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Christmas, Actually

(Christmas Town, Maine #1)

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Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she's in for the surpris
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Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming (first published October 28th 2014)
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Melanie
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this collection of Christmas novellas! I wasn't crazy about the first story but really enjoyed the other two. The stories are about three siblings who live in Christmas Town, Maine. Their parents are out of town for the holidays. The stories are told at the same time and we go on each of their journeys to find love.

In the first, Sophie comes to Christmas Town to find Jack, the father of her baby, to try to convince him to be part of their unborn daughter's life. Jack has hi
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Brittany
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christmas, Actually was a very enjoyable, sweet collection of three connected novellas. I enjoyed all three stories, and love that they cover the romances of the three Banning siblings. The characters felt realistic and the stories did not feel rushed to me. I enjoyed all three stories and don’t think I can choose a favorite!

I felt frustrated with Jack Banning in the first story, even though I grew to understand why he was behaving the way he was. Sophie had to be so strong for herself and their
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Katie W
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a fun story! The reader is taken on a journey through Christmas Town, Maine and we get to see snippets of what makes this town special through the eyes of three different characters.

In The Christmas Gift, Dr. Jack Banning is struggling with some issues, but being a very good Dr and surgeon isn't among them. When he found out he was going to be a father, he ran and wants nothing to do with his unborn baby. Jack is such a strong character and it's hard to imagine him not taking a challenge h
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Becky
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Three siblings find love during one magical Christmas season.

The Christmas Gift: This novella provides a nice introduction to Christmas Town and its citizens. While I liked both Jack and Sophie, I did think his behavior was a bit far-fetched, even for someone suffering from PTSD. But it's a sweet novella with a happy ending, and I could easily see it as an entry in Hallmark or Lifetime's Christmas lineup. 3 stars.

The Christmas Wish: I enjoyed The Christmas Wish, a sweet story about Callie, a tea
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Jasmyn
This was a really great series about a small town named Christmas Town! The Christmas spirit is alive and kicking here, but there are a few residents that might need a little romance to keep their season jolly. The Banning family is about to find their true loves in some fairly unlikely places.

Callie's story (the second one) was my favorite of the bunch. It was full of emotion and I'm always a sucker for a cute little kid. This one was also a true Christmas miracle as the said cute little kid ha
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Three stories intertwined by the characters. All three were nice, fun, romantic Christmas reads.
The Christmas Gift - Anna Adams - 4 Stars
I really liked this one. It had a lot of emotion and some twists. I loved the characters, the character development was very good. I liked the way Sophie never gave up! She had spunk.
The Christmas Wish - Anna J Stewart - 3 Stars
I liked the idea of this story. What I didn't care for was that Santa was almost God like. Ask Santa and he will answer, almost like pr
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-for-review
I was super excited to read this three book collection from Harlequin Heartwarming. If you follow my blog, you know I'm a fan of the Heartwarming line because they are always squeaky clean romances. I know exactly what I'm going to get.

These books are about the three siblings of the Banning family. They live in Christmas Town and there is no better place for Christmas celebrations than in Christmas Town! Each story is happening simultaneously but you only see it from one person's perspective at
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I was super excited to read this three book collection from Harlequin Heartwarming. If you follow my blog, you know I'm a fan of the Heartwarming line because they are always squeaky clean romances. I know exactly what I'm going to get.

These books are about the three siblings of the Banning family. They live in Christmas Town and there is no better place for Christmas celebrations than in Christmas town! Each story is happening simultaneously but you only see it from one person's perspective at
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Three siblings live in a town in Maine named Christmas Town. The three are actively involved with the Christmas traditions of the town, but each has their reasons for not looking forward to the season.

I enjoyed reading the three stories, written by three authors, that take place at the same time. The town sounds like a wonderful place to be to celebrate Christmas. I'm glad that I got to spend time with the stories just before entering the Christmas season.

