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A Highlander Christmas (Pine Creek Highlanders #7)

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Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a miss ...more
Published October 27th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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I know a lot of people have comfort reads, beloved books that they reread, knowing they are going to bring guaranteed satisfaction and that warm, fuzzy feeling of revisiting old friends. I don’t do rereads (too many books, too little time), so Janet Chapman’s books became my comfort reads – guaranteed to be comfortable, satisfying, feel-good reads. I always knew what I would be getting, and now it’s over. *tear*. Where will I get my comfort from now?

My only disappointment with this one is it was
BJ Rose
This is a light-hearted, feel-good, series, so it's appropriate that this final book culminates at Christmas-time. Well, actually it's centered around the winter solstice, with druidhs past and present working their magic. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that magic, which is why Camry is so conflicted, and why Luke thinks it's all hokum, since they both are physicists.

I'm a big believer in serendipity, so when Grace refers to magic as 'serendipitous coincidence', I'm on-board. An
Janet Chapman is one of those authors who doesn't write a bad book. But that being said, she doesn't write a GREAT book, at least in my opinion. She's predictable in that you know you will enjoy the story but it won't be a keeper shelf addition or something you will rave over for days.

A Highlander Christmas holds to that theory quite well. Its the story of Camry MacKeage and Luke Pascal Renoir. If you haven't read the entire balance of the series, this book probably will seem not only far out t
I am going to say this straight out of the gate, so there are no surprises later: this is not a positive review, and I did not enjoy this book.

In retrospect, there were a lot of warning signs that I probably wouldn't enjoy this book. The story employs one of my least favorite plot devices ever (nosy meddling mother sends supposed man of daughter's dreams to find her and bring her back to the bosom of her loved ones). The heroine shares her name with a Toyota. There's a weiner dog on the cover. R
Amy C
Camry, a rocket scientist like her mother, fears the magic that seems to inflict everyone in her family. After losing her job at NASA from stress and lack of focus, no thanks to another scientist in France, a man who questions one of her formulas through email and he just happens to be right, Camry flees and secrets herself away in the small coastal town of Go Back Cove.

Then a handsome stranger shows up, and Camry finds herself forced by the magic she fears to reevaluate her life. But Camry soon
Jessica (Find the Time to Read)
Camry MacKeage has suddenly stopped becoming a rocket scientist in favor of being a dog walker and a bartender. Not that she'd ever tell her parents. As far as they know she's still locked away in her lab, being one of NASA's top scientists. So imagine her parents surprise when Luke Pascal shows up on their doorstep and tells them that Camry has quit her job and isn't answering any of his emails.

After Luke meets Camry's parents they get a mysterious card only signed F, that tells them where Camr
Willow Brook
This is my first Chapman and had a lot of characters from her other Highlander book. I still followed the story easily enough. The plot has lotsa magic and time-travel with repeated references to miracles. Add in several dashes of humor and A Highlander Christmas was a pleasant light read. It didn't feel especially "Christmassy" and tension was minimal because with all the magic, time-travel and miracles, you knew everything was going to work out. Of course, you know that in Romancelandria but s ...more
Book #100 of 2009

Somehow I missed that this was part of a series, so I spent a lot of time confused. But it was still an interesting read and I'd like to go back to the beginning and read the rest of the series. Maybe then some of the pieces will make better sense.
Laurel Richards
Pros: This book had nice bits of humor and the kind of charm holiday books are known for. I especially liked the dachshund, Tigger, so I loved that she was on the book cover.

