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Tis the Season!

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  851 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
Bestselling author Lorna Landvik shines in this delightful holiday novel of redemption and forgiveness.

Heiress Caroline Dixon has managed to alienate nearly everyone with her alcohol-fueled antics, which have also provided near-constant fodder for the poison-pen tabloids and their gossip-hungry readers. But like so many girls-behaving-badly, the twenty-six-year-old social
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Published October 28th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 05, 2009 Jeffrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, I did not like this book at all. The premise of using letters, e-mails and other correspondence as forms of putting a book together can either work really really well, or it is a complete disaster. This is the latter.

I really don't know who the book was about, or what it was about. The correspondence was just way too random, and with no back story, who knows what is going on.

Don't get me wrong, I am usually the type of person that skips the first few chapters because there is too much back s
Jun 12, 2014 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am quite biased, because I have a personal relationship with the author. I'd read Angry Housewives Eating BonBons while living in Tampa. In fact, I read it three times back-to-back. I love that book. So we move to Lompoc and they have a pretty good library and I read Patty Jane's House of Curl and The View from Mount Joy. I discovered that none of the libraries in the area had her other books: Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka and Welcome to the Great Mysterious. So I wrote to her ...more
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Heiress Caroline Dixon is a hot mess. Her life and alcoholic antics provide plenty of fodder for the tabloids, but also hide a troubled and vulnerable young woman. Two people from her past are sufficiently concerned by what they read to reach out to her and help her in recovery.

I like Lorna Landvik's writing. What I remember most about the books by her that I've read is the way she draws her characters. They are unique and colorful, and find themselves in outrageous situations, yet behave norma
Jun 04, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked this up from the library bookshelf when looking for a new book to check out. I had loved her two previous novels I've read -- Oh My Stars and The View from Mount Joy -- and thought that a novel based entirely of emails and letters would be intriguing to read.

This was definitely a fast read, but unfortunately nowhere near as good as Landvik's other novels. Unlike the other novels I've read, this one didn't delve much into character development like I'm used to. As a result, I di
Dec 03, 2008 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was our December book club read. I felt the email format was horrible and left me empty and not caring about any of the characters. I think it was a lazy way to write a book! This book absolutely has nothing good about it! It was slow to start, boring in the middle, and the ending wrapped in a "pretty" little way but it was AWFUL and completely predicible. Ultimately, I just couldn't connect or care about any of the characters and the plot was incredibly thin and weak and dull. What a huge ...more
I expected this to be a fun, light-hearted, feel good seasonal story. And, for the most part, it was. Until... an unexpected twist! Lorna Landvik comes through yet again in this tale of the human spirit and the importance of looking beyond the perceived. At times hilarious this chronicles the escapades and aftermath of an heiress's attempt to reconcile her ways through her correspondence via e-mail with two people from her past. Additionally, a tabloid gossip column gives the reader the public's ...more
Rachael Uponen
Okay, this honestly wasn't Landvik's best work, but I really don't think it was supposed to be. I think it was just a fun, quick little read for her. Christmas stories are usually pretty brief and kind of hokey.

"'Tis the Season" is about an heiress who is basically famous because she's rich and because she's always drunk. Tabloids write terrible things about her, and one really can't feel too sorry for her, since she's a pretty nasty work. And no, I'm not talking about her alcoholism, but about
Dec 16, 2008 Lanette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not one of Lorna's finest... it was entirely predictable. And having recently read "Guernsey" and "Charing Cross", the whole letter-style paled in comparison to those two books. I'm a fan of "Patty Jane's House of Curl" and will continue to read Landvik's books, but this was a disappointment.
I liked how the whole story was a series of emails back and forth between various people (with the occasional gossip column thrown in). I enjoyed the story of forgiveness, making amends, rekindling old friendships and starting new. Cute Holiday story.
Dec 17, 2015 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this quirky book in the course of an evening. Christmas is near and I am struggling with my own Christmas cheer and family problems. This was a book that served a purpose in my heart today. As I struggle with my own addiction to alcohol I could relate to Caroline in many ways. Having recently lost my job due to my alcoholism, as well as living in a small town where rumors spread like the plague, I have isolated to my home for a couple of weeks. This book inspired me to renew my hope and f ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with a number of negatives in my mind: a book told via emails? a rich girl drinking and behaving badly? But I told myself to give the book 30 pages. So I started and suddenly realized I was already to page 60. Obviously the characters and unfolding plot caught my attention. I just had trouble figuring out who Mitch was.
Although I thought a story told through emails would be poor, it really wasn't. The plot unfolded nicely with all the proper resolutions for a Christmas book.
Jan 07, 2010 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, because when I first opened it I noticed that it was compiled of letters, emails, magazine articles, and invitations only. This is my first experience with this type of book, and maybe it is just the madness of the holiday season, but I found that I really enjoyed it. I am also pleased to share that my entire book club liked this book also.

