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  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778322254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778322252
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,713,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through both words and deeds, Debbie Macomber inspires women from all walks of life to realise their dreams.

She overcame the obstacles in her own life to become one of the world's most popular writers. She encourages women to achieve the goals that burn in their hearts as fiercely as the desire to become a bestselling novelist did in her own.

When Debbie first decided to write a novel, people called her a hopeless dreamer. She had only a high school degree and was dyslexic. She was also the very young mother of four active children. No one believed she had what it took to write a book--except Debbie. She eventually saved enough money to rent an old typewriter, and every night when the children were asleep, she would sit down to write.

She wrote--for years. But each time she completed a story and mailed it off to a publisher, the manuscript was returned, stamped "rejected." As tough as it was to keep her spirits alive, Debbie never gave up. Five long years and thousands of pages later, she received a letter in the afternoon mail. The letter was from Silhouette Books--and they wanted to buy her story. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published as a Silhouette in 1984, and it became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Today, Debbie is the internationally acclaimed author of more than 100 novels and has sold over 60 millions copies. Popular around the globe, she receives approximately three thousand letters from readers every month. And she responds personally to each one.

In lectures around the country, Debbie encourages women to "exercise the success muscle." She also offers advice on how to achieve success in seeking or changing a career, building family relationships, forming healthy relationships and more.

Like her heartwarming novels, Debbie's inspirational speeches are always filled with laughter and love. She cares deeply about the women she touches with her writing, and she continues to mentor people around the country. She also volunteers her considerable talents to help raise much-needed funds for battered-women's shelters, literacy and medical research.

She lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington. Their children are grown and she is a proud grandmother.

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By sixtykid on 1 Dec. 2013
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I Ordered this book for a bookclub , it was not my choice, but it is fine if you like slush.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
warm Christmas romance 25 Oct. 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Washington State, Emma Collins writes ads and obits for the Puyallup Examiner, a newspaper struggling to remain financially solvent, which includes more local interest stories and a chance for Emma to write an article or two. Her editor Walt Berwald III assigns Emma to interview the three Washington state entries (Earlene, Sophie, and Peggy) who are among the national finalists in the Good Housekeeping fruitcake recipe contest; ironically she hates fruitcake.

To accomplish her assignment in a timely manner, Emma must fly in a Cessna when a 747 gives her cardiac arrest with a daredevil pilot Oliver Hamilton, who irritates her. Still this is her first true journalism assignment so she flies with Oliver around the state, which leads to them learning more about one another. He becomes her knight in shining armor bring dog food for her newly rescued pet and pizza for her. Emma realizes she can fly, look at fruitcake, and fall in love with Oliver. However, her other phobia, anti-Christmas is a whole different aversion and she refuses to explain her bah humbug attitude that could destroy their relationship.

This warm Christmas romance avoids for the most part the schmaltzy by using the right amount of humor to enhance the relationship between the pilot and the reporter. Emma is a terrific individual who overcomes two relatively minor woes and her fear of love ends in trauma especially around Christmas (Kate from Gremlins) to give her heart to Oliver, a modern gentleman. Fruitcake recipes aside, the real ingredients of this fine Yuletide yarn is a pinch of caring, a dab of understanding, and a whole lot of love.

Harriet Klausner
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Warm Holiday Read! 5 Nov. 2005
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Debbie Macomber always offers readers "feel good" reads that are peppered with wonderful characters and fun storylines. This holiday offering is no different and will truly put you in the holiday spirit!

Emma Collins wants to write a story for her newspaper that will make people stand up and take notice of her talent. Writing obituaries is not going to be something she wants to work on for the rest of her career. But, when she's given a chance to write a "human interest" piece she is excited until she finds out that it will envolve two things she can't stand. Flying and fruitcake. That's right, she is going to have to write interviews on three of the states Fruitcake recipe winners who have a chance at a national contest. The fact that she must fly in a two seater airplane piloted by flyboy Oliver Hamilton and co-piloted by Oscar his mutt, who suffers from allergies from perfume...well, could things get any worse? Oh yes, but in the end it will be well worth it. Tis the season to be jolly and this Christmas she might just get the one thing that can't be found in stores...love.

As always Ms. Macomber has penned a very nice, romantic read that will offer plenty of laugh out loud moments, while at the same time offering heat warming lessons. This is one read that I consider an early Christmas gift from one of today's most wonderful authors!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A sweet Christmas treat with no calories! 10 Nov. 2005
By Patricia Raven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In "There's Something About Christmas" award winning and best selling author Debbie Macomber has given readers a sweet Christms treat with no calories! Whan a small town newspaper reporter is giver her first real story assignment it combines two of the things she likes least - flying and fruitcake. The tale unfolds with delightful intrigue - will she die of fear in mid air or turn green when faced with fruitcake? It includes many colorful and touching characters (some were REAL people Debbie has met!)along the way. A giant backwoods lumberjack wants to carry her off, the daredevil pilot both frightens and fascinates her and the fruitcake recipe contestants unwittingly share secrets to happiness. Stir this all with love and laughter and you have a recipe for a delectable Christmas dessert. In addition there are charming reflections by famous chefs on fruitcake and three recipes to boot. Pour some eggnog and savor this story!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A warm tale full of holiday spirit 15 Nov. 2005
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Emma Collins has an aversion to all things Christmas --- and that includes fruitcake. It's not only the confection that she doesn't like, but since the death of her mother two years ago Emma has avoided the holiday altogether. Instead she takes in a movie on Christmas Day and has buttered popcorn for dinner, which suits her just fine. But this year, some unexpected cheer is headed Emma's way.

