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Sylvia Winters just found a job and an apartment in her hometown of Dreyerville, Michigan, but she is hesitant to return. Eight years ago, she jilted her fiancé, Joe Dixon, telling him that she was moving to Chicago because small-town living was not for her. But she was lying. Syl was headed to Chicago to be treated for cervical cancer. Sadly, Joe never knew the real reaso ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Vanguard Press (first published September 23rd 2009)
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Gina (My Precious Blog)
Summary: Lottie Sparks is raising her eight year old grandson Teddy all by herself. He's such a sweet little boy. Its really not been too difficult for her, until she's diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Alzheimer's Disease. Lottie is painfully aware of her increasing forgetfulness, soon she will not be a reliable custodian for her grandson. With no mother, father or next of kin, what will become of Teddy as her disease progresses? Will he be forced into the foster care system or will Lott ...more
Debbie
This was a quick read, but a really good Christmas story. I must admit that I shed a few tears, but they were happy...not sad. Just a nice break for the season.
Amanda
I received this book as part of a Secret Santa gift exchange. The story was weak and predictable. I liked it well enough until about two-thirds of the way through when the relationship between Syl and Joe turned physical. What killed it for me was on page 114: "...she thought that God had given her an early present...". It bothers me to see God's name and character so falsely portrayed.

This wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but I won't read it again and I don't recommend it. I will be donati
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Angie Fehl
This story, Book 1 of the Dreyerville duology (so far) focuses largely on Teddy Sparks. The book opens and closes with adult Teddy reminiscing on one special Christmas when he was eight years old and desperately wanted to buy this antique clock that his grandmother always admired in the window of the local antique shop. Teddy, his father not being in his life and his mother killed in a DUI-influenced car accident, is raised by his maternal grandmother, Lottie (his grandfather died around the tim ...more
Amy
This was a heartwarming story of hope, love, and second chances. When college sweethearts both return to their hometown after years of anger and regret, it is hope and the innocent love of a little boy that brings them back together. The story of Teddy's love for his grandmother and her descent into Alzheimer's is wrenching but he finds love and hope again in his friendship with Joe and Syl. At the same time, neighbors Doris and Floyd start to find their way back to one another. Though it is a " ...more
Ruby
a sweet, touching Christmas-themed story. i was so afraid of a let-down ending....it was both happy and sad. nice job by Kat Martin.
L
As most Christmas stories do this one gave me the warm fuzzys, and satisfied the need for a happy ending that I always want to read this time of year. Even though the turmoil of the beginning of the book is there, the story builds and resolves in a predictable way. The characters seem like cardboard cut outs.Details within the plot bugged me as well like one character named Sylvia is a nurse who decides to take classes to be a physician's assistant--at a community college---a physician's assista ...more
Lori Henrich
Sylvia just found a new job and apartment in her hometown. Eight years ago she left the man she loved behind. Sylvia had just been diagnosed with cancer and didn't want to burden Joe with the possibility of her death, so she leaves town and heads to Chicago to live with her aunt and receive treatment. Racked with guilt she returns home to start over and to mend fences with Joe. The apartment she is staying in is above the garage of the Culvers, Doris and Floyd. They live next door to Lottie Spar ...more
Mj
At Christmas time, I don’t judge a book for its realism, critique the plot or look for significant character development.

I look for heart warming stories with happy endings. I look for stories where people’s actions epitomize the holiday spirit of peace, love and giving unselfishly. My favourite books are ones that bring tears to my eyes because the story fills me with joy and touches my heart and makes me really believe that all people are good and caring.

The Christmas Clock met all the above
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Crystal
This is your perfect holiday feel good read. The note I made myself in my notebook while reading this says, "You know where this book is going from the start, but the joy of this book is reading how it gets there." And that is so true. After 10 or so pages you know exactly who was talking in the prologue and how it will end, but the journey is amazing.

I fell in love with the small town and the characters. There are actually several stories going on with Syl and Joe's old romance and strange circ
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Bookaholics
The Christmas Clock by Kat Martin
October 13th, 2009
5 stars

"Heartwarming and touching holiday story"

This is my favorite time of year! I always look forward to getting into the holiday spirit with a really good book. The Christmas Clock was perfect! It was a delightful read that kicked off the season and filled me with joy and good cheer.

In the "The Christmas Clock" Kat Martin creates a strong and powerful story which focuses around a little boy Teddy Winters. It begins in present day with the bo
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Andrea
[This review originally appeared on Andi's Book Reviews.]

