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Christmas Catch

(The 12 NA's of Christmas)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  60 reviews
*** Christmas Catch is proud to be a part of The 12 NA's of Christmas ***
12 New Adult Novellas. 12 Best Selling Authors. November 2013.

Two years ago, when Ivy Emerson bailed from the tiny fishing village she’d grown up in to go to Columbia, Sawyer McCallister was the only thing she was sad to leave behind, and she still didn’t look back. But when her mother guilts her int
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published October 25th 2013
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Laurence R.
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall, I think this is a cute, funny and sweet short story. I loved how it made me feel excited for Christmas (which is in two days, ahhhh!) and I really like the characters. The story is well written and I absolutely loved its last lines, because they were adorable. It's not my favourite story ever, but I did like reading it, that's for sure!
Cristina Buzoianu
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Officially posted on my blog, Bibliophile Mystery

This short and sweet read got me in the mood for Christmas! I've read it on a rainy evening and it brought me the wish for snow, decorated tree and cinnamon scented candles. That's something, because I don't usually like winter.

I loved Chelsea's writing style ever since I've read Deeper We Fall and I try to keep up with her new releases as much as I can. She knows how to take advantage of her character's feel
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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"Places are like time capsules, I think. Right now I'm transported to two years ago when Sawyer and I used to sit here under this blanket and watch the ocean and talk. Or sometimes we wouldn't. He's the only person I've ever met that I can be completely silent with and it's not awkward."

Ivy Emerson is a small-town girl who has spent the last couple years in New York City after escaping her small-town California upbringing. Now she f
Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
This is the first book I have read by Chelsea Cameron, and while it’s only a novella, I absolutely adored it. She has a unique writing style that I can’t quite describe but I’m over the moon with it. Chelsea did a great job with character development and I really enjoyed the plot.

Emerson grew up in a very small town and she couldn’t wait to get out and go off to college. When she left, she also broke it off with her high school sweetheart, Sawyer who was going to another school. After not being
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
4.5/5 stars

So I loved this one. LOVED! This was exactly what I needed in a Christmas novella: steam, a bit of angst, love, and holiday cheer! I am really into the whole idea of rekindling a romance after being separated. However, Ivy does not make this easy. Her entire life the plan has been simple: get out of Saltwater, Maine. She dreads going back home for Christmas- yet her mother begs for her to come home so they can all be together again. Reluctantly, Ivy agrees and finds that things are ex
Lindsey Greer
Loved this book!
It was a very cute and sweet, fun read with great characters. Ivy left her small hometown of Saltwater without looking back includingSawyer. After 2 years, her mother has convinced her to come home to visit family for Christmas and Ivy is dredding it. She is instantly reminded of why she left small town life upon driving through town and has a chance encounter with Sawyer. After encounter after encounter, Ivy begins to question her jaded view of her hometown and question other th
Emily-Jane Wright
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

This novella is a part of the 12 NA’s of Christmas and I fell in love with it from the first page. It’s not only a short read, but an intriguing one. I didn’t want it to end!

I loved the circumstances in which Ivy and Sawyer are pushed back into each other lives. Though the reasoning behind Sawyer’s return to town is not ideal in any situation, the spontaneity of it all is destined by fate. Watch them rekindle the relationship they o
Rumpled Sheets Blog
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
After two years, Ivy Emerson is going to her small town for Christmas.

When she finished high school, she left everything behind and went to college without looking back.

The first person she saw when she came back was him. Sawyer, the only guy who has her heart.

Sawyer McCallister´s heart was broken when the girl he loved broke up with him and left him.

They spend a lot of time together remembering what happened in the past and telling each other what happened in the last two years.

They both know t
Claire (Cem)
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The problems with novella's, is that often it's difficult to truely care about the characters, and feel completely engrossed in the story, simply because of the short length. But not so here.

I was instantly captivated by Ivy's voice, and her story. I loved the portryal of a small town in Maine, her desire to be gone, her reluctance to be back home for Christmas, and of course the unexpected run in with her ex. It's a beautiful story, funny, heartfelt, and I read it in one sitting perfectly happi
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever get over your first love? Long distance relationships cant possibly last can they?

