Tuesday, December 7, 2010

THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK
BY KAT MARTIN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sylvia Winters just found a job and an apartment in her hometown of Dreyerville, Michigan, but she is hesitant to return. Eight years ago, she jilted her fiancĂ©, Joe Dixon, telling him that she was moving to Chicago because small-town living was not for her. But she was lying. Syl was headed to Chicago to be treated for cervical cancer. Sadly, Joe never knew the real reason she left him. Confused and distraught, he turned to drinking to heal the pain, until he accidentally killed a man and served years in jail. Now Syl and Joe are both back in town, but it will take a miracle to bring them back into each other’s arms. Also in town is Lottie Sparks and her grandson, Teddy. Ever since Lottie’s daughter was killed in a drunk-driving accident, Lottie’s been in charge of Teddy. He appreciates her love more than she knows, so much so that the industrious eight-year-old hits up Joe’s auto body shop, so he can save enough money by Christmas to buy his grandmother a Victorian clock she adores—one that vividly reminds her of her childhood, even as the rest of her memories are slipping away with the onset of advanced Alzheimer’s. As spring turns to summer and summer to fall, matters in the Sparks’ household take a turn for the worse. And with winter approaching, will a little hope and a big dose of Christmas magic be enough to make everything all right again?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in anthropology and history. Kat has written over forty bestselling novels, including historical, romantic suspense, and contemporary. Over eleven million copies of her books are in print and her novels have been published in seventeen foreign countries. Among her many awards, she has won the prestigious Romantic Times Magazine Career Achievement Award. She currently resides with her husband, Larry Jay Martin, in Missoula, Montana.
REVIEW:
Is THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK ticking in your house already? Are you getting ready for the holidays? If you are, then take some time out to get in the mood with the heartwarming holiday story that isn't quite the norm. You won't find everything tied up in the happiest of bows at the end but you will fall in love with the main characters that Kat Martin develops so well, especially Teddy. Teddy is a boy who loves his grandmother so very much and wants to buy her a small Victorian clock she has wanted for Christmas.

However, the story starts out when Teddy is 22 and looks back at a Christmas when he was 8 years old back in 1994. He lived with his Grandmother Lottie and he wanted to get her this special clock that she always looked at in Tremont's Antiques. Teddy wanted this so much for her that lives would change as a result. Grandmother was dealing with dementia and the onset of Alzheimer's disease and it was even starting to effect her every day care and Teddy worried about what would become of her...of them!

It is also the story of Sylvia and Joe and how they find their way back to each other after an 8 year separation. Sylvia returns to town, now a nurse, after lying to Joe as to why she left. Joe is bitter and angry and it won't be a happy reunion, it sounds like, doesn't it? But why did Sylvia leave? Did she have a good reason? Will Joe forgive her and what has his life been like since she left? What will become of Teddy if something happens to his grandmother? Will Lottie get worse or hold her own and make a happy tale for everyone at Christmas? You must read Kat Martin's THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK to find out but believe me when I tell you that the book will take some twists and turns you might never have seen coming. After all, Teddy is grown and looking back at the story so what became of him that he is here now to do this? Read this story of love in many forms and how a community can come together over a common goal. Enjoy!
NOTE: THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK has now been released in paperback and I wanted to remind people of that because this is one of those stories I read again each year around the holidays.
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO RITA AND KAT, I HAVE TWO
PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED COPIES
OF THIS HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY

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GOOD LUCK!

56 comments:

debbie said...

I would like to read against the wind.
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Steve Capell said...

I do not read a lot of romance novels; however, I see that Kat Martin has written a number of them according to her web site. The thing that I found interesting is that her husband also writes. One book in particular that interests me is a book that he wrote called “Killing Cancer.” The review of this book talks about how he is two time cancer survivor.

As for the Christmas Clock I found it is very interesting that it has been published in seventeen foreign countries. This must be a GREAT book to read!

Thanks for hosting the contest.

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bloggingmom said...

I visited Kat Martin's blog and found out that she and I share an interest in books, reading and travel. She sounds like a very interesting person. She has written a very wide variety of books. I would be interested in reading one of her paranormal genre of books. Swag5

CarolNWong said...

I looked at the books that she has written and think I would be most likely to choose a book from the suspense and Intrigue catergory, like 'Deep Blue'.
I am not partial to straight romance, like it with some or some kind of mystery.

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Anonymous said...

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I went to her web site and the Bride series looks good. I put them on my wishlist.

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Tore said...

