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The Christmas Company by Alys Murray

Kate Buckner lives and breathes Christmas, so it’s a good thing she lives in Miller’s Point Texas. Each year, the tiny town hosts a massive Dickensian Christmas festival, culminating in a town-wide recreation of A Christmas Carol. This year, though, there’s one problem. Clark Woodward, the new CEO of Woodward Enterprises, has no taste for Christmas and, as the primary source of the festival’s funding, calls for its immediate cancellation. However, Kate’s not about to watch her town’s spirit be destroyed without showing Clark the beauty of the holiday.


This book is bursting with Christmas cheer and really highlights everything that can be great about the season. Author Alys Murray has crafted Kate Buckner as a bursting-with-optimism heroine whose world is dominated by Christmas. This could easily slam the novel firmly into sappy and melodramatic, but Murray manages to drive wonderful realism into the story. Kate Buckner is fighting for her home, something so easily relatable, and it’s completely believable how far she’s willing to go to make Clark change his mind.

And Clark is the perfect foil. He’s easy to dislike. After all, he’s quite literally painted a Scrooge attempting to cancel Christmas. But it’s also apparent that he’s much deeper than what’s on the surface.

A Christmas Carol plays heavily into the plot, but Alys Murray hasn’t created just a rehash of the classic tropes. The supernatural elements have been replaced by more emphasis on romance, but the classic ideas of a second chance and finding the best in people are all present with an updated twist. It’s all aided nicely with a quick pace, fun dialogue, a great cast of characters, and unapologetic sentimentality.

If you’re looking for a great holiday read, I cannot recommend this book enough.

Title: The Christmas Company
Author: Alys Murray
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Classification: Romance

Murray’s Website | Publisher’s Page | Goodreads

Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.

11 responses to “The Christmas Company by Alys Murray”

  1. I’m so glad others are reading holiday books in October!! Love your review!


    1. Thank you so much! I figure if stores are already selling holiday supplies, then it’s the perfect time for holiday books.


  2. I am not usually a straight romance girl, but I am a sucker for things related to A Christmas Carol. I’ve requested it; December is here and it’s still available so I’m game. Obviously I think you wrote a good review or I wouldn’t be requesting the book!

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    1. If you end up reading it, please let me know what you think! I’m definitely the same way. If it deals with A Christmas Carol, then I’m interested. And Alys Murray, to me, has crafted such a wonderful homage to the Dickens classic.

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      1. I was surprised it was still available. My request was approved so I will be reading and reviewing it, and I’ll let you know when it is published. I was not going to make any more requests for December as I have a series of 5 books I have promised to review in addition to a few more ARC’s so I’m not sure when I will read this one. So many books, so little time, and so little willpower to say “no” to myself when I see a book I am interested in.😉

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      2. I’m so glad it was approved, but I understand the dilemma! This year especially it feels as though we’ve been spoiled with so many great books. My shelf is overflowing, but a new ARC catches my eye at least once a day. That request button shouldn’t be so tempting.

        I do look forward to seeing your review of this, though.

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  3. I read the Christmas Company and posted my review. While doing that on Goodreads, I saw that most reviewers appreciated the book more than I did, although there were some that rated it much lower than I did. And that is OK! It is good that there are a variety of opinions posted. I always write my review first. If it is less than 4 or 5 stars, I then look at reviews on Goodreads to see how it compares. My most complete version is on my blog: Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing your insights on books!

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    1. Checking out your review now! Thanks for linking. We seem to have a very similar way of reviewing … If I write a review and find that it’s aiming negative, I like checking how others are rating the book. It usually doesn’t change anything, but I’m much more interested in understanding why I don’t like a book as opposed to why I like one.

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  4. […] preparation for Halloween next month. Alys Murray has quickly become a favorite of mine since her debut last year, so go and check out all of her work at libraries and bookstores […]


  5. […] written at length about the total joy that comes with reading anything by Alys Murray. The Christmas Company is a deeply charming play on A Christmas Carol. Tea and a Cowboy has the kind of main character the […]


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