A Cedar Key Christmas by Terri DuLong

Title: A Cedar Key Christmas (from Holiday Magic)

Author: Terri DuLong

Genre: Fiction

About: (Goodreads synopsis) Single mom Josie Sullivan is proud of her young daughter, Orli, for helping local fisherman Mr. Al restore his crumbling home. And when Mr. Al’s nephew, Ben, pays a visit, Josie realizes just how much Christmas magic one good deed can bring.

Descriptive Words: Feel good Christmas season story

Thoughts: When one of Cedar Key’s senior citizens faces losing his home and being placed in a nursing home he finds out he has more friends than he realized.  Led by one eleven year old girl (Orli) and her mother, Josie, the good people of the small Florida island community pull together to help Mr. Al.  They need to convince his nephew Ben that Mr. Al is capable of living on his own. First, Josie needs to lose the chip on her shoulder that keeps getting in the way of her relationships – including the one with Ben.

Terri DuLong’s sweet Christmas season novella introduces characters and brings back old friends from previous Cedar Key novels.  I enjoyed them all and hope to read more about Josie and Ben in a future Cedar Key novel.

Source: Kensington Books, Terri DuLong

Recommend? Yes, to fans of the series as well as Christmas/holiday fiction.  It’s part of Holiday Magic which also contains novellas by Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb and Mary Carter.  I plan to read the rest of the collection in December.

18 thoughts on “A Cedar Key Christmas by Terri DuLong

  1. Lots of Christmas books seem to be surfacing on the blogs which is good news for me as I’m hoping to do another Christmas reading challenge this year and hope to be better prepared.


  2. Hi Mary,

    This sounds like a really good story, but not an author I can recall seeing over here in the UK. I shall definitely look out for this book on my travels, although I am a little disappointed that you feel the need to discuss Xmas this early. I can’t even think about it yet and I am trying to ignore the fact that the temperatures are falling daily and frost greets us most mornings brrr!!


    • Yvonne, it’s cold where I live as well. The reason I post reviews of Christmas books in October is to let readers know about new books for the season. I’m keeping my personal Christmas reading for December. I’ve also read about new Christmas themed fiction on a few other blogs lately and I’m happy about that. Thanks for your comment.


  3. Ooh, Christmas books! I didn’t read any last year, and really want to make sure that doesn’t happen again!

    This sounds like a good one!


  4. Thank you so much for such a nice review. And if any of your readers would like an autographed bookplate for their copy, just send me an email with a snail mail address.
    All the best to everyone………Terri


  5. MARY: Just wanted to give you the breaking news! I was notified this morning that HOLIDAY MAGIC hit the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists! Needless to say, I’m extremely grateful and excited!
    Thank you again for such a nice review!


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