besides, he’s never heard of them and sure doesn’t want to spend Christmas in a swamp with a bunch of strangers.

Korie Robertson is excited to open her heart and home to Hunter and show him what the Christmas season looks like for the Robertson family. And like it or not, Hunter experiences it firsthand. From duck-hunting disasters with the bearded guys, to learning to cook with Miss Kay, Hunter quickly discovers what it’s like to live with this boisterous, yet loving family. Putting on his headphones and ignoring them is not an option. Before long, Hunter begins to let his guard down. But with Christmas and the end of his trip fast approaching, will it be too little, too late? Or will Hunter be open to the greatest gift of all? Tyndale House Publishers

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It took generations for the Robertsons to become the Robertsons, but it took only a few Duck Dynasty episodes for America to take the family into their hearts, souls, and minds. In this entertaining holiday novel, "Miss Kay" Robertson spins a Christmas tale about a Duck Dynasty holiday contest that goes hilariously awry. One for the reality show's millions of loyal viewers.

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11/15/2014
Hunter Clarke wants to spend Christmas with his father and older brother, but his mother, newly divorced, worries about Hunter's inability to accept the change in their domestic situation. On a hopeful whim, she enters her son into a contest to celebrate Christmas with the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. Her wish is that they can do what she cannot—find a way to reach Hunter before she loses him. But Hunter is less than thrilled when he wins to learn that he will be celebrating the holidays down South with the Robertson clan. Miss Kay, on the other hand, is very excited to welcome him into their home with a big helping of faith served with a side of humor. VERDICT From the clever use of Christmas carol puns in chapter headings to the story's charming resolution, CF readers will savor the Robertson matriarch's down-home details. Her heartwarming tale will be much in demand by fans of the reality show and those looking for a hopeful and inspirational book with a holiday focus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414398204
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 63,701
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.27 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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A Robertson Family Christmas

A Novella


By Kay Robertson, TRAVIS THRASHER

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2014 Kay Robertson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9820-4


CHAPTER 1

I WON'T BE HOME for CHRISTMAS


Hunter held the plastic gift card like it was a business card from someone selling life insurance. On the front of it was the white Apple logo that matched his laptop and his iPhone and his "I" life. On the back was his name and $250 written in pen that had smudged so it was barely readable.

Hunter Clarke's father was speeding to get to the airport. Not because he might miss his flight but because Hunter might. And heaven forbid that might mean he had to stay home and actually spend Christmas with his family.

"That would stink if you got a ticket," Hunter told his father.

"I'd make your mother pay for it then."

This actually made Hunter laugh. "I'd like to see that."

The BMW switched two lanes without his father bothering to signal.

"I asked Stacy to take you since this was her idea to start with, but she said she couldn't leave work."

"I don't have to go."

His father let out an annoyed sigh. "We talked about this."

"I think Mom and you talked about it. Somehow I wasn't a part of the conversation."

Which was typical of how they operated. His entire life was dictated by others in another room. Who he'd stay with and where he'd go and what he'd do.

Sometimes he thought of the news story about the girl suing her parents. Sometimes he thought of trying that himself, but then again, he was only seventeen years old.

Maybe in another year I'll take 'em both to court. Failure to parent in any meaningful way. Emotional damages of a million dollars.

"You know I'll be with Carson over break."

"I could go too," Hunter said.

"Not this time," Dad said. "I told you—soon enough. We're gonna be busy, and I don't think you'd have much fun."

Hunter didn't say anything more. He'd already tried harder than usual. Most of the time he just kept his mouth shut when it came to Dad and his precious older brother. "Carson this" and "Carson that" and training and summer workouts and games and schedules and off-season and all that nonsense.

His older brother was born with the ability to catch a football and run. The only thing Hunter really caught in his life was a case of chicken pox or measles or rheumatic fever. The last one was quite a doozy, too.

But I'm very clever.

Hunter knew that football got you far in life. Being clever got you sent to the principal's office.

"I still think duck calls are made up," Hunter said. "They can't be real. A business built off making duck calls? Come on."

"Quite a successful business. See—you put your mind to it, you can come up with something like that."

"Obviously I have to. 'Cause it's not like my athletic abilities are gonna get me far."

Dad was way past the point of taking bait like this, but that didn't mean Hunter wouldn't still try. He thought of the evening when his mother told him about winning the contest. The first thing Hunter had ever won, and it was like sending him away to prison.

Louisiana? Duck hunting? Bearded men?

At first he had thought it was a joke, but he also knew Mom wasn't the joking kind. Then he simply told her no, he wasn't going to do it. It finally took getting Dad on the phone to make Hunter realize this was not something he could get out of. He had tried numerous times to tell them he wasn't going, but they made it very clear he was leaving.

"I really hate everything about this," Hunter said.

Dad's jaw tightened as he looked at him. "You're always telling me that you're tired of being at home, that you're tired of being around your mother."

Yeah, 'cause I want to be with Carson and you.

"This is your chance to get away."

