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Christmas to the Rescue

(Holiday at the Graff #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Jemma Banks is finally ready to celebrate and enjoy the Christmas season in a way she never did as a child. But when her father breaks his pelvis, she returns home to Marietta to care for him. He is desperate to make amends with Jemma, but she is determined to leave Marietta with her heart intact, even if it means being compared to Scrooge.

Physical therapist and snowboarde
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jemma Banks hasn't seen her father in over a decade since he divorced her mother and moved in with another woman. Jemma and her sister have not forgiven their father and have had very little contact but when he is injured he asks one of them to come help him when released from the hospital. Jemma knows her sister will never make the trip to Marietta, MT where their father is living and since she can work remotely she grudgingly volunteers.

After arriving in Marietta Jemma meets her father's phys
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at the Graff made me want to rethink my aversion to Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. Now, don't get me wrong...there's some hanky-panky in this book. Kaylie is great at writing sections that garner her romance moniker. But this book had me ready to pull my decorations out of our attic, and it's not even Thanksgiving!

I think Kaylie really hit this one out of the ballpark. This book is a warm and fuzzy ball of Christmasy goodness. It made me want to make a pepperm
Review written: November 2, 2017
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

Well Merry Christmas to me! After Halloween at the Graff which I really didn't like, I was a bit nervous picking up Christmas at the Graff. But holy smokes was this a good story! I mean, it's a fabulous holiday romance with all the fixin's just laid out in a feast.

Redemption story? Check.
Hard-hearted Grinches? Check.
Cute animals
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A holiday romance not to be missed.

Jemma Banks was in Marietta, Montana, to help her father recover from an injury. She never forgave her father for leaving her family when she was younger, but she felt a sense of duty to take care of him now.

EJ Corpa grew up in foster care and never really had a place to call home until he settled in Marietta. He befriended Joe Banks and over the years came to consider him family. When Joe's daughter arrived to help care for Joe, EJ had no idea how he would fee
This is another lovely Marietta based festive read. Many of the characters and Christmas events described in other stories from this publisher are also featured in this heart-warming story and it is great to revisit them.

The focus in this story is on Joe Banks, who left his wife and two children to start a new life with a new love. Now, more than a decade later, he’s wanting to reconnect with his two girls, but both are reluctant to have anything to do with him. A fall and a broken pelvis give h
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Christmas At The Graff delivers an emotional story, one that is far too common. A family estranged, parents giving two far different versions of the truth and children left with anger, sadness and confusion when reality comes into their lives with situations they are not prepared for. Jemma and her sister Justine have had years to build their anger and resentment toward their father. He walked away from their mother and from them. Forgiving him is not an option for e
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW, OH WOW!! Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell, book two in the Holiday at the Graff series, is amazing story that I just loved. I even stayed up late so I could finish it, which is not something I often do.

Jemma Banks arrives in Marietta, Montana to assist her estranged father during his recovery from a broken hip. Neither she nor her older sister had seen or talked to him since he walked out on her mother eleven years ago and was unsure if she was ready to forgive him. When physical th
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Graff has been a prominent feature in Marietta, Montana so it is only fitting that it gets its own series. The amazing motivative from the first book is carried on in this second Holiday at the Graff book, Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell. It is a heartwarming romance, of forgiveness, opening up your heart and finding delight in life.

Not everything bad from our past can be forgotten, but forgiveness is possible is a lesson to be learned by us all. I enjoyed seeing this played out in t
Bette Hansen
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read and perfect for reminding us of the magic of the season. It's a story of forgiveness, new beginnings, and finding a happily ever after when you least expect it.

