Published by Thomas Nelson on October 9, 2018
Also by this author: If I Live
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New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock tells the rich and heartwarming story of a cab driver, a young attorney, and the elderly woman who will stop at nothing to give her granddaughter one special gift for Christmas.
This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time
As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.
The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.
When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.
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Get ready for a touching, yet slightly suspenseful Christmas story from Terri Blackstock. Catching Christmas introduces us to first-year law associate, Sydney Batson who is concerned about losing her current court case, which will likely cost her her job. On top of that, the person she's defending can't keep themselves out of trouble. Knowing her fate at the law firm is riding on winning this case, Sydney has a lot at stake.
To add to Sydney's stress, her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she is in court. Since Sydney has so much at stake with the court case, she can't afford to take her grandmother to the medical clinic. She calls for a cab to take her grandmother to the clinic and that is when Finn Parrish goes from being a cab driver to a personal cab chauffeur.
Imagine Finn, a cab driver getting a call expecting one of his usual cab trips to pull up and find out that the person he is to pick up is a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. Instead of just dropping her off at the clinic, Finn reluctantly becomes treated as her son as far as the clinic is concerned, and he is now responsible for the old lady, who makes some humorous, yet embarrassing comments.
Catching Christmas was such a different type of story from the few Terri Blackstock books I have read. It moved at a slower pace, which allowed the story to develop and the characters to come to life. There were a few times when I thought about putting the book down because of the slowness, but something in me kept wanting to read one more chapter. I'm happy I did.
Blackstock did a great job creating tension between the characters. Finn couldn't figure out how Sydney could expect a total stranger, a cab driver like him that she never met, to be responsible for getting her grandmother to the clinic and sitting there with her until the doctor was ready to see her. This question made total sense, and I could feel the frustration for Finn as the old lady, Miss Callie, tied up so much of his time and caused him to lose out on other driving jobs as he was thrown into a role that was well beyond his job description. On the flip side, I felt the struggle Sydney was facing as she tried to juggle her job, grandmother, and an irritated cab driver.
Catching Christmas was different from what I initially expected it to be, but Blackstock created characters who were real and a story that I couldn't stop reading. This book was full of many different emotions from frustration and sorrow to joy and love. For an author to take me on an emotional journey in a few hundred pages, I consider that a great book!