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An Angel for Christmas

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Christmas has never brought out the best in the MacDougal family. Still, year after year, they gather together in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make the season merry and bright. But this year is an especially strained one, with Shayne's impending divorce, Morwenna's slavish devotion to work and Bobby's reluctance to face what life has to offer. They've never felt less ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
RATING 4.5 STARS

An Angel for Christmas is by Heather Graham. I listened to the audio version of this book.

Cabin in the snow

An Angel for Christmas centers around the MacDougal family coming together for their yearly Christmas celebration at their cabin high up in the Virginia Mountains. There are three siblings. Morwenna, the only girl, has more or less given up her dream and works in the corporate world. She is in what she thought was a good relationship with a co-worker. But when it came time for the Christmas
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Terry
Dec 07, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely kept my mind from wandering today. This was a good story and good recording.
Ginny  Gallagher
3.5 stars

An Angel for Christmasby Heather Graham was available for check out through my library account on Overdrive . Have I mentioned that I love that you can check out library eBooks and audiobooks online? Overdrive is awesome. You can search OverdriveHERE to see if your library offers this service.

Now on to my short and sweetreview of An Angel for Christmas.

InAn Angel for Christmas we join the Macdougal family at their family cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The three kids, all adults w
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
If An Angel for Christmas were dessert, it would be the literary equivalent of rainbow sherbet - sweet and light, universally liked and lacking anything heavy. It is a traditional, heartwarming story of a family gathering for Christmas, dealing with disappointments and failures, but still brought together by tradition and love. It takes the arrival of Gabe, an injured state trooper hunting an escaped prisoner, to shake up their routine and help them realize how lucky they are to have each other. ...more
Tiffunee
Dec 14, 2012 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christmas has never brought out the best in the MacDougal family. Still, year after year, they gather together in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make the season merry and bright. But this year is an especially strained one, with Shayne's impending divorce, Morwenna's slavish devotion to work and Bobby's reluctance to face what life has to offer. They’ve never felt less like a family. Then, in the midst of a snowy sibling shouting match, a mysterious stranger appears. He could be a criminal, ...more
Ginette Rowland
A sweet story.
Louis
Feb 03, 2014 Louis rated it it was ok
I am so far behind on writing reviews of books that I have read that I am working backwards from the most recently read titles.

This one I listened to as an audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices. It's too bad that she couldn't control the characters' mundane dialogue.

The plot is based on a family gathering for Christmas at their ancestral home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The family's three adult children all have problems. Bobby wants to study music, but feels p
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April
Nov 29, 2012 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Not a terrible story. Just not my cup of tea.
Jennifer
Sep 04, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable Christmas read set in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains on Christmas Eve & Day in present time. Morwenna MacDougal had been hoping that her boyfriend would join her for her family's traditional Christmas celebration in their isolated mountainside cabin. He instead chooses to go to Cancun with a group of their coworkers. While Morwenna and her two siblings and parents love each other, they tend to bicker amongst one another over the holidays. Everything changes this p ...more
Vicky
Aug 04, 2011 Vicky rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is an inspirational romance so religion is a strong part of the story and it is "sweet" meaning there's no heat and no sexual tension. What there is is sweet, heart-tugging, inspiration at its very best.

Morwenna has an invitation to go to Cancun with other members of her Manhattan ad group for the Christmas holiday. Her boyfriend wants her to go with him. She wants to go home to the mountains of Virginia to be with her family. To her chagrin, he goes without her and she heads home, knowing
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Kari Anderson
Jan 15, 2012 Kari Anderson rated it really liked it
Although they spend every Christmas together in a cabin that has been in their family for generations, it’s not always a cheery time for the MacDougal family. It doesn’t take long for old habits to spark new fights this year, but finding a man, beaten and fighting for his life may change things.

But the MacDougal’s are leery of the stranger, unsure if he is a cop like he says, or a criminal impersonating a cop. And it doesn’t help when another man shows up, claiming the same story.

One of these me
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Aisha Oaktree
I'm beginning to think Christmas books should only be read during Christmas, because then we are a little kinder, more willing to believe.

This was a different kind of Heather graham book, mostly because I may have read horror books, this was really in your face Christmas themed. It's still good, it was kinda more of a Christian fiction book. It's not really what I expected from her, but it's really still good.

I liked Stacy but at times she was also stubbornly stupid in my opinion. Why did she ha
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Ruth
Oct 12, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
Christmas, that lovely time when adult siblings gather and relive the insecurities and petty bickering of childhood, who would want to miss it? The MacDougal siblings didn't miss it this Christmas,though each of them had reason to want to be elsewhere. Still, as they gather, the usual battles begin until they find an injured man who claims to be a police officer who was chasing a criminal until the criminal injured him, took his clothes and left him for dead. They take him in, but then a man app ...more
Rhonda
Aug 11, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Posted 8/11/2011: Its a charming family in an old family home they have had for two hundred years, The family always come together for christmas. This time thier is added tension. Shayne is now divorced doc. with two kids that wasn't supposed to be with him this Christmas. Conner age 9 and Genevieve age 6. Morwenna is thier but her boyfriend is in Mexico with co-workers She is work acholic supposed to be using her art but now in management. Bobby is the youngest and keeps changing colleges and w ...more
Christi Snow
Sep 27, 2011 Christi Snow rated it liked it
My Review:
This was a different book. For years, I have read Heather Graham's holiday book. I enjoyed this one, but it seemed to have a more spiritual/inspirational feel than they traditionally have. Not that that is a bad thing, but it just gives a different kind of feel to the overall novel.