"Spring break in Cancún is getting away," Hunter said. "This is just being gone."

Soon the BMW was parked alongside the curb outside the doors for American Airlines.

"Look, buddy, this is gonna be fun. Do you realize who you're spending Christmas with?"

"People keep telling me," Hunter said.

He hated when his father used the word buddy.

Dogs should be called buddy, not youngest sons.

"Do you know I had two different fathers try to buy this off me?"

"I wouldn't have objected," Hunter replied. "We could have split the earnings. Not told Mom. Gone to an NFL play-off game."

He got a clap on the shoulder. "Think of this as some grand adventure."

"Yeah, okay."

"And hey—don't you go spending that gift card until you're with me," Dad said with a grin that reminded him of Carson.

"I won't."

"Merry Christmas."

It was three days before the actual day, so Hunter assumed he was supposed to wear these words on his chest like a name tag at some awful function.

"Tell Carson I said to break a leg," Hunter said.

Dad just shook his head. He hated that joke and so did Carson. They had a thing about being superstitious.

Hunter also had a thing about being super sick when it came to almost anything to do with Carson. Yet the truth was that if Dad asked him to go to Carson's university, Arizona State, and hang out with them for the next two weeks, Hunter would do it in a heartbeat.

He knew it would also probably be the two best weeks of his life.

He grabbed his backpack and suitcase and slipped out of the car. He headed through the sliding-glass doors and toward security. Dad had been nice enough to print off his boarding pass. So very thoughtful of him.

As he stood in line, Hunter saw a family of four waiting together and talking and laughing. He watched them more out of fascination than anything else.

The frustrating part of life wasn't the sadness he carried around like house keys in his pocket. It was standing at a closed door, knowing there was something better behind it.

Standing there and never, ever finding the right key to open it.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from A Robertson Family Christmas by Kay Robertson, TRAVIS THRASHER. Copyright © 2014 Kay Robertson. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc..
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  • Posted December 18, 2014

    A Robertson Family Christmas by Kay Robertson with Travis Thrash

    A Robertson Family Christmas by Kay Robertson with Travis Thrasher
    Christian Fiction, Christmas
    Tyndale
    ISBN 9781414398204
    Hunter Clarke only wanted to spend time with his brother and father but instead he got a once in a life time chance, to spend Christmas with the Robertson family from Duck Commander. He lives with his mom and fills lift out of his brother and fathers lives. He would much rather be home than with a bunch of zany rednecks from Louisiana. He arrives with a chip on his shoulder but leaves with faith, a new understanding and a new outlook on life.
    I found A Robertson Family Christmas to be phenomenal. I give it 5 stars. I have been a huge fan of Duck Dynasty for a long time. So I was familiar with the characters and felt like I knew them. I enjoyed Hunter’s story. It was heart warming and made a great Christmas story. To hear about the real Christmas traditions of the Robertson’s family was uplifting and at times laugh out loud funny. Miss Kay Robertson and Travis Thrasher did a great job of bringing life and emotion to the characters. I was able to read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down.
    I want to give a high-five to the author Miss Kay Robertson, Travis Thrasher and publisher Tyndale for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.

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  • Posted December 15, 2014

    I read The Robertson¿s Family Christmas by Kay Robertson and Tra

    I read The Robertson’s Family Christmas by Kay Robertson and Travis Thrasher. It was a great book! I have only watched Duck Dynasty a handful of times - not because I don’t enjoy it (I do), but because I don’t have time to watch TV really. I would rather read. This book was awesome. I felt as though I was seriously with them at their house. They talked the same way they do on the show and their morals and family traditions and values were the same as well.

    I want to win a trip to go hang out with the clan. Not because of their fame, but because while this book kept me entertained, it also provided a much needed lesson in how to deal with teenagers. We have one and one on the way (middle school) with another child following and I want to take the example of Corie and Willie and implement the humor, laughter, fun times along with a no nonsense “tough love” approach that they lovingly refer to themselves with. Just sitting back as if a fly on the wall during the conversations had with Hunter, an outsider, was a great way for me to see if I could start implementing some of the same principles with my kids. In fact, I took it one step further and tried just one of the examples on our daughter and it worked! She laughed, I laughed, it diffused the situation but still got my point across. Win-win in my book.

    This was a very entertaining with a deeper underlying message book - kind of like the Robertson family themselves. They love to laugh and have a great time while at the same time they are very serious about hard work, family values, and their faith. I absolutely loved the writing style, the book itself, and would love to read more from this terrific duo.

    I received this book for free from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted November 26, 2014

    It's a pretty well-established fact that I'm a huge fan of all t

    It's a pretty well-established fact that I'm a huge fan of all things Duck Dynasty. A Robertson Family Christmas is a bit different from the non-fiction books I've read by the various family members, but I enjoyed it just the same.

    This fictional Christmas story is a quick, fun, Christmas read. The story is sweet, yet meaningful. And I felt more like I was watching several episodes of the show than reading a book. The writing was so realistic that I could hear the voices of the family members in my head as I read the dialogue. That's hard to pull off, but the authors were successful!

