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Christmas Letters (Blossom Street #3.5)

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Katherine O'Connor often spends her days at a cozy café on Blossom Street in Seattle—where she writes Christmas letters for other people. She's good at making their everyday lives sound more interesting. More humorous. More dramatic.

But for Dr. Wynn Jeffries, who also frequents the café, Christmas means lies and deception. In fact, the renow...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Mira (first published January 1st 2006)
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Felicia
This is kind of a spoiler review but not really, I mean we all know how all romance books end don't we, happily ever after.

This is a hard review for me because I really enjoyed reading this book but at the same time there were a lot of things that really bothered me about it too. I think the best way to review this book is to give a list of the things that bothered me and then sum it all up with why I liked it.

Things that bugged me

1- Katherine's nickname being K.O. it's just dumb I trained mysel...more
Susan (susayq ~)
My mom has been on a Debbie Macomber kick since I introduced her to the tv show Cedar Cove, which is based on Debbie's writing. Mom went through all the Cedar Cove books and is now working on the Blossom Street ones. This is one of the Blossom Street ones. I heard her laughing as she read it, so I figured I'd give it a whirl. This was exactly what I needed to read today. It was light and fluffy and funny and what you expect from a Christmas romance.
Jennifer
Um.... Is there supposed to be someone in this book I actually like? Because it just did NOT happen for me.

The main Character "K.O." allowed her sister to treat her like crap. Seriously. If someone treated ME like her sister treated her - I would go OFF. I think the rudneness and selfish behavior of the people in this book was supposed to be the comedy portion of the book - but I was NOT feeling it. It just came across as a bunch of immature jerks banging into each other.

I had a really hard ti...more
Srividya
Its raining Debbie Macomber in my life today :) :) And I am loving it :)

This is another Christmas story that I have been wanting to read ever since I read the entire series last year. This was a book that I could not find earlier and therefore started it with all the anticipation and intrigue, wanting to see if it is as good as the others. I was not disappointed but nevertheless this book was not as good as the others in the series.

This again is a love story, between Katherine O Connor or K.O. a...more
Amber
For my first debbie macomber book, this was a pretty good read about a Christmas romance in Seattle and christmas letters.
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
I have a confession to make: I am a sucker for Christmas romance books and Lifetime movies that ooze with sentimentality. Come on ladies, you have to admit those movies of the week are so bad, they’re good! I don’t know if it’s the scent of balsam pine that fills the air, or the twinkling fairy lights that transform my normally drab living room into a winter wonderland, but Christmastime always brings out the sap in me.

That’s why I couldn’t resist picking up “Christmas Letters,” a paint-by-the-n...more
Roberta
This book was less about K.O. writing other people's Christmas letters than it was about her dispute with Wynn over his child-rearing philosophy. Actually the Christmas letters were mentioned only incidentally, which was big disappointment to me. I thought I'd be reading some funny, over-the-top bragfests.

The romance part was ok, but I feel like Debbie Macomber missed the mark. She had a great concept but her execution was poor. She should have focused on the Christmas letters.
Kristen DeSimone
I really did enjoy it but only gave three stars since it is very predictable and simply written. But I am a sucker for all things Christmas and light romances with Christmas as the backdrop that end happy are a favorite of mine to read over the holidays, which is when I read this. Worth it if you like very light chick-lit...and Christmas!
Nancy
The overall story line of K.O. (Katherine O’Connor) is thin and you do not walk away from Blossom Street knowing anymore about the inhabitants than you did before you read this book.

Katherine works from her townhome as a part time transcriptionist while trying to find a new job; to supplement her income she writes Christmas letters for friends and new business contacts. When her sister Zelda (really, the names in this book) goes on and on about a new book that she has read that will change the...more
Teri
Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber

In Debbie's 2006 Christmas offering, we find Katherine O'Connor writing Christmas letters in a cozy cafe. She writes for people who don't have the time and makes them sound more charming and dramatic. While in the cafe, she meets the reknowned Psychologist Wynn Jeffries, who is the author of The Free Child that touts that "parents bury Santa under the sleigh." K.O., as Katherine is called, has a sister Zelda who thinks Dr. Jeffries is wonderful and raises her...more
Brenda
Why I read it: book club pick
The Plot: Katherine (who is called K.O.) has a sister who has twin daughters. This sister has read a parenting book called The Free Child, and has decided to implement it with her children. It has turned her children into monsters. So Katherine thinks the author of this book is an idiot, to put it bluntly. But, the whole plot here is about how she meets and falls in love with this author. The guy whose worldview is completely different from hers. This isn't a small t...more
Dalton
Katherine O'Connor always called K.O. writes Christmas Letter. It's her job to write other people's Christmas Letter and its also her job to make their lives sound way more interesting than they really are. And she love Christmas!
Dr.Wynn Jeffries hates Christmas. In fact, in his new book the Free Child, he tells parents that they should 'bury Santa under the sleigh'. K.O. thinks his book, The Free Child is filled with useless information and everything in his book is backwards.
When K.O. and Wy...more
Christine
I wanted a fluffy romance. This one had a fun premise - girl writes Christmas letters for people who like to polish out all of the negative things that have happened throughout the year.

