Home for the Holidays: The Forgetful Bride\When Christmas Comes
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Home for the Holidays: The Forgetful Bride\When Christmas Comes

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Everyone wants to be home for the holidays…

The Forgetful Bride

Caitlin Marshall's trying to go home to Minnesota, but at the last minute she gives her airline ticket to a stranded soldier. So Cait spends Christmas with Joe Rockwell, who was a childhood friend—and is still a terrible tease, claiming that Cait's his wife. Oh, sure, they were "married"...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Mira (first published November 1st 2005)
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Brian Wilson
Really good Holiday read which is typical of Debbie Macomber. I know when picking up one of her books that I am always going to get a nice easy read full of unrealistic romance and Christmas fun, which is ultimately what I am looking for in a Christmas book. I read nothing but Christmas books from about the last week of November until Christmas and it is a time to put away the thinking caps and my usual genres and just lay back with an easy read with a happy Christmas ending and she does it ever...more
Sheryl Nantus
I have to admit this was the first Macomber book I've read - and I only picked it up because it was very cheap for my Nook.

What I found was an excellent holiday read and a new author to follow! Ms Macomber writes nice, sweet romantic fiction that's sure to keep you reading and leave you with a good happy feeling. It may not be as graphic as some would want, but I'd be fine having my mother catch me with this in the house.

Both stories are great reading but the second one, When Christmas Comes, is...more
Mandy
I have decided from Thanksgiving until Christmas I am going to read only Christmas books. My mom has all of Debbie Macomber Christmas books this is the second one I've read. They are really cute fluffy Christmas love stories. This book at two stories in one book. I LOVED the first story I thought it was really cute. The leading man was sooo my type of man. I wanted him for Christmas. The second one was good but not as good as the first one, it reminded me a lot of the movie "The Holiday" which i...more
Heidi
I enjoyed this book. The first one, The Forgetful Bride was too predictable for me. Plus I did not like how Cait was presuing her boss.
My favorite was Home for the Holidays. I realized when I first started this book that I had actually seen the movie version a few weeks ago. (Called Trading Christmas) I enjoyed that those who made the movie stayed true to the story line, with only a few minor differences. The book is always better though because it was more indepth.
Marianne
Home for the Holidays is an omnibus of two Debbie Macomber novels.
The Forgetful Bride was first published in 1991 and tells the story of stockbroker, Cait Marshall, in love with her boss, Paul Jamison, since she started working for his investment firm. Paul seems not to notice her at all. When building contractor, Joe Rockwell, turns up to oversee the refurbishment of the offices, he looks a little familiar to Cait. Soon enough, Cait discovers who he is, and he manages to embarrass her in front...more
Colleen
I admit it, I'm a sucker for a sappy holiday romance. This one fits the bill. It involves two people who switch houses over the holiday season. Emily goes to Boston to suprise her daughter, who turns out has other plans. Charles, mistakenly beliving that the Levenworth he's going to is home to the prison of the same name in the hope of avoiding Christmas, instead finds himself in Emily's home in Washington state. Both get a romance to celebrate the holiday with. A quick read but just the shamele...more
Tasha enderby
This was a fun book to kick off my holiday story marathon, it has a bit of mystery and two wonderfully put love stories. I didn't know this book was two short stories and not one large novel so when I got half way through the book and realized they gave up the ending too soon on the first story to continue to the end I skipped through and found to short stories. We all need a bit of romance and this has it mixed in with good will and holiday cheer.
Terri
First story " The forgotton Bride " is good.. I was not crazy about this character Joe...actually it is good story but next story " When Christmas comes " Is very good.. I like this main character " Emily"
Pauline
Two stories in one book.Both very Christmassy and very sweet. Couldn't read many though.
Shonda
Emily is disappointed when her daughter Heather announces she’s not coming home for Christmas. She calls her friend Faith and explains she will be spending the holidays alone. Faith, being a good friend, decides to surprise Emily by paying her visit. Meanwhile, Emily has researched swapping houses for the holiday. If Heather can’t come home, she’ll go to her. After all, family should be together during the Christmas season. In her haste to leave, she doesn’t call Faith to tell her her new holida...more
Tama
Finished Trading Christmas 12/26 and the second book 1/1.. Quick little Christmas stories. Not a big fan of Debbie Macomber, as there is a lot of repetition within the story lines. Kind of like a soap opera...you can miss a week and when you come back to it, they mention events over and over so you are never behind. In Trading Christmas, two people trade homes on each coast and of course go through the "this is going to be horrible" phase to "this is the best ever.". There were a few unbelievabl...more
Hannah
Review originally published on my blog: Snuggle Up and Read (http://nurseatkins.blogspot.com/2010/...)


