The Christmas Company

The Christmas Company

by Alys Murray

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ISBN-13: 9781947892286
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 13,646
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Alys Murray was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will always be a southern girl at heart. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she travels with her fiancé as much as she can and writes as many love stories as she can.

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The Christmas Company 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this uplifting Christmas tale. I normally don't read Romance Novels, but the love story definitely didn't take away from the heartwarming story of human redemption. If you read this it will help you get in the Christmas spirit, I think you'll enjoy it.
gaele 10 months ago
Stuck in Texas, the little town of Miller’s Point is a company town, most people are employed by the Woodward family in ranches and other places: there’s just one twist. On Christmas the town turns into a slice of Victorian England with decorations, reenactments and tourists galore, and is special, oh so very special to Kate Buckner. The town took her into it’s heart, and she’s completely full of Christmas spirit and the potential of the season – loving every moment and recognizing that the celebrations for the town also supplements the incomes of those who are living on the edge of survival, struggling along throughout the year. But, when Clark Woodward, new CEO arrives and shuts down the celebrations because of their detrimental effect to the bottom line, Kate is determined to change this ‘Scrooge’ into a fan of the holiday. An intriguing set-up and some truly clever moments as Kate uses her knowledge of the townspeople and their investment in the festival, dragging Clark around to meet people, sharing her delight in the town and it’s spaces, she’s determined to find out just why Clark won’t celebrate, doesn’t celebrate. And while the story roughly follows the sensibilities of the original, there was something missing here. Kate was far too OTT, and Clark was so very repressed and stiff that her initial challenge to get him to ‘admit’ the specialness of Christmas was just not believable for me. And sadly, the instant connection from someone so unaware of his own emotions and out of touch with anything that doesn’t fit his very narrow visions of the world, combined with his rather cold and impolite persona just didn’t work. Sure the town loved Kate, perhaps more for her willingness to cling onto the rather naïve belief that there is sunshine everywhere, but it was more that they were caring for someone who couldn’t’ look out for herself. I found myself skimming frequently, the emotional draw that should have had me wondering just what next, and the quick, near instant about face from Clark was just too pat and too convenient, with actual snow falling, a caroling town and some rather poor recitations of the Dicken’s text. Sadly – this one is a miss for me, and I just didn’t find any development of the characters that felt plausible, giving me a reason to want more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Company By Alys Murray I wanted to like this book but it was so unrealistic to me and cliche. It was predictable and dull. I just could not get into this book and that was disappointing. I was looking for more depth and I found this book lacking. I imagine if you are looking for a simple Christmas romance this book is for you. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Lynne111 More than 1 year ago
Love the book. Fun romantic tale that Hallmark is known for producing but a twist on Scrooge. Can't wait to see this book turned into a movie on Hallmark.
Lynne111 More than 1 year ago
Love the book. Fun romantic tale that Hallmark is known for producing but a twist on Scrooge. Can't wait to see this book turned into a movie on Hallmark.
TracyFritts1974 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Company is a warm sweet story about a small town who enjoys Christmas and has a Christmas company. I really enjoyed these story and I thought it was a wonderful Christmas story. This is the first story I have read by these other I look forward to reading more. This was a well written story and I enjoyed reading about the characters in this story. I received this book by the publisher throught Netgalley and Hallmark Publishing. I voluntarily read and reviewed in exchange for an honest review the opinion are of my own.
KaylaWilliams More than 1 year ago
This magical Christmas tale has everything I enjoy about Hallmark Christmas stories: captivating characters, witty dialogue, an enchanting town, and sweet romance. I love how this story takes place over a couple of days. It's so easy to lose yourself in the town, characters, and story. I love how the town puts on a play of A Christmas Carol every year and the love interest in this story is a Scrooge himself. This is the perfect book to put yourself in the Christmas spirit and remind yourself of the true meaning of Christmas. I enjoyed the fact that there isn't a movie that goes along with the book. This allowed me to imagine the characters the way I wanted instead of picturing the actors in my head as I read the story. However, I really hope this becomes a Hallmark movie in the future because I loved it! I recommend this book for fans of Hallmark movies and Christmas fanatics.
MLH438 More than 1 year ago
If you love "A Christmas Carol" and "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," you will find a lot to like in The Christmas Company, a sweet, reaffirming story from Hallmark Publishing. Clark Woodward is a Scrooge who shuts down the Christmas Company because its losing money and, like the Grinch, he steals Christmas from Miller's Point, Texas. Kate Buckner loves the town and its traditions and will do anything to save the Christmas festival. She sees loneliness in Clark and helps him remember the true meaning of Christmas. "Christmas is a spirit. Christmas is a way of treating people." I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Claire140 More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet Christmas story set about a small town whose whole lives revolved around their Christmas Festival. When the owner of most of the town and benefactor of the town's Dickens Christmas Festival dies and his nephew Clark takes over everything changes, as Clark shuts everything down and says he is no longer funding the festival as it isn't cost effective and is losing money. Of course the town is in complete shock, especially as it's just before Christmas, but Kate, who has been part of the festival since she was a small child, decides that she can't give up on Clark and is determined to show him the spirit of Christmas. Clark wants nothing to do with Kate or the town in general to start with, but she wears him down and his reasons for not liking Christmas and being a real grinch slowly emerge. He's really a very lonely man. There's a misunderstanding towards the end and Kate gives up on Clark and Christmas, which I did think was a bit daft as she had devoted her whole life to Christmas and the town festival and then decided in one day she hated Christmas, but of course she soon changed her mind again. Very sweet, light-hearted story about the true meaning of Christmas. Definitely a Hallmark movie sort of book and very Christmassy!