Can This Be Christmas? [NOOK Book]

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On December 24, a crowded train is taking holiday travelers home for Christmas. But because of a snowstorm, this group of strangers ends up spending Christmas Eve together, stranded in a small New Hampshire station. Despite the cold and discomfort, they create an impromptu celebration that reminds them all what Christmas really means.

A story that's destined to become a Christmas classic!

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Overview


On December 24, a crowded train is taking holiday travelers home for Christmas. But because of a snowstorm, this group of strangers ends up spending Christmas Eve together, stranded in a small New Hampshire station. Despite the cold and discomfort, they create an impromptu celebration that reminds them all what Christmas really means.

A story that's destined to become a Christmas classic!

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Editorial Reviews

Jessi Rose Lucas
An Early Stocking Stuffer from Macomber

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire may be playing in your head along with the visions of sugarplums, but when you're stuck in the middle of a fierce snowstorm in some nowhere train station in New England on Christmas Eve, what are you going to do? Debbie Macomber answers this question with heart and soul in her new short novel, Can This Be Christmas? Debbie Macomber just keeps getting better, and with her new tale, she has gift-wrapped a jewel of a story for her loyal fans, just in time for the holiday season. Her writing sings, her sense of story soars, and the intertwining lives of this little hardcover create a whole even greater than the sum of its delightful parts.

Len Dawber is trying to get home to Amy, his hometown sweetheart, but he's in New England, and she's in Rawhide, Texas. He has saved and finally bought an engagement ring, and he intends to surprise her over the holiday with a proposal of marriage. But she has doubts about him -- Amy misses him terribly, but she wonders if she's the only girl in his life, being that he's a sailor and has traveled to far too many ports.

Meanwhile, Cathy Norris is facing her first Christmas without her husband, Ron. He died of cancer in the past year, and Cathy's whole life had been built around him, even though she has children and grandchildren. Rather than face her first Christmas surrounded by the sorrow in her house, she decides to get on a train and head down to her daughter and son-in-law's home in order to spend the holidays with her grandchildren in her arms.

Matthew McHugh is Scrooge personified, and he makes no bones about it. He's had a nightmarish time on his sales trip, which pulled him from a less-than-happy household just before Christmas. His wife, Pam, is furious with him for accepting the assignment, as he always does, just before the holiday. Matt has barely seen any of his children for the past several Christmases, and his wife is tired of this routine in which she handles the holidays alone. But Matt feels he's torn between career and family, and both of them are losing out. As he waits to board the train for Boston, he's not sure if he and his wife will even last through the New Year.

Kelly Berry and her husband, Nick, have just adopted a baby after a long struggle to create a fledgling family together, and they too are heading to see relatives -- to grandparents eager to see the new member of the family. But will the young couple be able to handle the pressures of sudden parenthood?

Winter brings with it snow, and New England is famous for piling the icy dust on. The train gets delayed, and these folk, and others, are stuck in the train station of a small New Hampshire village, waiting for the tracks to be cleared. But is Christmas Eve a time for miracles? As these people interact, more by accident than design, is there a higher purpose to their having met? Will each, with burdens in their hearts, be able to find the real meaning of Christmas before it's too late?

Can This Be Christmas? is highly recommended. Wrap it up in silver and gold, and give it to the ones you love.
— Jessi Rose Lucas, barnesandnoble.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460314715
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 33,005
  • File size: 422 KB

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Warm & fuzzy

    I missed out on this one when it was new. I guessed it was old because none of the characters had a cell phone. Anyway, a typical Christmas tale - blizzard - grumpy strangers - the magic of the season. Still cute to read by a cozy fire this time of year. Worth the hour or so it might take.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Sample ??

    Same thing here as with her other new release. No sample, simply the book cover and a list of her previous publications.

    B&N if there is no sample to read, then please don't bother putting the 'sample' link on your site page. Thank you. No sale!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    A Great Christmas read

    This was a good Christmas book. It shows what the true meaning of Christmas is, and lifts your spirits as you read it!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Good Christmas reading

    I thought this was a great book to read for Christmas. It shows that even though you may not be where you want to be on Christmas, you can make the best of any situation, especially at Christmas where strangers can come together to celebrate the season.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Heart warming

    A touching and inspiring story. The characters carried the plot well. A hopeful story for the season.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    This story illustrates how the weather affected the Christmas travel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    recommend it

    Easy reading and enjoyable from the mysteries I usually read

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