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Carter is an insurance adjuster whose longing for creative expression spills over sometimes into his accident reports. Abby works for her adoptive father, Uncle Mannie, in the family bookstore, the ReadMore Café. Carter barely tolerates Christmas; Abby loves it. She can't wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter de ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Shadow Mountain
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, books-to-review
I've read several Christmas themed books lately even though Christmas is still 2+ months away. All the books have been good and while this one has a Christmas theme it is much more than just a holiday book. It is about finding love, terminal illness, doing what you love, and embracing life.

I really liked all of the characters. Carter has dreams beyond being an insurance adjuster, he just isn't sure what. All he knows is that he enjoys the written word and even embellishes insurance forms much to
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Kathy
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018


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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love this time of the year when I get to read lots of new Christmas themed books! It's so much fun. This book is guaranteed to touch your heart strings and make you smile.

Usually when I read books, the quirky characters are most often female. I'm not sure why that is but this book was a refreshing change from that. Carter is definitely one quirky guy. He works for an insurance company and tends to embellish the facts of the report to make them more "interesting" to read. He continues to do th
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R.A.
Oh, I loved this! It was a simple, fun, Hallmark-like Christmas book! A book to read around Christmas … or my case, a little more than a month before Christmas. :) Christmas books are the best!

Carter and Abby were great characters! I love how Abby was a writer and editor … and Carter was a writer as well! When he decides to write a Christmas book - even though he doesn't like Christmas at all - because they're so popular, you can imagine how hard it is. I won't mention what he planned on calling
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Susan K
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance, clean
This was a lovely holiday romantic read, but also a story of family, of finding what really matters. Carter and Abby, along with Mannie her uncle and the host of supporting characters was a beautiful read. Even while critiquing the plethora of Christmas books written, it was a lovely, unique story, with honest, hurting characters, that were a pleasure to get to know. Healing, peace, love, secrets that come to light, and direction for all of them.
Christmas coincidences or accidents
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Mindy
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas by Accident is very fun and an all around sweet book. Camron Wright is great author that can write serious and it turns out, very funny books too. Carter, Abby, Mannie, all of the characters were written well and a fun surprise. Yin, Seven, Rosa, all of them were a delight. The story is fun and clever. I loved it.
Cathy
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Christmas books are my favorite at this time of year! I love that they’re usually quick to read and just a fun book. That’s why I picked this one up the other day. I needed a stress free read that I knew I was going to love. This one fit the bill!

I loved Carter. He made me laugh. Carter is an insurance adjuster. But he’s not like any other insurance adjuster I’ve ever heard of. He has a sense of humor and he’s creative. I had to laugh at the accident reports he wrote. They were probably my favo
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
CHRISTMAS BY ACCIDENT is a story that lures its reader in at the beginning with humor, likable characters, and the start of a cute romance, but then takes them on an emotional journey. It's a story that faces cynicism about the holidays, questions miracles, provides its characters difficult choices, and pulls on emotions in a heartfelt way. A perfectly charming Christmas story that will tug on readers' hearts, worth reading at any time of the year.

From the start, I liked these characters. Carter
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Monique Pearson
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Finished but even though it wasn't long it lost my attention so many times. Parts made me laugh so maybe it was just my mood. I may try to read it again closer to Christmas.
Gaele
Abby and her Uncle Mannie have been a team since she was three, they have a lovely little bookstore/café in the Springfield area called the ReadMore Café, where pastries, a host of lovely secondary characters and a very early tower of Christmas books are taking center stage. Abby is a wonderful character – Christmas is her favorite time of the year, and between working at the shop and editing some books on the side, she’s got things under control. Until Mannie’s failing health lands him in the h ...more
Marissa
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
**First off, thank you Shadow Mountain for the arc**

Now let’s talk about this quick Christmas book... I’m gonna give it a three star rating because, personally, I like a fun Christmas book, and I had different expectations of this book than the reality of it.

It’s a cute little story following Carter- who is the Scrooge-type with a penchant for embellishing... and Abby who is a true Bibliophile running a cute small town bookstore. So of course I’m hoping it would be amazing... and cliche.

And it
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Alexis
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This isn't my usual read, but I was in the mood for a cheesy Christmas story. And this book probably is, but I couldn't get far enough to really tell, because the writing is atrocious. It's bursting with over-the-top, melodramatic description and weird metaphors. I think the author was trying really really hard to be original and avoid cliches - I'm not sure why else you would write "Her eyes curled." (I can only assume they meant the character was rolling her eyes, which is really more of a bas ...more
Susan
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick, fun Christmas story about a quirky insurance adjustor with dreams of being a novelist who falls in love with a beautiful accident victim who also happens to be a book editor/bookstore owner. Carter Cross is an odd duck, but a kind, dependable one, and Abby falls for him pretty fast. As the two get to know each other, they have to overcome some obstacles (of course), one of which is Carter's dismissal of Christmas vs. Abby's obsession with the holiday. The result is a cute story ...more
Michelle
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a cute story, but there were too many metaphors, which seemed to get in the way of the story. I loved that creative aspect of Camron Wright in a full-length fiction of his. But those same elements in this short story didn't work as well. It felt forced in such a short work. On the other hand, the main characters, Carter, Abby, and Mannie were all well developed with both good points and bad points. The ending delivered and stayed true to a happy Christmas story. Thank you to Net Galley an ...more
EvaLynn Merrill
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good feel better book. Easy reading. What I liked most is that even when things don’t go right, the people aren’t going down the doom and gloom hole. A very nice book to read in between other more heavier reads.
Cheryl
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this book really slow moving.Abby loves Christmas and owns a dessert shop and bookstore. Carter hates Christmas and is laid off his job. He sees all the Christmas books on sale and decides to write one. As this is a Christmas novel things work out in the end.
Nashelie
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Perfect Hallmark movie book!!! Cute, sweet and clean book.
Sheila
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christmas By Accident was a such a cute Christmas book. This was a very quick read. As many Christmas stories that have already been written, there is a good message for the main characters and the reader to learn. Carter is a quirky character at first, but he truly made me laugh. The other main character, Abby, is a very serious person, but she has good reason being this way. My very favorite character is Abby's Uncle Mannie who has raised her since her parents died when she was only three yea ...more
Emma
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I'm a sucker for Christmas stories, so when I saw this and the cute cover, I knew I wanted to check it out!

