Thursday, December 17, 2009

Feature Review: "A Highlander Christmas," By Janet Chapman

By Gannon Carr and PJ Ausdenmore, RBTB Correspondents

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PJ and I are big fans of Christmas romances and Janet Chapman’s “A Highlander Christmas” is a perfect “curl up by the fire” holiday read. Camry MacKeage has quit her job as a NASA physicist to tend bar and dog sit in Go Back Cove, Maine. Her family has no idea that she’s no longer working for NASA and she has no intention of letting them know why. Little does she know that her rival, hunky scientist Luke Pascal, has come to the States to talk to her, and he’s let the cat out of the bag about her leaving her job.

PJ: Talk about three strikes! Luke (using his real name Lucien Renoir) has been driving Camry crazy via email for the past year. Now he’s revealed her closely guarded secret to her parents and, if that isn’t bad enough, her mother’s decided Luke should be the person to travel to Go Back Cove and convince Camry to come home for the family birthday celebration. Did I mention that Camry and her six sisters were all born on the Winter Solstice and not one of them has ever missed their joint party? Poor Luke has some huge hurdles to overcome if he has any hope of getting close to Camry. Then there’s the fact that what we have here are two hopelessly analytical scientists who are so tuned in to their minds that their worlds are ruled by facts and figures. It’s going to take some mighty powerful magic to get them to listen to their hearts.

Gannon: Well the MacKeage family is certainly full of magic, but Camry’s spent the last few years running from it. What she doesn’t realize is that she can’t avoid what’s in her blood, in her heart, her destiny. Little does she know that her destiny is the tall, dark and handsome man she’s serving at the Go Back Grill while she’s wearing an embarrassingly revealing pirate wench uniform. When Luke comes face to face, or rather face to cleavage with Camry, he has no idea that it’s her. But when he realizes that Camry, the woman who he’s battling via the internet, is his beautiful, if somewhat surly pirate waitress, he thinks that maybe his luck has taken a turn for the better.

PJ: That’s what I thought too, Gannon! But, instead of the hot seduction of his dreams, they both end up injured, on pain killers and at the tender mercy of a well-meaning, teenaged matchmaker. Talk about your well-laid plans gone awry! The first half of this story is so much fun but it’s the second half that really touched my heart. Camry’s always believed in the magic but that same magic that she’s grown up with is at the root of deep fears she has to overcome if she’s to have any hope of opening her heart to love. Luke, on the other hand, believes only what he can see and touch. His scientist’s brain scoffs at the idea of “magic”, of an unseen power beyond his control. Will his inability to believe cost him the love of his life? Or worse, will it cause Camry to lose her life?

For a fun and emotional journey this holiday season, Gannon and I recommend you put a little Highlander magic in your life and --

Buy the Book!

Are you the logical type, believing in only what you can see? Or do you follow your instinct, that little voice inside you, even if it doesn't seem like the most logical path?

46 comments:

Vanessa Kelly said...

This sounds like a really sweet read - perfect for Christmas. I like the fact that the h/h are scientists - that's different! I'll have to look for it.

scottsgal said...

I follow my instincts mostly but I tend to have logical side that tells me what I should do and believe. Sounds like a great book

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Gannon Carr said...

I think you'll really enjoy it, Vanessa!

Gannon Carr said...

Scottsgal, I usually follow my instincts, too. When I do, things work out much better than when I "over think".

Leigh Duncan said...

Who can resist a name like Go Back Cove? A Highlander? And Christmas? Sounds like the perfect combination!

PJ said...

Vanessa, it's funny, emotional and heartwarming--the perfect Christmas story to cuddle up with.

PJ said...

Scottsgal, I have that logical side too but I've experienced too many "woo woo" moments to not believe in unseen powers.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

PJ said...

Hi Leigh! Isn't "Go Back Cove" a great name? It immediately triggered an image in my mind and set the stage for the beginning of Camry and Luke's story.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas, and grazie, Gannon and PJ for this very enticing feature! I've had this on my desk begging to be read, and I think it'll be a terrific one to sit by the tree and relax into after the holiday rush is over...sometime around Easter.

I just love how you've teased us with the idea of the brainy scientists having more to em than meets the eye.

And about those woo-woo moments? I'd love to have some. How do I get them? I get tired of living in tedious logic...

debbie haupt said...

Good morning everyone!
Great question. I believe in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, Peter Pan and The Tooth Fairy too. So yeah I tend to rely on those signs that aren't always in your face to tell me what to do.
Like right now I'm wishing on my favorite star for A Highlander for Christmas ;-)

Deb

debbie haupt said...

oops forgot my email
dhaupt@falkharrison.com

dyockman said...

I am a mix. I will follow logic until that gut instinct starts screaming at me to do something else. Sometimes, you just gotta go with your gut!

dyromance (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina said...

I follow my instincts. Logic is my honey's domain. Which is probably why we argue so much- I see the emotional side of things and he sees the factual side.

I believe in possibilities in life. Like, I don't necessarily believe in ghosts- but I believe in the possibilities- so no staying in haunted houses for me.

Email: mayqueen79 at gmail

Becke Davis said...

Oh my gosh, this is not at all what I expected! I figured from the title that I'd like this book, but I have so many in my TBR pile already, I figured I'd get it later.

But the story sounds so much fun I'm going to have to run out and get it today. Thanks so much for telling us about it!

katsrus said...