I read this book solely for the purpose of my Christmas Challenge. There is nothing like Christmas romance to put you in the mood for Christmas. And no one writes a fun Christmas story quite like Debbie Macomber.

Both novels in this book are fun, lighthearted romance stories. It put me in the Christmas spirit, but they weren't wonderful literay reads. I read the entire book in one afternoon and h...more
Mur Lafferty
I'm not going to regurgitate the plot; the description and the other reviews do that just fine. I had low expectations on this book- my experience with Christmas fiction is pretty spotty. It started out fine; the character quirks were amusing, but after a little while it started to grate on me.

Things I learned from this book:

1) The way to a man's heart is to cook for him. They lose all rational thought when you cook for them.

2) Boys in school = good, non-educated Harley riders = bad. (Also, pe...more
Andrea O'Brien
The last book read in the holiday season is always the hardest to review. I have read quite a few other Christmas anthologies this season and a lot of the novellas raise the bar quite high. However, Debbie Macomber never disappoints and she has a flair for Christmas stories.

"The Forgetful Bride" by Debbie Macomber. I really enjoy this story. Its a nice blend of Holiday warmth and sweet, homespun romance. The story takes place at Christmastime and the character, Cait and Joe, bond over simple ho...more
Roberta
I picked this book up with many other paperbacks at a library sale. It is the first Macomber book I remember reading. Both novellas in this book are fun, light romance stories with a Christmas theme. Nothing really outstanding but enjoyable and somewhat better than the average holiday stories.

The Forgetful Bride is one of those "what you want vs what you need" stories with a dash of "there's no place like home" when Caitlin can't get home for Christmas but gets something from home that makes up...more
Casee Marie
Trading Christmas tells the story of Emily Springer, Charles Brewster, Faith Kerrigan and Ray Brewster – friends, brothers, strangers, and…house traders. Desperate to be with her daughter for the holidays, Emily seeks any opportunity that will allow her to stay in Boston – and Harvard professor Charles is desperate to escape to a place void of Yuletide cheer where he can write and grouse in peace. Ray, Charles’ brother, chances upon Emily while Faith, Emily’s friend, finds Charles the curmudgeon...more
Ian
I've read some of the other comments made which were critical of this book and on some levels I can understand those criticisms. This book is definitely white bread, I might even go so far as to say it's vacuous, but I think there is a place for books like this.
It's fluff, but it's entertaining enough and not all that taxing.





I probably wouldn't have read it except for the fact that my copy of "Welcome to Harmony" by Jodi Thomas was missing chapters and the chapters I did have were all out of o...more
Arlene
This is 2 books in 1! The Forgetful Bride and When Christmas Comes! Two great stories set at Christmas time! One is about a woman that gives her ticket to someone in need and ends up getting together w/a childhood friend and falling in love. The other one is two people that switch houses at the holidays. The one wants to get away from the excitement of the Christmas season, but ends up in a town that really likes to celebrate the season. The other travels across the country to be with her daught...more
Rebecca
Christmas book

Loved this book and both stories from the book both ending where really good. kept me reading until the end
Kelly
I probably would have never read this book if it wasn't such a cheap ebook and I was eager to fill up my Nook.
I only read the first half of the book: The Forgetful Bride. And while I thought it was a cute romance, I couldn't read the second story right after it. I needed a break from romance.
The main charcter in The Forgetful Bride annoyed me at times. She was very naive for being 28 years old sometimes acting more like a high schooler than a stockbroker. But I liked her charcter when she wasn...more
Teri
Just finished Trading Christmas and started The Forgetful Bride. I will review Trading Christmas now and get back to you on The Forgetful Bride.