None of the characters were consistent and it felt like the entire story was written out of order and then not read through to check for plot flow afterward, because events would be mentioned and then later either recapped or mentioned as something that might possibly happen even though it had already been decide...more
Evelyn
Dec 08, 2009 Evelyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: stefanie
Shelves: funny, romance
Debbie Macomber’s Christmas stories have the reputation for putting readers in the spirit of the season. Christmas Letters, written in 2006, is one of my favorites. Katherine “KO” O'Connor writes creative and cheery Christmas letters for people who aren't up to the task themselves, making their lives seem more interesting, more humorous—even more dramatic. She often writes in a coffee shop where she happens upon Dr. Wynn Jeffries, the psychologist whose philosophy on child rearing called the “Fr...more
Leya
K.O. has a knack for writing Christmas letters, and if she gets paid doing something she loves, bonus. And this Christmas all seems well until her sister reads a self-help book written by Dr. Wynn Jeffries, Free Child. The Christmas spirit seems dim for her nieces and she wants to show Dr. Wynn what a bunch of crock his theory really is. But she never realized on how much she liked the good doctor.

I really liked K.O., I liked her determination, her outlook and her willingness to help people, but...more
Lindsay
I started reading this book before maybe a year or two ago and stopped for some reason. Guess I thought it was lame and cheesy. It actually wasn't that bad.
It's a very typical Debbie Macomber romance novel, where at first the guy and girl don't get along, then they do, and by the end of the book they are planning a wedding even though they have only known each other for a few weeks. That's unrealistic and doesn't happen.
Katherine writes Christmas letters for people and one day runs into Wynn w...more
Julie C-f
I like both K.O. (not the nickname tho it makes me think of boxing bouts) and Wynn. They both seem likable people you'd like to meet in real life.

Though I have some doubts the story itself can actually happen for real due to the differences in opinions that they exhibit and could present problems later on.

Love for each other prevailed and even if it seemed difficult, the part where Wynn understood the need to do revisions in the first book should be given more time. It is not easy to do that e...more
Mayda
The Christmas festivities are in full swing on Blossom Street. But while many are making merry with decorations and presents, others are subscribing to a new philosophy that might have been penned by the Grinch himself. Dr. Wynn Jeffries has some profound ideas about child-rearing, and one of them includes banning Santa Claus. Meanwhile, Katherine O’Connor is busily writing Christmas letters for other people, making their lives seem far more interesting than they really are. When her sister embr...more
Heather Chandler
I like this book! It just goes to show that you really can't judge a person until you get to know them! The main character K.O. writes christmas letters for people as a side job. while having an interview with a client about writing his family christmas letter she accidentally bumps into and then follows a man who writes a book on deciplining children. Her sis followes the book more literally than she should and K.O. resents the author for turing her nieces into terriors! She eventually confront...more
Jackie Lane
What a cute book about Christmas this was. I loved the spin with the writing of the Christmas letters. Although this book takes place partially on Blossom Street, it really has nothing to do with the Blossom Street series. Until the very end of the book, very little is written about Blossom Street.

As always there were likeable characters such as Max, Wynn & LaVonne. The "Z" household was also a lot of fun with everything from dogs to adults having a name with a "Z". The unique twist of the...more
Nedra
It was a easy read , but the auther lead you to believe that if two people met and has two different views on raising kids will get married and have kids and live happily ever after. K.O (Katherine) is a women who writes x-mas letters to make people lives seen perfect then what it is and then ad it to there x-mas cards, she believe in giving a child structure and rules. Wynn(Dr. jefferies) is a child psy who wrote a book about free child, that kids should have NO boundries let them do whatever t...more
Dorry Lou
I did enjoy this book, tho it wasn't all realistic. KO, short for Katherine O'Connor wrote Christmas letters for people that did not know what to say in the letter they wanted to send out to friends.
Her sister had read a book by Dr. Wynn Jeffries on "Free Child" Methods of raising children. KO felt his philosophy was all wrong so when she found out he lived in the same building as she did she could not wait to confront him. They disagree on about everything but they can't seem to stay away from...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Tis the season, so I picked this up at the library knowing I would be able to finish it in an hour or two when I needed not to think.
I was actually expecting something a little more sacharine than this turned out to be. The protagonists start out disliking each other intensly before inexplicably falling in love within a week. There really isn't enough depth to the story to comment on the characters or plot but I enjoyed Dr Jeffries getting his comeuppance in regards to his 'Free Child' theory,...more
Annalisa
I particularly enjoyed this book because I have read The Shop On Blossom Street and a lot of characters from that book are tied into this one.

From Publisher's Weekly:
Katherine O'Connor, a Seattle medical transcriptionist, has a booming sideline business, writing other people's Christmas letters. A run-in with Dr. Wynn Jeffries, however,ruins her holiday cheer. Katherine's sister is a devotee of Jeffries's Free Child movement, advocating "no boundaries for kids," a technique that has turned Kath...more
Jeannette
A nice light romance of two very different opinionated people and a neighbor seeing a future in cat litter and raisin brand cereal.
Donna
Aug 25, 2012 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one but if you want to read it you can have my copy
Shelves: fiction, books-i-own
Okay, being a person that doesn't like romance novels this rating of only two stars is pretty good. I like to read mysteries or crime/thrillers and there really wasn't much mystery to this book. I really only read it because of the connection to the Blossom Street series. The "romance" in the book is very unrealistic..... but... I guess I didn't hate the book and I do like Debbie Macomber. I just wont read any more romantic comedies. I did like that the book didn't have sex scenes and was a nice...more
Eileen
Couldn't get enough of the story finished it under 24 hra
Jespera
The biggest disappointment to me was that despite the title, this book was not written in letter form. It is about a woman who writes Christmas letters for people to make extra money, but the main point of the story is that she meets the author she has ranted about because his child raising theories have ruined her twin nieces. For a love story it is fun if predictable, but if you are looking for a Christmas story--that just happens to be the background. This was my first Debbie Macomber. I'm cu...more
Shari
Loved the Blossom Street books.
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