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There's Something about Christmas

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Emma Collins has always believed that the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who love fruitcake and those who don't. She's firmly in the second category, so it's ironic that her first major assignment for the Puyallup, Washington, Examiner is a series of articles about...fruitcake. At least it's a step up from writing obituaries.Her task is to interview the f ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Mira Books (first published November 1st 2005)
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April Wood
Dec 27, 2013 April Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I've always enjoyed reading Christmas Romances to escape the annoying and stressful real-life things that come with the Holidays. There's Something About Christmas, by Debbie Macomber was an excellent Christmas read, packed with humor and romance. I absolutely loved this story.

Emma Collins is a bit of a scrooge... She hates Christmas, hates Christmas tress, hates Christmas lights, and she certainly hates fruit cake. So when her boss gives her the assignment to interview fruitcake recipe finalis
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Liz Thomas
Fun story with some fruitcake recipes if you are so inclined to try to make one! The book does tempt you to try fruitcake. I may just make one this Christmas!
Marie Buccellato
I love Debbie Macomber but unfortunately I was a little disappointed in this book. If you like & make fruitcakes for the holiday good thing is there are 3 recipes.
Megan
Jul 18, 2014 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Collins is a budding journalist looking for her chance to prove it to her boss at The Examiner where she writes obituaries. She has sworn off relationships after see her parents' fail disastrously and hates all things Christmas as a result, including fruitcake. So fate would have it her first real assignment as a journalist is the interview three of the finalists in a fruitcake contest. In comes our romantic hero, Oliver Hamilton, (and his dog Oscar) the pilot who has agreed to fly her to e ...more
Jazzmin
I guess I would give this book 3 1/2 stars if I could... I liked the story overall because I have interest in writing and some in journalism. Emma was a very likable character, I thought, and enjoyed the banter between her and Oliver. Without giving away too much about the plot, I will say that something I really liked about the book was the focus on lessons learned through other women that Emma met in her interviews. This book definitely made me think of fruitcake differently, too.

I think the l
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Karol
I absolutely loved this story. The characters were engaging and there was some great humor. Of course there was the predictable happy ending.

One thing that made this book somewhat unique was its discussion of fruitcake. The very thing that has been the source of some joking in my family was presented in quite a different light. The author intermingled some quips and comments about fruitcake at the beginnings of many chapters - some were humorous digs against the traditional concoction. Others we
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Julie F.
Nov 20, 2013 Julie F. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ehh. I wanted to read a Christmas book to get me in the holiday spirit. This one had good reviews and said it was humorous. Just a little too lame for my taste. The main character is excited to get a series of stories to write for her paper (she is now only writing obituaries and selling ad space). The series topic? Local ladies that are finalists in a national fruitcake recipe contest. Whoo-Hoo!

I could see the potential for a bit of comedy here, but the author chooses to go more philosophical
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Cecelia
Emma's mother has died, and she no longer celebrates Christmas because it reminds her of the good times she's shared with her mother, making her feel sad. When Emma meets Oliver, her life changes. He's cocky, arrogant, and is hired by her boss to fly Emma to three interviews that she has to do for the newspaper. She has to interview finalists for a fruitcake competition.

The flights and the interviews prove interesting.

This was a lighthearted book that you'd enjoy if you want a story without a l
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Claudia (CJ)
This is one of those books that I would love to read again and again!
Perfect Christmas time book and fruitcake recipes to go along with it.
Anam Patel
Jun 18, 2017 Anam Patel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely feel good book.
Linda Klager
May 15, 2017 Linda Klager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful Christmas story. I liked reading these kind of stories at any time of the year.
Gina Salamon
Jun 18, 2017 Gina Salamon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique story and believable characters, and a good read.
Chris Notionless
What a fun, quick read with a simple message and feel good ending!
Teri
Oct 13, 2009 Teri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There Is Something About Christmas by Debbie Macomber

In Debbie Macomber's 2005 Christmas offering, we find Emma Collins, being assigned her first major assignment for her Puyallup newspaper of interviewing the three Washington State finalists in the Fruitcake contest for Good Homemaking Magazine. Since she hates anything to do with Christmas, this seems to be a daunting task, especially since she detests fruitcake and the pilot, Oliver Hamilton, who just happens to take on the assignment for his
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The Book Worm
Dec 29, 2015 The Book Worm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's Something About Christmas is a nice, clean, Holiday romance. Emma is a journalist that, due to the twists and turns of life, ends up writing obituaries in a small regional newspaper. When she's given the chance to write a real piece, she takes it. Even if the story is about fruitcake. The fruitcake business and Emma's fear of planes, especially small ones, make for several funny scenes in the book, where you can't help but smile, especially when Oliver is in the picture as well.

But, most
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Srividya
I simply love Debbie Macomber books, especially after reading her Blossom Street series. I believe she portrays relationships in a truly beautiful manner through her books. So, when I picked this book to read, I expected all that and more. However, I was disappointed, not completely but still I felt that this book was not quite at that level when compared to the others.

