The Christmas Clock

The Christmas Clock

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From New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin comes and inspiring holiday story of vows broken and love redeemed, of courage and strength, all wrapped in a memorable tale that will resonate long after the book is over. 
Teddy Winters was eight years old that Christmas, too young to understand all the undercurrents swirling around him in the tiny Michigan town of Dreyerville.
He wasn’t able to value that Christmas for the miracle it truly was.
Teddy only knew he wanted to buy the beautiful Victorian clock in the window of Tremont Antiques as a gift for his grandmother, Lottie Sparks, a woman desperate to find him a home before her rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s left him an orphan.
Teddy didn’t know that in trying to buy the clock he would meet Sylvia Winters and Joe Dixon, a couple, once in love, desperate to overcome the past. He didn’t know he would form a friendship with his neighbors, Floyd and Doris Culver, two people struggling to revive their long-dead marriage.
He didn’t know that these people would fill his Christmas with magic and hope; that the love of his friends would change his world, and that he would forever change theirs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593155933
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of over forty bestselling novels in a variety of genres including historical, romantic suspense, and contemporary. Over eleven million copies of her books are in print. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana.

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The Christmas Clock 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story, very touching and keeps you in suspense. A lot packed into a quick read.Great for a gift but you'll want one for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Through several pairs of eyes, we're given a glimpse into the events that changed not only eight-year old Teddy's life, but those that befriend and come to love him. Teddy doesn't understand that his grandmother's health is rapidly failing. He doesn't know the circumstances of his new friend Joe Dixon's past. Teddy isn't aware of Sylvia Winter's former relationship with Joe, nor of their painfully broken engagement. He has no idea that neighbors Floyd and Doris Culver simply exist in their marriage. The affect Teddy has on their lives simply by being himself goes unnoticed by Teddy. What's important to Teddy is that he earns enough money to buy a Christmas present for his Gramma: the clock that's sat in the antique store's window, the one his Gramma has admired. Unfortunately Teddy will soon have to be concerned with more than the Christmas clock. What becomes important is Teddy's unwavering trust in these people, in Joe. The Christmas Clock is a story of compassion, healing, faith, love and forgiveness. How Teddy unwittingly touches Joe, Sylvia, Doris and Floyd is definitely a miracle and almost magical. This creates the hopes that at some point in our own lives we're able touch someone's life unconditionally and unknowingly just as Teddy did. Connie
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Dreyerville, Michigan, Teddy Winter is sad as his beloved grandmother, Lottie, who has raised him, is suffering from Alzheimer's; he watches helplessly as she rapidly loses her faculties. Lottie loves her grandson and in her lucid moments in between the fog, she knows what is happening to her; she is not concerned about herself, but worries about Teddy who will be an orphan living who knows where and with whom. Meanwhile Teddy has one goal. He needs to find a way to buy a Victorian hand-painted clock that reminds Lottie of her childhood and even in the fog state gives her some peace. He persuades Joe the mechanic, to allow him to work in his garage station. Joe becomes fond of Teddy, but knows his prison record precludes him from taking care of the lad as he wants. He also knows he still has acrimonious feelings towards the person, his former fiancée, who he holds responsible for his drunken rage that led to his killing a man. THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK is a fascinating Yuletide relationship drama as redemption and forgiveness are fostered by love and caring for others. Fans of uplifting holiday tales will appreciate this allegorical novella through three lost souls finding a small peace on earth with one another if they take a chance reaching out through the darkness to the shining light of love as symbolized by the clock. Harriet Klausner
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that you know the outcome even before you turn the first page. But you also know the plot of ¿It¿s A Wonderful Life.¿ Does that stop you from watching it? No, and it shouldn¿t. At Christmas you have a built-in excuse to watch and read heart-warming, obvious stories that make you cry and feel good all at once.The Christmas Clock is the story of Teddy Winters, who lost his single mom at age four, and now, age eight, lives with his grandma Lottie. But Lottie has been stricken with early-onset Alzheimer¿s, and it is only a matter of time until darkness will totally descend on her mind. When that happens, Teddy will be taken from Lottie and handed over to Social Services. Teddy doesn¿t know this, however, and takes on a number of little jobs so he can buy his grandma the small hand-painted clock she has wanted for so long.One of Teddy¿s jobs is working for Joe Dixon, who at 29, is getting his life on track after having served in prison three years for involuntary manslaughter. He had gotten in a fight in a bar, punched a guy, and the man hit his head on the way down and died. Joe was in the bar drinking because the love of his life, Sybil, had broken up with him and left town right before their marriage. What Joe didn¿t know was that Sybil broke it off because she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and she knew how much Joe wanted a family. Sybil, cancer free for six years, moves back to Dreyerville, Michigan, and sees Joe again. She and Joe realize they never stopped loving one another. (Sybil is still beautiful, and Joe has more rippling muscles than ever, but what: you were expecting another Jimmy Stewart?)Evaluation: You can guess the outcome of this story. But does that mean you shouldn¿t read it? Does that mean you still won¿t enjoy it? The answer to both questions is ¿No way!¿ This is a story you¿ll love reading every year, along with the rest of the Christmas oeuvre.