The MacDougal family have had a hard year and this year, more than most, they seem to be taking it out on each other with constant fights and bickering. Shayne, the oldest and doctor in the family has gone
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Catherine
Dec 13, 2012 Catherine rated it liked it
I'm not a sweet person. I mean, I do sweet things every now and again, but I don't know anyone who would describe me as a sweet gal. I don't do sap. An Angel for Christmas is dripping sweet and you know what, I actually liked it! It made me feel all kinds of warm n'fuzzy inside. Sure there were a few things that bugged me a bit - some of the dialogue between the family members was a bit too "i love you bro, "I love you more sis," "I've never been more proud of you son" kinda stuff, but what can ...more
Crystal
Oct 05, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Heather Graham brings the true meaning of Christmas to life on the pages of An Angel for Christmas.

Mike & Stacy Macdougal along with their children Morweena, Shayne, Bobby, & Shayne's Children Conner & Genevieve are spending Christmas at their cabin in the mountains.

Morweena is upset that her boyfriend choose to go on a tropical vacation instead of spending Christmas with her & her family. Shayne is having a rough Christmas dealing with a recent divorce but is loving having his
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Anna Mcfadden
Nov 23, 2014 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing
The MacDougal clan goes up in the Blueridge Mountains for Christmas every year for Christmas but this year they feel lest like a family. Shane is M.D. bout to be divorce, Morena is a top ad executive in New York and Bobby who can't find himself in the college he's in. When on Christmas Eve a man is found freezing out in the snow by their cabin. on Christmas morning another man shows up and they are confronted with one as a cop and 1 a bad guy but neither has an id. great book.
Hsiau Wei
Nov 20, 2011 Hsiau Wei rated it liked it
An interesting story for those who believe in Angel. The book tell the story of Morwenna, Shayne and Bobby who went up to the mountain to celebrate their christmas with their parent, a customary occasion since they were young. However, all of them went with heavyhearted. Morwenna, who decided to half wishes to be with her boyfriend who went vacationing in Mexico, Shayne who wishes his ex wife is with him and children and Bobby, who still do not know how to tell his parent about his decision to p ...more
Tracy
Jul 12, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it
It's weird. I really like the Harrison Investigation and Krewe of Hunters series that this author writes, about a psychic investigator team that has ever-revolving characters all tied together (and some romance, little 'r'). But the Christmas books, while sweet and still well-written, strike me as a little bit preachy. I can recommend them to other readers, but for me they aren't so satisfying.
Kendra
Dec 10, 2014 Kendra rated it really liked it
I really can't help but read a few sappy Christmas stories every year. I listened to this short Heather Graham story about a family who has a couple of unexpected visitors one Christmas Eve. In the process of figuring out who the strangers are, they learn more about themselves and each other with the lessons provided during a snow storm. It was fairly predictable, but sweet.
Connie N.
This book was pleasant and enjoyable. I'd give it 3.5 stars because it kept my interest and I liked the characters and the story, but it just didn't have enough substance to it to satisfy me. The presence of angels was hinted at, and the characters talked all around the possibility, but I guess their conversations were just a little too subtle and I didn't think the story quite hit the mark. I did very much like the characters, a somewhat disjointed family of overachievers and busy people who do ...more
Tasha enderby
Feb 29, 2012 Tasha enderby rated it liked it
This is a cute book, I took it with me on vacation. I don't know about anyone else but long car rides do me in. I feel like when I am on vacation then I need to take a break from my regular reading too. Despite the three books on my night stand I went with something completely different. The author didn't go for believeable charectors in this book, they didn't spend to much time developing them in this short book. The focus is on the true meaning of Christmas and despite how hectic lives get, we ...more
Cleffairy
Jan 29, 2012 Cleffairy rated it liked it
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea
Review date: 30 Jan 2012
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=6729

I have nothing against a holiday romance, but I have to say that while I love the plot structure, I feel that the story’s progress is rather slow. I wish the author speed up things a little bit between the characters. It would have keep me glued to the pages.

Not the kind of book that you want to go on reading one page after another, but I suppose it’s an acceptable read for a lazy holiday season where y
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Tiffeny
Nov 29, 2014 Tiffeny rated it it was ok
OK story. Not a total waste of time, but almost. A little background on this huge rivalry between Gabe and Luke would have been nice. A lot was implied but not a lot said. Not a lot to say about it really. OK. That's about it.
Nancy
Dec 08, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
Family members, who love each other, gather to spend the Christmas holidays together, in the families mountain retreat. The family members have their differences, and don't support each other in choices some of them make. A policeman without his uniform is found in the snow, and brought in and revived. He is very good to the family members, and ends up saving the life of a granddaughter. Then the escaped criminal the policeman was after, arrives, telling them he is the policeman, and the other m ...more
Nicole
Sep 05, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it
I finally got around to reading another book by Heather Graham. An Angel for Christmas was a super fast read that was pretty predictable but I still ended up liking it. Short and to the point An Angel for Christmas had little fluff but was still a fun read.


Morwenna's family was entertaining and I could picture all the antics that occurred at the cabin in the woods. I am sure I would have reacted a lot like Morwenna did since family can be embarrassing as heck at times.



If I ever see anything els
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Shali
Apr 16, 2015 Shali added it
I really liked this book, because right down to the last page you never knew what was going to happen next. I wish there was a better ending, but it keeps you entertained the whole way through.
Steve Bradshaw
May 25, 2015 Steve Bradshaw rated it liked it
white hat - black hat type of story. Interesting read, but took a while to develop the characters enough to "catch" me up in the story. The author eventually did enough to hook me in.
Mary Ann
Jan 31, 2016 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
This was a story to renew man's faith in his fellow man. What ended up being several stories all wove into one resolved itself in a 'rose colored glasses' style.
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria
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