31 October 2013

Diana Flowers Reviews 'Annie's Christmas Wish' By Barbara Cameron


Annie's Christmas Wish

Abingdon Press, Oct. 2103

Reviewed by Diana Flowers
4.5 stars~
(No Spoilers!)

It's Christmas Time In The City...

In Annie's Christmas Wish, the reader visualizes the bustling city of New York through a vacationing Amish family's eyes...the diverse shops and restaurants, beautifully lit holiday decor, the Rockefeller Center skating rink, the Empire State Building, and plenty of glistening snow!

Ever since Annie was a child and received a snow globe of New York City from her stepmother, Jenny, she has dreamed of going there. Annie is filled with a vivid imagination and dreams of being a writer like her step-mom and wishes to visit the New York Times building. Jenny is to receive a prestigious award for her writing and the whole family goes with her to New York, accompanied by Annie's boyfriend, Aaron. Awed by the sights and sounds of a magical Christmas in New York, Annie's excitement is marred only by the fact that her father and Aaron are afraid she will stay in the city and no longer be content to live in her Amish community of Paradise. And then Annie receives two tempting offers that could forever change her destiny...which one will she accept?

Barbara Cameron is such a great storyteller that although I have never been to New York, I feel as though I have just visited there! Her descriptive imagery will finely tune all of your five senses and some tough issues such as a homeless, pregnant teenager, and the plight of the homeless in rescue missions were touched on--all with compassion and finesse. I feel as though her portrayal of the Amish was very realistic (although this sect didn't seem to be as strict as some) and her characters very endearing. So put another log on the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate...and snuggle up with this magical, heartwarming holiday novel! It's Christmas time in the city! 

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I received this book from Abingdon in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This book may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, Walmart.com and your local bookstore.

Giveaway: I am giving away a paperback copy of Annie's Christmas Wish to one blessed commenter. Please be sure to leave an email address!

Question: Have you ever gone on an exciting vacation at Christmas time or have you always celebrated the holidays at home?


134 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of Barbara Cameron's books yet, but this looks like a good one to pick up and read to get me in the mood for the Christmas season. I enjoy Amish fiction and will add this to my list of books to read.

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    1. Paula, they are wonderful! I love Christmas and Amish! Please come back and leave an email addy for contact purposes. :)

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  2. Mostly I've celebrated Christmas at home. My children don't live close to me & I have spent Christmas at their house also. Thank you for the opportunity to win Barbara's Christmas book!!

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    1. So fun when all the family can get together like that! When we can't we just have to make the best of it. Good luck in the drawing!

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  3. I have all of your Amish books and thoroughly enjoyed each one. I would love to add this to my collection Thanks Jody Komins jjkomins24@aol.com

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  4. I've always spent my major holidays at home..I have 3 children and they have always been with me on them major holidays as well, and thats what makes them so special to me to stay home for them an I all to be together...
    Kathy Milburn
    bearangel0@yahoo,com

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    1. I prefer an at home Christmas too, KATHY! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this year!

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  5. I haven't read any if her books yet. I'm excited to have another author to read

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    1. She has a bunch of them, TERRI! Drop by Amazon and take a look when you get the chance!

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  6. We have always had the holidays at home... I guess perhaps were stuck on that song "There is no place like Home for the Holidays " I would love to read this book, it sounds so good and does sound like a good read with a cup of something hot and a cozy afghan ...nothing better then a good read.
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. I so agree, LINDA! I love sitting by my fireplace with a good book! However, I'm reading alot of these holiday books right now in 80° weather. Not so cozy...lol

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  7. This was one fabulous book!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's just a very relaxing book to read. If you love Amish books this is a great one! Annie, a plain person, spends a vacation with her family in the big booming town of New York city with all their shiny lights, stores, restaurants etc. She's had a dream for years of becoming a writer but how does she handle it in the plain community? Will she stay in New York? Will she return to her Community?

    judyfritz@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, JUDY, for your support of Barbara's books! I agree...great story!

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  8. Sounds like a great book. Look forward to reading it.

    carroll32455@centurylink.net

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    1. Thank you for coming by and good luck, CARROLL!

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  9. Lovely review. Would love to win a copy of this book. We have Christmas at our home now that my parent have passed away. I miss having them here for the holidays. Time to make new memories and remember the old ones.

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    1. I miss that, too, MARY ELLEN! Thank you!

