'Tis The Season

Tis The Season Bestselling author Lorna Landvik shines in this delightful holiday novel of redemption and forgiveness Heiress Caroline Dixon has managed to alienate nearly everyone with her alcohol fueled antics wh

  • Title: 'Tis The Season
  • Author: Lorna Landvik
  • ISBN: 9780345499752
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bestselling author Lorna Landvik shines in this delightful holiday novel of redemption and forgiveness Heiress Caroline Dixon has managed to alienate nearly everyone with her alcohol fueled antics, which have also provided near constant fodder for the poison pen tabloids and their gossip hungry readers But like so many girls behaving badly, the twenty six year old socialBestselling author Lorna Landvik shines in this delightful holiday novel of redemption and forgiveness Heiress Caroline Dixon has managed to alienate nearly everyone with her alcohol fueled antics, which have also provided near constant fodder for the poison pen tabloids and their gossip hungry readers But like so many girls behaving badly, the twenty six year old socialite gets her comeuppance, followed by a newfound attempt to live a saner existence, or at least one firmly rooted in the real world.As Caro tentatively begins atoning for past misdeeds, she reaches out to two wonderful people who years ago brought meaning to her life her former nanny, Astrid Brevald, now living in Norway and Arizona dude ranch owner, Cyril Dale While Astrid fondly remembers Caro as a special, sweet little girl left in her charge, Cyril recalls how he and his late wife were quite taken with the quick witted teenager Caro had become when she spent a difficult period in her life at the ranch as her father was dying In a series of e mail exchanges, Caro reveals the depth of her pain and the lengths she went to hide it In turn, Astrid and Cyril share their own stories of challenging times and offer the unconditional support this young woman has never known The correspondence leads to the promise of a reunion, just in time for Christmas But the holiday brings unexpected revelations that change the way everyone sees themselves and one another.At once heartfelt and witty, Tis the Season bears good tidings of great joy about the human condition that down and out doesn t mean over and done, that the things we need most are closer than we know, and that the true measure of one s worth rests in the boundless depths of the soul.

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    1. I am quite biased, because I have a personal relationship with the author. I'd read Angry Housewives Eating BonBons while living in Tampa. In fact, I read it three times back-to-back. I love that book. So we move to Lompoc and they have a pretty good library and I read Patty Jane's House of Curl and The View from Mount Joy. I discovered that none of the libraries in the area had her other books: Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka and Welcome to the Great Mysterious. So I wrote to her [...]

    2. So, I did not like this book at all. The premise of using letters, e-mails and other correspondence as forms of putting a book together can either work really really well, or it is a complete disaster. This is the latter.I really don't know who the book was about, or what it was about. The correspondence was just way too random, and with no back story, who knows what is going on.Don't get me wrong, I am usually the type of person that skips the first few chapters because there is too much back s [...]

    3. After reading 30% of this I was strongly considering throwing in the towel. It wasn’t until about 55% that this mish mash of emails and gossip columns began to gel into a cohesive story and quite a bit after that before much of anything holiday related came into it. Lorna Landvik fans will be disappointed in this one. 2 Stars is very generous.

    4. Loran Landvik has created a delightful December read that is light and quick, heart-warming and humorous. It's the book you cuddle up with as you snuggle under a blanket sipping your favorite warm beverage. Bonus if you have a cat on your lap.

    5. Sweet story. Loved the characters and really liked the format of the story being told via emails, letters, little notes, and articles. Quick, feel good read.

    6. I really enjoyed this book. Usually I am not a fan of books written in correspondence mode, ( letters, email) because I like to see character development and interaction, but I'm a big fan of this author, so decided to take a chance. So glad I did. The main character, Carolyn Dixon is an heiress with a drinking/attention seeking problem. She finally realizes that she has a problem and addresses it. This story deals with her attempts to make amends to the people she's hurt in her life. The only p [...]

    7. Heiress Caroline Dixon is a hot mess. Her life and alcoholic antics provide plenty of fodder for the tabloids, but also hide a troubled and vulnerable young woman. Two people from her past are sufficiently concerned by what they read to reach out to her and help her in recovery. I like Lorna Landvik's writing. What I remember most about the books by her that I've read is the way she draws her characters. They are unique and colorful, and find themselves in outrageous situations, yet behave norma [...]

    8. I randomly picked this up from the library bookshelf when looking for a new book to check out. I had loved her two previous novels I've read -- Oh My Stars and The View from Mount Joy -- and thought that a novel based entirely of emails and letters would be intriguing to read.This was definitely a fast read, but unfortunately nowhere near as good as Landvik's other novels. Unlike the other novels I've read, this one didn't delve much into character development like I'm used to. As a result, I di [...]

    9. I expected this to be a fun, light-hearted, feel good seasonal story. And, for the most part, it was. Until an unexpected twist! Lorna Landvik comes through yet again in this tale of the human spirit and the importance of looking beyond the perceived. At times hilarious this chronicles the escapades and aftermath of an heiress's attempt to reconcile her ways through her correspondence via e-mail with two people from her past. Additionally, a tabloid gossip column gives the reader the public's sk [...]

    10. This was our December book club read. I felt the email format was horrible and left me empty and not caring about any of the characters. I think it was a lazy way to write a book! This book absolutely has nothing good about it! It was slow to start, boring in the middle, and the ending wrapped in a "pretty" little way but it was AWFUL and completely predicible. Ultimately, I just couldn't connect or care about any of the characters and the plot was incredibly thin and weak and dull. What a huge [...]