It's pretty much everything you would expect from these little stories, it has a clear storyline and a lovely meet-cute. The fact that he was an insurance worker and that's how they met was really nice, and a different way to introduce the characters. 

The characters themselves were distinguishable with their personalities and it was clear to see the way that they had impacted each ot
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Tessa
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I so wanted to enjoy this one more than I did. While the premise of the novel is creative and enjoyable, as the reader I felt like I was being jerked around. There seemed to be major parts of the storyline missing when we would be jerked from Carter to Abby. I usually had to re-settle my thoughts before I could jump into whatever plot line I was now following. However, I must say that the last 50 pages of the novel were by far the best. Overall, an enjoyable Christmas read.

Thank you to Shadow Mo
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Michele
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Christmas By Accident by Camron Wright explained perfectly the draw to Christmas books for so many. Carter is an insurance adjuster who is in the wrong job. He loves to create and tries to find ways to make his very boring job more creative. Often to the distress of his boss. When Carter learns of how many books are written for Christmas he decides he can write a Christmas book. He first researches by reading all the Christmas books he can find. As Carter studies Christmas books he find common t ...more
Andrea
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Christmas by Accident is such an interesting story. It's not like many stories I've read with Christmas as a theme. In fact, it was sort of . . . making fun of those. Kind of. It's not like it was mean, but one of the main characters, Carter, doesn't like Christmas. He's an aspiring author though, and decides to write a Christmas story. He finds that there is a Christmas book about everything (that's where the kind of "making fun of" came in). His process is . . . strange. So, in part, Christmas ...more
Jennifer Robb
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: BookPage
The writing was technically proficient but the way the story was told, I felt like I was kept at arms length from the characters which made this a less enjoyable read for me than some other books with a similar theme of one character loving Christmas while the other does not. It was a cute idea to tie Carter's book theme in to the title of this book at the end though.

I liked that Carter tried to enliven his work both by writing embellished accident reports and by taking photos of things that int
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Jessica Bronder
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Abby lost her parents when she was young and her Uncle Mannie has raised her. She helps him run the ReadMore Café for him. Then Mannie becomes sick and is in the hospital. On the way there Abby gets in a car accident and totals her car. She has some troubles with the claim and doesn’t want to worry Mannie about it so she starts to investigate the claims adjuster to ask for help.

Carter is an insurance adjuster that has a bad habit of creatively enhancing the stories on the claims. He does this on
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Pam
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The final 2-3 chapters made this book 3 stars rather than 2. When I find myself rolling my eyes while reading a book I just can't quite seem to get into it as much. I usually LOVE Camron Wright so I expected so much more from this book. I love his writing style and storytelling. His two main books I've read (Orphan Keeper and Rent Collector) are lengthy books and I feel like he tried to pack in as many metaphors, which I loved in those books, into this short story as those. It was too much. In t ...more
Nate
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Christmas by Accident is an excellent story about self discovery amidst life's unexpected challenges and discovering a love for Christmas. If you find yourself relating to Scrooge or the Grinch leading up to Christmas then the story of Carter and his experience at the ReadMore Cafe might be your cup of tea or your Bavarian cream. A humbug, who doesn't see the point of Christmas, Carter finds himself on an unexpected journey of self-discovery as he realizes that turning an idea into a reality can ...more
Stephanie P
Probably closer to 3.5 stars.

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review.

This was short, sweet, fun story full of holiday cheer!

It reads as a bit of a parody of Christmas stories, which I think is helpful to know going into it, because the writing was pretty cheesy in the beginning. There were several things that made me laugh as it poked fun at itself and other Christmas stories. It gave me a very similar feel to Hallmark Christmas movies—I know they’re not the most pro
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Rachel
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.com

Overall Review:
Christmas by Accident is the perfect read to get in the holiday spirit! Written by bestselling author Camron Wright, this pocket-sized paperback will captivate and charm readers. Chapters are narrated by three amiable main characters -- Mannie, Abby and Carter. Each chapter in Christmas by Accident is fast-paced and often end in cliffhangers, which make the novel nearly impossible to put down. The romantic relationship between Abby and Carte
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Kirsty Cadman
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a lover of Christmas books, I do adore those tales that leave me with a warm glowing feeling inside. This is definitely one of those. Right from the off I was chuckling at Carter and his imaginative writing, and couldn't help but get carried along with Abby's insistence at putting the Christmas books out before Halloween. You can't help but take to the characters in this book. Through each chapter you can see the love that these people have for each other, and with that comes a rollercoaster ...more
Kim Justice
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh My, Oh My, I broke my number ONE RULE! Nothing, I mean NOTHING Christmas until Thanksgiving night!

But when the chance of reading this Christmas book by author Camron Wright I just couldn't pass it up. And I am so happy I did.

Author Camron Wright has made Christmas in September an wonderful thing for me.
My daughter was teasing me the whole time because she knows my rules about Christmas.
And let me just say that I will be re-reading this one again after Thanksgiving this year.

Christmas for m
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Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College.

He has owned several successful retail stores in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.

Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA school at the time, and it proved the better deci
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