My Review of Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Carol’

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I just love this time of year, Christmas has always been a favorite of mine. For the past two years, I’ve been featuring Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’ series. This year it is the third installment, Christmas Carol. Although you don’t need to read the first two books, it is recommended. The author does a nice job of explaining some things that were in the pervious books. Here Candy and Gary are on another exciting adventure.

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At the end of the last installment, Gary, made a decision that put a twist in the story. Like always he is so huggable and very loving. I just love his gentle spirit. He gives people a sense of reassurance that is truthful and genuine. There is nothing that would turn him off from the beauty of life. He is the perfect vision of a caring family man.

“I’m still scared of losing you,” she reminded him as he set her back on her feet. “But I’m more afraid of not letting you be the man you were meant to be, and I could never live with myself if I took that away from you. Now, let’s go get dinner made and celebrate year number one, Mr. Ford.”

Candy is as loveable as ever. She is juggling her life right now between caring for her son, Daks, and her mom. I felt the pull she had between both of them. However never once does she compromise on their wants and needs.

She is the star of the story and her aura shines very brightly. I just adore the mother-son relationship she has with Daks. I applaud the author for creating him as this character will touch your heart tenderly.

A situation comes up that is unexpected and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. It is priceless.

A blast from the past emerges and Gary finds himself working on a cold case. I applaud the author for including this. It added more depth to the story.

This story is short and took me about two hours to read. There is no course language or violence here. In fact this story is perfect to enjoy after a day of Christmas shopping or while you are waiting for the pie to bake in the oven. It really put me in the Spirit of Christmas and that is what I love about Sam’s Christmas books.

Here is an excerpt from this sweet tale. Enjoy!

“Surprise,” Evelyne called as she entered her son’s home. It was Christmas eve, and they had arrived in town that morning to surprise their son and his family with gifts and holiday dinner.

“What are you doing here!” Candy squealed, throwing her arms around the taller woman for a hug. Realized the awkwardness in her mother-in-law’s stiff form, she released her, and settled for a less enthusiastic half-squeeze from Roger. “Did Gary know you were coming?”

“No, silly girl, that’s why it’s a surprise,” Eve informed her while removing her coat. Looking around, she wrinkled her nose and demanded, “Where is Gerald? It’s Christmas Eve, don’t tell me he’s working!”

“He’s,” Candy hesitated. “He’s at the hospital with Caroline and Ben. I think they are going to release Ben today, and they are going to help him get home and settled.”

“That Gary,” Roger shook his head with a chuckle. “He’s always been the natural hero, in every situation.”

“Yes,” Candy agreed.

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Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.

Candice Parker’s life has never been easy. Plagued by losses and setbacks, each day is a struggle for the petite brunette and her young son. Today, she’s ready to take the next step, but will his rich and powerful mother allow it?

Gerald Ford had always kept things simple. He had lived a fast and furious lifestyle, with no intentions of slowing down. However, when he finally decides he’s ready to take the plunge, it seems that the entire world is conspiring against them. Will his mother, Eve, be their saving grace, or will she?

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

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My Review for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Eve’

 

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‘Christmas Eve’ is the sequel to ‘Christmas Candy.’ It is a new chapter in Candy Parker’s life. She is back with a brand new attitude. She and her family are living in the home of the fireman, Gary, who had rescued her mom, Lanelle, and young son, Dakota, from the fire that destroyed her home the year before.

They are getting married and Candy is scared. She fears that she won’t be able to offer him the life she believes he deserves. Their relationship is very evolved and the love for both people is deep. This guy is amazing in all aspects. Yet she is fixated on one thing about him.

Candy grew up in a single parent household and found that she needed to put forth a lot of effort and faith to get the things she wanted out of life. Nothing was handed to her. Her fear of having money is great, yet she wants to move forward with her life. I really felt she was ready to change.

Candy loves her family more than anything and is always there for them. Her son is the joy of her life and the author clearly shows it. There were a few touching mother-son scenes that may cause your eyes to tear. Mine did.

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“Her heart beating wildly inside her chest, Candy squeezed his hand. It’s ok, she steadied herself. They had rehearsed for this moment a few days before, but standing there, before his family, she found each breath a struggle. Her lips curled into a large grin, she waited as his fingers smoothed a few hairs out of her face.”

