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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lorna Landvik Narrator: Lorna Landvik Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781415958612
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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 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 email 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/8/2014

    " Lorna has always been a favorite of mine. She has released this book just in time for a cute Seasonal read. This is a very sweet easy read that made me smile. Written in the form of emails between a number of characters we see as they all come together and cross paths in their lives. It is a very enjoyable weekend read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lea | 1/28/2014

    " This was a fun book. It was all in emails back and forth. Very sweet, very fun. I really enjoyed it and it just made you feel happy after reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2014

    " Story in a series of email exchanges. Main character is heiress Caroline Dixon who alienates nearly everyone with her alcohol-fueled antics. She begins to atone for past misdeed by reaching out to her Norwegian nanny, Astrid Brevald, and Arizona dud ranch owner, Cyril Dale. Indirectly, the tabloid writer becomes involved.....and everyone lives HAPPILY EVER AFTER. A quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellenjohnson | 1/17/2014

    " I picked up at the bookstore & read a couple of pages; it didn't interest me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/13/2014

    " Not as good as Lorna's other books but a nice easy read during the hectic holiday season. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Kester | 1/6/2014

    " This was a quick read written in correspondence form. A little seasonal romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/30/2013

    " Enjoyable, fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 12/13/2013

    " Boring, boring & boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia | 11/22/2013

    " Holidays are over, but this was a good way to start off the year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/17/2013

    " Meh. Not as good as her others. It's all written in letters, and although I loved that approach in The Guernsey Potato Peel Pie and Literary Society, it just didn't work well here - you feel like you're missing way too many details. It ended up being a sweet story but just not the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 10/31/2013

    " This was a very odd book. It's totally fragmented. It took me awhile just to figure out where the whole idea was headed. The ending was probably the best part of the whole book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 9/21/2013

    " Cute, extremely quick read with a little bit of feel good thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 6/22/2013

    " Slight and predictable, but fairly well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karla | 5/29/2013

    " chick-lit - quick - email correspondence "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/23/2013

    " Written as e-mails, this is a quick and easy read. Not near as good as her other novels, but not bad while you are sitting in the doctor's office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/16/2012

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 9/17/2012

    " This book is written in a series of exchanges emails between a 26 year old attention loving socialite on the down slide of alcoholism. The emails chronicle her self-discovery and impact on others lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karenzielinski | 8/7/2012

    " This was recommended to me by a friend and although a little schmaltzy, it was a pleasant holiday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/1/2012

    " Cute and fun read. Completely different format and great for an A.D.D. personality. Definitely a different twist on a holiday/Christmas book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 7/30/2012

    " Fun and quick read with Lorna's usual humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 7/30/2012

    " I read this book a couple of years ago and was disappointed. I have never been a big fan of books that are comprised solely of letters, especially e-mails. The back and forth of letter verse e-mail was distracting. This is not the typical Lorna Landvik style that I have grown to love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Graves | 5/18/2012

    " Something to get me in the mushy christmas mood. I liked the raw emotion of having to say your sorry and there being a good outcome of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 4/27/2012

    " A sweet, predictable story for this time of year, all told through email correspondence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/15/2012

    " This book started out fairly slow, but was still easy to read as it is written in the format of letters. The author did a fine job of bringing it all together and I found myself struggling to put it down as I wanted to see how things ended up! A recommended read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kennerae | 1/26/2012

    " Lorna Landvik is one of my favorite authors, each of her books has a little different style in how they are structured. This book is made up of letters and emails that tell a story. Her books are always fun to read and have a great message. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Newton | 10/8/2011

    " Wanted something light to read. This fit the bill and was quick, pleasant and a bit predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 9/13/2011

    " Surprisingly good. The letter/column/email format makes it a very quick read. Interesting characters, somewhat predictable, but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/1/2011

    " annoying at first, but cute simple story. Easy read. Somewhat entertaining. Kinda leaves you hangin'. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 NancyL Luckey | 1/24/2011

    " I usually like Lorna Landvik - this book was a cut above a Harlequin. What a disappointment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/5/2011

    " A cute little story about a "famous" girl finding herself. It was a little weird reading because the entire book was written as letters/emails back and forth between people. I do have to admit that I enjoyed it though. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/22/2010

    " I thought this was a cute book. The story was told via email correspondence. A nice holiday read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 12/8/2010

    " Quick read once you get your head wrapped around the format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/1/2010

    " A light holiday book, written in letter form. Took a few pages to get into the rhythm of it, but then it was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 11/27/2010

    " Cute, easy read. Not my favorite Landvik book -- there was only a small reference to Minnesota. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 10/16/2010

    " This is such a cute story told through e-mail and letters. It is not entirely a Christmas story except that its overall theme is the search for peace, joy and love. It is a very quick and engaging read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/11/2010

    " I really enjoyed this piece of fluff. With her usual humor, this children's book for adults (fast read, light, happy ending where everyone shows visible improvement, even the bad guy, kept me up a little too late last night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/3/2010

    " Read this at Christmas. A very fun read. I like all of Lorna's books. I love to catch her readings whenever I can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecelia | 12/16/2009

    " Like any book that consists of only letters, it took some patience at first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 12/13/2009

    " Not as good as Lorna's other books but a nice easy read during the hectic holiday season. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 12/5/2009

    " This was a quick read written in correspondence form. A little seasonal romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kennerae | 11/22/2009

    " Lorna Landvik is one of my favorite authors, each of her books has a little different style in how they are structured. This book is made up of letters and emails that tell a story. Her books are always fun to read and have a great message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/11/2009

    " This was a fun book. It was all in emails back and forth. Very sweet, very fun. I really enjoyed it and it just made you feel happy after reading it. "

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About the Author
Author Lorna LandvikLorna Landvik is an actor and comedian who has written and produced plays in which she also performs. The author of five previous novels, she is married and the mother of two daughters.