The story, a really simple love tale revolves around Emma and Oliver. Emma is someone who is not overly fond of fruitcakes, flyi
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Aanu
Dec 26, 2016 Aanu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was likeable and infused d spirit of holidays n festivity..it had cute moments where I'd stopped reading n looked up,smiled for sometime..good company for vacation:))
Annalisa
Nov 05, 2010 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In Washington State, Emma Collins writes ads and obits for the Puyallup Examiner, a newspaper struggling to remain financially solvent, which includes more local interest stories and a chance for Emma to write an article or two. Her editor Walt Berwald III assigns Emma to interview the three Washington state entries (Earlene, Sophie, and Peggy) who are among the national finalists in the Good Housekeeping fruitcake recipe contest; ironically she hates fruitcake.

To accomplish her assignment in a
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Jennifer
Dec 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There's Something About Christmas was another sweet short Christmas story. For Emma's first series of stories for the paper she works for she is covering the finalists in WA state for the national fruitcake contest. Fruitcake is one of those things that I have never had, but you always hear about people complaining about fruitcake. In movies and books and tv shows it is always like a joke. Oh no fruitcake! So I have never had it, and didn't really even know what it
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Readitnweep
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Trudie
Dec 23, 2016 Trudie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a lovely story that has made me think twice about my own views of Christmas
Writer's Relief
Nov 07, 2013 Writer's Relief rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christmas usually involves mistletoe, decorations, presents, perhaps even the smell of pine. But for wannabe journalist Emma Collins, Christmas involves the loved-by-some, hated-by-others traditional Christmas fruitcake. When Emma’s boss finally assigns her a big story that’s a step up from her usual job of writing obituaries and selling ads for the Puyallup Examiner, she’s more than thrilled--until she learns the feature story is to interview three different finalists of a national fruitcake co ...more
Izabella
Emma, dreaming about a carrier as a journalist, starts working in a local newspaper, but the task she gets from her boss - writing obituaries - aren't enough for her and she would like to finally start writing real articles. That's why when she finds out, that she got a more serious job to do, she's really excited - until she finds out that she'll have to write articles about fruitcake, which she hates, and what's more - will have to cope up with the company of an arrogant pilot.

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Anna Marie
I seem to be on a Debbie Macomber kick.

This book was very good - about a reporter who wants to write more than obits, and finally lands an assignment - to cover the stories of three woman nominated for best fruitcake in the nation. She's a bit of a Scrooge, and hates flying - so naturally it HAD to be fruitcake... and interviews accessed by riding in a small plane.

There seems to be a recurring pattern in Ms. Macomber's books: the women are always aloof and catty, and the men are always cocky a$$
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Courtney
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Evelyn
Nov 28, 2007 Evelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reporter Emma Collins has had enough of writing the obituaries for the local newspaper. Her editor surprises her with a delectable assignment. She will write an article about the three women who are competing in a national fruitcake-baking contest. The only problem that Emma encounters is that she must fly around the state for the interviews. Emma hates flying! When she meets the young and handsome pilot hired to fly her, she takes an immediate dislike to him, too. Maybe, just maybe, Emma will f ...more
Pat Mccullough
Dec 14, 2011 Pat Mccullough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice, easy to read book for Christmas. It was different in that the main Character, Emma, was a journalist who hated Christmas and had a job to write about three women who were finalists in a fruit cake making contest. I was wondering how she was going to manage that and surprisingly she made it very interesting. On the other hand it was typical and predictable because the other primary character is Oliver, the small plane pilot who is hired by Emma's employer to fly her to her intervi ...more
Magpie67
Sweeter than fruitcake.... I love that dogs were in the story and one was a rescue pet from the cold outdoors. I realized after reading this book, I'm not sure if I've ever eaten fruitcake and I found myself wanting to taste one. Crazy, because all I ever hear about them is bad press... LOL! Yes, the newspaper reporter, Emma Collins, was fun to read as she followed the heart of the matter... Christmas and fruitcake. Oliver Hamilton decided to play the hero after he is told by Emma she is more or ...more
Brian Wilson
Dec 13, 2010 Brian Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ehhhhhh.....I am only going to give this four because I am in the Christmas spirit today, otherwise it would probably deserve a 2.5 or so. I don't know, Debbie MacComber just does this to me sometimes. She will hit me with an awesome book, and then I will get one thats just 'ok' and another that might plain stink. It kills me though, because if she consistently stunk then I would have an easier time putting her to rest, but I just can't do it because she still has the gift...just not as often as ...more
Stacey
Nov 26, 2010 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, christmas
I enjoyed this story because of the fruitcake angle. My mom is a huge fruitcake fan, and it made me think of her the whole time:) Emma Collins is a journalist working for a small newspaper in a small town in Washington. Her job is writing Obituaries and selling Ad space for the newspaper. She is itching to try her hand at real writing and is given the chance to interview 3 of the finalist for a nationwide Fruitcake bake off. The three finalist live in the state of Washington, and Emma gets to wr ...more
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