    11. I just read this book in 2.5 hours. I believe I have set a new record for myself. This was a really cute, festive book, that I'm glad I picked up. It's written as a series of letters and emails, which I am finding lately that I love in books! So that's why it was such a quick read. Very entertaining and charming!

    12. This is not one of Lorna's finest it was entirely predictable. And having recently read "Guernsey" and "Charing Cross", the whole letter-style paled in comparison to those two books. I'm a fan of "Patty Jane's House of Curl" and will continue to read Landvik's books, but this was a disappointment.

    13. I liked how the whole story was a series of emails back and forth between various people (with the occasional gossip column thrown in). I enjoyed the story of forgiveness, making amends, rekindling old friendships and starting new. Cute Holiday story.

    14. I listened to this as an audio book and think I would have liked it better if I read it as it is written in letters, emails, and magazine articles. It was still cute even though it took me a little while to get into it.

    15. This was the most unique of my Christmas themed reads this month. 'Tis the Season is an epistolary novel made up mostly of emails. The story line was unique too with some twists that were unexpected. This was my second Lorna Landvik book and I definitely plan to read more in the future.

    16. Very different format, the story was told entirely by emails exchanged back and forth, but a fun and quick read!

    17. A quick epistolary novel that is much better than the average Christmas cheesy romance! It gets an extra star for its references to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

    18. At first I thought it was just going to be quirky vignettes, but then it turned out to be a story of redemption and forgiveness and the possibility for growth in characters of a variety of ages and backgrounds and circumstances and how many of their lives intersected.

    19. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, because when I first opened it I noticed that it was compiled of letters, emails, magazine articles, and invitations only. This is my first experience with this type of book, and maybe it is just the madness of the holiday season, but I found that I really enjoyed it. I am also pleased to share that my entire book club liked this book also. Caro Dixon is a young starlett, who like so many of her peers finds herself living the party lifestyle and not real [...]

    20. Okay, this honestly wasn't Landvik's best work, but I really don't think it was supposed to be. I think it was just a fun, quick little read for her. Christmas stories are usually pretty brief and kind of hokey."'Tis the Season" is about an heiress who is basically famous because she's rich and because she's always drunk. Tabloids write terrible things about her, and one really can't feel too sorry for her, since she's a pretty nasty work. And no, I'm not talking about her alcoholism, but about [...]

    21. Call me a sucker for a happy ending, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The fact that the author is also the reader added to the enjoyment. She did a great job with all the voicings. It was the perfect book for this time of year - quick, light and sweet. I liked how the story unfolded through letters, emails, etc. and its message of redemption and second chances was clear but never preachy.

    22. The cover of this book caught my eye so I read the summary and thought it sounded like a good Christmas read. When I got it home I read the summary again and flipped through the pages only to realize the story is told through a series of emails to and from the various characters. That's a little different and didn't appeal to me really so I put the book to the side and pretty much decided NOT to read it. A few days later I needed something to read and this book was the only thing handy so I figu [...]

    23. A swift read as we are propelled through the story by a series of emails, interspersed with gossip items from Star Gazer magazine. Heiress Caro Dixon finally hits rock bottom from her drinking and carousing when most folks RSVP "no" to her annual Halloween bash. As part of her sobriety work, she emails notes of forgiveness to her former nanny/companion, and the owner of a dude ranch she stayed at when her father was dying. Correspondence ensues, with a holiday stay at the dude ranch with her old [...]

    24. So predictable. A few pages into this book, I knew what was going to happen and I was right. It's not that I'm some kind of genius, anyone who's read a book before will be able to figure it out. Actually, the book jacket gives it all away. The jacket tells you what is going to happen from beginning to end. I am giving it two stars just because I liked that the character you were supposed to dislike the most turned out to be one who really had a heart after all (of course) Nothing really Christma [...]

    25. Let me start by saying that I am a pretty big fan of of this author, so I was excited to see that she had a holiday book. That being said I have to admit that initially I found the lay out of the book confusing. It wasn't until almost the end of the book that I finally understood who all of the characters were. I found myself frustrated trying to figure out who some of the people were and how they related to the main characters.Once I was able to figure out who they were I felt it necessary to g [...]

    26. If someone was new to reading Lorna Landvik's writing, I would not advise starting with this one. It was an extremely fast read (2 hours max one night), but I didn't feel the depth of character development and the emotional connection to the characters that I usually get in her novels. This reads more like one of those "holiday themed" genre fiction titles trotted out periodically by well-know writers -- like it was written quickly to capitalize on a market, not to tell a great story -- a.k.a it [...]

    27. I read this quirky book in the course of an evening. Christmas is near and I am struggling with my own Christmas cheer and family problems. This was a book that served a purpose in my heart today. As I struggle with my own addiction to alcohol I could relate to Caroline in many ways. Having recently lost my job due to my alcoholism, as well as living in a small town where rumors spread like the plague, I have isolated to my home for a couple of weeks. This book inspired me to renew my hope and f [...]

    28. I'd give this 3.5 stars. It was a very cute, charming, albeit predictable book! I read it in one evening--mainly because it's not too long and is written in a series of letters and emails between the characters. I love that kind of format. It's about a struggling, partying heiress named Caroline who finds strength and support from two people who she knew when she was younger (pre-partying years). They correspond back and forth as you see glimpses into their lives. I do wish that it hadn't wrappe [...]

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