A Christmas to Remember (Cape Light Series #7)

A Christmas to Remember (Cape Light Series #7)

by Thomas Kinkade, Katherine Spencer

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New York Times bestselling authors Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer take a nostalgic journey into the Cape Light of Christmas past...

As Cape Light dwellers get ready to deck the halls for a Christmas to remember, curmudgeonly Lillian Warwick is confined to bed, injured after a nasty fall. Cared for by her daughters, Emily and Jessica, she lets her thoughts drift back to the holiday season of 1955, when she first met Oliver Warwick, the dashing man who would become her husband. Recounting those romantic early days, she is reminded of a time when she had much to be grateful for-and recognizes the mistakes she's made since. And to cap off this life-altering season, there just might be a winter wedding on the horizon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515145373
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Cape Light Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 550,271
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. Thom believed that both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings had been given to him as a gift. His goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he created.

Katherine Spencer was a fiction editor before turning to a full-time career as a writer. The author of more than thirty books, she also writes the Angel Island series, as well as the Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries under her real name, Anne Canadeo. She lives with her husband and daughter in a small village on the Long Island Sound. Outside of her office, she is active in many community charity projects.

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A Christmas to Remember (Cape Light Series #7) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, I have all the others in the series and this was just as good as I remembered the others being. You find yourself involved in the people and feel like you are there in the neighborhood. Once I got started it was hard to put down. An easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed visiting Cape Light once again! If you have never read any of the Cape Light books be sure to start at the beginning and read them in order. I love reading these books during the Christmas season. They are the Christmas version of a "beach read".
harstan More than 1 year ago
Just a few days past Thanksgiving in Cape Light, Sara comes to see her grandmother, who fails to respond to her knock or her entrance. She finds Lillian unconscious on the floor of her bedroom. Sara quickly calls 911. Lillian has pneumonia. --- While lying on the floor, Lillian was dreaming back to 1955 when she was an assistant curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. That summer she was visiting her cousin Charlotte in Newburyport when she met Oliver Warwick at a yacht club gala. He courted her as he thought she was beautiful, strong, and filled with an élan for life. Oliver loved her and though at first she rejected his advances, she soon loved him too. She continues her muses thinking about the mistakes she has made, how much she loves her daughters, and Sara who returned into their lives just a few years ago having been given up for adoption. Lily wonders when did she turn from a spirited happy person into a matronly scrooge, She ponders whether it is too late to regain what she once was emotionally starting with this yuletide season as she begins to realize how much joy her life has been surrounded by loved ones. --- The latest Christmas Cape Light inspirational tale (see CHRISTMAS ANGEL and A CHRISTMAS PROMISE) is a fine character driven story starring an elderly angry miserable person who upon becoming ill reflects on her life to her loved ones. Lily is an interesting character as she knows how ugly she has become especially when she thinks back to the salad days with her beloved Oliver. Though her transformation seems too simplistic, fans of the series will enjoy her reflections on her life. --- Harriet Klausner
GodFirst More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Thomas Kinkade delivers once again in the Cape Light Series. Every book in the series keeps me wanting more. I enjoy reading books about ordinary people and their everyday obstacles, adventures and joys. This series takes you on a journey with each and every character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finished reading the book today, and I enjoyed it. It's another great Christmas story, with Lillian dreaming and thinking often about her past. It explains how she has become so bitter, although that's still not an excuse to remain that way and she's slowly realizing it and trying to act on it. And thank goodness Charlie's finally coming around, too, making Lucy's life easier. My question is, why did it read in the description of the book (on the book flap) that Lillian had pneumonia but that's never mentioned in the entire book? Something else happens to her (Sara finds her lying on the floor after Lillian has an accident). The only time pneumonia is mentioned in the book is someone else in another place. The one thing I really disliked about it, besides the editing mistakes, was the minister who believes in God and Christ and obeying God's word, but says he's not sure hell exists. What's the point in even obeying God's word if one doesn't believe in hell, if one believes everyone's going to heaven regardless of what they do? I hope that character learns better, especially since he's a minister, in future books. That's very misleading for readers who don't know better than to believe anything, fiction or nonfiction, that they read. I recommend the book, but be careful with some parts of it, such as the part I just mentioned.