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From USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King
Cross Country Christmas
With the holiday season upon her, Jamie Foster is once again stressed about making her yearly visit back home to Woodfalls, still single. Fate intervenes in ...
From USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King
Cross Country Christmas
With the holiday season upon her, Jamie Foster is once again stressed about making her yearly visit back home to Woodfalls, still single. Fate intervenes in the form of Grant Johnson, a boy she grew up with, who catches the same flight while returning home from a business trip.
When a malfunction sends their plane crashing down on the runway upon takeoff, Jamie and Grant decide to rent a car and make the nine-hundred-mile drive home together. Ironically for them, anything that can go wrong does as they face one hysterical hurdle after another.
Christmas may finally bring Jamie the gift of love she has always wanted if she and Grant can manage to overcome a few obstacles along the way. Ho-ho-ho!
More Woodfalls Girls Novels by Tiffany King
No Attachments (available now)
Misunderstandings (coming May 2014 from Berkley Publishing)
Posted November 24, 2013
Living in the South sometimes makes getting into the holiday spirit rather difficult. Having grown up and spending Christmases up North, it was the colder weather and snow that really got me in the holiday mood. My family has stayed at home for the last several Christmases, choosing to travel up North in the summer when it's warmer, so the 50-60 degree weather that we tend to get, just doesn't get me in the holiday spirit. When I saw that authors were putting out a 12 NA's of Christmas anthology, I was so excited. I figured maybe reading some holiday books would get me in the spirit- and this one did! (Oh, and the high here today is going to be 35, so that ALSO helped as I curled up on my couch tucked under a warm blanket with my book!)
Anyways! This was such a cute novella that I actually wish it were a full length novel! It reminded me of that old Ashton Kutcher/Brittany Murphy movie Just Married. Pretty much everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Jamie is headed back to Woodfalls for the holidays and she's not exactly thrilled about it. Woodfalls is one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone else and everyone's business is common knowledge. Jamie got out of town as soon as she graduated high school and only comes back home at Christmas. She has not had much luck in the relationship department and is still single. Jamie is a romantic at heart and I loved that she based her food blog around cooking special treats for your loved one. She believes in soul mates and the one, but unfortunately just hasn't found him yet.
Imagine her surprise when a blast from her past by the name of Grant Johnson shows up on the very same flight back home as her. Jamie is not happy at the fact that Grant will be sitting next to her for the hour and a half plane ride. Her and Grant have known each other since they were kids and he was always the boy to pick on her and mess with her. She had crushed on him for a long time, until freshman year he started dating another girl, thus breaking her heart. After a crazy accident involving their plane occurs, the two find themselves on a 900 mile road trip back home together.
I love road trip stories, so naturally watching these two try to make it home is quite the adventure. Being the holidays, hotels are booked, cars are taken, and Jamie and Grant must make do with what they have- even if it means riding in a teeny car and staying in less than desirable accommodations. However, these mishaps end up bringing the two closer together and both realize that the feelings they tried so hard to push down are still present and want to reveal themselves.
Grant, while loving to tease Jamie and call her 'Jams', is actually a really sweet guy. He has taken over the family business in Woodfalls and is traveling back home from a trip. Catching back up with Jamie was the last thing he ever expected. He loved to pick on her and tease her when she was younger, but that was his way of showing he cared about her and he liked her. Her leaving town after graduation really hurt him as well, despite the fact that he was dating someone else.
Overall, this was a really sweet, funny story about two people finding their way back to each other and finally acting on feelings they had hidden away for so long. A perfect read to get you in the mood for the holidays!
Posted November 5, 2013
3 stars - A great "awww" read sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
Cross Country Christmas is one of those fun holiday reads that you can read in one sitting and thoroughly enjoy the snow falling on someone else. Hehe. Poor Jamie, she has way more than her fair share of bad luck and while I could see where it was all headed, I so enjoyed watching it. She runs into her high school crush on a plane headed for home and the holiday's. Things fall apart from there. But maybe that's for the best. I really enjoy stories where the girl gets another shot at her high school crush. This one was so fun too. I found myself giggling along with Grant.
There is no way I couldn't love Grant. He's such a boy in a grown-up sexy body. He loves teasing Jamie and yes it's for THAT reason. Guys are so easy to read when it's not the guy you like, that is. But Grant was also a sweetie. He worries about Jamie as she went from one crash to another. He found ways to take care of her and be friends with her even when she was a bit hostile. Loved that about him.
The story is fast paced and I just wanted to read and read. There's this scene at the roach motel that had me laughing out loud, so loud and long that I got looks from my hubby. By the time the end arrived, I was just saying AWWWWWW.
If you love those sweet, quick holiday reads then this is one to check out.
Love Tiffany King books and this one won't disappoint.
Posted October 30, 2013
It’s been a little while since I’ve read a book by Tiffany King, but as I usually end up saying, this one didn’t disappoint. What we get here is a cute novella with some great characters and a little romance. It was a great short read, and perfect for those looking for a light holiday themed read.
One of the great things about this novella was that while it’s part of the Woodfalls Girls series, No Attachments (the first release in the series) doesn’t have to be read before diving into this one. But if Cross Country Christmas is any indication of what the series is like, I’ll be opening up No Attachments soon enough.
Like the other books from King that I’ve read, this one pulled me in with an engaging main character. Jamie is the typical small town girl looking to find herself out in the world. It’s hard not to like her. Grant, the male lead, is also a great addition to the novella. He helps add some humor to Jamie’s worry and driven attitude.
I found the obstacles put in the characters’ way a little outrageous, but in a “good way” because even the characters joked about their bad luck. Though, I think with a plane crash there might have been a little more emotional trauma involved that would be more of a factor in their later plans. And after a second obstacle gets in their way, they seem to take it a little more light-heartedly than most might in the situation. Despite the slight unrealistic reactions (everyone’s different, and it’s not totally unbelievable, don’t be discouraged with it) in this book, I did enjoy how things unfolded.
Cross Country Christmas is a great novella to check out. I’d recommend it side-by-side with Tiffany King’s other work.