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This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time

As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair
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Hardcover, 286 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Clara K Page This is my favorite Christmas story. I read it every Christmas...just finished it for the 3rd time.

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Kathleen
Wow...this had to be my favorite Christmas book that I have read for 2018! Highly recommend. 5+stars.
Melanie
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Catching Christmas was such a cute read! I've liked several of Terri Blackstock's suspense novels, so I was curious to see how enjoyable her first Christmas story would be...I was pleasantly surprised and really liked the book.

The characters were realistic and I liked the message of the book. The grandma was awesome and I loved how she played matchmaker for her granddaughter. The book did get a little emotional at times, but that made it believable.

The ending was fitting and I definite
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Christine Indorf
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
I am in love with this book. Each character in this book is so well written, you instantly fall in love with them. Finn, a cab driver who gives up his dream and now driving a cab. Sydney a lawyer trying to keep her job and take care of her Grandmother at the same time, and Miss Callie the 80 year old that brings all of them together. The book is hysterical, a Christmas Rom Com. Finn not wanting to take Care of Miss Callie and can't help but too. You will also cry too. The but will bring a great ...more
Rebekah Morris
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas
The synopsis sounded interesting. However, I wasn't impressed.
1.) It was written in first person present tense. From two different perspectives. Yeah, Finn and Sidney both had chapters "written by them" and since it was present tense, it was a little difficult to feel any connection to them.
2.) It was sad and somewhat depressing to read. Not what I really want when I pick up a Christmas book.
3.) The Christianity, besides being vague and not biblical, was stuck in there in an odd way. Sort of lik
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I devoured this book and was left wanting more. I laughed and cried I was blown away.

The best romance you will read this holiday season.

If you only buy one Christmas book this year, This is the one you will want to read and reread each year.

I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Staci
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A lady with dementia in her eighties made this book. While Callie hasn't lost her ability to order others around, she has definitely lost her filter. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things she said.

I didn't get a spark of romance between Finn and Sydney, but did enjoy the revelations they made about themselves and what is important in life.

Overall, a good Christmas novel.
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Beth
I grabbed the audio book on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. This is a wonderful novella. The characters are a hoot and face such true-to-life situations. I adored Miss Callie, and Finn Parish is just such a great character. This is the kind of Christmas story that needs it's own movie, in my opinion. Not too saccharine and appealing to more than just romantics. A worthy addition to your Christmas reading (or in my case, listening!). ...more
Kav
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spectacular Christmas novel and so unlike anything else I've read by Terri Blackstock! I enjoyed the huge surprise that is this story because it's kind of what I anticipated and totally not! And it's the totally not part that I really want to talk about but I can't because that would mean posting spoilers galore which is not cool. Gah! Such a reviewer dilemma! Let's just say that Catching Christmas impacted me in ways I wasn't expecting. Really brought the meaning of the holiday home along with ...more
Oceana
*still after rereading
Pretty sure this is the best Christmas book I’ve ever read.
Heather Barbour
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet book! I loved all the characters and the plot was 👍🎄💚
Monica
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finn Parish is a cab driver. Miss Callie is a lady with dementia in a wheelchair. She calls for a cab one day and the adventures begin. Finn doesn't really want to be saddled with this old lady but she also reminds him of his mother.


It is Sydney Batson's first year as a law student. When her grandmother gets ill unexpectedly while she has to be in court, she reluctantly sends her in a cab to the clinic.


I don't want to give any spoilers so I will stop there.


I had to sigh when Catching Christmas
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Brittany
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this sweet, heart-tugging story, readers will examine what truly matters at Christmas. Woven with humor and told in the first person narrative, Catching Christmas follows the exploits of an elderly lady named Callie and her “driver”, Finn.

There is a light thread of romance in this story, yet it appears fairly late to the novel, so the focus of this book is really on the relationship that develops between Finn, who is the cab driver, and Callie, the elderly lady who is definitely experiencing
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Lila Diller
I have to admit. I'm not a big Terri Blackstock fan—only because I'm not a suspense fan. I like sweet, mostly light-hearted stories that I can fall asleep to. Well, this was one of the sweet ones. It had great characters and a perfect ending!