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is, I think, the 7th story set in the small fictional town of Cape Light. Sadly, I've read a previous one, and familiarity didn't help.The story goes between 3 different story threads: 1) elderly curmudgeon Lillian Warwick is injured in a fall (the flyleaf says she has pneumonia--she doesn't); 2) Lillian in her youth; and 3) nursing student Lucy Bates.You'd think the three threads would intertwine--that Lucy would end up caring for Lillian at the hospital, and that things that happened in Lillian's youth would affect her present. They don't. At all. It's like three completely separate stories.The only commonality between young Lillian and old Lillian is that I didn't like either one of them. Young Lillian was the type of young woman who's rude to men on principle. I despise that trait. And old Lillian was rude to everyone.Lucy wasn't much better--she was a doormat. Her husband resents her spending time at her studies, especially when she has to work at the hospital, so he belittles her and does his best to undermine her confidence, refusing to help with the kids or the house. Lucy's reaction? To doubt herself and finally give up.There were also a couple of annoying errors that stuck in my head. One was the nursing school. At one point, Lucy performs perfectly all day, but forgets to raise a bed rail. Her instructor tells her she gets an F for the day because of that. I don't buy that one mistake would merit a failing grade. I also don't buy that nursing students get letter grades for each day. Granted, my hospital experience is a couple of decades old, and it was a decade earlier than that that my mom went to nursing school, so it could very well be realistic--it just didn't feel like it.The other one was really stupid. The hero of young Lillian's thread gets a Purple Heart. For valor. Um. No. Even non-military types know what Purple Hearts are, and they're not for valor. A quick click to Wikipedia would have fixed that.Yeah, those were minor. The big problem is that the book was boring. Nothing really happened, there was no rhyme or reason to collecting those three threads in this book--it would have worked better if they'd been separated completely as 3 novellas instead of jumping between threads each chapter. The characters weren't likable, and none of them changed--except for an unbelievable change of heart of Lucy's husband at the very end.And there were the usual sappy lite-religious platitudes from Reverend Ben.
exlibrisbitsy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lillian Warwick is a curmudgeonly old woman who suffers a bad fall and is forced into the care of her daughters and granddaughter. After the fall she finds herself reliving old memories of times gone by and remembers her own history and past mistakes. Will acknowledging the pain in her past allow her to acknowledge the reality of her future? Lucy Bates is a nurse in training at the hospital where Lillian was admitted. She too has some big decisions ahead of her as she struggles with thoughts of quitting nursing school and going back to being a waitress full time. She isn¿t helped in this by her less than supportive husband, who undercuts her commitment and confidence at every turn. But, with the coming of the Christmas season and following New Year both of these women, and their families undergo a transformation worthy of the spirit of the holiday season.This novel is apparently the seventh in a series of books about Cape Light. It is written in such a way, though, that I had no problem picking up the novel and enjoying it. This book was co-written by Thomas Kinkade, The Painter of Light, one of his works is featured on the cover, the painting Skater's Pond.I enjoyed the positive messages and the well written storyline in this book. I enjoyed reading about all of the characters and had no problems getting involved in their lives and their problems, given time. I especially liked the historical back story given about Lillian Warwick with flashbacks to the 1950's, an era I enjoy learning about. Throughout the novel the frustrations and joys of the holidays were very well illustrated and a lot of the messages really struck home. Just a warning, this is a bit of a Christian novel in that there is prayer, sermons, biblical references and discussions of faith.The book cuts back and forth between several key characters throughout, and for me this made it hard to get into. This book started out and ended with the groups being loosely interconnected but never really together. The story was a little short to be doing so much cutting back and forth and, aside from all of the characters being from Cape Light, their bonds were tenuous at best.My only other complaint was really about the way the novel treated Lillian Warwick's story at the end. Without giving too much away, a major point is constantly hinted at and alluded to throughout the novel concerning her husband, the book ends leaving just what those allusions were to up to the reader. I hate books that do that.In the end this was a wonderful way to finish my season of holiday reading. The story had lots of warm messages about faith, forgiveness, fidelity, love, hope and strength that I hope to carry on into the New Year.
bgherman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book just between 3 separate events. Events that happens to the main character Lilian in 1955, Lillian at the current time, and a nursing student. For the life of me I do not know why we have the nursing student, she does not connect with the main character at all, but it is a nice story about the nursing student. The nice part of the story is that everyone has a change of heart around Christmas. This is a light read during the Christmas season
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Momto2boys More than 1 year ago
I could see this book in the movie theater, such vivid details and great storyline! I used to watch the show LOST so the past/present storyline was like visiting an old friend, I welcomed it and it was done perfectly!
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