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  10. Finally found it!...lol...I have read all of this series except for this one, I love Barbara Cameron's books!
    Christmas is my favorite holiday :)
    Theresa.... hutchgurl54@msn.com

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    1. YAY, TERESA! This is a wonderful conclusion to the series!

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    2. Oops...sorry for misspelling your name, THERESA. We have a Teresa on the blog here and I'm on my Kindle and auto correct popped her name right up! Lol

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  11. I love your review, Diana! Christmas stories are some of my very favorites and this sounds like a great one!! We always celebrate Christmas at home and enjoy our time together as a family.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, BRITNEY! I'm sure you'll enjoy this one! I love the way the Amish celebrate the holidays! It's all about family and Christ!

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  12. We stay home for Christmas. Our lives are always so busy, that we all look forward to just spending as much family time together as we can. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book, looks like a good one.

    Tina sweeps4us at gmail dot com

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    1. TINA, I agree. Christmas is all about being with family and good friends!

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  13. We always celebrate Christmas at home - we used to celebrate at my grandmothers. But as she has passed on and we have five kids, four in-laws, and three grands, we now celebrate at home. We stick to some old traditions plus have started a few new ones - such as no store bought gift exchanges - everything has to be homemade. Has turned out to be the biggest hit of our Christmas, everyone has said they do not want to go back to the "store-bought" Christmas.

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    1. Forgot my email - barbareej@gmail.com

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    2. Thank you, JEWELS! What a lovely tradition, but I have no clue what I would give everyone. I'm not a craftsy person, and not everyone can eat sweets. lol

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  14. We always spend Christmas at home. With our 3 children, their spouses, and 6 g-children, all with spouses, having other places to go, we have started a form of Open House, where platters of food are ready from Noon to 8 p.m. and they can all drop in. It seems it's one long day of eating and laughter.
    I would love to read this book as I've recently got back into Christian Fiction and have found my feelings, emotions and actions changed. I always loved the Serenity Prayer but after reading a book by Kingsbury, I realized I was not practicing one part of it. I was not accepting the things I couldn't change. I'd give God my problems and then try to solve them myself.

    Now, I turn everything over to God and ask Him to lead and guide me through out each day.

    I've seen His work...He cured my husband of cancer this past year. Thank you Dear God.

    Thank you for your help....Hugs, Linda
    SnoopyPM@aol.com
    IF I should win, could I get it in Kindle form as I can adjust the font. These eyes can't read regular print so well so my Kindle helps out. Thank you....God Bless


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    1. LINDA, what a lovely comment! Thank you for sharing and PTL for healing your husband!

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  15. We mostly celebrated at home until I moved to another state. Then I took the Christmas meal & gifts back home for several years. Now the kids all have Christmas with their families and we mostly stay home due to the weather. It was always so good to spend Christmas with our family. Really miss doing that now.

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  16. Oops forgot to add the e mail address:
    Seraphinangel7@aol.com

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    1. I miss going to Mom's at Christmas with my kids, JUANITA, but she's gone now. So I understand.

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    2. Not only is she gone now but the kids are grown with kids of their own...so that changes everything around. But it's all good!

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  17. Enjoyed your review Diana . Would love to win your giveaway . Thanks .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I have always been home except the one time that my son was in the hospital on Christmas Eve. We had him open gifts there!I know not a vacation! but that is the only time I haven't been home

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    2. Oh, I'm sorry, DEBBIE! No that was definitely not a vacation. :(

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  19. I liked your review. My holidays had always been celebrated at home. About 4 years ago I started going to my sisters in NJ. I usually go from mid-November till the 1st of the year. Due to finances I won't be going this year :(
    thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
    lisa

    korell62@aol.com

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    1. I hope you get a chance to visit New York with Annie and her family, LISA!

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  20. Thank you for such a lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed Annie's Christmas Wish! I had fun writing it since I love New York at Christmas! Barbara Cameron

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    1. Since I have never been there it was a wonderful visit for me via Annie. ;)

      You're quite welcome. :)

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  21. I love Barbara's books.If anyone hasn't read one,you need to.You will love them.I would love to win and read this one.I love Christmas books,amish books,and Barbara's books,so I have got to read this one.Thanks for the chance.

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    1. JACKIE, I'm sure Barbara appreciates your support! I hope you get a copy ASAP!

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  22. Barbara's book are wonderfully written. They are inspiring and heart-warming. For ones who haven't read any of her books you should. They are well worth reading. Loved the review.