The only thing I didn't like was the point of view switching back and forth every chapter from Finn to Sydney. It was done well and labeled obviously, but it was just a little jarring for me to go back and forth from one first-person POV to another – maybe b
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Laura
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, christmas
I really enjoyed this cute Christmas novella. Finn was a great character and the story had some depth to it without being too heavy. I chuckled a lot as I read it, and took some tender moments to heart. (Miss Callie reminded me so much of my own grandma.) I also loved the author’s note, at the end of the novella, about how and where true happiness is derived from. I think readers who enjoy Donna VanLier’s Christmas books will also enjoy this fun and touching story.
Loraine
What a wonderful way to start my Christmas binge reading. This book will carry you through every emotion you can imagine. This book will grab you by the heart and keep you there until the very end.
The three main characters were each incredible in their own way. Miss Callie is 80 years old and suffering from ill health and early dementia. Feisty, caring, and a strong Christian, she tells it like it is. Finn Parrish is an ex-haute cuisine chef now working as a cab driver whose life becomes entwi
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Dana Michael
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y'all! I knew Terri Blackstock was a master storyteller with suspense thrillers, but I had no idea that she could write romantic chic lit. This book had me literally laughing out loud. I was cracking up at Finn, the hero of this book. Then, I was crying real tears down my cheeks at the gymn walking on the treadmill. I couldn't help it. This book was an absolute delight to read. I could not put it down. This is an endearing Christmas story with the message of Jesus with a HEA. This story will tic ...more
Emilee
This is a delightful Christmas novella with a lovely message about God's goodness and love! ...more
Gloria
This is a sweet story that grabs from the beginning and involves lots of emotions. The star of the story is Callie, an eighty year old grandmother with health and memory issues. Her only living relative is her granddaughter, Sidney, a first year law associate, working under pressure from the partners on a case. Sidney takes care of her grandmother, getting her fed and dressed each morning and night but has to work during the day. When her court case keeps her from taking Callie to the doctor, sh ...more
Suzie Waltner
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first learned Terri Blackstock was releasing a Christmas story (one that’s not a romantic suspense which she’s so well-known for), I was intrigued. And oh boy, are you in for a treat!
Blackstock takes readers through a gamut of emotions—from humor and laughter at Finn’s sarcastic reluctance with his newest customer to lumps in the throat when Sydney speaks to her grandmother’s doctor.

In Catching Christmas, Blackstock managed both a light-hearted story and one with depth. Finn’s reluctant a
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Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
“Catching Christmas” is a wonderful holiday read with realistic characters and scenarios that made me feel a wide range of emotions. With very minimal romance toward the end of this book, this story's main focus is on the moving and amusing interactions between cab driver Finn and the old lady with dementia, Miss Callie, which I loved to read about. I found this book difficult to put down and didn't want it to end.

If you like endearing and inspirational Christmas stories that make you laugh and
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Celestria
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much! It was funny and heartfelt, and not too long. I read it easily in a day. Definitely a new favorite Christmas book 🥰💕
Lori
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really cute story with a great message.
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terri Blackstock's first Christmas book is one for the keeper shelf! Seriously warm and we'll written with a good dose of dry humor, this is one holiday read you don't want to miss.

Can driver Finn Parrish beeps his horn at the house of his next fare. No one comes out, so he grudgingly stomps to the door. Inside, in her wheelchair, sets 80 year old Callie Beecher. Sound asleep. Finn does not need this! He doesn't want to tire around this old lady. But he has good manners, so he drops her off at
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Patrice
This is an interesting story; told from the 2 main character’s perspectives. It was a nice change of pace to read a story with a predominantly male lead. Finn is a taxi driver summoned to a house in the suburbs. He already seems to be in a foul mood, because he wasn’t dispatched to the airport; where the fares are frequent and pay well. He needs this job to keep a roof over his head and the basic necessities. When no one responds to the honking of the horn he grudgingly decides to knock on the d ...more
Amy
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catching Christmas is not your typical book you were normally read by Terri Blackstock. However, I thought it was a great read. I found it to be delightful and fun. It had some laugh out loud moments that you would embarrass yourself if reading in public. It, also, had some touching and sweet moments.
I am giving Catching Christmas five plus stars. It should not be missed this Christmas season.
I highly recommend Catching Christmas.

Mayda
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though sad in part, this poignant Christmas tale will leave you with a warm holiday feeling. Miss Cassie is an elderly and extraordinary person. Lately, her health is failing as her body and mind are just wearing out. Her granddaughter Sydney has recently reconnected with her, and is trying her best to take care of her while launching her own career as a new lawyer. This is not working so well. Enter caring cab driver Finn Parish, who becomes Miss Cassie’s driver and lifeline to the world. Take ...more
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I absolutely love the cover!
It caught me from the first and having read the story,
it's definitely a cue to the quirky fun of taxi driver Finn!
Capably captivating writing of a pro, my laughter rang loud
and my tears flowed generously.
A do.not.miss for this season's reading!
Thank you!
to the talented, Terri Blackstock!
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Laura
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
CATCHING CHRISTMAS is a different sort of Christmas story and a different sort of book by Ms. Blackstock. Nothing suspenseful about this at all, its a very sweet Christmas story about an older woman who needs help and is very forgetful, her overworked and stressed out granddaughter and the cab driver who is stuck in the middle.



Finn is a sweetheart, though he does have the typical male rough edges. Sydney is between a rock and a hard place and I hurt for her, though wow I can't believe the impo
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Karen R
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A charming story with a timeless message!
Loved "Miss Callie" and her quirky ways. Putting her concern for her granddaughter's happiness above her own needs, she has a wonderful outlook on life, with a heavenly perspective. Her legacy of faith and hope brushed over everyone she met, and was truly inspirational. I enjoyed watching Finn's transformation and his growing friendship with Callie and Sydney. I laughed and cried with them. The message of valuing time spent with loved ones over the busyn
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Maureen Timerman
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed this fast read, and you can feel what Christmas is really about, what a great book the author has shared with us.
There are some chuckles and tears here, and you feel compassion for all of those involved, and I felt like I was watching as I read!
You will find yourself thinking of your own mother or grandmother, and putting a face to Miss Callie, and yes, you can actually see that all that happens here could be true.
We really answer the question here of who is really family, and when you
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide.. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest
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