Catching Christmas is a beautiful and awesome read for the Christmas season â or anytime, for that matter, because it's message of hope and redemption knows no season. Terri Blackstock has written a gem of a book â quirky, emotional, romantic, and downright funny at times â and totally different from anything I could have ever expected. Jesus is clearly seen in this story.
âCallie has made herself a daily fixture in my life. She's like gum on the bottom of my shoe. There's no way to get it off without making a mess.â (Finn)
Catching Christmas revolves around three characters: Sydney, a young lady with a stress filled, thankless job at a cutthroat law firm; Finn, the reluctant hero, a gourmet chef turned taxicab driver; and Callie, Sydney's grandmother. Callie is the heart and soul of this story, and when Finn responded to the dispatcher's call that sent him to Callie's home, there's no way he could have anticipated what a pivotal moment in his life that would be.
In the hands of Blackstock's skilled writing, a story that has the potential to be sad doesn't come across that way at all. There's a good balance between humor and poignancy, with some delightfully funny moments â such as the day Finn took Callie shopping.
âI feel like I'm getting to know Callie's Jesus a little better, even though I'm doing all the talking. But he speaks volumes in the way he listens.â (Finn)
An anonymous quote that I've frequently heard so aptly applies to Callie: âPreach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.â Catching Christmas reminds us of what's most important in life, the value of savoring relationships, and of the far-reaching testimony our everyday interactions with people can have.
Normally a writer of suspense, this is Blackstock's first Christmas story, and I hope many more will follow. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
I discovered this author's suspense books this year and loved them. This was not suspense but a wonderful original Christmas story. The three main characters were Finn, the cab driver, Callie, an aging and sickly elderly woman and Sydney her granddaughter. It is such a great story with a big helping of humor and also many touching and thought provoking moments.It was one of those books that you don't want to stop reading because you want to see what happens next but hate to see the story end. I hope Ms Blackstock writes more stories about Finn and Sydney. I would love to read more about these delightful characters.