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A Magical Christmas

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  249 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Jon and Julie Radcliff are facing the last Christmas of a marriage in trouble. The love they once shared has been tattered by time and torn apart by divergent goals. Their teenagers, Christie and Jordan, are rebellious, and their youngest child, six-year-old Ashley, is showing the hurt and confusion of her family's turmoil. Yet somehow the Christmas season must be gotten ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Topaz (first published 1996)
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Dec 14, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
My grandmother loaned me this book and since it is Christmas time I thought it would be appropriate to read it now. This is not going to wow you, but it was a "feel good" story. I breezed through it, the characters were interesting enough. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, but if you're looking for something quick this will do.
Nov 10, 2012 Nancynova rated it liked it
Shelves: oct-dec-2012
rabck box from svoight 11/10; the story bounces between the Captain's house being held by the Union as a POW camp and modern day. During the civil war, the captain is sentenced to hang, and his wife, son and daughter are all estranged by the war. And all he wants is to see them all one last time to tell them that he loves them, because their last time together was filled with arguments. Unfortunately, the news of his hanging turns into a skirmish that kills him and his family. So, every year at ...more
Megan Alton
Dec 02, 2016 Megan Alton rated it it was ok
The "magic" was fine but it couldn't make up for parents who can't be civil with each other or control their language around their children.
Nov 26, 2016 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Loved it, full review to follow.
Joy Specht
Dec 03, 2016 Joy Specht rated it liked it
ghost vacation for dysfunctional family
Sandy M
Dec 26, 2012 Sandy M rated it really liked it
I’ve not read many Heather Graham books, despite the number in my TBR mountain. But I have read at least one of her Christmas stories, A Season of Miracles, years ago and loved it. So when hoping for a few holiday books to review for you this year, I was glad to receive a copy of A Magical Christmas. I knew I wouldn’t be let down one bit.

I like the fact that Ms. Graham’s holiday spirit in her stories includes a bit of the paranormal. That enhances the mystique and feel of the season for me. This
Barb Klein
Jan 21, 2013 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
Heather Graham has written another “keeper”. I read “A Magical Christmas” and it was truly that. This is the story of a marriage in trouble. A family with Mom, Dad and three kids, none of whom are on the same wave length. They have grown miles apart emotionally. I thought at the beginning that there was no solution for these characters to resolve their issues with each other. However, a Christmas vacation to an antebellum bed and breakfast called Oak River Plantation in rural Virginia was ...more
Paula Robinson
Feb 17, 2013 Paula Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I ever read by Heather Graham. I have others that she has written in different genres, but I never got around to reading them. I am so glad I found this one in my local Walmart. The title spoke to me, very much like a little advertisement in the newspaper called to Julie Radcliffe. I was sucked in from the beginning because of the mix of the historical and the contemporary. I had to get used to the time jumping, but it didn't take that long to see the parallels between the ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, continuing with my theme of reading Holiday books up till December the 25th, I saw Heather Graham's "A Magical Christmas" and thought I'd give it a whirl. The premise seemed interesting and I know she writes a lot of ghostly stuff, which I figured would give it a nice little twist on the classic Christmas tale.

It is about a family who are quickly falling apart. Busy schedules, fighting, and secrets have created unstoppable tension. But when the family go to a secluded Christmas getaway
Dec 18, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it
I have to give it to the author on how she wrote this book....great read!! It starts off with a family is dysfunctional....the father has cheated on the mother....and thinking about a divorce. The son is into drugs and the daughter loves a boy that the father thinks is beneath them....on the wrong side of the tracks. The father receives a brochure advertising a Bed & Breakfast in an historical mansion in Virginia (they live in Florida) They decide to go and that is when the "magic" begins. ...more
Dec 25, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
After twenty years of marriage, Julie and Jon Radcliffe are on the verge of calling it quits. Deciding to make a last ditch effort for their children, they book a family Christmas vacation at the Oak River Plantation in Virginia, complete with people in civil war era costumes. Once they arrive, meet the caretakers, and learn the history of the house, the family's attitudes begins to change.

This is a nice Christmas story about a second chance at love. The Radcliffe family problems parallel the p
Dec 26, 2013 Caro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graham-heather
This was a touching and heartbreaking story. I loved the characters. The story line, emotions, overall feel to the book, and the perfect ending that left tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. I wouldn't mind reading this again, although the first part was a little hard on my peace of mind and had me in knots. Great for cuddle-up reading during the Christmas season and reminds us of the importance of life and love. Enjoy
Ronda Barnes-Howard
Great story

I loved this story. Very heartwarming. It reminded you what's more important in life. Love for your family and don't let difference stand between you, because it may be too late and you can't get it back. Made me cry and took my breath away at other times. Excellent story.
Susan Papszycki
Feb 22, 2013 Susan Papszycki rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since I read Heather Graham , but it only took a couple of pages to realize how exciting her stories are. It is one of the must-read holiday books for that festive time of year . And after you read this book you will realize no matter how big or how small your family is so important .Happy Reading !
Dec 26, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I already love Heather Graham, so it didn't surprise me that I would love this book when I picked it up about a year or two ago. This Christmas story, to me, is one of the best I have read so far. It is such a heartfelt story, that actually touched my heart. I finally found it to purchase and bought it, and am trying to get my mom to read it! :)
Sharyn King
Jan 05, 2014 Sharyn King rated it really liked it
I was just looking for a simple book to read around the holidays. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really liked this book. While it was somewhat predictable it had some great messages. I have never read a book by this author but look forward to reading some now.
This one was a bit of a slow start for me, but once it got going I was hooked. There were many of the usual components of holiday romances, but several more unusual elements as well, which I think is what made this my best holiday read this year (so far, anyway).
Cindy Feigert
Dec 27, 2014 Cindy Feigert rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday-books
this book was a little different- a story of two families in turmoil but in different time periods. an easy read
Dec 07, 2014 Glenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!

I try to read this book every year, at Christmas time. A great book about faith, hope, love, family, and Christmas.
Joanna Warrens
Nov 28, 2012 Joanna Warrens rated it really liked it
Sweet and simple book. Be careful though-its a re-release from 1996 so make sure you haven't read it alreasy.
Gretchen Stein
Nov 06, 2014 Gretchen Stein rated it really liked it
Great christmas story to read while I am on the couch with my knee up. Past and present merge on Chrismas for an overwhelmed family.
Barbara Appleby
Jun 27, 2013 Barbara Appleby rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Heather Graham book. A family torn apart in the past must help a family in the present with the same sort of problem.
Sharon Chance
Dec 26, 2012 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating story that mixed a holiday tale with a ghost story - the results is a great read for the Christmas season! I really enjoyed it!
Marci LeHew
Dec 07, 2014 Marci LeHew rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story & I love the Civil War storyline. I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it.
Nicki Conroy
Nov 20, 2013 Nicki Conroy rated it really liked it
Took me a second to actually follow the way the book was going but love this type of historical fiction mixed with present day story telling.
Kirsten rated it really liked it
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Laurie rated it it was ok
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Mar 02, 2010 Theletter12 rated it really liked it
time travelish...good transition between now and past stories...
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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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