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Finding Christmas

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  40 reviews
From the writer of the Netflix sensation, A Christmas Prince, and Christmas Camp, the Hallmark movie and novel, comes a heartwarming new Christmas story, Finding Christmas, showing how sometimes the detour in your journey is the path to true love.

With all the glittering decorations, twinkling lights, snow angels, gingerbread men and mistletoe, Christmas is Emmie’s first love.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was Christmas STRONG! If you love listening to Christmas music, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, and have a Christmas wreath on your car this one is for you! Karen Schaler has written a couple hallmark Christmas movies and that really shown through in this book. Emmie is all about Christmas! This is the first Christmas after she lost her parents and she is determined to keep her family’s Christmas spirit alive. Her boyfriend Grant is a bit of a Scrooge, but she is convinced that wi ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This was such an adorable christmas story. Emmie and Sam together was so sweet, i was smiling throughout all the book and hoping for their happy ending to happen soon.
Their love story was so cute and charming, i hope the author's will keep writing these romantic holiday stories.
I received a free Arc copy of this book and this was my honest opinion.
Karen Schaler's Finding Christmas was a little like falling into a Hallmark movie. It will come as no surprise to anyone that Schaler is the writer of a couple Hallmark movies, including "Christmas Camp", and a Netflix one, "A Christmas Prince". But, the book could have used a little editing so it would fit in a two hour span.

Emmie Sanders' parents always told her the true meaning of Christmas is "about spending time with the people you loved most, making memories, and helping others
Christmas is Emme’s favorite time of year – although this year is a rough one with losing her parents in an accident – she’s wondering just how to keep the magic of the season alive for her. But, she’s hoping that sharing some of her favorite traditions with Grant – the person she thinks may just be “the one”, she’s finding a way to keep her spirits alive and celebrate one of her favorite holiday traditions. Taking a page from her father’s book, she’s making a scavenger hunt – sure to bring Gran ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emmie Sanders nickname is Miss Christmas. That's how much she likes the Holidays. Celebrating Christmas with as many activities as she can do is also a way to honour her parents who died in a car accident years ago and gave her the joy of Christmas traditions. This year, Emmie planned to share it with her boyfriend and prepared a scavenger hunt that's supposed to end with a romantic getaway. But there's two problems with her plan : the wrong guy received the clues and her boyfriend can't seem to ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Hallmark Christmas movies and this book reminded me of them.
It's a sort of comedy of errors, well written and entertaining.
It's got all the elements for a great Christmas story: the romance, the Christmas spirit plus a lot of humour.
I rooted for the well written characters, I smiled and liked the style of writing which is great in making you visualise the setting.
It's the first book I read by this author and hope it won't be the last.
Highly recommended.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this festive holiday read, the protagonist Emmie loves everything Christmas related. Having recently lost both of her parents in a tragic car accident, she is determined to keep alive the memories of all her past Christmases and to keep the spirit of the season which her parents conveyed to her. One of the traditions she most enjoyed was a holiday inspired treasure hunt which she plans for her workaholic boyfriend, Grant, who has promised to take some much needed time off work over the Christ ...more
Heather K Veitch
Finding Christmas is a light-hearted and easy read just in time for the holidays. It follows the adventures of Emmie, whose favourite holiday is Christmas, as she attempts to bring some festive cheer to her overworked boyfriend’s life and show him how wonderful the season really is — however, things don’t go according to plan. Her festive-themed scavenger hunt accidentally ends up in the hands of Sam, an author struggling to write his next book after the death of his sister, and that’s just wher ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Christmas novels and movies. Karen Schaler is the perfect Christmas author as she not only wrote a Christmas novel I enjoyed last year, Christmas Camp, but she also wrote a Netflix movie my daughter I love, The Christmas Prince. Finding Christmas is her new novel this year and I was overjoyed to be able to read it.

Emmie loves Christmas. After losing her parents in a terrible car crash, she keeps their memories alive and their joy of Christmas with her own celebrations. She has
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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They had taught her that Christmas wasn’t about things, that it was about spending time with the people you loved most, making memories, and helping others.