Fed up with penning nothing but obituaries for The Examiner, the local newspaper in Puyallup (a small town outside Seattle), Emma is set to give her boss an ultimatum when he offers her the chance to write not just one but a series of feature articles. Three of the twelve finalists in Good Homemaking magazine's national fruitcake contest live in the state of Washington, and Emma's assignment is to interview and write a profile about each one.

When Emma finds out that she has to fly to all three destinations in order to make the newspaper's fast-approaching editorial deadlines, she almost bails out on what could be her big break. In addition to Christmas she also has an aversion to flying, particularly in small planes. And especially with local pilot Oliver Hamilton, who, in Emma's opinion, is far too reminiscent of her father --- an attractive man who flitted in and out of her life during her childhood and teen years, leaving a string of broken promises in his wake and her mother devastated.

The more time she spends with Oliver, though, including an unexpected overnight trip because of a blizzard, the more Emma comes to realize that he isn't the bad-boy type she had pegged him to be. And as she gets to know each of the finalists, Emma realizes she also has misjudged something else: fruitcake. Along with sharing an intriguing personal story, each of the women serves Emma a delicious slice of the much-maligned dessert. Combined with her rescue of an abandoned dog and Oliver's enthusiastic efforts to change her mind about Christmas (and him), it just might be enough to entice Emma to celebrate the season.

In an introductory letter to the book Debbie Macomber writes, "With all the demands and stresses of the holidays, I decided to give my readers a reason to laugh." Along with delivering a humorous and heartwarming tale, she shares the fruitcake recipes (which came from her family and friends). When you finish reading THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT CHRISTMAS, you can keep the holiday spirit going strong by making one, two or even all three of the fruit-filled delicacies.

--- Reviewed by Shannon McKenna
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Like a fruitcake, 'There's Something About Christmas' is chockfull of colorful, chewy characters who will brighten your holidays 26 Oct. 2006
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Emma Collins has wanted to be a serious journalist ever since she can remember. However, after attending school, the best writing job she can find for herself is a position with the "Puyallup Examiner" in small-town Puyallup, Washington, where she spends the hours between nine and five attempting to sell ad space to reluctant business-owners, and writing obituaries that no one but the deceased's own relatives will take notice of. However, when her first real journalism assignment comes rolling in, Emma is disappointed in what the subject will be - writing about the three Washington-based finalists in a national fruitcake recipe contest. Not only does Emma dislike fruitcake, but she also dislikes Christmas since her mother passed on, and feels that she's not cut out to accept a subject that she's so dead-set against. Not only that, Emma's boss has arranged for her to be flown to each contestants home in a rickety, small aircraft with none other than Oliver Hamilton behind the wheel, along with his dog, Oscar. As if having to contend with a fear of flying wasn't hard enough for the Scrooge-like Emma, trying to ward off the advances of the irresistible and charming Oliver proves just as impossible. Now, as Emma begins her journey to meet each of the three women, she begins to fall in love with the idea of their different recipes, from using all of your deceased husband's favorite ingredients, to sprinkling a little extra liquor into the concoction, and trying out a no-bake graham cracker fruitcake. But, not only does she fall for the recipes, she falls in love with each woman's story of how they were created, soon making her realize that Christmas isn't truly as bad as one would think, and sometimes life is full of fruitcake.

This is my second Debbie Macomber book (my first being CHRISTMAS LETTERS), and my love for her writing is quickly growing. Macomber has the ability to put into words the slightest emotions and feelings, and bring them to life - almost placing them upon the readers shoulders, and making them feel as if they are a character in the story themselves. Mixing a bit of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Robert Tate Miller & Beth Polson's SECRET SANTA, Macomber has woven a delightful tale that will please readers during the holidays or in the middle of the summer. Emma is a fantastic character, whose intelligence and sarcasm are unmatchable. She has a tendency to play it cool, but her kind, caring emotions do show their heads every now and then; while Oliver is an obnoxiously dashing individual, whose charm and wit floods over each and every page. The chemistry between these two characters is absolutely amazing, and can be felt by the reader each time Emma and Oliver interact with one another; while the inner-conflicts they are fighting regarding romance only leave the reader wanting to see them have their "happily ever after" even more. Like a fruitcake, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT CHRISTMAS is chockfull of colorful, chewy characters who will brighten your holidays.

Erika Sorocco

Freelance Reviewer
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