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The Christmas Basket Hardcover – 1 Oct 2002
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When Noelle comes home to be part of her sister's wedding, it is inevitable that Thomas is one of the first people she sees, and keeps on seeing. At first, both pretend that their love turned into hate, but before long, they realize it did not and try to be just friends, though secretly. Their mothers still hate each other; however, they are being forced to work together on their club's annual Christmas basket project.
In an effort to mend the feud, Thomas and Noelle begin a search for a duplicate tea service, and in the process find that friendship is not all they feel. As Christmas draws nearer, can two miracles occur and two sets of hearts be healed?
With trademark humor and warmth, Debbie Macomber spins a tale sure to touch your heart. Both storylines are endearing and captivating, as you can always expect with this writer. Her characters, as always, are easy to relate to, as if you already knew them, or someone just like them. This is perfect reading with a cup of warm cocoa, even in the deep south where it might be iced hot chocolate instead.
Their children, Noelle MacDowell and Thom Sutton bore the brunt of that grudge. Both children fell secretly in love with each other since high school. They planned to confront their feuding mothers and announce their plan to elope.
Both mothers were dead set against the idea. Nineteen year old Noelle stood up to her mother, Sarah, and stormed out of the house to meet her beloved Thom at the pre-arranged meeting place, only to find out that Thom had stood her up.
Hurt, betrayed and writhing with anger, Noelle moved to Texas vowing never to return to Rose, Oregon again. She wanted to forget about Thom Sutton.
But when her sister, Kristen, announced she was getting married to Jonathon, she asked her sister, Noelle to come to Rose to discuss wedding plans. Adamant to return to the place where her heart was broken, Noelle felt trapped. She didn't want to return to Rose and come face-to-face with the man that broke her heart; but then again, how could she miss her chance to see her sisters. Boarding on a plane, she returned to Rose to face her past. Yet how could she forget what happened ten years ago when everyday would be a painful reminder every time she ran into Thom.Read more ›
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The only positive thing I can say is that the e-book is very short and with all the horrible things happening in the world right now, it's a harmless, happy ending story. Just don't pay for it.
Author: Debbie Macomber
Published: Harlequin Mira
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Genre: Holiday/Seasonal, Romance, Contemporary
"The Christmas Basket" by Debbie Macomber was a very good read of 'romance, forgiveness, friendship and redemption.' We find that Noelle MacDowell hadn't been home for over ten years due to the fact that the marriage that had been planned never happened between her and Thom Sutton. We also find Mary Sutton and Sarah MacDowell who had been best friends for over twenty years were not now because of .a 'Silver tea set' had been stolen. See, this tea set had been stolen and Mary had never forgiven her friend for losing it. So, you may say that this was a spat between the two families...the MacDowell's and the Sutton. Now, to get the all and all about this well written story by this author you will have to pick up "The Christmas Basket" to see what this novel is all about. You will find from the read a lots of laughter that will keep you on the edge of your seat turning the pages not wanting to miss what was coming next. With Noelle's sister planning to get married to Jonathan, Kristen asked her sister to return home so that they could discuss the wedding plans. Even though Noelle found it hard she had returned and this is where the story will take off...only giving the reader a amazing good read. Will Noelle and Tom be reunited? What will happen between the two Marry and Sarah as they are thrown together? What had been the real problem between Noelle and Tom that had really started all of this mess? All of these questions will and more will be answered in "The Christmas Basket" that will truly touch your heart of friendship and love.
You will find that there will be two storylines that will heave you very captivated in it all. All of the characters were so well developed, easy to relate to and even likable. For a quick beautiful read and some smiles you have come to the right place and Yes I would recommend "The Christmas Basket" to you as a wonderful holiday read.