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The Christmas Basket

More than ten years ago, high-school sweethearts Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton planned to elope—but then he jilted her. This Christmas, Noelle is home to celebrate the holidays, and she and Thom discover they are still in love. Now only the decades-old rivalry between their mothers stands in the way of a second chance together.

The Snow Bride

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Mira (first published January 1st 2004)
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Brandy *Ahviel*
First let me say that I love Debbie's books, but this book just did not do it for me. The first story The Christmas basket was about high school sweethearts that are no longer high school sweet hearts because he jilted her at the alter. But come to find out she jilted him, or so he thinks for all these years. On top of that their mothers HATE each other. The story is cute and an easy read. I don't know maybe having a migraine is what turned me off

The second story I thing is the kicker
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Nov 19, 2011 Nairabell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
This book actually contains two stories that were originally published individually as gift hardbacks - The Christmas Basket and The Snow Bride.

***The Christmas Basket***

There has been a feud between the matriarchs of the McDowell and Sutton families for years, one that was made worse when Noelle McDowell and Thomas Sutton planned to elope ten years ago - before Thomas jilted her. Noelle has avoided returning to Rose, Oregon since then but now her younger sister is getting married she is retur
Feb 07, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a cosy, undemanding read, this is the book for curling up on the sofa in front of the fire on a miserable day.

I did not realise that it is in fact two books in one, and the first is definitely the weaker - I did wonder how on earth it could be spun out to nearly 400 pages. On its own it would probably only have rated 2 stars. It is slight story of two former High School sweethearts who each think they have been jilted by the other, until they meet up again ten years later. They still
This book was ok, but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in it. The first story, "The Christmas Basket", was a cute story about a man and woman who loved each other years before, but due to a feud between their mothers and a misunderstanding 10 years prior, it didn't work out. I had a few problems with the story. First, the mothers behavior was beyond outragous. It was very unbelieveable. Also, I couldn't help but notice several timeline inconsistencies. The second story, "The Snow Brid ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Dawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For people who like contrived plots and unmemorable, cliche, irritating characters then Macomber's romance novels are the way to go. For the rest of us, skip them and save some time.
Mary Aris
Jan 05, 2014 Mary Aris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Debbie Macomber's Christmas gems! On a Snowy Night features two of her Christmas stories in one book. In the Christmas Basket, two star-crossed teenagers bear the brunt of their mothers' rivalry. A Silver Tea set sparked a fued between two friends that affected a whole community and their two kids, Noelle and Tom. Can a Christmas Miracle and the love of these two star-crossed lovers repair the friendship between Mary Sutton and Sarah MacDowell?

In The Snow Bride, thirty-something executi
Nov 29, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a collection of two Christmas romances. The first one was about Noelle and Thom who were high school sweethearts but through a misunderstanding believed that each had chosen their family over their relationship. Ten years later, Noelle returns to her home for her sister's wedding preparations and meets upp with Thom again and the sparks fly immediately in many different ways.
The second story is about Jenna, who is 31 and has determined that her life is boring and she is getting nowhere
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I used to enjoy Ms. Macomber quite a bit. She still writes just fine as far as a clean and simple world building. What I'm not enjoying anymore and it could be my changing tastes, are her characters. The conflict for her characters seem to be miscommunications. The petty games people play when they are in a "huff". The characters are what I classify as juvenile and depressingly immature. It reminds me of the show, "Threes Company". All these "bad" things happen and are blown out of proportion be ...more
Anthony Mullally
Dec 15, 2014 Anthony Mullally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a book , something like p.s i love you these books dont get read by guys much but i dont know why but it touched something in my heart and i wanted to read more and more after each page it was well worth the 30 cent that i paid for it , her style of writing never appealed to me years ago i would of laughed and said that the book was for girls but since joining goodreads i have learned books dont have gender and readers should read whatever they want and not base it on whether the book was ...more
Two short novellas in one, both based on Christmas themes. Very nice light reads. Enjoyed them both.

Of course, wish that both had been separate novels instead of novellas. Somehow I feel small novellas does away with the plot development and character development, which is more easily done in a full length novel.