 

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Candy also has to deal with Gary’s family as she is not comfortable with their ample lifestyle. She puts on a smile, her insides are shaking. Gary’s mother, Evelyn, is very controlling and not very accepting. He loves his mother, yet is now put in between the two women in his life. I found Evelyn to be annoying and at times I wanted to set her straight. This character was well thought out and the story shows it.

At the same time a secret from the past emerges, putting Candy in a difficult situation.   She is forced to deal with this at this time. Her frustration and fear were clearly felt, bringing empathy out in me.  One supporting character made me angry. This made the story even better and you’re going to have to read the book to find out more.

Candy has dreams, like all of us. What she wants more than anything is a loving home.   Deep inside, she is a strong woman. All she has to do is allow herself to grow.  The question is will love prevail.

The pace of the story is fast and can be read in an afternoon. The author included very clear descriptions and many times I felt like I was in the scene with the characters. The author also added a nice touch by naming all of the chapters.

I am waiting for the next chapter of Candy. If you like, you can read ‘Christmas Candy’ first. Here is an excerpt from this fine story:

Candy stared at the dress hanging on the back of her door. A creamy winter white made entirely of lace, it hung just below her knees when she had tried it on, and she knew that it was the one. Her veil a simple mesh that covered her face and topped her head with cream colored roses, she couldn’t wait to wear them.

As a girl, she had stopped dreaming of such things about the time her father died. She felt as if she had lived in a dark tunnel since that night, always running, trying to escape, but there had been no light at the end. Not until Gary came into her life, and even then she couldn’t see his light for so long; hadn’t wanted to see it.

Her fingers lightly caressing the lace skirt, she smiled. “We’re going to have a beautiful life,” she breathed. “Dreams really do come true.” Dropping the fabric, she packed her backpack and headed down stairs. She wanted to get to the school early and be ready for her last exam of the year.

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I am recommending this story for everyone who loves the end of the year holidays with some romantic drama.

 

Five Stars.

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Lynn

 

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My Review for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy’

Good afternoon friends. Welcome to the Christmas blog blast for Samantha Jacobey’s ‘Christmas Candy.’ I am very excited to share my review so come on in and join in with the fun.  Enjoy!

 

Christmas is nearing and our main character, Candy is doing her best with her challenged young son.   Motherhood is natural for her and her sincerity is clearly shown.  She goes out of her way for him and puts him first.

Candy knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it, and get her way.  She is a little spicy, and a real character.  Her strong traits came out several times during the story.  I found it refreshing to see her speak her mind and stand her ground.  She takes care of herself.

On the sidelines stands her love interest.  However she won’t allow herself to pursue him because of a deep seated grief from a loss in her past.  Trust issues come up, creating fear in her.  She wants to break free, but at the same time is keeping herself prisoner.  But for how long?

Life throws her a curveball during the midst and she is forced to surrender some of her self-sufficiency and allow others to help. By humbling herself she is able to process her feelings.  While reading this fiery, committed, chase, you’ll be dying to know what happens next.  Very well done!

This read makes a great stocking stuffer and can be finished in about two hours. The pace is fast so I found myself backtracking a few times just so I wouldn’t miss out on anything important.  The story is easy to follow.  Each scene is described in such a way that I felt part of it.  I am recommending this book for you all!

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Here is excerpt #1.  It is an audio file from ‘Christmas Candy’.

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Here is excerpt #2 from ‘Christmas Candy’.

Swinging around to face her, he towered above her short frame. Catching her hair, he tugged on it playfully while bending his face down close to hers. “Do you have any idea what you do to me?” he blurted, his smile tantalizing. 

Staring at him in wide-eyed surprise, she demanded, “I thought you were going to stop pushing me to date you!” 

“I’m not pushing, and this isn’t a date,” his lips made contact, but only for a brief moment. Stepping back, he caught her hand and pushed the button to call for the elevator at the same time. 

Holding him nervously, Candice followed him into the cubicle, and waited for the doors to close. Once they were alone in the small space, she pulled at his arm and teased, “You make it really hard to trust you.” 

“Only keeping you on your toes,” he shot back while staring up at the ceiling.

“Is that a short joke?” 

“Maybe,” the doors parted and they exited together.

Five Stars.

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