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Christmas has never brought out the best in the MacDougal family. Still, year after year they gather together in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make the season merry and bright. But this year is an especially strained one, with Shayne's impending divorce, Morwenna's slavish devotion to work and Bobby's reluctance to face what life has to offer. They've never felt less ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
RATING 4.5 STARS

An Angel for Christmas is by Heather Graham. I listened to the audio version of this book.

Cabin in the snow

An Angel for Christmas centers around the MacDougal family coming together for their yearly Christmas celebration at their cabin high up in the Virginia Mountains. There are three siblings. Morwenna, the only girl, has more or less given up her dream and works in the corporate world. She is in what she thought was a good relationship with a co-worker. But when it came time for the Christmas
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Kerri Duff
This book is well written, I just didn't connect with it in any way. You know when you watch a movie that you've never seen before, but it feels like you've seen it hundreds of times (and not in a good way)? That was this book for me. I wasn't invested in any character at any point, the plot never grabbed me and occasionally I found myself rolling my eyes. I laughed a few times but I don't think those parts were supposed to be very funny.
I'm going with two stars instead of one, because while f
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Terry
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely kept my mind from wandering today. This was a good story and good recording.
Sarah
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If An Angel for Christmas were dessert, it would be the literary equivalent of rainbow sherbet - sweet and light, universally liked and lacking anything heavy. It is a traditional, heartwarming story of a family gathering for Christmas, dealing with disappointments and failures, but still brought together by tradition and love. It takes the arrival of Gabe, an injured state trooper hunting an escaped prisoner, to shake up their routine and help them realize how lucky they are to have each other. ...more
Staceyj
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Christmas story. Enjoyed it greatly.
Kathleen Brunnett
Nice and easy Christmas read
Louis
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am so far behind on writing reviews of books that I have read that I am working backwards from the most recently read titles.

This one I listened to as an audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices. It's too bad that she couldn't control the characters' mundane dialogue.

The plot is based on a family gathering for Christmas at their ancestral home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The family's three adult children all have problems. Bobby wants to study music, but feels p
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Ginny  Gallagher
3.5 stars

An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham was available for check out through my library account on Overdrive . Have I mentioned that I love that you can check out library eBooks and audiobooks online? Overdrive is awesome. You can search Overdrive HERE to see if your library offers this service. 

Now on to my short and sweet review of An Angel for Christmas.

In An Angel for Christmas we join the Macdougal family at their family cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The three kids, all adu
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Tiffunee
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christmas has never brought out the best in the MacDougal family. Still, year after year, they gather together in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make the season merry and bright. But this year is an especially strained one, with Shayne's impending divorce, Morwenna's slavish devotion to work and Bobby's reluctance to face what life has to offer. They’ve never felt less like a family. Then, in the midst of a snowy sibling shouting match, a mysterious stranger appears. He could be a criminal, ...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
A wonderful read. I have a thing for Christmas reads, go figure!!!

This story has a family that's just a tad off center. Not a bad thing. A stranger shows up and the mystery ensues.

I enjoyed it.
April
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Not a terrible story. Just not my cup of tea.
Tinsun
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Quick read and good storyline.
Debbie
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had me from page one till the end. A family meets up at the family cabin in the woods in the mountains. All hoping for a stress-free and strain free Christmas. The family fines a injured man in the woods outside the house. The stranger claims he is a cop so they take him in and tend to him. The next day another stranger shows up claiming he is the same person as the first guy. Who does the family believe? Good from start to finish.
Emily Rossman
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this Christmas story and was a page turner for me. I really liked the warm message I I got from the way the story was presented on how important family is on this special day even in the most unfortunate circumstances some people may be in.
Mary Baker
I have been reading books by Heather Graham for years and usually find them to provide good reads. This book, however, had too many plot strands for a short novel, and much of the resolutions were contrived. I hope the next Heather Graham book I read is more exciting and enjoyable.
Diane Balding
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really exciting
Rhonda
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Posted 8/11/2011: Its a charming family in an old family home they have had for two hundred years, The family always come together for christmas. This time thier is added tension. Shayne is now divorced doc. with two kids that wasn't supposed to be with him this Christmas. Conner age 9 and Genevieve age 6. Morwenna is thier but her boyfriend is in Mexico with co-workers She is work acholic supposed to be using her art but now in management. Bobby is the youngest and keeps changing colleges and w ...more
Teresa
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Great Christmas story.
Darlene
The story opens with a member of the Virginia Law Enforcement Unit, Gabe Lange, chasing down a criminal named Luke. Gabe gets blindsided by Luke with an attack from behind and, when he wakes, his uniform is missing. It is Christmas Eve, and they are in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.