The Christmas Clock is the latest book by bestselling author Kat Martin. It's the story of a young boy named Teddy Winters, who at the age of eight lives with his grandmother, Lottie Sparks. Unbeknownst to him and many others in their small Michigan town, Lottie is suffering from a very rapidly progressing form of Alzheimer's disease. She is seeking to find him a permanent home before she becomes too disabled. At the same time, Teddy is tr
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Jayme(the ghost reader)
This book was really cute. It's about a boy who lives with his grandmother who has Alhelzier's (sp?). Her condition is getting worse. The boy has to go into foster care. All he wants is to buy a Christmas clock for his grandmother so he works after school at the local auto shop to earn the money. The guy who runs the auto shop tries to foster him but runs into some snags because he has a criminal record for something he did in his past. Also, he rekindles a romance with a lost love. It is very H ...more
Kati
I really liked this novel, which actually tells 3 or 4 different stories within its pages, yet they all tie together. Sylvia (Syl) and Joe were in love years ago and now need to decide if they want to give their relationship a second chance. Teddy has lost both his parents and is about to lose the only other adult who has cared for him due to Alzheimer's ... will he find the family he longs for? Doris and Floyd Culver are married, but don't really feel in love anymore. Can they find their way ba ...more
Amy Kitchell-Leighty
Another book where I was bored and needed something to read. Plus I'm a sucker for Christmas so I gravitated to the title. This book was so bad I don't even remember what it was about.
Lachelle
This was such an easy read and a touching story about several different people in a small town. One of the people was a young woman who was engaged to be married but found out two days prior to the wedding that she had cervical cancer. She is faced with a decision that changed her and her fiance's lives forever. Another person in the story is an older lady in her late 50's that has grown apart from her once loving husband and is looking for a way to get his love back. And another person is a eld ...more
Jessica
This story, because of it's length, is not a deep story. In fact, I didn't get much of a Christmas mood although it was mentioned in some of the descriptions; it just didn't give me that warm, fuzzy, Christmas feeling. I found the story to be a bit repetative, which was hard to ignore in such a short tale. It was a quick read, predictable, but meant to leave you with happy ending. I think this story could have been better if it were long enough to allow for full developement of all the character ...more
Teri
For the most part I thought this was a nice Christmas story. A little crisis, a little love and redemption and a nice ending. I like nice, fluffy little Christmas books. The only objection I have to this particular one is the sex scene. Hello authors out there in Christmas land. If you do take us into the bedroom, please don't get too detailed and throw in a crass comment here and there. Just does not fit in my cheery Christmas book.(Don't really like it in any book). To be honest, you could lea ...more
Just - The romance reader
When I read the prologue I already knew I would shed many tears while reading this book, and I did! The Christmas Clock is a beautiful story. It's very heartwarming and a perfect read to help get you into the holiday spirit. The story isn't so much about Christmas as it is just about the love and kindness of people.

My heart went out to each of the characters in the story. Martin creates such a vivid picture of their struggles and pain that you can easily imagine yourself struggling along with t
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Norma
Nov 28, 2010 Norma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has a heart
Shelves: christmas
For a pint-sized book it sure packs a big league whallop! I had fully expected to leisurely read a few pages before heading to sleep. I couldn't put this book down!

I really loved the characters. I felt so bad for Lettie. It's horrible dealing with an older person who has Alzheimer's but its even scarier being the person who is the one doing all the forgetting.

Fair warning though, keep tissues next to you for when you are reading. I cried both tears of sadness and tears of joy.

This is a definit
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Mashell
This book was on the shelf near the check-out counter at the library. I saw the 'romance' tag on the spine and picked it up only to realize it was Christmas based. The line started moving forward and I was still reading the description. I decided to check it out since I still had it in my hand when it was my turn. Who couldn't use a heart-felt Christmas story in March? I loved that it was based on a true story but I thought it would be a better read. There were too many swear words and suggestiv ...more
Carla
A nice feel good story of love and giving. The story of a woman coming back to the small town she ran from and the man she left, a couple that have lost that passion they once held, a woman diagnosised with Alzheimers caring for her grandson and holding on to what memories she can, and a little boy that brings everyone together.
Christmas is a time for miracles, a time for hope.
This a super fast read that is like bubble gum, it will make you feel good, it will bring a smile to your face, but it d
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Carol
This is a short story almost one that used to appear as romances in women's magazines. It is what I call a formula romance where I was able to guess everything that happened. Kat Martin says that she writes all of her books to have happy endings as this one does. This book is very easy reading. I do not care for or would I recommend this book to my friends who read alot. But there are many women I know who complain because other books that clubs read do not read this genre and they like them. So ...more
Sue
Cute story. Quick read.
Lupe
Predictable but cute.
Elaine
Beautiful story of love.
Chalene
Good story; poorly written.
Sam
Cute, but I could piece together entire story by page 25. It was poorly edited as well.
Carol
Nice little Christmas story.
Amy
This was a wonderful story about what a difference a few people coming together can make. A wise word from one person can make you change your life for the better. Another good lesson is never let a wrong go too long without making it right even if it may be the hardest thing for you to do. Being honest wins out every time and even if you are not forgiven you will at least know you did the right thing! I will definitely purchase this book for my collection!
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Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars)

Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read
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