Caro Dixon is a young starlett, who like so many of her peers finds herself living the party lifestyle and not real
Theresa Malloy
Mar 16, 2016 Theresa Malloy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minnesota-reads
Another Lorna Landvik book. This one was a departure from her other books. It's not totally rooted in Minnesota, while it is mentioned. The story is of a Paris Hilton-like heiress who reaches out to the two people - a nanny and ranch owner - who impacted her life as she goes through AA. The story is written through a series of emails and interspersed with a gossip column. It's a quick read that's reflective, funny and hopeful. I would recommend it.
Lauri Saplad
This book was a feel-good, cute story of holiday redemption and budding romance for a fictional celeb who was vilified in the tabloids. You actually begin to root for and pray for Caro's recovery from alcohol addiction. It's cleverly written in the form of letters and emails and rag mag columns. At times hilarious and at other times touching, it keeps you thinking, guessing and wondering if how the other half lives isn't really all it's cracked up to be...
Nov 16, 2008 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A swift read as we are propelled through the story by a series of emails, interspersed with gossip items from Star Gazer magazine. Heiress Caro Dixon finally hits rock bottom from her drinking and carousing when most folks RSVP "no" to her annual Halloween bash. As part of her sobriety work, she emails notes of forgiveness to her former nanny/companion, and the owner of a dude ranch she stayed at when her father was dying. Correspondence ensues, with a holiday stay at the dude ranch with her old ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Lorna Landvik's books that I've read so far. But I didn't like this one. I didn't really like the format of reading the story through emails. I thought the relationships were kind of unrealistic. Part of what I like about her books too is the MN connection. Although MN is mentioned, it's not the main setting.
Just - The romance reader
The cover of this book caught my eye so I read the summary and thought it sounded like a good Christmas read. When I got it home I read the summary again and flipped through the pages only to realize the story is told through a series of emails to and from the various characters. That's a little different and didn't appeal to me really so I put the book to the side and pretty much decided NOT to read it. A few days later I needed something to read and this book was the only thing handy so I figu ...more
Dec 25, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: some of my friends
Recommended to Nikki by: no one
Let me start by saying that I am a pretty big fan of of this author, so I was excited to see that she had a holiday book. That being said I have to admit that initially I found the lay out of the book confusing. It wasn't until almost the end of the book that I finally understood who all of the characters were. I found myself frustrated trying to figure out who some of the people were and how they related to the main characters.

Once I was able to figure out who they were I felt it necessary to g
Jul 14, 2010 Traci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
So predictable. A few pages into this book, I knew what was going to happen... and I was right. It's not that I'm some kind of genius, anyone who's read a book before will be able to figure it out. Actually, the book jacket gives it all away. The jacket tells you what is going to happen from beginning to end. I am giving it two stars just because I liked that the character you were supposed to dislike the most turned out to be one who really had a heart after all (of course) Nothing really Chris ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A drunken heiress changes her ways and gets in touch with people from her past. The story is told through a series of emails and letters. A good enough story, but reminded me of a typical sit-com, where all problems are solved in 22 minutes. The story builds and then poof, everyone's problems are solved on Christmas Day.
If someone was new to reading Lorna Landvik's writing, I would not advise starting with this one. It was an extremely fast read (2 hours max one night), but I didn't feel the depth of character development and the emotional connection to the characters that I usually get in her novels. This reads more like one of those "holiday themed" genre fiction titles trotted out periodically by well-know writers -- like it was written quickly to capitalize on a market, not to tell a great story -- a.k.a., ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Marisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this 3.5 stars. It was a very cute, charming, albeit predictable book! I read it in one evening--mainly because it's not too long and is written in a series of letters and emails between the characters. I love that kind of format. It's about a struggling, partying heiress named Caroline who finds strength and support from two people who she knew when she was younger (pre-partying years). They correspond back and forth as you see glimpses into their lives. I do wish that it hadn't wrappe ...more
All right --- I must admit that I really like Landvik, but will she ever again write a book that I like as much as I liked "Patty Jane's House of Curl"? I don't think so!

That being said, her newest book filled a few hours. I really like epistolary novels, so that was not a problem for me. I guess what was a problem is the the entire time I was reading it I was thinking that a soon as I finished it, I would forget it.

Even though Landvik tried to make Caro a sympathetic character, I felt nothing
Ann Bredemeier
Jan 23, 2016 Ann Bredemeier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this very quick read. I like Lorna Landvik and this was no disappointment. If you want something uplifting and quick to read - this is a good one - happy endings all around
Nancy Wilson
This is a slightly cliched story but it is a Christmas "Feel Good" story with a very happy ending built on current possibilities--and it is a book of letters and a very very quick read.
Patty Stephens
I had a hard time getting going in this book, but like how Landvik brought it all together nicely and tied with a bow :) Warm & fuzzy ending.
Reading a holiday story in June? Sure, why not. Found this Landvik -- can't help but love all her works, especially Patty Jane -- in the library. How did I miss a new Landvik novel? The story of Caro, a poor-little-rich girl gone dry: alcohol, that is. The steps taken to rebuild her life despite the bedeviling papparazzi who don't want her to succeed/dry. When she reconnects (and connects with each other) two unlikely friends from her past - the recently widowed dude ranch owner and Caro's Norwe ...more
Wasn't sure about this one, but it was good & cute. Set-up as a series of e-mails back and forth among the characters. A quick, light hearted read.
Dec 22, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I would probably give this book a 3.5. It was a cute holiday story by an author I like a lot.
Sep 25, 2012 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My holiday season guilty pleasure book = ‘Tis the Season by Lorna Landvik. I’ve been a fan of Landvik’s work for years now because her characters are so perfectly charming and it’s the kind of book you read for fun that’s not so trashy that you feel embarrassed carrying it around. (That being said, there is definitely a time and place for chick lit).

I’m not usually a fan of Chistmas-themed books (being a Hannukah celebrator myself), but this one was just cheesy and sweet enough to win me over. I
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Lorna Landvik is a mother of two and wife of one. She is the author of eight novels, including the best-selling ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS, PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL and OH MY STARS. Also an
actor and playwright, Lorna has appeared in many stage productions. She is a new and passionate neophyte to the practice of yoga, which is a fine antidote to her long established practice of lounging.
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