The MacDougal family is meeting up at their cabin in the mountains to celebrate the holidays together. Morwenna works in advertising and marketing, but her passion is drawing. She thought that she’d be able to
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Kari Anderson
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although they spend every Christmas together in a cabin that has been in their family for generations, it’s not always a cheery time for the MacDougal family. It doesn’t take long for old habits to spark new fights this year, but finding a man, beaten and fighting for his life may change things.

But the MacDougal’s are leery of the stranger, unsure if he is a cop like he says, or a criminal impersonating a cop. And it doesn’t help when another man shows up, claiming the same story.

One of these me
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Valerie
Sweet Christmas story - was enjoyable
Vicky
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is an inspirational romance so religion is a strong part of the story and it is "sweet" meaning there's no heat and no sexual tension. What there is is sweet, heart-tugging, inspiration at its very best.

Morwenna has an invitation to go to Cancun with other members of her Manhattan ad group for the Christmas holiday. Her boyfriend wants her to go with him. She wants to go home to the mountains of Virginia to be with her family. To her chagrin, he goes without her and she heads home, knowing
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Christi Snow
My Review:
This was a different book. For years, I have read Heather Graham's holiday book. I enjoyed this one, but it seemed to have a more spiritual/inspirational feel than they traditionally have. Not that that is a bad thing, but it just gives a different kind of feel to the overall novel.


The MacDougal family have had a hard year and this year, more than most, they seem to be taking it out on each other with constant fights and bickering. Shayne, the oldest and doctor in the family has gone
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Crystal
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Heather Graham brings the true meaning of Christmas to life on the pages of An Angel for Christmas.

Mike & Stacy Macdougal along with their children Morweena, Shayne, Bobby, & Shayne's Children Conner & Genevieve are spending Christmas at their cabin in the mountains.

Morweena is upset that her boyfriend choose to go on a tropical vacation instead of spending Christmas with her & her family. Shayne is having a rough Christmas dealing with a recent divorce but is loving having his
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Ruth
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Christmas, that lovely time when adult siblings gather and relive the insecurities and petty bickering of childhood, who would want to miss it? The MacDougal siblings didn't miss it this Christmas,though each of them had reason to want to be elsewhere. Still, as they gather, the usual battles begin until they find an injured man who claims to be a police officer who was chasing a criminal until the criminal injured him, took his clothes and left him for dead. They take him in, but then a man app ...more
Aisha Oaktree
I'm beginning to think Christmas books should only be read during Christmas, because then we are a little kinder, more willing to believe.

This was a different kind of Heather graham book, mostly because I may have read horror books, this was really in your face Christmas themed. It's still good, it was kinda more of a Christian fiction book. It's not really what I expected from her, but it's really still good.

I liked Stacy but at times she was also stubbornly stupid in my opinion. Why did she ha
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Jennifer
This is a very enjoyable Christmas read set in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains on Christmas Eve & Day in present time. Morwenna MacDougal had been hoping that her boyfriend would join her for her family's traditional Christmas celebration in their isolated mountainside cabin. He instead chooses to go to Cancun with a group of their coworkers. While Morwenna and her two siblings and parents love each other, they tend to bicker amongst one another over the holidays. Everything changes this p ...more
Catherine
I'm not a sweet person. I mean, I do sweet things every now and again, but I don't know anyone who would describe me as a sweet gal. I don't do sap. An Angel for Christmas is dripping sweet and you know what, I actually liked it! It made me feel all kinds of warm n'fuzzy inside. Sure there were a few things that bugged me a bit - some of the dialogue between the family members was a bit too "i love you bro, "I love you more sis," "I've never been more proud of you son" kinda stuff, but what can ...more
Hsiau Wei
An interesting story for those who believe in Angel. The book tell the story of Morwenna, Shayne and Bobby who went up to the mountain to celebrate their christmas with their parent, a customary occasion since they were young. However, all of them went with heavyhearted. Morwenna, who decided to half wishes to be with her boyfriend who went vacationing in Mexico, Shayne who wishes his ex wife is with him and children and Bobby, who still do not know how to tell his parent about his decision to p ...more
Cleffairy Cleffairy
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea
Review date: 30 Jan 2012
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=6729

I have nothing against a holiday romance, but I have to say that while I love the plot structure, I feel that the story’s progress is rather slow. I wish the author speed up things a little bit between the characters. It would have keep me glued to the pages.

Not the kind of book that you want to go on reading one page after another, but I suppose it’s an acceptable read for a lazy holiday season where y
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria
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