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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 more 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.From the Hardcover edition....

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ISBN : 9780345509376
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Tis the Season! Reviews

  • Max
    2019-01-19 08:11

    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 and told her how much I enjoyed her books, especially since I was an avid non-fiction reader. She wrote back and we started a correspondence between us. After a few emails passed between us, she asked me for my address and a few weeks later there was a package at my door with autographed copies of the books that were not available her in Lompoc. Any author that would take the time to do that for someone who just wrote, initially, to tell her how much I liked what she writes, is a-ok in my book. She has also encouraged me to dig deep and find the book that we all have in us. I'm trying. Ok. 'Tis the Season is a series of email exchanges; it doesn't go into great depth. The characters aren't that developed, but you get to know them through their emails. Caro, Astrid and Cyril all have their quirks and nuances and together there are unexpected revelations for everyone that make the season a bit brighter for all concerned. I enjoyed it a lot. Read it!

  • Jeffrey
    2019-01-18 13:30

    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 story, but this has nothing. I need something to go on.Because I only read the first 30 or so pages, I can't even count this towards my books that I read this year. What a waste of time, especially cause I really enjoyed her Patty Jane's book.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-07 07:14

    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.

  • Mary Aalgaard
    2019-01-29 10:37

    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.

  • Karen
    2019-02-10 08:29

    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.

  • Phyllis Barlow
    2019-02-03 14:32

    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 puzzling part was emails from Lorraine to Mitch. I could not understand what they had to do with the story, but they were amusing so, what the heck. I was surprised when it came clear what his connection was. I don't want to say any more and spoil it, but if you like stories with hope, and humor you will love this one.One more thing: I noted one reviewer didn't like it and gave up after only 30 pages. If you're thinking it's not going anywhere, hang in there. The beginning is slow to be sure, but once it gets moving you won't want to put it down.

  • Book Concierge
    2019-01-22 07:28

    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 normally. This novel is a bit of a departure because it's written in an epistolary format, and as a result it takes a while to figure out how these characters interact with one another. Eventually, however, Landvik gives us all the puzzle pieces and we are able to fit them together. I knew there would be a romance but it wasn't what I initially (or secondly) expected. This is a nice, fast, holiday read that reminds us to be kinder to one another.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-28 15:31

    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 didn't really connect with the characters. In a sense, this disconnect made me feel that a book like this could easily be adapted into a play for the stage.Landvik fans will be disappointed in this book, and I wouldn't recommend readers new to her works to read this one first. This would definitely not give her new fans, and is definitely forgettable.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-05 12:10

    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 skewed picture of Caro's life.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-01 13:17

    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 disappointment for a Christmas time read.

  • Brandie
    2019-02-01 13:24

    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!

  • Lanette
    2019-02-05 08:23

    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.

  • Kim-Lost-In-A-Book
    2019-02-03 13:10

    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.

  • Erica Elwell
    2019-01-28 14:25

    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.

  • Elizabeth Meadows
    2019-02-08 13:33

    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.

  • Deb
    2019-01-25 13:17

    Cute epistolary novel, not her best but good for reading at Christmas when attention is fractured.

  • Angie
    2019-02-09 15:19

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

  • Cindy
    2019-02-12 10:14

    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.

  • Alison (Lady Coffin) S
    2019-01-26 07:21

    Cute Holiday story about the nature of the season and second chances.

  • Linda Bogaard
    2019-02-01 12:15

    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.

  • Joanne
    2019-02-06 07:10

    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 really caring about those that get in her way. She just wants to know when the next mind-numbing experience will be so she won't miss it. Unfortunately for Caro, a writer from a gossip magazine happens to find out about every mistake she makes in the world and adds a spin to it that keeps readers intrigued.When things have finally gone too far, Caro finds herself in a rehabilitation clinic hoping to change her ways. She reaches out to people from her past as she makes amends to as many individuals as possible. She is thankful when she finds that she can confide in her former nanny Astrid, and Cyril who owns a dude ranch where she spent time at as a young girl. Cyril and Astrid don't condemn Caro for her recent mistakes, but only remember her as the young, innocent girl that they both cared for. When things become a little rocky after Caro leaves the clinic, and it appears that she may give in to her weaknesses once again, Cyril decides to invite both her and Astrid to his ranch to spend Christmas.Even though this book consisted of correspondence you can feel the love and strength that Cyril and Astrid both provided. The Christmas that they spend together was really a magical time that brought the most unusual people together. There were a couple of other surprises in this book that I won't reveal, but I will say that this was a very quick and enjoyable Holiday book. I have come to not expect a lot out of Holiday books, but this one kept me engaged and it only took me a couple of days to read, so in the Holiday genre I definitely recommend it.

  • Rachael Uponen
    2019-02-01 10:37

    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 the fact that she really isn't a very nice person. Her fauxpology early on in the book is a good example of why.Her former nanny, Astrid, becomes concerned about Caroline, the heiress, remembering that she was once a very sweet little girl. She convinces Cyril, the owner of a dude ranch who also knew Caroline before she became a drunken piece of tabloid fodder, to give Caroline a place to stay while she reels from a humiliating comeuppance, the details of which escape me after all these months.Mostly, it was a lighthearted read with few problems. However, there was one thing I noticed: the gossipy tabloid writer who took a sadistic joy in writing terrible things about Caroline was Jewish. There's already a ton of conspiracy theories about Jewish people in the entertainment industry, and I'm not sure this was really the best place for Jewish representation. It's possible Landvik wasn't consciously aware of this stereotype, and I am honestly not educated enough about it to say anything more than this: It made me a tad uncomfortable.Some reviews have complained about the format, which mostly consisted of articles and emails, but that didn't bother me. This book is so short that it barely qualifies as a novel. Most people could read it in a single day. I don't think it claims to be any "deeper" than it is.That's really all I have to say about "'Tis the Season." If you already like Landvik's books, there's no harm in reading it. It's certainly not a must-read, though.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-27 09:39

    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.

  • Just - The romance reader
    2019-02-18 15:19

    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 figured I'd read for a bit and go on to something else later, only to discover that I really enjoyed the book and after each email I wanted to know what the characters would reveal about themselves and their past next.All in all, a good read with a nice heartwarming message for the holidays or anytime of year.

  • Julia
    2019-02-07 10:36

    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 friends. Caro helps Astrid and Cyril with their own ghosts almost as much as they help her. There is an unexpected holiday visitor (in need of just as much redemption as Caro) and the novel concludes very predictably. Since we don't get to choose half stars, I'm sticking with two--I guess I expect a bit more from Landvik after meatier works.

  • Traci
    2019-01-19 14:14

    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 Christmas-y about this except that all the characters get together for Christmas. (That's not a spoiler- that's given away in the jacket) Also, it's written all in e-mail/letter format, so if you aren't a fan of that style, be warned!

  • Nikki
    2019-01-30 12:39

    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 go back through the book and reread the emails from those characters. In the end I have to say I did enjoy this book, although I felt it was an effort. Certainly not her best but worth it in the end. It is a quick read so that it more bearable!

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-18 15:37

    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 seemed very fluffy. I did appreciate the storyline of the rich young woman who was famous basically for being famous -- this is definitely very current -- but overall I was a little disappointed.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-09 11:36

    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 faith that everything will be okay... I am going to try the Christmas game mentioned in the book. I think it is a lovely tradition for my family and friends to begin.

  • Marisa
    2019-02-17 13:15

    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 wrapped up quite so quickly and so perfectly. However, the books I have been reading lately seem to be more depressing and so it was nice to have something cute, quick, and "feel good" to read.