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An Angel for Christmas

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  602 ratings  ·  101 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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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
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
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
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
Not a terrible story. Just not my cup of tea.
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
Kari Anderson
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anna Mcfadden
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
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
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
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
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Review date: 30 Jan 2012
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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. In the midst of a sibling shouting match, a mysterious stranger appears. He could be a criminal, a madman--or something far more unexpected. When another man arrives on the mountainside, they don't know which of them to believe. One of these men can't be trusted. And one is about to bring Christmas into their hearts. ...more
Regina Spiker
The MacDougals love each other, but you know how families are, they also irritate the heck out of each other. Every Christmas it's tradition for them to get together at the old cabin up in Blue Ridge Mountains. This year their holiday turns out decidedly different! Two strangers, one very dangerous, appear at their cabin in a dense snowstorm. Where did they come from and which one is telling the truth?

I haven't read a book by Heather Graham in years and was very surprised by how much I enjoyed
Kathryn Fitzgerald
Nice quick read with a feel good story. Perfect to kill time on Christmas vacation.
Fran Prisco
Great read. Really makes you realize what the spirit of Christmas is all about!
Emily Higgins
The MacDougal family gets together at the family cabin in the mountains for Christmas. Each of the siblings is dreading the holiday for different reasons. Shayne has recently been divorced. Morwenna is unhappy with her work and her love life. Bobby is about to change his college major to music, which he knows his father will not like. Along come two men, one a lawman and one a fugitive, who have exchanged clothes. The MacDougals do not know which of the two they can trust, so they tie up both me ...more
Wendy Paige
Just didn't hold my interest. Plot was transparent.
Roz Curney-Sherod
Very good Christmas story starring angels! I wii re-read this next season.
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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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