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