Cons: I felt like this book either needed to be more humorous or more serious. It had a strange tone and feel to it that was sort of in between. I also could not relate with the main characters, though other readers may not have that problem. I can accept a certain amount of moodiness in a character, but Camry struck me as n
This is part of Chapman's Highlander series. It is the seventh book in the series. Prior to this I had already read the previous books and enjoyed them. The first two are among my favorite books. As the series has gone on I've started to get some of the characters a little mixed up but I still enjoy them and the magic they contain. I think Camry may be the last unmarried daughter out of Grace and Greylen MacKeage's seven daughters. She has burned out and is taking a break from NASA while working ...more
Brande Waldron
What a fun and sweet book this, A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman and just in time for the holidays too. Camry is having a bit of a mid life crisis if you will. She was fired from her job at NASA and has decided to work as a dog walker and tend bar. Hiding from her family she is afraid to face who she really is and scared that science and magic just don't mix. In comes Luke, who is a French Physicist who has been corresponding with Camry while she was at NADA and completely debunked some o ...more
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A Highlander Christmas ของเจเน็ต แชปแมน

หนังสือเรื่องนี้เป็นเล่มที่เจ็ดในชุดไฮแลนด์เดอร์ เรื่องราวที่สืบเนื่องมาจากการที่เวทมนตร์ทำให้นักรบโบราณจากสก๊อตแลนด์เดินทางข้ามเวลามาสู่ยุคปัจจุบัน หนังสือชุดนี้ได้รับความนิยมขนาดที่ว่า เหล่านักรบตัวจริงเสียงจริงที่ข้ามเวลาได้มีเรื่องราวเป็นของตัวเองครบถ้วนไปแล้ว แต่หนังสือก็ยังขยายออกจนบัดนี้ได้เล่าเรื่องลูกของนักรบเหล่านั้น

และในเล่มนี้เป็นเรื่องของแคมรี่ แม็คคีจ ลูกสาวเพียงคนเดียวที่ยังโสดอยู่ของเกรย์เลน แม็คคีจ ซึ่งเป็นพระเอกในเล่มแรกของชุด (Charming th
Sandy M
This is my fourth Christmas book in the last three weeks. The previous three didn’t have a whole lot to do with Christmas or they didn’t deal with the holiday that well, and I wasn’t thrilled with them for one reason or another beyond that. Though I was expecting some warm season’s greetings and other related Christmas goings-on in this book, none of that happened. But, you know what? This time I didn’t care. That’s what a good story, great characters, and terrific writing will do for you.

I’ve b
When I started this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. First, I felt as though I had walked into an existing conversation and missed the beginning. And secondly, I feared that this book would be as unbearably sweet and fluffy as an oversized cotton candy.

Happily, I was incorrect. While A Highlander Christmas is part of author Janet Chapman's Highlander series, and I had not read anything previously by Ms. Chapman, other than the initial first chapter or so of the book, I quickly got in
I'd never read a Highlander book before (or a Janet Chapman book, for that matter), though I'd heard lots about them. I was therefore a little bit worried about starting with this one, which is apparently the 7th in the series. I was also a little bit worried because I'd never read a real "romance" before.
I shouldn't have been worried. I LOVED this book. I started it one morning sitting in bed and then just read on and on until I finished, shirking everything else I had to do that morning. It wa
A Highlander Christmas (Highlander #7)
by Janet Chapman

5 stars

Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annua
A Highlander Christmas (Highlander #7)
by Janet Chapman

5 stars

Camry MacKeage has absolutely no intention of telling her parents that she left her job as a NASA physicist for the small-town life of a dog-sitter -- which is why she's spending the holidays alone in coastal Maine with her furry friends Tigger and Max. Unfortunately, her irresistibly handsome rival, scientist Luke Pascal, accidentally spilled the beans. Now he's on a mission from her mother to tempt Camry home for the family's annual
Camry is a top-rated rocket scientist who when pressured from a colleague, can't hang and runs for the hills. Really. She quits her job at NASA and hides out in Maine tending bar and dog sitting. So much for a strong female character. Ug.
Luke Pascal Renoir (really) is also a rocket scientist and looking for remains of Camry's mother's smashed satellite, PODLY (also really). PODLY has the answers to the universe, but no one seems to be in a big hurry to save it. And there is magic.
The characters
'A Highlander Christmas' was actually a very endearing magic-filled romance. I enjoyed reading this book, I loved the main characters and I loved how they are both geeks, hard core geeks, its not often you see that in a romance. This book contains a bit of magic, love, lust, science, and even a "sort of" fairy godmother, ok well she's a real mother, but sometimes they are one and the same. I liked the addition of love between other characters as well, usually it is just the main characters, but ...more
This was a very fast, light-weight read, but fun. If you can buy that a NASA physicist would chuck it all to go back to Maine and become a dog-walker because a international colleague had possibly nullified a few year's work, then the "highland magic" and other light-hearted elements are easy to accept. This is the first novel I've read by this author but you could tell that there were several (6) more books already published about this family, (all with "Highlander" in the name). In this Christ ...more
A delightful and quick holiday read. Mixes the real world with the sci-fi world beautifully and in a fun way.

