A Christmas Story With Humor and Heart!
Christmas by Accident
by Camron Wright
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
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About the Author
Camron Wright holds a master’s degree in writing and public relations. He says he began writing to get out of attending MBA school, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. His next novel, The Rent Collector, won Book of the Year, Fiction, from ForeWord Reviews; Best Novel of the Year from the Whitney Awards; and was a nominee for the prestigious International DUBLIN Literary Award. He is also the author of The Orphan Keeper. Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah. They are the parents of four children.
Welcome to the ReadMore Café, a quirky bookstore and dessert shop where Abby McBride, a Christmas lover, and Carter Cross, a holiday hater, are destined to have an accidental meeting.
Curl up by the fire and enjoy a heartwarming holiday story that even includes a few delicious recipes from the ReadMore Café.
Carter is an insurance adjust 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 can barely tolerate Christmas; Abby loves it. She can’t wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter despises.
When an automobile accident throws Carter and Abby together, Uncle Mannie, who is harboring secrets of his own, sees a chance for lasting happiness for his little girl. But there are so many hurdles, and not much time left. Will this Christmas deliver the miracles everyone is hoping for?
I’ve read my share of Christmas stories. So I enjoyed that, with this one, Camron Wright pokes fun of the Christmas novel formula. In fact, it’s the humor found within the pages of Christmas by Accident that makes it a worthwhile read.
While the novel doesn’t take the time to fully flesh out its characters, they are defined by their quirkiness. There’s Abby who loves Christmas so much that she can barely wait until October for the Christmas display at the ReadMore Cafe where she works; Carter, an insurance adjuster who embellishes his accident reports like he’s writing a novel; and Abby’s Uncle Mannie, who raised Abby. When fate thrusts these three together, the results pull on all the heartstrings and push all the right buttons. There are some surprisingly funny moments, as well as tender ones, dealing with family. This is, after all, a Christmas story.
— Dawn Teresa
3.5 of 5 Hearts. A Christmas Story With Humor and Heart!
While Christmas by Accident is not without its flaws — I would deduct points for one too many plot contrivances — it succeeds in delivering a Holiday message of heart, hope, and humor. By story’s end, I was definitely feeling touched by the spirit of Christmas!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for providing me with a copy of Christmas by Accident in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”