White twinkling Christmas lights.
She loved them the most. She was a prisoner to their magic and cham. The way they glittered and shimmered, drawing her in, casting a dreamlike spell over her, commanding a complete Christmas surrender. It was the kind of surrender that often triggered holiday decorating, shopping, movie watch
Danielle Urban
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler was a perfect Christmas story. It's one of those slow burning reads. The plot started off by introducing the characters. The main problem was a no show boyfriend and the wrong guy who fits the checklist so perfectly. Maybe, the wrong guy is the right guy. But Emmie has her hands full. Planning a Christmas getaway for her and her boyfriend to enjoying everything Christmas has to offer.

By celebrating Christmas, this Christmas Queen, keeps her parents
Kathleen Gray
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Right guy, wrong guy- which is which? Emmie loves Christmas and she wants everyone she knows to love it too, including her boyfriend Grant, who has a lot of other things going on. I can't imagine why she thought he would actually participate in a scavenger hunt but she did. Sam stumbles into the middle of this and follows the clues, much to Emmie's surprise. Is there really a town like Christmas Point? We'd all like to think so because it seems magical- magical enough to keep Sam in town to woo ...more
Denise Levendoski
Thank you to Karen Schaler and I won this book in a Giveaway.

Funny, charming and quick read about Christmas miracles. I really enjoyed this book, I laughed out loud at several passages and got a warm cozy feeling just in time for Christmas. And I hate Christmas ! If you are looking for a gift or a spirited Christmas story this is it !
I really wanted to like this book. The Christmas scavenger hunt is a fun premise. Unfortunately, there were a couple of issues for me. First, the author did a lot of telling rather than showing and the telling was super repetitive. How many times does the reader need to be reminded that it's the main character's favorite holiday because it helps her feel close to her dead parents? Second, the characterization felt forced. Obviously the perfectionist, over-scheduled woman is eventually going to o ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emmie loves Christmas more than anything, so naturally she plans to make her first Christmas with boyfriend Grant extra special. She plans an elaborate holiday scavenger hunt that will take him to a small mountain town called Christmas Point, so they can have a romantic holiday weekend together. The catch? The wrong man gets the scavenger hunt clues. Sam is a mystery novelist with writer's block. He thinks the clues are from his agent, and he arrives at Christmas Point for the weekend. Emmie's b ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I loved this sweet, fun Christmas story by Karen Schaler. This is what Christmas stories and movies should be about. If you enjoy Christmas cookies, decorating, making wreaths, stockings and snowmen, singing Christmas carols and just enjoying all Christmas has to offer, this is the book for you. Emmie loves Christmas. She runs a non-profit and is in the midst of fundraising and organizing a huge Christmas dinner for a local shelter. Even with all that going on, she wants to plan a perfect Christ ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I indulged in this wonderful Christmas story with characters who felt real (including Dasher the dog!). Christmastime and a friendship turned romance, what's not to love? Perfect book for me as I am all in at Christmas and so is the main character. What I loved about this story is the main male character also loves Christmas. Usually these types of Christmas stories involve just the girl being a Christmas fanatic, but it was fun to read about Sam decorating his home and his colleague ...more
R J Mckay
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a coy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

A Hallmark movie in book form, this happy and hopeful story will sweep you up and fill you with the Christmas spirit. From gingerbread men to white twinkling lights, the reader will be filled with the warmth of the holiday and the beauty of the season.
Emmie is all about Christmas, so she plans a Christmas scavenger hunt for her boyfriend. She can’t wait to share her love for the holiday with him. But things g
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every year I look forward to the Christmas movie season. There is something so comforting about the plots, the romances, the Christmas and most of all the snow because it always seems to snow. Now I can find that same holiday comfort food in a book. Given that I always have my head in a book and that I do sometimes like to read a lighter tale and this certainly qualifies.

