The Christmas Room

The Christmas Room

by Catherine Anderson

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ISBN-13: 9780399586316
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 367,987
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Catherine Anderson is the author of more than thirty New York Times bestselling and award-winning historical and contemporary romances, including Mulberry Moon, New Leaf, Silver Thaw, Walking on Air, and Cheyenne Amber, among others.

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The Christmas Room (Signed Book) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this story. I laughed so hard that I had tears running down my face. I was also moved by the power of love and family bonds. Be kind to yourself. Read this book!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson was a heartwarming story about two families that will find a chance to love again. Maddie McLendon, is a famous mystery writer, who moves with her son, Cam and grandson Caleb to Bitterroot Valley, Montana. They are currently living in a trailer, while their new home is in the process of being built. Maddie is also undergoing chemo therapy, which neither her son nor grandson are aware of; especially since it’s only been two years since the death of her husband to Cancer. Cam has been working on selling properties, and one evening on the way home, he stops at the local bar. He meets Kirstin, whom he immediately feels an attraction to. When he learns that she is the daughter of Sam Conacher, a known mean embittered millionaire rancher, who will destroy the reputation of anyone who comes near his daughter. Cam not living long in Bitterroot, apologizes and walks away, afraid to hurt his new career. But the attraction between him and Kirstin was strong, and despite his worry, they will soon begin a sweet romance. Sam Conacher, after the death of his wife to cancer 6 years before, became an embittered, angry and lonely man, who not only had a nasty temper but also drank; which cost him to lose his friends and ranch hands. The main focus of this story switches to Maddie, who equally stands up to Sam’s nastiness and he knows he has met his match in Maddie. At first they become enemies, but when a horrible accident occurs, where Cam is badly injured saving Kirstin’s life, things will change. The McLendon’s will move to Sam’s ranch while Cam recuperates, and in a short time, Sam’s temperament lightens, as he begins to enjoy Maddie’s company. Very slowly, a sweet heartfelt romance also begins between Maddie and Sam, who have come to rely on each other and enjoy their talks. Neither of them consider anything more than friendship, since they both were devoted to their deceased spouses. In the beginning, it seemed like a basic romance that starts with Cam and Kirstin. But once the battles between Sam and Maddie begin, the story caught my attention and did not let go. I really liked all the characters, Maddie, Cam, Kirsten, Caleb and eventually Sam. This was a wonderful emotional storyline that had a bit of everything; love, anger, grief, laughter, sickness, heartwarming, and a sweet family. The Christmas Room title is based on how Caleb creates a Christmas decorated room to perk up his grandmother. Catherine Anderson does an amazing job of giving us two wonderful couples; one young and the one older. If you love pure romances, with a family background, I suggest you read The Christmas Room.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So full of love and humor. Loved it! Love Catherine Anderson’s stories very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story jumps & too much detail is paid at times. The premise is good, but doesn't deliver. The dialog is medicore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book , it made me laugh out loud,i have two friends and family member battling cancer I will recommend this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was almost like getting three stories in one. Cam and Kirstin kept me interested with their developing relationship, and I enjoyed the relationship between Cam and his son, but I really liked the story of Sam and Maddie. Funny and heartwarming. A great book to read on cold winter night while preparing for the Christmas season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
150 pages too long. Read like someone's daily journal - every little event told in great BORING detail. I didn't really want to give it one star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book immensely. Can relate to Sam and Maddie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book the older couple where the best I got a kick out of there humor and bickering:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light, funny, sweet romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
I felt welcome in Montana, where the author and her characters co-exist. I loved this book, as it is written from the heart. With the setting in the Bitterroot Valley, I was taken to breathtaking scenery with its mountains, wildlife, and river. Maddie, Cameron, and Caleb McLendon have just moved from California to have a home built on their newly acquired land in Rustler's Gulch. Meanwhile, they are living in a trailer, two tents, and a cabin. Sam Conacher and his daughter Kirstin live across the river. With lots of land on the Conacher Ranch, and with little help, it is a hard life. Sam does not welcome having new folks living like tramps nearby. He is a bitter and lonely man who through his actions and temper, rid of his friends and those that worked for him. A chance for any romances forming within the two families seem unrealistic, but circumstances can change. I laughed a lot, shed tears, and felt a lot of warmth inside, even though the weather became brutal towards Christmas. It is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. [I received an early copy from the publisher.]
NovaReylin More than 1 year ago
I started reading with a grain of salt. I guess I'm not quite in that Christmasy spirit yet. This story, funnily enough, does not have anything to do with Christmas until the very end. But, that didn't stop me from fully enjoying it. Actually, maybe that helped since I wasn't quite ready for a Christmas read anyway! This is almost two plots rolled into one. There are four main characters, Maddie's family and then Sam's family. Maddie's son and Sam's daughter have started seeing each other and Sam is not too happy! He goes out of his way to be a cantankerous old man about the entire situation. Sadly, although Kirsten is 26, her father still keeps a tight reign. She's becoming more bold and starting to disobey him in small ways. When she meets Cam, she's the one that asks him to eat with her. Cam's situation is nearly paralleled Kirsten's. Cam had a son very early in life, and has been working hard to ensure his son has a good life and knows he's loved. So they understand each other quickly. As they get closer and closer, Maddie and Sam get further apart. The arguments between Maddie and Sam had me in stitches! I know it was serious but I just knew that they were suited well for each other. Actually, although the story is a bit more about Cam and Kirsten, I found myself enjoying the older couple a bit more. They both have a fire under them and neither one of them are going to back down from their argument. It takes a lot for these relationships to form and bud. It makes sense to the plot, and the character arc was huge. There was one point where Cam and Kirsten get into it, and it felt a little pushed. Kirsten knows who her father is, and how he has hurt his reputation, so this whole argument, about half way through the story, seemed contrived. However, Sam and Maddie's conversations were the highlight of this fabulous story. And Cam's son, Caleb, really shined as well. Sadly, there are a few downsides to this. Both Cam and Kirsten tell each other that they never fall in love so quickly, etc. They say this so often that I started getting annoyed. I love the story line and where their relationship was going, but it was like the author was trying to ensure her readers knew that she knew that the characters were moving fast. I don't like insta-love, and this wasn't even exactly insta-love, but trying to make up for it by saying you're sorry multiple times is off putting! Also, the end was very long. I loved how all the characters grew, but then the ending kept going and going. I was ready to be done and still had about 10% to go. Once they wrapped everything in a neat little bow, I was good! Also, why does everyone have the same type of Australian Shepherd? I have five dogs and all of them are different breeds. I've never met anyone that has the exact same number and type of dog that I have. So, this was a weird issue that just made me have a question mark over my head like a cartoon character. Why add so many dogs if they are all going to be the same? Sam even says that he would never have shot Cam's dogs because he loves them more than his horses, and yet they are hardly in any scene. In my house, I can't move without tripping over dogs. I can only imagine what it would be like if I were on a farm. They would want to help with everything! I get, dogs are not characters in a book, but I feel like they should be added fully, or maybe not at all. That said, I ended this absolutely loving the story. A bit long winded, especially with th