The snowflakes begin to melt when Ivy finds herself back in Sawyers arms. Sawyer has been miserable with his Ivy. He needs her like he needs the air he breathes. She took a piece of his heart when she left and he wants it back. Ivy cannot stand Saltwater, Maine. She hates the small town and can't stand how everyone is always butting into each others business. Ivy cant deny the feeling she has for Sawye
S Parent
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first Christmas read of the year, and it was a good one! I've been to Maine many times, although never at Christmas, and I loved the way the author captured small-town coastal Maine in this story. I could smell the ocean and feel the snap of the cold in the air. The novella was really fun, really sweet, and really sexy--including what may be the only romantic scene with parents nearby I've ever read, that manages to actually be hot and not-awkward! Okay, that sounded weird, the sto ...more
Dec 23, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: female-pov, angst
DNF :*(
Not a good sign when this was a novella & I should have been able to push through, but it just wasn't working for me.
I really disliked Ivy and Sawyer wasn't much better :(
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Novellas are always really hit or miss for me. Sometimes the length is just not enough to do a story justice and they end up feeling rushed or incomplete. But I really love a holiday novella, because they are usually just the perfect amount of holiday spirit to really get me in the mood. Christmas Catch by Chelsea M. Cameron was short and sweet and I really enjoyed reading about these two great characters. I am so glad that I read this novella
Amy Logg
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The story:
After graduating from high school, Ivy was quick to make her escape from her small hometown to go off the college. But this Christmas she's making a reluctant return home. Bumping into her old high school boyfriend, Sawyer, that she left behind, wasn't on the top of her Christmas wish list, but in a town this small is was bound to happen. And they both quickly realise that the sparks are still very much there.

With the help of their loving and
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s official – I love Chelsea Cameron, she can do no wrong :) Christmas Catch captures the spirit of Christmas perfectly between it’s pages; the feel of camaraderie and belonging even when you aren’t with your family. Traditions and celebrations aid the imagery and dynamic of the story. The spirit of happiness and joy emanates through the pages.

Told in first person narrative from Ivy’s perspective. Having escaped her small town upbrining she is loath to go back, exasperated by the fact that she
Kathy Ann
Ivy Emerson grew up in a small tiny fishing village in Maine and she couldn't wait to leave. After graduating as the valedictorian of her 10 classmates she packed up and left behind her family and her boyfriend for Columbia University. Two years later her overbearing Mother begs her to come home for the holidays where she ends up running back into her first love, Sawyer McCallister. Will the holiday joy convince Ivy that home is where the heart is?

Ivy is definitely torn. She loves going to schoo
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, romance, christmas
Posted on What I'm Reading

I love reading small town stories for a couple reasons: 1) They remind me that my town isn't that small where everybody knows your business. 2) They usually are fun to read, because everybody knows your business. There is also two types of people that live in the small town: 1) People who want to get out of dodge and never look back. 2) Those who will always stay in the town they grew up in and never dream of leaving.

Ivy is your let's get out of dodge kind of gal. She f
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Ivy Emerson didn’t want to go back. After high school graduation, the first thing she did was to go as far away as possible from the fishing village where she grew up and go to Columbia. She wanted to make something out of herself. But not without breaking up with her boyfriend Sawyer McCallister – the love of her life. She didn’t really believe in long distance relationship and she wanted to make a clean break before leaving.

But now she’s back in town for
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Christmas Catch is a short, fun novella. Ivy Emerson had one goal when she got out of high school and that was to get out of the small fishing town she'd grown up in, Saltwater Maine. She left the small town behind to attend Columbia University. She also left the boy she loved and a piece of her heart behind, believing that was for the best, leaving the town and all its memories in the past. Now two years later and she's home for Christmas, and who's the first person she runs into but that same ...more
I bought all of the 12 NA'a of Christmas because this time of year I need quick stories/novellas to read and I wanted to try some new-to-me authors. The first 4 I read were all misses just based on personal preferences. This one was a little better.

I will say that I didn't like the main character Ivy initially. She came across as a younger teen than someone around 20. She was whiny, self centered and a runner. Runners are those characters that run when things get hard or stressful and I struggle
3,5 Stars

PROSE: I actually have read one of Cameroon's Books already. So I knew I would most probably enjoy her prose . And I did. Cameroon's writing style crisp and straight forward. She manages to make one get a feel for a place, she paints moments beautifully without being to frilly or melodramatic.