Funny, lighthearted and romantic. Really enjoyed it. It is going to be a Hallmark movie to be broadcast in November or December this year, according to the introduction written by the author. I think it could be really cute. It is a fast read so you still have time to read it before the movie airs.

Nov. 17, 2011 Just finished The Forgetful Bride. I would...more
Danette
I read the first novel of this book, The Forgetful Bride, but not the second. This one was a cute, sweet, fun-loving story, but it was very predictable. It is a tale of two love stories - one easy to read and one not so much. I prefer a little more suspense for the punch, but overall I give it two thumbs up! The second novel in the book is very slow starting and doesn't spark my interest much. I haven't been able to get in to it, so I will have to wait until I have no other books to choose from...more
Ricci
A must read during Christmas time!
Tntexas
This edition containted two stories - Trading Christmas and the The Forgetful Bride. If you're looking for serious, in-depth love stories that are full of drama and a lot of in-depth soul-searching, you need to look elsewhere because these stories are not that. On the other hand if you're looking for light-hearted stories that are more like rom-coms or sitcoms, these stories might prove to be worth your time. Both were light, funny, frothy romances with Trading Christmas being the stronger of th...more
David Spiller
I love this book.

I spend dec 26th to a few days after New Years in Leavenworth WA; so this books discription of Christmas in Leavenworth WA made me laugh. Christmas lights every where! And no way to avoid Christmas.

Oddly enough I meet Debbie Macomber in 2010 in just after Christmas. If only I had read a few of the books before meeting her. She published Trading Christmas in 2011, likely based on her visit in 2010, Heck! the grumpy guy in the story may be based on me.
Diane A Brown
Nov 30, 2011 Diane A Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christmas Fiction Lovers
Christmas Crazy!

When Charles and Emily decide to swap homes for Christmas, the most unexpected things begin to happen. In fact, friends and family members on all sides are in for unbelievable surprises.

There is romance in the air, yet trouble everywhere and the end results will make you smile. Truthfully a wonderful read for the holidays in proper Macomber style.

Note: Watched the movie on Hallmark, the book is better and quite different. Don’t miss out!
Ally
Finished the first book - Trading Christmas - this morning. A sweet modern Christmas story, exactly what I was looking for. I usually read these types of books in December, and they do help to remember the important aspects of Christmas and count my blessings.

Debbie Macomber tells a great short story of finding unexpected love when trying to shake up the usual Christmas routine.

Recommend all her fans and anyone looking for a sweet pick-me-up!
Laura
I liked Trading Christmas. I decided to read it after watching the movie on Hallmark. Although, there were some things that the movie changed that I actually preferred. Especially concerning the daughter, Heather. In the book she is just a complete brat & she's not portrayed that way in the movie. I really enjoyed The Forgetful Bride. I thought it was really a cute & funny story. I actually think I liked it better than Trading Christmas.
Lindsay
This book reminded me of the Kate Winslet/Cameron Diaz movie The Holiday. Two people trade homes for the Christmas holiday and fall in love with the other persons sibling and friend. Like her other books, this one was predictable, mushy, and unrealistic. Which annoys me, but her Christmas books make you feel cozy and get you into the holiday spirit.
Kristi
This was a very enjoyable holiday read. Though I have to admit to enjoying the second title much more than the first. I was laughing on the inside frequently and had a few moments where small chuckles escaped. I just adored the chemistry and banter between Cait and Joe. It was fun and infectious. Definitely the best holiday read this year so far for me.
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