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    1. Thank you, LeAnn, for the kind words. I know Barbara appreciates them!

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  23. Always at home...with the exception of on christmas we left on christmas day and went
    to the beach. It was wonderful.

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    1. Wasn't it cold, LORETTA? Or do you live in one of those states with beautiful weather all year round? No going to the beach in SC. {{BRRR}}

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  24. We have always celebrated Christmas at home. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. Ü
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Nice to see you, CINDI, and good luck!!

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  25. Diana, your review makes me know this is one I would love to win!!! It sounds like a very different kind of Amish adventure. We have always celebrated Christmas at home/with family. I think it would be an exceptional adventure to be somewhere I have always wanted to visit-------nothing changes the meaning of Christmas for me tho----------JESUS!! Blessings! Darlene
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. AMEN, DARLENE! It would be nice to do something different as long as my gkids are there!! lol

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  26. Usually we spent it running to 3 sets of family. I hated it. My kids hated it. Now that they are grown we stay home and are making our own memories. We start with breakfast then the Christmas story is read from the Bible then we exchange gifts. I enjoy the grankids excitement. I could careless if I got a gift I did already get it their love. I have the greatest gift God's love. Thats pretty much my holiday.
    Blessings
    joeym11(at)frontier(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, DIANA! I really don't care if I get anything either, but since my b'day is on Dec. 20 I usually get them on that day. lol

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  27. I've enjoyed her other books in this series, so I was excited when i heard about this one. Sounds like an interesting premise!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It is so different and perfect for the holidays! Thanks for dropping by, HEIDI!

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  28. Sounds like a great book! My parents took us to Disney World one Christmas. That was the best Christmas trip. We usually stay around home ever since I got married. I wouldn't mind a trip though, it sounds like a fun change. :)
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. My gkids would love that, SUSAN! Even better than coming here, I do believe! lol

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  29. It's a lovely review, Diana! If I had time I'd love to read it. :)

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    1. Read what, my cohort? The review or the book? lololol Thank you, MARIAN! :)

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    2. you're a naughty girl - you could be half Dutch :P

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    3. You think? hehe Good thing I'm not ALL Dutch or I might be VERY naughty like a certain young lady I know who is going to get only coals and switches in her Christmas stocking this year. :o

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    4. Phew . . . so glad we don't do Christmas stockings and gifts!!!

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  30. Diana, We always have Christmas at home. So nice to have Family come over and just enjoy our time together. I don't like the commercialism of Christmas so we do homemade gifts and keep it simple. Thanks for the review of Barbara's book. I know I will add to my to read list as looks like a great storyline. Thank you and early Christmas Blessings.
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Your family Christmas sounds wonderful, JACKIE! I agree it has become so commercialized, so I give to my gkids, and a few close friends. I love Christmas programs at church when I can go. Many blessings to you as well!

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  31. never gone on an exciting vacation during Christmas time. would be fun to do though.


    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. It sure would, APPLEBLOSSOM! Lotsa luck in the drawing!

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  32. Hello Diana. You did a good review on Barbara's book. It is a good one. I have to get the courage to do a review which I have never done. Just don't want to mess up. She is a good writer tho. Would love to have all of her books. I hope to win this with others. Might even donate it to the Library. That way other people can read her Christmas book and get introduced to her books. Think that would be good! Thanks for the chance to win it. My family which is quite large gathers at one or other of my kids, taking turns each year. I just enjoy it everytime I have so many together to watch and listen to their chatter and laughter. That would be enough for my Christmas, but of course the kids don't agree. We also celebrate my middle girl's birthday since she was a gift to me from GOD on Christmas Day in 1958. Best gift I ever had. I was in another state for years and didn't get to have this. Thanks to OWG and Diana for having Barbara;s book on Review. All of you please get her book and enjoy this Christmas. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. MAXIE, I know you can do it. Just start out with a few sentences in your review saying why you liked the book. You won't mess up, and if you do no one cares. It's the stars that count anyway!

      Yes, you got the greatest gift of all that Christmas day! Thank you, MAXIE! Your comments always warm my heart!

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  33. We have always celebrated the holidays at home or we have gone to another family members home for the holidays! The weather is always quite snowy here in Michigan so we never have gone away on vacation for Christmas


    Liz
    northerncountrygrl26(at)gmail(dot)come.

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    1. spelled (dot)com wrong, sorry about that!

