Catching Christmas – Review

This was a book I’d been wanting to read for a while and I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner!  I read it in one sitting over the course of a few hours.  Though I will give a warning, the end of the book left me a mess, even though I knew already what would happen.  I’m just sensitive that way, I guess.  To be honest though, I’m hoping there were others who at least teared up at this so I don’t feel so alone (I know, I’m terrible).

Catching Christmas follows Finn, a former chef who now drives a taxi to make ends meet, and Sydney, a first-year lawyer at a firm who is scraping to keep her job after they make cuts.  Finn gets a call to take an old woman, Callie, to an appointment, and quickly finds out she is sick in some way – probably dementia.  He wonders why Miss Callie is left to fend for herself, and later finds out that her granddaughter – Sydney – is doing the best she can.

The main focus of this book is on the relationship between Finn and Callie as he sort-of becomes her personal driver.  He takes her on errands and learns quickly that this old woman has no filter, which I found hilarious and it reminded me of my grandma.  Then a romance develops later in the book between Finn and Sydney, but really, the focus is on their relationships with Callie.  I actually found it refreshing that it wasn’t focused on the romance aspect.

Overall, I enjoyed every moment of reading this book, even the parts where I cried.  Finn, Sydney, and Callie were great characters to read becuase they were real.  They weren’t perfect – they had their flaws – and they are just characters I can imagine in real life.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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