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 Cafe.
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?
|Size||5 x 7|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Caroline Shaffer|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 2 hrs.|
I fell in love with the characters by the end of the book but not my favorite style of writing. There was too much description, constantly.
Wright's masterful story crafting hit another home run with this honest, witty, humorous, and touching story. I was sucked in on the first page. I think we all have a bit of Carter, a bit of Abby, and a bit of Mannie in us. I learn so much about myself fiction enriches my life. My book is filled with red marks of cute quote, rich figurative language, and down right beautiful writing, even in quirky ways.
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 favorite part of the book! Unfortunately, they got him fired from his job. I also loved the way he decided in a snap that he was going to write a Christmas book.
Abby is great too! She’s a young woman who works at her uncle’s book shop/bakery. All the treats at the bakery in this one made me hungry. I want to make them all! I liked the way Abby was really concerned about her uncle, she wants to help him in any way she can. But she was also a bit clueless. I liked the way her character was a bit flawed and not quite perfect.
The way these two meet made me laugh too! Carter was the insurance adjuster for Abby’s accident. His name was listed on the report she got that her insurance had ended before her accident. So even though he’d been fired, she hunted him down to figure out what had happened. I loved the scene where she shows up on his doorstep.
There are so many great things about this one. I loved the cleverness of it. The love story was cute. This whole book is just fun! It’s a perfect Christmas story.
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 is a little awkward. He feels stuck and is trying to stay sane by allowing his creativity to show in a very non-creative job. He's a little mischievous, but also a mix of confident and charming. He's also quite talented. Abby... she's sweet, fun, comfortable in her own skin, pretty, smart, and loyal. She is the perfect girl-next-door, small-shop-owner heroine (think Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail). Then there's Mannie who is definitely mischievous in his own right, quite talented as well, and loyal (he completely changed his life to raise Abby, his niece, when her parents died). Then there are these quirky side characters, like Carter's co-worker and roomate and then Abby's co-workers, who bring more life to the story and create some eyebrow raises and laughs. There's Carter's somewhat estranged family as well. All of them felt fairly well drawn out with strong enough personalities and roles that they were distinct characters—I had no issues with confusing any of them.
So, as I said, I liked these characters, but as the story went, I learned to love them. I felt Mannie's fears and hopes, the same for Abby and Carter. I laughed. I wanted to sigh at some of the perfect and spontaneous romantic moments. I stressed over what decisions should be made and what would happen. I joined in the confusion. I thought about Carter's disinterest in Christmas and Abby's choice to love Christmas. I even shed a few tears at one point. This author is a wizard at leading his readers where he wants, but letting them find and connect their own moments. I love that. I love that he can take me on this emotional journey and that at the end, I'm so contentedly happy. Then there was the added surprise of a few recipes at the end of the book. What a very sweet surprise (and one I will use)!
I will admit, at the beginning of the story I was a little afraid... I've developed an expectation for this author writing meaningful stories with depth. Was this going to be too fluffy, or not quite meet my expectations? There were two moments, one at the beginning and one at the end, that felt very The Age of Adeline. It also took me a bit to fall into the writing style at first. I then questioned, as Carter struggled to write, if the author was poking just a little bit of fun at Christmas stories and his own struggles as an author. These were all things at the beginning that made me wonder. However, there was no reason to worry as I enjoyed this story immensely and will be recommending it to everyone.
In the end, was it what I wished for? This is such a fun, sweet, funny, warm, emotional story. It's definitely worth picking up, especially at Christmastime. I couldn't have loved it more!
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
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 years old.
Carter dislikes Christmas because of past experiences in his life. Abby is the biggest fan of Christmas. These two opposite people's lives intersect and not only does romance blossom, but also mayhem.
Even with familiar Christmas tropes spread throughout the novel, they are lovely and hit the mark exactly like the Christmas books I love to read. There are tragedies, heartaches, surprises, and miracles. So, this wonderful Christmas book will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with everything Christmas again.
This book's strength is definitely the main character's voice. I loved Carter's snarky personality and the author's use of language. Best part for sure. As far as the content goes, well, I'm a little on the fence about it. It's not your typical holiday romance--which, I think, was the author's intent. The main character even makes fun of holiday romances, which was, in a way, condescending considering many readers will be Christmas romance fans. That annoyance aside, there were some nuggets I appreciated in this book and even highlighted. It's an easy read, and I enjoyed it.
This was a very cute Christmas read. It's more light-hearted than the backcover blurb makes it sound. I enjoyed the little references to miracles that Uncle Mannie slides in as he's talking to Carter, as well as the self discoveries he makes along the way. It's fun to see Carter's attitude toward Christmas change, as well as his realization about writing. Abby is a steady influence throughout the story. It is a great way to get your Christmas season started. I would recommend it to anyone.
* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
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 by Accident is a book about writing this book. That part was unusual and unlike your typical Christmas story.
However, even though this isn't the deep, heart-wrenching story you may have expected from Wright, there is a touching story on top of the writing the book story, and that has a nice message of hope.
I enjoyed the characters. Carter is an insurance adjuster-a job that would slowly kill him from the boredom if he didn't spice up the claim reports. However, the insurance industry isn't known for feelings, and Carter's creativity gets him into trouble. He was a quirky character, and I enjoyed seeing his growth. I liked Abby as well. She has such a good heart and positive outlook. Mannie and the employees at the Read More Cafe are an entertaining group.
This wasn't a gripping, read it all in one sitting type of book for me. But, I did care about what happened, and I liked the happy ending.