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    2. Alot of people love MI, but it would just be too cold for me! This one would be a great one to snuggle up with on those freezing winter days, LIZ!

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  34. I tend to spend Christmas at home & travel through my Christmas reading.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  35. I spend Christmas at home close to family.
    Dawn Crawford
    dcofohio@yahoo.com

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    1. The best place to be, DAWN! Lotsa luck in the contest!

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  36. We tend to spend Christmas either at home with our kids or we head to the grandparents' houses. I like simplicity for Christmas...we're cutting back on spending money on gifts...being with our family is gifts enough!

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    1. We all need to cut back, with our economy in the shape it is in, MARIE! It sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas! Please come back and leave an email addy to be entered. :)

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  37. My Mother and I went on an exciting vacation one time. We live in Louisiana and we drove to California, because I had never seen any of the western states beyond Texas. I saw desert, Indian reservation, mountains with snow, Pacific ocean, beach, a few whales coming in, sea lions, almond and pistachio orchards, the last place James Dean stopped before he died and I experienced many more things. The best was meeting my Mom's oldest brother's family and spending Christmas with them. My Mom is the youngest of eleven children and the oldest brother was a half brother that died when I was small. I had not seen his children since I was a child and never had met their family. Also, Mom had an older sister still living in California, but in bad health. I made sure we went to see her; they had not seen each other in years. Those two women cried and cried, but I was thankful the next year she passed away. A trip I'll never forget, because now I'm disabled because of a medical error and wouldn't be able to make the trip. Lots of great memories and excitement!!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. BARBARA, how exciting for you! I used to live near the Pacific Ocean and now I'm on the other side of the country. I'm sorry for your loss, but isn't that just like God to enable you to make the trip, before your mom's sister passed away? Thank you for sharing!

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  38. I love barbara Cameron's books. I hope to win this. Thereadmaster@me.com

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    1. Aren't they great, VIRGINIA? I hope you get the chance to snuggle up with this one!

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  39. Oh my goodness this sounds like a wonderful story!! Thank you for the chance to win it! God Bless!
    Cathy Faist cfaist@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh it tis indeed, CATHY! Lots of luck in the drawing this Sunday!

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  40. One exciting Christmas trip was when we got to make a trip at Christmas to see both our parents at Christmas. I think was the only time that ever happened. Never got to be with my parents hardly ever after on Holidays after I married at 16. Only got go once a year in the summer. They did get to come see once in awhile but had 8 children in different places and no money to travel except when someone sent money for the trip. We didn't have much extra either. Would love to win Barbara's book to share with others and maybe put in our Library. Thanks Diana. MAXIE

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    1. Such precious memories, eh, MAXIE? I used to love taking the kids for a traditional Christmas at my mom's. Now she is gone and my son must split his time between us and his in laws. But always glad for time spent with my kids and gkids...short tho it may be!

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  41. A snow globe!!! I want one of Florence, Italy :) This book sounds wonderful and I want to read it!

    Besides at home, the next best place I have been on Christmas was to my mom's home, celebrating her 70th birthday. We had a blast!

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    1. Anne, why does your comment remind me of the movie While You Were Sleeping? Lol, I think Sandra Bullock who played Lucy was given a snow globe of Florence, Italy in that movie! One of my favourite Rom Com's! :) Now all you need is a stamp on your passport for Florence.. ;)

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    2. You are exactly right! I wondered if anyone knew the reference. That's one of my favorite movies! I watch it every year at Christmas. If I had a passport, I would definitely want it stamped 'Florence' :)

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    3. I'm sure glad NOELA responded to that one! Thanks for the save! LOL I think I just might be the only person in the world who hasn't seen that movie and I love Sandra B! I just love snow gloves but I only have 2--both were gifts. Thx for sharing, ANNE!

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    4. DIANA, I do believe we discussed this last year. You have GOT to watch that movie! It's not even an hour and a half long, I don't think. One well worth using up in your day :) I had a snowglobe that belonged to my mom but it started leaking so we had to throw it away. My daughter has one that belonged to my mom as well, and it is a favorite decoration of my grands. I'm on the lookout for a certain one and I'll know it when I see it.

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    5. I will put that one on my to-do list, ANNE, for sure! Maybe on a day this winter when it's too cold to get out. I'm not a big tv watcher, but I do love to watch movies over the holidays!