I would like to read against the wind and the christmas clock. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would like to read "Deep Blue" because it's set in the Caribean and just reading about it should warm me up a little in this cold winter.

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misskallie2000 said...

Wow, I did not realize just how many books Kat has written. I started a list of books read in 2006 and have read Natchez Flame but looking at her list I think I have read more. I have given so many books away and the last to a new book store that opened and I gave them 30 boxes. I love romance so all her books appeal to me. lol
I found out she was a Realtor when she began writing.
Have had the Christmas Clock on my wish list for awhile. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Oh, my gosh! Her Montana home is gorgeous!! I have house envy now!

Thanks for the chance to win! I follow via GFC as jewelknits!

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Colleen Turner said...

I found out from the author's website that she has written over forty historical and contemporary romance books. I had not heard of her before so this was a great surprise!
Thanks
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Colleen Turner said...

+5 swagbucks!
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traveler said...

I would enjoy reading Against the Wind. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

I am an e-mail subscriber. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

I have not read her books but this unique book interests me greatly. Also Deep Blue looks appealing. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Pamela Keener said...

Kat Martin likes anything old and when she and her husband travel they like to stay in out of the way inns and house built in times past.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/pam4290/status/12285272859348993
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Connie said...

Hi! I wanted to read this book last year and didn't get to read it or obtain it. It sounds like a wonderful story that I would enjoy. I would like to her new series "The Raines". :)

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justpeachy36 said...

Wow! I didn't have any idea that Kat Martin had written so many historicals. There are several of them I would like to read.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Margie said...

I really enjoyed the photos of Kat Martin's Montana home. What a view! In fact, I signed up for her contest for her Grand Tetons photograph.
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Margie said...

+5 Swag
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captainliss40 said...

She wrote the series THE RAINES OF WIND CANYON. captainliss40@gmail.com

holdenj said...

I think I would like to read the re-released Necklace trilogy. I love the pics of her home in the winter, very beautiful.
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I'd like to read THE RAINES OF WIND CANYON series.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

A good romance is great to read anytime but throw in a mystery or secret and it's that much more enjoyable.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

"The Walk" sounds a bit like "A Wonderful Life" my fav Jimmy Stewart movie.


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Linda Kish said...

Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and History.

I am sure I have read some of her books. I know my mom did.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

catherine said...

Sounds uplifting and the giveaway is on my birthday. must be a sign,
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gcpeach17 said...

WOW! I visited her website and had no idea of how many books she's written. I do love Historical romances, so any of those would be a pleasure to read. And, her Montana home is a dream....I have always wanted a 9-ft ceiling'd room as a library! I like pool, too. :)

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gcpeach17 said...

I am an old GFC follower.

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misskallie2000 said...

Kat's home in Montana is very pretty. She has pic's on her web site.
I read one of her older books and have had The Christmas Clock on my wish list since I read the first review. I also have others on my wish list.

Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

My blogger went out so not sure if the comment came through so re submitting.

Tweeted giveaway
http://twitter.com/misskallie2000/status/13109798887235584

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Lori Thomas said...

She has been to my dream place...England.

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Lori Thomas said...

Tweeted giveaway (http://twitter.com/crftyldy)

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bison61 said...

Kat has over ten million copies of her books in print. She has been published in seventeen foreign countries, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Argentina, and Greece.

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Jolee said...

Find the sultry covers with the handsome men on the covers interesting. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

MRWriter said...

I'd like to read one of her historical romances like "Bold Angel" or "Innocence Undone."

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Debbie said...

Against the Wind sounds very appealing to me.
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Anonymous said...

I visited her site and her new book, AGAINST THE WIND sounds really good. Also, she has a beautiful home in Montana with 9 foot high bookshelves.

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Ruthie said...

I have not read anything by her but she sure has written alot of books!

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scottsgal said...

Her new series the Raines of Wind Canyon looks like my kind of books to read
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CherylS22 said...

I'd like to read Kat Martin's new contemporary series "The Raines of Wind Canyon".
Thanks for the giveaway..........
Happy Holidays!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Mippy said...

Hi!
Kat's The Neckalace Trilogy looks really interesting and sounds like something I'd enjoy reading!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
~Mippy :)
bunnysmip at yahoo dot com

Edna said...

I saw the authors books and some of her giveaways on her blog


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Edna said...

I would love to win THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK I love Christmas books and read them all year.

I follow you


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Laura H. said...

I am a HUGE fan of Ms. Martin and have read a LOT of her books, particularly her historical romance books. I think my favorite is her Necklace Trilogy. I HIGHLY recommend her books!

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Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/16527800726986752

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