There is nothing complicated or deep here it’s a light and fluffy and full of everything you want in a holiday rom
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite holiday series is The Christmas Prince. In fact, I'm counting down the days until Netflix releases the next one for 2019! When I chose to read Finding Christmas I had no idea that the author for these two, book and movies, were one and the same. I was expecting something far too cheesy from Finding Christmas, but Schaler proved me wrong! Yes, it is very heavy on the Christmas theme - as it should be - but at the heart of the story we find two people struggling after personal l ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was so excited to win this Goodreads giveaway. I’ve begun a Christmas reading tradition where I read Christmas books in the months November and December until Christmas. Having read Christmas Camp I was looking forward to Finding Christmas. It didn’t disappoint and I’m glad it was my first Christmas book this year. It definitely puts you in the Christmas mood🙂 I loved the Christmas scavenger hunt! Such a fun idea. Sam and Emmie were a fun couple and of course Dasher was a great addition to the ...more
Rachel Hanes
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Did this book have a predictable storyline, with an even more predictable ending? Yes it did! But did that keep me from loving this book? Absolutely not! If you love Christmas and everything that goes with it, then you will fall in love with this book.
If you love baking cookies, drinking hot cocoa, building snowmen, making snow angels, and finding the perfect Christmas tree, then you need to cozy up with Finding Christmas 🎄. Anyone who believes in magic and the joy of the Christmas spirit, this
Tammy Brooke
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thankyou to Netgalley.

Emmie runs the local community center, keeping her parents legacy alive, people call her Miss Christmas she loves everything about the holidays.
Her boyfriend Grant is a lawyer hes not into christmas but Emmie sets up a scavenger hunt that will take him to christmas point, a little town full of christmas.
Sam loves christmas too, as an author hes had a mental block since his sister died.
When the wrong man gets the clues for the scavenger hunt le
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received a digital copy of this book from Edelweiss for review purposes. Thanks!

There was literally a Hallmark movie playing in my head the whole time I was reading this book! I have cast the actors, designed the sets, and picked the songs for the soundtrack. If it doesn’t get mad into a movie, I will be a little disappointed! I want to live in Christmas Point, next door to Ruby and Dasher, and down the street from Betty’s Bakery. I’m considering putting out a few Christmas decorat
Sheila Penwell
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story about Emma who was all about Christmas and her boyfriend Grant was not. He was so devoted to work and really made no time for them. She meant Sam at a Christmas shop. Anyway she makes a scavenger hunt with clues to a final destination for Christmas and he lives the same place as Sam. The person handling gifts left for him to give out messes up the tags. Guess who gets the clues for the hunt and find out. It is truly a GREAT READ.
Elizabeth Campbell
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
thank you goodreads giveaways and harper collins publishing for the free copy of Finding Christmas! this was a very cute book with clean, wholesome romance and a fun christmas spirit. i almost gave this book 4 stars but at the very end the main character and her best friend are trying to decide on a christmas movie to watch and the author sort of plugs her own Netflix christmas films and i found it a little off-putting. but other than that it was a lighthearted, quick, cute read
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book. The movie was just as good. Ellie is a woman who loves everything about Christmas. Her boyfriend, Grant is another story. She plans this great Christmas vacation with Grant, only things don't turn out the way she hoped. Beautiful story. If you love Christmas romance, you won't be disappointed. I won this book on a giveaway, so very thankful.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I hadn't read anything by this author before but it was a nice, heartwarming story that captures the spirit of Christmas. I found Emmie a bit over the top and couldn't understand why she was with Grant in the first place as he doesn't have any Christmas spirit to begin with. That being said I loved her interactions with Sam and it was an enjoyable read.
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Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy award–winning storyteller, author, screenwriter, journalist and national TV host. She has written original screenplays for Netflix, Hallmark, and Lifetime Christmas movies including the Netflix sensation A CHRISTMAS PRINCE.

Karen also wrote the original screenplay for Hallmark's Christmas Camp followed by her two books, Christmas Camp and Christmas Cam