Each of the author's did a great job in
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Amy Vastine
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-romance
Sweet Christmas anthology. I enjoyed all three tales. My favorite was Melinda's CHRISTMAS DATE. All three ladies were able to give us so much in a short story. I enjoyed getting to know everyone in Christmas Town, Maine!
Nova
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams
Sophie wants Jack to be there for thir unborn child. He has promised monetary support, but she really just needs him. Can he move past the hurts to realize that he is what Sophie and their child need?

The Christmas Wish by Anna J Stewart
Callie has a young student who has given up on Christmas. Callie has to show the little girl that it is ok to believe in Christmas wishes again. Can she also get Dean to believe, too?

The
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Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Heart Full of Christmas

Since my review was long I'm simply going to do the wrap-up here and invite you over to Heart Full of Christmas at the link above to read the entire review.

Jack, Callie, and Nick are siblings who find love this Christmas season. I enjoyed this anthology very much and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance, especially around Christmas. It’s also the kick-off to a long and enjoyable set of Christmas stories set in Christmas Town, M
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Cathie
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve finally read the beginning!!

These stories that started the Christmas Town Maine yearly stories are the best of them all, but I’m glad I read them now! If you haven’t read them yet, look up one of the authors of this book and you’ll find...and love them all!!
Cheryl
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved all three novellas in this book! This was a comfortable and satisfying read and all three novellas flowed flawlessly from one story to the next. I really didn't want this book to end.
Chelle
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams



Sophie and Jack's story is very interesting. I know that a nurse and a surgeon is a little cliche', but in this case it definitely works! Sophie and Jack's background seems to draw them together. (I know from experience that being friends first means a whole lot!!) I was really struggling to move forward in the book some, because I was a little uneasy about how it would end. I'm SO glad that I kept reading! This glimpse into Sophie and Jack's life, makes me wish t
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Dakota Storm
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams

Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

Nanee's Review:

I thought this story was sweet, heartwarming and so damn loving all in one. Sophie's heart is broken but she can't come to terms with the fact that the love of her life would abandon her being pregnant with his baby. Jack lives in constant nightmares and mourning, he's a brilliant sexy surgeon who w
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Anna
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written holiday anthology about 3 siblings in Christmas Town, Maine. Loved it!!

Book 1: The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams

Sophie has loved Jack for two years and she thought he loved her. But how could he when he leaves her pregnant and alone with only the promise of a check to take care of the child. So she heads to Maine. Just wanting to know why. Why can't he love them? Why can't they be a part of his life?

Jack knew it was best to leave Sophie. He can't be a part of their l
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Dakota Storm
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams

Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

Nanee's Review:

I thought this story was sweet, heartwarming and so damn loving all in one. Sophie's heart is broken but she can't come to terms with the fact that the love of her life would abandon her being pregnant with his baby. Jack lives in constant nightmares and mourning, he's a brilliant sexy surgeon who walked out on the best thing that ever ha
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Valri Western
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! What a fun way to usher in the holidays! Three sweet stories of siblings finding love in Christmas Town! I wanted to live in that town too! The first story grabs you right away as it begins with a car accident in progress! Trauma Nurse, Sophie is pregnant and as she exits the freeway, she sees a car being driven by a teenager coming right for her! She can't avoid getting hit. Thankfully, she's not hurt too badly but the teen is and she's able to keep her alive until the ambula ...more
Marjorie
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I adore anthologies written about one town where each author has a story about a family member. This one about three siblings is no exception. I smiled as soon as I realized the connection between these three novellas. Jack Banning, a trauma surgeon, Callie Banning, a second grade teacher, and Nick Banning, the town handyman, all stay extremely busy with their jobs and because they never say no to anyone who asks for help. Each of them have their own story in charming Christmas Town, Maine.

The C
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Winnie Lim
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really great anthology - heartwarming, romantic, humorous, sweet. What's more, because the stories are based on three siblings and all set in Christmas Town, it is like really a trilogy at one go. I've read books by Melinda Curtis and I think she is great at sweet romance. I've never read any books by the other two authors (both Anna) and I think they make a great sweet romance author too.