Despite all that, if you want a quick cozy read between books, this one's definitely for you.
Feb 27, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
jTwo books in one! The Christmas Basket and The Snow Bride! Love when I can get 2 books for the price of one, but on the other hand, after I started reading the second one, found out I already read it! Both good romances! Good clean stuff!
Karen seng
Sep 04, 2014 Karen seng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was very good it tell how parents fighting can keep kids apart its funny how they get back together after years of not getting along

Jan 09, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Debbie's books. She writes heartwarming stories with down-to-earth characters. This book was composed of two stories. The first was The Christmas Basket and was about two women who had been best friends but had become enemies. They really missed their friendship but were not sure how to go about repairing their friendship. The second was The Snow Bride and was about a young woman leaving her job and family and taking off for Alaska and a man she had met in a chat room. When he failed to m ...more
Dec 05, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ereader-finished
the two stories were short. I liked the plot line of the story, stories of love misunderstanding, and meeting people who you first don't get along with but fall in love with later does not bore me, but because of the compact-ness of the two stories I feel like the ending was rushed , the getting to fall in love with each other was rushed and things were explained quickly, and it all just followed some sort of happy ending formula. this applies more to the second story, and semi to the ending of ...more
I love all of Debbie Macomber stories. In this case, I enjoyed the Christmas Basket more than The Snow Bride. In the Christmas Basket, I found myself a little sad that the Noelle and Thom took so long to figure out what when wrong. Ten years is a long time. In the Snow Bride, I felt that there should have been a little of a connection between Jenna and Reid. Even with the little things, I wish I could change. This was a good read.
Lucy McLaurin
A very light, fluffy and sweet read. Two lovely Christmas related stories that put a smile on my face and made everything seem all cosy and nice.
Brad Baker
Jan 25, 2015 Brad Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

These two stories are definitely to be read especially in the winter or at Christmas. Debbie Macomber is a master story teller.
Mandy Baggot
Dec 10, 2015 Mandy Baggot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved both of these stories. Perfect, feel-good Christmas magic with happy ever afters. Just what I needed!
Dec 15, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the ridiculous, over the top humor presented by the characters in this book.
Sep 02, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two stories in one book. The Christmas Basket Noelle (born on Christmas Day) and her high school sweetheart, Thom finally learn the truth about what happened 10 years ago when they had planned to elope.

The Snow Bride. Jenna Campbell has met someone on the internet. He lives in Alaska, she leaves her job and heads out for an adventure in Alaska. Her new friend doesn't appear at the airport so she gets a pilot to take her to Dalton's home. She ends up snowbound in Snowbound, Alaska. Love is found
Dec 25, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
These are the kinds of stories I like for Christmas. Lots of humor, the romance element isn't overpowering. A quick, fun read.
Dec 25, 2013 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, usa, xmas
This book contains two stories:

-The Christmas Basket (2 stars at best) which was really extremely bad, poorly written and awfully predictable. But it was so bad it ended up being funny and I kinda enjoyed reading it.

-The Snow Bride (3 stars because it's Christmas and I'm feeling generous). I liked that one. Nothing revolutionary and still a not-so- stellar writing style (especially when it comes to "romantic" scenes, OMG those were painfully ridiculous) but I guess the setting in a small town in
Feb 18, 2015 Dorothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A couple of good love stories to pass the snowy days.
Don Nelson
2 books: The Christmas Basket; The Snowbride
Two stories in one book. Two very easy reads.
Heather Mooney
Nice simple Christmassy book
Pat Elliott
Sometimes you need a light read and not a challenging one. This book filled that need and as such, I liked it. Both stories were based around misunderstandings between people and how they eventually get resolved. Enjoyable fiction.
Feb 12, 2010 Margie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book consists of two small stories, the first is The Christmas Basket. It was a fun read about 2 families thrown back together after years of fueding.
The second is The Snow Bride. A cute story about a young girl looking for a companion in a poetry chat room. She ends up falling for an Alaskian looking for a new adventure. She finds it there and lots more. I really liked this one, it had romantic twists that were fun. Both short stories were great to read during the 2010 Blizzard. LOL
Lindsay Gillis
Dec 14, 2015 Lindsay Gillis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novellas in this book are awesome! Loved them both.
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