For years Jemma Banks has resented the father that walked out on his family. Her mother's bitterness had ruined the holiday season for her. So when she agrees to return to Marietta, where everywhere is over the top Christmas, to care for her father while he rehabilitates shocks herself as much as anyone else. Yet
Margaret Sholders
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am glad I took a chance on Kaylie to read her book. I am finding the best new authors here. She has given us a good story line and awesome people. Jemma the Justine hated their father as he walked out of their family. Now Joe has broken his pelvis and needs help. Jemma was able to go and meets EJ, the therapy helper! EJ tries to get Jemma to like her father. EJ was a foster child and can't see why if you have a parent you should love them! It is Christmas and the businesses decorate trees and ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
The prodigal daughter returned to Montana to take care of her failing father - the father who abandoned her and her sister when she was 15, just days before Christmas. Jemma Banks knew it was a tough choice to make, but somebody got to do it, so she went to her father's side to help, but couldn't offer more than that. Not love, not forgiveness, not even Christmas. Until she met her dad's physical therapist, EJ Corpa.

A man dedicated to his patients and snowboarding, EJ wasn't really into commitme
Kristy Loftis
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Jemma Banks is guilted into returning to her fathers side to help him recover from injury she doesn’t expect to reopen her heart to him or the Christmas season. Physical Therapist EJ Corpa is determined to help the father and daughter renew there relationship while she’s there. Once she agrees to help the clinic decorate a tree for a charity fundraiser Jemma and EJ find themselves spending a lot of time together and falling for one another in the process. Will the past get in the way or wil ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
A sweet romance written about forgiveness and mistakes. The characters are so real it is easy to see the town and its beauty through their eyes. The writing of Ms. Newell is perfectly enthralling and the end was never a sure thing. I recommend Christmas at the Graff because you will never want to leave.
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell
Jemma Banks is finally ready to celebrate and enjoy the Christmas season in a way she never did as a child. But when her father breaks his pelvis, she returns home to Marietta to care for him. He is desperate to make amends with Jemma, but she is determined to leave Marietta with her heart intact, even if it means being compared to Scrooge.

Physical therapist and snowboarder EJ Corpa can’t ignore the pull when he lays eyes on his patient’s daughter for the f
Kerry Croucier
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This holiday story reminds us that there are two sides to every story. Jemma Banks hasn't seen her father since he left the family for another woman at Christmas when she was a teenager. She and her sister also have not celebrated Christmas since then. The last place she wants to be is in a picturesque small town decked out for Christmas taking care of the father that abandoned her. But, her father broke his pelvis and there is no one else to help him at home, so she checks into the Graff with p ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jemma is in Marietta to help take care of her dad who she has not seen since she was a young child and he left. She hopes that she can keep her heart intact and help her dad and get back home to her sister. EJ didn't have the best childhood however he picked the best thing up, which is helping people heal. When he is set to help Joe his best friend with Physical therapy it seems he gets a lot more then he expected. Can they both find healing in the most unlikely of places

This book will definitel
Cathy Geha
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell
Holiday at the Graff Series #2

Jemma Banks has gone to Marietta, Montana to help her father recuperate with the assistance of physical therapist EJ Corpa. Jemma’s father Joe is hopeful that her time with him will open a door for dialogue to put the abandonment she and her sister feel behind them while providing an opportunity for a relationship between father and daughters in the future. When EJ asks Jemma to help out with a Christmas tree decorating contes
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Maybe your little trip to Marietta will end up being more memorable than you thought it would.”
Fun dialogue, interesting characters (main & supporting), written so you feel/see the Christmas magic throughout charming Marietta. Puts you in the Christmas mood. Words flow easily and keeps your attention. The main leads are wonderful together with their witty dialogue and similar abandonment/commitment/broken family issues but they’re different. EJ is an easy going, snowboarder/physical therapist w
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, contemporary
Jemma Banks & EJ Corpa
Jemma has come to Marietta in order to take care of her estranged father. she isn't too happy about it considering he left her mother years ago. she's never forgiven him and it has left a big mark on her life. EJ is his father's physical therapist and sees Jim as a father figure and protective of him. They don't start off on the right foot but eventually they warm up to one another.
Jemma has never celebrated Christmas since his father left considering he left right before
Becky Burciaga
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is something magical about the Marietta, Montana stories, especially the Christmas ones. Each author has brought so much of the heart and joy to the stories, this one most of all. Ms Newell certainly has a knack for giving a story something special, and that is to breath life into it.

