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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 lo
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Berit☀️✨
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 wit ...more
Kat
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-3, christmas
If you like Christmas books that are like a Hallmark movie exploded with a North Pole’s worth of tinsel and candy canes and reindeer, Karen Schaler is your girl. She completely knows how to go all out on the Christmas tropes and make a holiday book full of holiday bling. This featured Emmy, who is a Christmas fanatic. Think apartment exploding with Christmas, but she’s also a generous soul who works at a community center and gives back to others. She’s super excited to spend her first Christmas ...more
Mackey
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
Erin
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
Lesa
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". They live
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Cori
Dec 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christmas-reads, dnf
Typically, I'm staunchly opposed to quitting a book unless it needs to be burned in hellfire. However, when it comes to Christmas books, I'm much more liberal with DNFing. Such was the case here.

*steeples fingers and leans back in leather chair in vast library of delicious smelling old books and adjusts monocle*

This one sucks.

Let's be honest. Christmas books and movies teeeend to be a lower caliber in terms of quality. Very formulaic. Less editing. Stiff dialogue. Cheesy happily-ever-after with
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Kim
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ⭐️
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
This was the cheesiest, most wholesome thing I've ever read, and I fucking loved every second of it. It read exactly like a Hallmark/Netflix Christmas special, which was exactly what I was hoping for from the woman who wrote A Christmas Prince. Also, the shameless self-plugs in this book are the kind of energy I'm living for.

I really hope this gets turned into a movie one day!
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Liz
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It's cute and cheesy, but sometimes not the best writing to connect to the characters. I also did not enjoy the author's advertisement for her movies on TV/Netflix inside the story. It felt really fake and a bit sleezy. ...more
Nancy Brooks Bourne
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
This was terrible....sappy, predictable and lame. If it wasn't an audiobook that was on 1.8 speed while I was cleaning my house I never would have finished it. ...more
romancejunkie
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.
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Sabrina
Okay, so it's going to look like that I don't enjoy light romances..which is FALSE. I do. I didn't always but now I appreciate them. HOWEVER, if there is a plot hole or if something seems a little too ridiculous I cannot help myself.

1. If a doorman were to mix up tenants gifts in the real world, they would have gotten an earful from either their boss or by a Karen or the rare but still out there male Karen. Depending on how much far the Karens want to push the issue, that guy could have gotten f
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Erika
Dec 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF.

I know this is supposed to be a Christmas overload kind of book, but honestly, it was just way too much. The word Christmas was used in almost every sentence and sometimes several times in one. I love Christmas, but this was such a turn off.
I needed to quit this one because I had absolutely no interest in reading anymore, I dreaded the thought to have to read it.

The characters were one dimensional goody-two-shoes with the exception of Grant. In no way should it be acceptable to just replace
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♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Emmie loves Christmas. You know how there’s some people that don’t mind listening to Christmas music before it’s even December? Or those people that redecorate their whole house just for Christmas? Well those are Emmie’s people. Since suddenly losing her parents, her love of Christmas has only grown. Every tradition and Christmas activity she shared with them, still lives on, through her and this year she can’t wait to share it all with her boyfriend Grant.

When she plans a surprise scavenger hu
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Gaele
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
Jodie (That Happy Reader)
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
Sarah Louise
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-themed
I feel like I just overdosed on Christmas. This was adorable, a true Hallmark Christmas romance, which I expected nothing less coming from the writer of The Christmas Prince

It was magical.

❆ The cozy village of Christmas Point.
❆ The Christmas scavenger hunt. Emmie, in hopes to surprise her boyfriend, leaves a scavenger hunt where the final destination is Christmas Point, the perfect getaway for the season. Unfortunately, her plan goes amiss when the wrong guy, Sam, follows her clues. I loved thi
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Natalie
Well that was all kinds of adorable!

Is Christmas Point a real place??? If so, I want to go there! So much charm and Christmas cheer!

I loved the secondary characters, especially Ruby. I want to stay at her bed and breakfast. It sounded adorable. Also, there needs to be a spinoff story about Ruby. She was great and I enjoyed learning about her past.

I also really liked Emmie and Sam’s Christmas spirit. I want to be friends with both of them and their romance was super cute. As a dog lover, I also
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Tiffany
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
An enjoyable Christmas book. Just like a hallmark movie and it was very clean.
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
Asheley
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emmie loves Christmas. So much that she goes almost overboard on decorating and celebrating. Without a doubt, she loves Christmas so much because her parents (both deceased) loved Christmas and worked to make it an extra special time for her. The way she loves the holiday season is a lot but it made me smile while I was reading because I feel like I have the potential for going overboard with the holidays sometimes myself. Emmie has planned a short vacation at holiday-themed Christmas Point, and ...more
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 memories ali
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Aly
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
Avanders
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Review based on ARC (Advanced Readers’ Copy received in exchange for an honest review).

This book is basically a Christmas Hallmark movie in a book... and no wonder, as it was written by the same person who has written some of Hallmark’s most famous Christmas movies.

It was sweet, very very very Christmassy, and predictable. Just how we like ‘em. Schaler did depart a little by providing a bit of Sam’s perspective, rather than staying with Emmie’s the whole time, but otherwise everything you want
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Shelley Lawrence
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars
Finding Christmas was everything I hoped a Christmas story would be and it definitely helped me find Christmas amidst the stress and chaos of the season. It was whimsical, hopeful, magical and utterly delightful. It was also chalk full holiday cheer, Christmas traditions and seasonal festivities.

Finding Christmas was definitely a Hallmark movie-type book, and admittedly a bit sappy, but I loved it for that very reason. I did find the main female character to be a little frustrating in
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Caryn - iam.caryn
There are fewer things in life more special than coming across a character that you feel a strong connection with.

That’s happened with me and the protagonist of Finding Christmas. When we first meet Emmie she’s in full on Christmas mode. Reading her love of all things Christmas and her pure-hearted joy made me feel like she was a kindred spirit. Just like Emmie, I’ve had people call me Miss Christmas my whole life. It’s a title I carry proudly.

This entire story was so sweet. It’s the very defini
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Annarella
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.
Many thanks to the publisher for thi
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Justin Turczak
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out slower compared to Christmas camp. But holy boy does karen know how to write amazing Christmas stories. This was sooo cute and just feel your with them on the adventure and so heart felt. Sam I thought down to earth character and witty and just so calm and was great. But to say each iv read for Christmas camp and now this she has became my fav Christmas romance author and blows Debbie macomber out of the water and suggest everyone should read these books 😍😍😍.
Melissa
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reads-2019
What a fun story full of Christmas spirit! I was charmed by Emmie, Sam, Dasher and the residents of Christmas Point. The story was sweet, funny and easy to read. A perfect Christmas story to curl up with, along with a plate of Christmas cookies(trust me, the cookies are a must!). Would love to see Hallmark make this onto a movie.
Annette
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
If you love the Hallmark Christmas movies you will love this book too! I love the cover of this book, it’s why I bought it.
I enjoyed the story and Christmas Point sounds like a perfect little town! At times the character of Emmi was a bit annoying. Overall it was a good story
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"A holiday publishing darling." Entertainment Weekly

Writer of the Netflix sensation A CHRISTMAS PRINCE, Emmy Award-winner Karen Schaler has written five Christmas movies and four Christmas romance novels, Christmas Ever After, Finding Christmas, Christmas Camp, and Christmas Camp Wedding, in the last three years, earning her the nickname “Christmas Karen” in the press. Karen's next heartfelt holid
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