The Christmas Gift
This story started the anthology and it was a great start. Jack is the type of w
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Sally
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christmas, Actually is three novellas. The themes in all these stories is about being hurt, what secrets they are holding so no one will find out. The Banning siblings Callie, Jack, and Nick each get their own stories. These are three great stories and you will love each one!

The Christmas Wish by Anna J Stewart
Sometimes we as adults need help with our kids, just need to know there is another adult who understands, or who will stand with us, even if the other person is a teacher who has seen it a
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Wulfwyn
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It was a wonderful look at life in Christmas Town Maine. I love how the book consists of three stories by three different authors and all center on one member of the same family. It was truly a delight to read these stories.
The Christmas Gift tells Jack and Sophie's story. Jack is a talented, dedicated surgeon. Sophie is the nurse he was with before returning home to Christmas Town. They were together for two years and have a baby on the way...one Jack was not even considering
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Nancy
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review and I can honestly say I loved this book. This book is about Jack, Callie and Nick Banning, three siblings who live in Christmas Town, Maine. Christmas Town lives up to its name by going all out for Christmas with decorations and a pageant.

The first story in this book is The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams. It is the story of Jack Banning, a former army surgeon, and Sophie Palmer, a nurse at a Boston hospital. They lived together until S
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Jean
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great anthology. I love books that are connected and I am especially impressed when the connected books are written by different authors. This was a wonderfully heartwarming collection about the Banning siblings that definitely helped me start getting into the Christmas spirit.
The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams
This is Jack Banning's story. Jack is the father of Sophia's unborn baby and although he said he will support her financial
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Carol
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to Christmas Town, Maine!! We will spend some time
with three of the town’s members, Jack, Callie & Nick Banning.
This book is written by the different authors. It is three separate
books . All the books take place here in Christmas Town. Each
book tells the story of one of the Banning siblings.
Although the family members bind the anthology together, each
story is occurring in the same time period totally separate from
the others.

The Christmas Gift written by Anna Adams features Jack
Ban
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Dali Castillo
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Three Great Stories!

Christmas, Actually is a very enjoyable book made up of three stories. The stories focus on the loves of the three Banning siblings. Story 1, The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams - about Jack Banning and Sophie
Story 2, The Christmas Wish by Anna J Stewart - about Callie Banning and Dean
Story 3, The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis - about Nick Banning and Gina

Each story takes place in Christmas Town, Maine, and each one tells a lovely, sweet and tender love story entwined with th
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Crystal Gray
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Christmas Gift By Anna Adams ~ Jack has his own demons to overcome, can Sophie help him? I really liked this story. It was a great introduction to Christmas Town. I can't wait to read more.

The Christmas Wish by Anna J. Stewart ~ Callie has a hard time saying no, she is trying to please everyone else. Will she make time for herself? I loved Callie and Dean's story.

The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis ~ Gina and Nick, what a roller coaster! This story seemed a bit shorter than the rest, but m
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Frances Hampton
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christmas Gift

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the stories wrapped around yet stood alone. The stories take place one Christmas and each tells about one of the Banning siblings,( Jack, Callie and Nick), and how they found their love. The stories take place in Christmas Town and contain all the magic that one would expect to find in such a place. There are three authors which means three writing styles. I never know what I will find with books written this way. This time it worked perfectl
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Glenda
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book free in a contest for a review (in the same volume I got The Mistletoe Melody by Jennifer Snow, another wonderful read) and need to say first off that I rarely give five star reviews...I save the five stars for a truely exceptional book. That being said, I really enjoyed this book. It is actually an anthology with three authors, also including Anna J. Stewart and Melinda Curtis. Each wrote a part of the story of three siblings and how they found happiness during the Christmas sea ...more
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Anna Adams was in the US Navy, also working on a business degree full-time, when her first child was born. That little guy changed her life--created priorities. She wanted her children to grow up, believing they could do the most unlikely things.

Like writing--which she'd done since she was old enough to force someone to listen to stories and then old enough to pick up a pencil and a piece of paper
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