‘Christmas by Accident’ by Camron Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Length: 240 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holiday
Purchased from the Doylestown Bookstore (Doylestown, PA)
Release Date: September 25, 2018
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 Café. Carter barely tolerates 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 miracle everyone is hoping for? Where love and Christmas are concerned, there are no accidents.
Like Carter Cross, I made it my goal to read as many Christmas books as possible this year, but for entirely different reasons. His was to understand the meaning of a ‘cash grab holiday’ (his words!), while mine was to enjoy heart-felt stories that center around the holiday season. Christmas by Accident is the second ‘holiday-related’ story I’ve read for 2019, and I found it to be pretty endearing!
Christmas by Accident is a ‘traditional’ holiday story, with a twist. It has your two main characters who are very opposite in their life paths (Abby McBride is an editor and bookseller, while Carter is an insurance adjuster), navigating their feelings for each other after complications (Abby’s auto accident) throw a wrench in their lives.
While the situation brings together two very different people, with opposing views about Christmas, they are supported by a delightful bunch of side characters that make the story a delight to read (I would love to have Rosa over for my holiday party!). The close circle of connections make Abby and Carter’s co-existence possible.
I could have done without the ‘insta-love’ factor and the thick Christmas-laden metaphors (‘Carter’s shoulders slumped like cheap chocolate pudding’ is an example), but it’s expected for a romance story set during the Christmas season! As mentioned earlier, the story took a surprising twist that was unexpected, and made me curious as to how the tale would end.
Overall, I liked the story, and it was a fairly quick read. Christmas by Accident carries the message to believe in miracles, even through the droughts of challenges. If you love Christmas stories that carry the joy of the holiday season in the face of cynicism, then this is the book for you!
Rating: 4/5 Stars