CHARACTER BUILDING: This was my favorite part of the novella. It was great. I loved the Saltwater inhabitants. Sawyer and Ivy have great chemistry. And I wouldn't mind revisiting Saltwater in a ful
Robert Zimmermann
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had this novella on my Kindle for almost a year. I almost read it a few times, but figured it was best left to be read closer to the holiday season. I think, now having finished it, that it was a good decision. Even as a person who doesn’t celebrate the holidays much, it had a lighthearted, good-time cheer to it that I needed with winter settling on around me.

Like other Cameron books I’ve read, there’s a great sense of place in Christmas Catch. As usual I felt connected with the setting of thi
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christmas catch is the story of Ivy and Sawyer. Ivy leaves where she grew up, not wanting to ever return, but does come back for Christmas. She runs into Sawyer and that first meeting is a bit awkward. Then because it is a small town, they continue to run into each other. Ivy is determined that she is not going to be shackled to this town though in any way, shape, or form.

It was a very quick read for me (72 pages) and I thought it was incredibly sweet.

I had some LOL moments, literally laughing a
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-rating
original review found at

I am a sucker for all things romance and all things Christmas so this book did not disappoint. Who doesn't like a quick, easy holiday second chance romance?

With only 72 pages you dive head first into the story and quickly become hooked. Basically it is the story of young love that ends because of certain circumstances and the unresolved feelings that linger. Neither Emerson or Sawyer have truly forgotten or gotten over each other
The Geekery Book Review
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love it!! Right in time for Christmas, this is such a cute, hot read. A story of not only first love, but also true love, after breaking up before going to separate colleges, when Ivy goes home for Christmas, she and Sawyer are thrown back together by small town dynamics and you can feel the heat! Neither one of them have truly gotten over the other, and after continuously running into each other, either by coincidence or by scheming family members, how long can they hold out?? Over Red Vines, ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like I've said before, I have a love/hate relationships with novellas. And I LOVED this one. It was cute, sweet, with some sexy!

Two years ago, high school sweethearts Sawyer and Ivy went to two different, but not before breaking up. Now, Ivy is back and can't wait to get the heck out of there.

I really liked this story. Even though it was a novella, it didn't feel like anything was missing. The pacing was perfect and the love between Ivy and Sawyer was believable. Nothing in this story felt ru
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, new-adult
This was a sweet novella! I fell very quickly for Ivy and her family, and for the relationship between Ivy and Sawyer.

I’d actually love to read this story in full-length novel form, because then I’d get to spend even more time with the characters and get even more details and back story. However, what we’re given here is pretty great. I loved the history between Ivy and Sawyer, and how it couldn’t help but be repeated. I also enjoyed the open happy ending. There’s the promise of something good,
Andrea Heltsley
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tears, there were tears. Even though this was a short story, it was great. Everything about it was so gritty and real. The author did an awesome job portraying a couple not over each other.

I wasn't expecting much from this going in and I loved it. The characters blended and the life lessons were there. Sigh, Sawyer :)

Overall, if you're looking for a great little Christmas story, Christmas Catch is just what you need. It gets five glittery stars for putting so much emotion into a wonderful littl
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a quick read about Ivy and Sawyer, high school sweethearts who see each other again after two years apart. I feel like the reasons behind their breakup isn't fully explained, I wish there was just a little more back story. Especially since it was obvious that they hadn't moved on and were both still in love with each other. The ending was kind of abrupt, I think a small epilogue would have been nice.

I liked it, didn't love it, but if you are looking for a cute Christmas read, give this
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
Christmas Catch is a quick, fun read perfect for the holidays.
A combination of meddling family members and a small town atmosphere puts these high school sweethearts together over and over with nothing but time to relive memories of a love that ended before it's time.
One of my favorite parts is the present that Ivy gives to Sawyer and of course the Christmas Eve into Christmas morning scene.

*I Received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today/Internationally Best Selling author from Maine who now lives and works in Boston. She's a red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader, and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, getting brunch with her partner, tweeting, and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a ...more

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