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  42. My family has always celebrated Christmas at home. I love getting together with all the cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. And riding around in Dad's four wheel drive truck to see Christmas lights. :)
    I would love to win this book. I am crazy about Christmas stories, although I have never read anything by this author.
    Thank you for the giveaway!!!!
    bluegrassbirdie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds fun, BRITTANY! This is a great Christmas story that I hope you get a chance to read!

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  43. No, I've never been on an exciting Christmas vacation. As a child, we never visited relatives because they lived several states away - a fourteen hour drive - one way. Plus, I was raised Jehovah's Witness, so, we never celebrated Christmas much.

    As an adult, we'll usually go to in-laws house or go home. At my parents house, not much celebrating due to my mom's beliefs, but, we may visit just because we're off from work for the holiday. It's only about an hour and a half drive from me and my hubby's home.

    Our son seems content with staying at home, or going to in-laws or my parents house. We do have a Christmas tree.

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    1. Thank you for sharing with us about your Christmas, CECELIA, and hoping for a win for you here! But in order to do so we must have an email address for contact purposes. PLEASE come back...

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  44. Thank you for that really beautiful review Diana!! Sounds like a great Christmas read!! :)

    We usually have Christmas at home and certainly haven't gone anywhere exciting, but one year we desperately needed to get away for a break, and so we went to Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, and spent Christmas there in a gorgeous unit! It was also where we first got to spend some some quality time getting to know our daughters boyfriend, our future son-in-law. We all played the game Scattergories and killed ourselves laughing over it. Everyone had so much fun, and I think he decided he really liked his future in-laws then! OR maybe he thought we were all nuts!! :)

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    1. Thx so much, Noela! I love Scattergories and apparently the young man loves your daughter AND her family! I don't blame him, and "nuts" are good. lol Thank you for sharing that fun story with us!

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  45. Diana this a terrific review on what sounds like a great Christmas story.

    We spend Christmas Eve with hubby's family and Christmas Day with my family. No trips for Christmas unless you count the ride to Charlotte, NC to spend Christmas Eve with in-laws! :)

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    1. TERESA, you have two very lovely families to spend Christmas with. I wish my family lived closer, especially my sister! :(

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  46. I grew up as an Army brat. We lived all over the United States. For several years my parents would drive us from Maryland to Minnesota for Christmas. I have really fond memories of our car ride. We didn't have money for a motel, so dad would drive day and night. There were three of us. All little. My younger brother slept on the floor. I slept on the back seat and my baby sister slept in the back window. We woul NEVER do this now.
    This year will be a very rough Christmas for me and my siblings. We lost both parents this past year. A very short time apart from each other. I cannot bear the thought of folllowing tradition do some of us plan to travel ftom our home on the east coast to my older siblings on the west coast. Still with family, but something new.
    I look forward to the opportunity to win.
    Mosbe@aol.com
    Monique Wood

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    1. I am so very sorry for your loss. :( Christmas is not always a merry time for alot of people, but that is when we simply have to trust in Christ and focus on Him. And know that your parents would want you to have the best Christmas ever, although I know it's hard for you right now. I miss my mom every holiday that rolls around...especially at Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, and Christmas.

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  47. Mostly, we've always celebrated Christmas and most holiday at home. I think it would be fun to travel somewhere exciting for Christmas, maybe someday.

    Thanks so much for posting a review for Annie's Christmas Wish, this ones on my to read list for sure.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Hi, KATIE! It does sound exciting and then again I feel if I were to do this I would sorely miss the Christmas at home tradition. Put this one in your TBR stack for nice cold weather reads! :)

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  48. Up until 10 years ago we spent every Christmas Eve in Oklahoma with my husband's family and every Christmas with mine in Missouri. My kids were never at home on THE actual day. Now we spend it the Rio Grande Valley getting ready for 100 missionaries to come in and put on Celebrando Navidad on the Mexico side!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. I can always count on you, MELODY, for the most interesting and DIFFERENT ideas! I still love the bus comment! lol You are quite a lady and I appreciate the work you do for Christ!