EJ and Jemma's story touches on so many of the wonderful things that make the perfect holiday story. There is forgiveness, second chances, new love, friendship and the caring only a small town's people can gi
Jemma Banks isn't going to be in Marietta for long. She's just here to help the father who abandoned her as a child. To say she has mixed emotions is an understatement. And meeting her father's friend/pysical therapist, EJ Corpa doesn't help her sort those feelings at all.
The man is handsome as heck and really seems to see Jemma's father as, well, a father-figure. And while he says repeatedly that he's not interested in long-term relationships, he seems to have a heart as big as the mountains t
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just loved Christmas at the Graff! Kaylie Newell has a way with words. She’s written a story that could have been really intense and angsty but instead it’s light and fun and had me smiling again and again.
Jenna is a gorgeous heroine. She’s in Marietta to help the father who walked out on her mother when Jenna was fifteen and while she cares about him there are years of bitter resentment to overcome.
EJ is a product of the foster care system having been abandoned by his parents as a toddler.
Bonnie Gonzales
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jemma and EJ’s love story starts with a mutual deep attraction,but with seeing so much of each other because being Jemmas dad’s physical therapist EJ is helping her learn how to care for her dad,and then she offers to help EJ decorate the Christmas tree he is doing for a fund raising auction so they are really seeing a lot of each other and things really heat up in the romance department.
This one can put you in the Christmas spirit, but it can also get to your emotions a few tears may fall.
Ash P Reads
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I LOVED EJ Corpa's character. He's such a live-in-the-moment kind of guy and exactly the partner Jemma needs. What a number her mom did on her and her sister. How can you not get caught up in the spirit of Christmas? It was as though she had been waiting her whole life for the opportunity to let her inner child free. I love how she makes every effort to break through the walls she's built up over time and give her father and her heart another chance. I like these two together. Looking forward to ...more
Paula Pugh
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Past hurt that cuts deep peppers this story of building and re-building relationships in a small town full of Christmas spirit.
Jemma Banks is only in Marietta to assist her injured father. When he is will enough, she is out of there. He left their family high and dry with no explanation when she was fifteen. Jemma’s wounded heart is determined to keep the non-relationship intact.
EJ Corpa has a painful childhood that has made him very independent and wary of any form of love. He is Jemma’s father
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at the Graff is the second book in the Holiday at the Graff series. Growing up hearing her mother's side after the divorce has tarnished the way Jemma feels about her father. When Jemma gets word her father needs help after he injures himself, she is the only one willing to go, but she refuses to change how she feels about the past. When she arrives, she has a hard time believing what others tell her about him. But she learns a lot from his physical therapist, EJ. Will she learn that e ...more
Laura D
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jemma is in Marietta to take care of her father. She feels obligated despite being abandon by him as a child. EJ never had a family and Jemma's dad is like a father figure to him. He doesn't know what to expect from her visit and how hard it will be on her dad. When she meets EJ at the hospital they share an instant connection. The more time they spend together the stronger the connection grows. Neither one of them is trusting enough to have a real relationship, but sometimes love finds you whet ...more
Penny Leidecker
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christmas at the Graff is a beautifully written holiday story that features EJ and Jemma. Jemma comes to Marietta after her father falls and breaks his pelvis. They have issues and Jemma let her mother’s feelings and thought affect how she felt about her father. Will they be able to grow closer or will she leave, as soon as he heals? Enter EJ, Joe’s physical therapist. EJ and Jemma have instant chemistry, but she’s not staying and everyone always leaves him. Grab your copy and get ready to fall ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Christmas at the Graff (Holiday at the Graff Book 2) by Kaylie Newell
This is Jemma Banks and EJ Corpa’s story.

This is Jemma and EJ’s emotional story where they are dealing with anger and hurt from their childhood. The two are attracted to each other but will they be able to get through all their issues to take a chance on love? Marietta is the perfect place for Jemma and EJ to find healing and true happiness

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book.

Christmas at the Graff by Kaylie Newell. This touching story hooked me from the first page. I enjoyed it and wanted more at the end. Jemma had more to contend with when she come to help her estranged father after his surgery. Meeting up with his friend and physical therapist EJ. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
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