    I recommend A Robertson Family Christmas to readers of all ages! Grab a copy and get in the Christmas spirit! [4 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

    And To All A Good Night This book has two of my favorite things

    And To All A Good Night

    This book has two of my favorite things, a Christmas story and the Duck Dynasty family, the Robertsons.  Chicago teenager Hunter Clarke, is shocked to discover he is  the contest winner who will spend Christmas with the Robertson Family.  Unknown to Hunter, his mother had entered him in the contest.
    The teen has led a lonely, solitary life, especially since the divorce of his parents.  His mother is not home much because she must work to support them.  When his dad moved out, he took his older brother with him.  Hunter rarely hears from either of them which makes him feel rejected and unlikeable. 
    Korie Robertson, Willie's wife, whose "voice" this story is told through, has big plans for the Chicago teen.   She wants their visitor to go on an actual duck hunt, attend their church Christmas service, and be part of the family celebration.  However, Hunter arrives angry, sullen and with a bad attitude.  Will Hunter end up ruining Christmas for both the Robertsons and himself?  Or will Hunter finally let his guard down, and enjoy the festivities?  
    This is a cute, light Christmas story, written from a Christian viewpoint, and is one  I really liked.  Learn how crazy, fun and worshipful the Robertsons are at Christmas.  Even though this is a work of fiction, I have a suspicion this is how the family celebrates Christmas in real life.
    Despite the humorous aspects of the story, there are some very serious sections that detail the many sad parts of Hunter's life.  This tale, along with the characters in it, are believable and easy to relate to.  One does not need to have ever watched the television show, Duck Dynasty, to enjoy this story.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes stories set at Christmastime that have a good ending.
    Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

    Miss Kay Robertson has written a fictional account of a typical

    Miss Kay Robertson has written a fictional account of a typical Christmas holiday for the famous family through the eyes of a troubled teen. Her book accomplishes one of the things I love most about fiction--getting a fly-on-the-wall view of a family thousands of people are coming to love because of their television presence. While the story may be the product of Miss Kay's fertile imagination, the setting, the typical Robertson quirky conversations, their everyday activities, and the Christmas traditions the family keeps are true to life. 




    From the book Jacket summary: "He misses being included in any guy trips since his parents divorced and he went to live with his mom. So he's less than happy when his mother tells him that he won a contest to spend Christmas in West Monroe, Louisiana, with a family named the Robertsons. For some reason, they're supposed to be a big deal. How did he win a contest he didn't enter? Besides, he's never heard of them and sure doesn't want to spend Christmas in a swamp with a bunch of strangers.




    Korie Robertson is excited to open her heart and her home to Hunter and show him what the Christmas season looks like for the Robertson family. And like it or not, Hunter experiences it first hand. From duck hunting disasters with the bearded guys, to learning to cook with Miss Kay, Hunter quickly discovers what it's like to live with this boisterous, yet loving family. Putting on his headphones and ignoring them is not an option. Before long, Hunter begins to let his guard down. But with Christmas and the end of his trip fast approaching, will it be too little, too late? Or will Hunter be open to the greatest gift of all?"




    For the few days of his visit, Hunter stayed with Willie and Korie Robertson and their children. He bunked down with John Luke, who was about his age, and went with them when they visited other family. He was like a thunder cloud flashing danger signals and raining on everything they did. They often didn't know how to read him; his lack of enthusiasm created some tension. Miss Kay wrote most of the story from Hunter's point of view and she nailed it completely, right down to his sarcastic responses when the family included him in their activities. It was obvious what he thought of the Robertsons, their huge family, their playfulness, their devotion to God, and life in general. Hopelessness dogged his very steps. 




    The author also wrote part of the tale from Korie Robertson's point of view. Hunter's darkness touched her deeply and she ached to draw him out of his shell. She hoped this visit with her garrulous family would attract his attention and change his perspective for the better. For awhile, it didn't look like that would happen. Korie needed to get input from Willie. Underneath that big old beard and silly grin was a wise man. 




    It goes without saying that this book includes the usual nonsense and shenanigans the Robertsons are known for. It begins with the duck hunting adventure and keeps up the pace right to the end. I enjoy redneck humor as much as anyone else does. For me, this was a fun book to read. 




    Second, there's wonderful truth tucked away in all the busyness and crazy stuff; Jesus Christ is in the center of Phil Robertson's entire family, because when young Phil had gotten lost in the tangle of a personal crisis, Jesus was there for him. God and his family became his bedrock. He, in turn, pointed the rest of the family to God's love and grace. It's what makes the Robertson family so special. Their lives are not about religion but about a personal relationship with Christ. 




    The third thing I loved about this book is that no one "preached" at Hunter during his visit...well, maybe there was a little bit from Phil. He couldn't help himself. But for the most part, the family allowed their lives to speak for them. They saw Hunter as he was and accepted him. It was the one thing that touched him most.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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