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  49. ~ Good Evening Ladies, thought I would pop in and have a cup of tea with you tonight and You all know I cannot resist coming over to Carries to join the fun. Diana Flowers, I just love your reviews and I do see the most awesome ideas and sharing here. I hope you will all pop over to Anne Mateers also and check out my interview with her. I love Amish ideals and the hardworking simple way of life ! Melody, they say it is better to give then recieve, your such a blessing to so many.
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. LINDA, thank you so much for coming by and for your kind words. I think we have had Anne Mateer on OWG as well, but don't quote me on that! lol We have had so many great authors I can't keep track! Yes, I need to go back to CARRIE'S party for some refreshments as the hour is getting late and I haven't yet eaten. ;)

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  50. I love Amish books. The setting in New York will make this an awesome book. We have always spent the Christmas holidays at home. I can't imagine spending the holidays anywhere else!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. This is a bit of a different setting for an Amish book, RUBYNREBA, and I believe you'll enjoy it!

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  51. Would love to win this book, I have read all of Barbara Cameron's books except this one. In fact, I have them all except this one!!
    Blessings...Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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    1. I have them all including this one, JOY! lol But unlike you I haven't had the opportunity to read them all. :( I have 3 on my Kindle calling my name. Hoping you get this one ASAP to add to your collection!

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  52. I've spent 3 Christmas holidays in NYC when it was home. Annie's Christmas Wish sounds wonderful, thanks for a chance to win it! OWG
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  53. I am a stay at home for Christmas type. Although one year we went to my in-laws in Vegas, much to the dismay of my daughter's boyfriend who had planned to propose on the holiday. So he had to "communicate" with us as to where we were, etc, etc, so he could surprise her by flying in to Vegas and to pop the question in the city that never sleeps. A Christmas to remember!

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    1. Love it, SONJA! And that city truly does never sleep! I went there years ago and have no desire to return. lol

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  54. Whoops, never remember my email Sonja.nishimoto (at) gmail (dot) com

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  55. I have never gone on vacation during Christmas.
    It is always spent with our families.
    We alternate years with each others families.
    Mine is in VA. His is in GA.

    CherylB1987@Hotmail.com

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    1. That's sorta a vacay. But I know what you mean, Cheryl. :) Dropping your name in my cyber hat!

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  56. The closest We have ever been gone at Christmas was a couple of weeks before we went to Disneyland. Boy, if that won't put you in the Christmas mood, nothing will. It was great! I am still fortunate. Enough to still have both parents and my children and grandchildren live close so we all get together at Christmas. It is wonderful!

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    1. Disneyland is wonderful and you are indeed blessed, MELANIE! Please return and leave your email address. Thx!

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  57. I have never gone anywhere for Christmas. I have always celebrated at home. I did move away and, therefore, have a new home, so sometimes we travel to my birth home to celebrate with family. Either way, it's home. :-)
    This book looks so awesome and so very interesting. I would love to see what happens and it would be an honor to win it. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Karen
    sweetnessnlight@comcast.net

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    1. Thank you for sharing, KAREN! It seems that mostly everyone on here agrees with you. Home for the holidays! Good luck in the drawing!

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  58. sounds like a wonderful book. Most of all though I wanted to wish you the best
    God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. CHRIS, how very kind of you! Blessings right back to you, my friend!

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  59. Diana, I am sorry for not leaving my email address. It is:

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    Thank you!

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    1. Yay, MELANIE! Thank you for coming back. It hurts me so bad when random number lands on a comment and I have to pick someone else, bc of no email address! :( Thank you!

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  60. Congrats to Kathy for winning a copy of ANNIE'S CHRISTMAS WISH drawn by random.org! I appreciate all the participation and wonderful comments! I had such fun with all of you!

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  61. I see you already did the giveaway, but thought I would share anyway. We always celebrate Christmas at home, and now that our kids have their own families, we usually celebrate together on Christmas Eve, so they can make their own Christmas morning traditions with their kids. I HAVE however, been to NYC including just before Thanksgiving, when many of the holiday decorations up and I can't imagine the awe of it through someones eyes, such as the Amish. We have even seen the Rockefeller Tree, being put up, with the scaffolding all around it (they put it up in pieces...), but there is a possibility, we MAY be able to see it w/o the scaffolding this year, during the early part of Dec. This would be a short assignment, due to the holidays and I was 1st thinking I would skip it, but then I decided I want to see the big tree w/o scaffolding, so thinking we very well, may use airline points to get me there with him... I hope I get the chance to read this book--it sounds WONDERFUL!
    Vicki

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    1. Vicki, thanks for sharing with us even tho! LOL You sure have seen alot of great sights!

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  62. We usually celebrate with family, sometimes we travel to be with family and sometimes we celebrate with family that lives close by.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. WENDY, bless you and yours this holiday season!

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