I follow your instinct. I think anything is possiable. This book sounds wonderful. Putting on my list for the holidays. Have a great holiday everyone.
Sue B
katsrus@gmail.com

Virginia said...

This sounds like a great read! I'm a person that follow my instincts. Weather they are right or wrong. They may not be logical but I do what the little voice inside me tells me to do!

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Pamela Keener said...

The premise of this book sounds awesome!!! I saw it yesterday in the grocery store.

I tend to gravitate towards logical thinking but sometimes surrender to those woo woo feelings too. I think it just depends how important the matter is to me.

Love & Hugs,
Pam
pk4290@comcast.net

LisaK said...

Hi Gannon and PJ, this sounds like the perfect Christmas read! I've stumbled about this one a couple o' times on ebay but somehow deduced from the cover - don't ask me why! - that this was an older book, as in, having been released years ago.

I'm a logical person, as in, I just don't get things that are not logical (there are always quite a few things I don't get, but I try to hide that!). Like, when someone tells me what they did because of something else someone had done before and I don't see the point in their action.

But I actually mostly follow my instinct, at least in the end. I might consider and go through things logically, but finally, it's my instinct's turn to say "Yes!" or "No!".

LisaPuetz(at)gmx(dot)de

chey said...

Sounds like a great Christmas read!
I usually follow my instincts in the end.

amy kennedy said...

Sounds great PJ and Gannon, and as usual, I feel as if you were sitting here talking to me (I did have to keep telling PJ to keep it down, though, we are in a library).

Gina, I like what you said about the Possibility of things -- I always think of the Fairy Godmother in the TV play Cinderella (from the 60s) "Possible! Things are happening every day." So in other words, why couldn't magical things happen?

Uh, in case you haven't guessed, I go with my gut. Unless I think something to death first...

Jane said...

I normally play it safe and do the logical thing, but there are moments where I take chances and hope for the best.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

PJ said...

Amy said: (I did have to keep telling PJ to keep it down, though, we are in a library).

What can I say? I get excited! *grin*

PJ said...

Jane, I used to be that way but I've found that the older I've gotten the more I've shifted from logic to instinct.

PJ said...

chey said: I usually follow my instincts in the end.

Do you find that they usually lead you to the right conclusion or do you wish, after the fact, that you had listened to the voice of logic?

PJ said...

LisaK, it's a new book. I hope you'll give it a try. Chapman has created a wonderful family with her Highlander series. All eight books in the series are connected but they can also be read individually without reading the entire series. However, in my experience with the MacKeage's, once you've read one of the books you'll want to read them all! :)

Janga said...

I do like Chapman's MacKeage books. I started this one, but I misplaced it. I hope it didn't end up wrapped in someone's Christmas gift.

Totally off topic--I am in the middle of The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister, which you both recommended I read, and it's wonderful.

Gannon Carr said...

Sorry I'm so late commenting. Between work and grocery shopping, it's been a long day. We are expecting a big snow storm starting tomorrow--between 10-20 inches over the next couple of days--so everyone in a 50 mile radius was shopping!

Leigh, I thought that Go Back Cove was a fun name!

Gannon Carr said...

Debbie, hope wishing on that star works! ;)

Gannon Carr said...

Dy, following your gut rarely goes wrong.

Gina, my dh is the logical one and I usually go with my emotion/instinct. It's a good balance. :)

PJ said...

Janga, I'm so glad you're enjoying "The School of Essential Ingredients!"

Gannon Carr said...

But the story sounds so much fun I'm going to have to run out and get it today.

Becke, that's high praise for PJ and I. Thanks!

Gannon Carr said...

Michelle, the "woo woo" moments show up when you least expect them. LOL

Gannon Carr said...

Sue, I'm a believer of "anything is possible", too.

Virginia, that little voice inside of you should always be listened to.

Gannon Carr said...

Pam, this is a great story. Hope you enjoy it!

LisaK, looks you're another "follow your voice" peeps. :)

Gannon Carr said...

Chey, I wonder what would happen if more people followed their instinct.

Gannon Carr said...

Uh, in case you haven't guessed, I go with my gut. Unless I think something to death first...

Amy, I've been known to "over think" things occasionally. Never works!

Gannon Carr said...

Jane, instinct wins for me every time.

Gannon Carr said...

Janga, I'm so glad you're enjoying The School of Essential Ingredients. It's amazing!

Linda Henderson said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. I love holiday books. I tend to be more of the logical type. Not that I haven't had the occasional feeling about something, I think we all do at one time or another.

seriousreader at live dot com

Julie said...
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Julie said...

I'm totally guilty of listening to that little voice and following impulse, so thank goodness I'm surrounded by people who know when to reel me back in (even if they roll their eyes in exasperation at me♥).

julieguan AT gmail DOT com

Bethany said...

This sounds very cool. I love science and magic together.

Email is in google/blogger profile

Maureen said...

I usually am logical but I try to leave my mind open to other possibilities.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Bellas and Michelle, Happy week before Christmas!

Becke, I've read the whole story and it's lovely, really sweet and heartwarming and touching. Yay, you! Michelle, thanks for putting it up for people to enjoy!

robynl said...

I do a bit of both. I'm logical mostly but do have gut instinct also.

the story sounds like a great read.

yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

suehussein said...

I do both things. I try to follow instincts but sometimes they just don;t seem like a good idea. Many times I've been wrong doing the logical thing though. It's a toss up!! This book has gotten such good reviews I want to read it!!
Happy Holidays, Sue


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