I really enjoyed reading A Highlander Christmas. The characters were interesting and the romance was great. There was a lot of fun and playfulness in the book that makes it just right for a Christmas read. My favorite character is Fiona, the runaway that helps Camry and Luke get together.

The plotting is well done and it was hard to put down. It reads quickly and I enjoyed every minute of
In the interests of full disclosure, I haven't read any of the first six books in the series. That, of course, meant I had no idea what I was getting into.

Cudos to Chapman for trying to make rocket scientists sexy.
Good use of dogs.

Apparently, and I didn't know this when I picked up the book, Chapman is a "paranormal romance" writer. That said--Diana Gabaldon and Lynn Kurland do "it" better. To be fair, often by the six or seventh book in a series a writer has lost some of what makes his or her e
I don't know why, but before reading this book I was already prone to not like it. The paranormal factor was high, the main characters were two boring rocket scientists and so on.

And then I fell in love... with Camry but mostly with Luke and with Fiona and the dogs.

Sweet, I really loved it!

Onto the next one!
4.5 Stars!

TBQ's Mini Review:

Janet Chapman has done it once again, weaving a tale of magic and family, miracles and love. Full of wit, not to mention romance and passion, A Highlander Christmas will pull you right back into the crazy but lovely world of Pine Creek, and their infamous family, the MacKeages.

I loved the chemistry between Camry and Luke, it was sweet yet very steamy, playful yet very serious and touching. And not only did we get to watch these two fall in love, but we also saw glim
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
So here's the premise: A mischievous temporally ambiguous five month old helps her aunt, who is a genius rocket propulsion scientist who is working as a dog sitter/bartender, find true love with another scientist. I know what you're thinking - total crap. I thought the same thing. But since I needed a time travelling romance to fill out a category on a reading challenge I thought I'd give it a go anyway. What I found was that if I didn't think about it too much, I really liked the dialog and the ...more
Ok I picked this book up way out of order and felt a little lost but I wanted to read something with a holiday theme and also see if it was worth searching out the rest of the books in the series...that being said I am just about done with this book and it was just o.k for me. I have never read anything by this author before and maybe I would have enjoyed this a bit more if I had read them in order. I guess I expected to laugh more but really certain parts in this book (The dog disappearing)just ...more
Tonya Warner
Another great Highlander tale.

Camry MacKeage might be a rocket scientist, but she has more than met her match in competing scientist Luke Pascal aka Lucian Pascal Renoir.

Luke believes has destroyed his idol's dream by making her project satellite crash while easedropping on it's transmissions. His idol his Camry's mother, Dr. Grace Sutter MacKeage. Trying to recover Podly, he has to face finding Camry, who is in hiding from herself.

Camry has struggled her whole life with the magic of her roots,
A fairly good book. I enjoyed the romance and passion between Camry and Luke, while Fiona was utterly lovely. The only thing I found I disliked was the insistance that Luke give in and totally learn to trust the magic, especially because if he hadn't, it would have meant suffering for Camry. That just smacked of being forced into it. I would have preferred if the magic was more understanding, less forceful, pushy and high-handed about it. This really bugged me as I was reading the book, not beca ...more
Oh what a tangled, confusing web we weave. Let me get this straight - our heroine's ancestor travels through time to play matchmaker and apparently manages to know what's going on constantly. Our h's 5 month old niece also plays a teenager...

I need a drink.

But what about the story? Well, to tell you the truth, I was too baffled about what was going on with the side characters to notice, other than the H didn't believe any of it, and the h, introduced in the previous book, was as
Deborah Davis
Adorable AND it recognizes mature adults as lovers. Thank you!
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