BookaholicsReviewer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Clock by Kat MartinOctober 13th, 20095 stars "Heartwarming and touching holiday story" This is my favorite time of year! I always look forward to getting into the holiday spirit with a really good book. The Christmas Clock was perfect! It was a delightful read that kicked off the season and filled me with joy and good cheer. In the "The Christmas Clock" Kat Martin creates a strong and powerful story which focuses around a little boy Teddy Winters. It begins in present day with the boy grown as a young man who reflects on the events based off of this special Christmas story. That Christmas Teddy was determined to buy his dear grandmother a beautiful antique clock. This endearing novel describes how Teddy does his best to attain his goal and purchase this precious gift. Within this boy's life are various people in his community that come to forever change his world. The clock serves as the centerpiece for Teddy's actions and the people who enter his life. And results in a series of events and situations which will arise within the months before Christmas. There are elements of true love and romance which strengthen and survive that I found very touching. A heartwarming and poignant holiday story that you must read! This is truly a timeless Christmas story that is destined to uplift your spirits and become a classic. Reviewed by Monica from the Bookaholic Romance Book Club
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is your perfect holiday feel good read. The note I made myself in my notebook while reading this says, "You know where this book is going from the start, but the joy of this book is reading how it gets there." And that is so true. After 10 or so pages you know exactly who was talking in the prologue and how it will end, but the journey is amazing.I fell in love with the small town and the characters. There are actually several stories going on with Syl and Joe's old romance and strange circumstances to Syl's leaving town years ago being at the forefront. The other stories involve Lottie Sparks trying to find a home for Teddy Sparks because she has Alzheimer's. And the final story is between Doris and Floyd Culver whose marriage is showing wear from the years together.Kat Martin weaves these three storylines magically together and it's a pure feel good novel. I loved the romance of the book. It's a wonderful story to read during the magical Christmas season. It reminds you there is good out there and if you try you can find it.
wakela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For a pint-sized book it sure packs a big league whallop! I had fully expected to leisurely read a few pages before heading to sleep. I couldn't put this book down! I really loved the characters. I felt so bad for Lettie. It's horrible dealing with an older person who has Alzheimer's but its even scarier being the person who is the one doing all the forgetting.Fair warning though, keep tissues next to you for when you are reading. I cried both tears of sadness and tears of joy. This is a definite must read for the holiday season!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A young boy's gift from the heart brings about new and old loves that will change the lives of all those he encounters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat down with this book and was drawn in to the story and finished the book in one sitting. From the first I had to know what happened next. I was so excited to find such a great story.
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TheodosiaIngrid More than 1 year ago
The novelette THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK by Kat Martin is a holiday treat. It is perfect for any stocking. It's the story of a little boy who finds love from so many people. As I read this tale late one night, I fell asleep. Suddenly I awoke to hope, peace, joy and love. Yes, THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK is wish fulfillment. Thanks, Kat Martin.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been faced with a life threatening disease, but novelist, Kat Martin's new book, The Christmas Clock, made me wonder what decisions I would make or if I could be as selfless as Sylvia Winter's. When Sylvia's life was turned upside down with a terrible diagnosis, she felt she was doing the right thing by breaking it off with her fiancé and moving away. What she didn't realize, is the hurt she left behind would reshape the lives of those she loved the most in a negative way. Sylvia left her fiancé a week before their wedding, saying she didn't love him. Joe Dixon was confused, hurt and angry, and found solace in a bottle. Shortly after Sylvia's departure, Joe was involved in a barroom brawl that accidentally left the other man dead. Joe went to prison for three years. He was getting his life together and becoming quite successful, when Sylvia returned to town eight years later. Joe befriends eight year old, Teddy, a boy who has nobody in the world but his grandmother. He has no father and his mother is dead. Teddy's grandmother is quickly deteriorating from Alzheimer's. Walking with his grandmother, Teddy notices her longing for a Christmas clock in the window of a local antique store. Joe hires the little boy to help clean up around the garage he has part ownership in, so that Teddy can buy his grandmother that special clock for Christmas. When Teddy's grandmother can no longer care for him, things get complicated. The bond between Joe and Teddy, the failing health of Teddy's grandmother, Sylvia's return and the complications created by her departure years earlier, make this a heartwarming read for the holiday season. The Christmas Clock is filled with people who grew apart and came together again. Sylvia's landlady and husband live a mentally separate existence. Ms. Martin shows us the goodness and vulnerability of friends, family and even strangers. They say you can never go home again, but Ms. Martin shows us you can. The short prologue at the beginning of the book is narrated by a young man, 14 years after the actual story. The epilogue at the end of the book is narrated by the same young man, who gives thanks for the miracle of the Christmas season that fulfilled joy, celebration and prayers. If your are longing for a heartwarming holiday story for the upcoming season, you will not be disappointed with The Christmas Clock, by Kat Martin. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can envision myself curled up in a favorite chair, on a snowy day, reading it again. Complete your Christmas shopping by purchasing The Christmas Clock for everyone on your list. Cyndee
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Have you ever loved an object that in and of itself was just inanimate matter but to one person held the key to memories of love, peace and an unquestionable connection that defies description? Teddy Winter's grandmother, Lottie, is deteriorating from a form of Alzheimer's disease that rapidly ravages one's ability to think and remember. Lottie knows what is happening in her clear moments and is worried sick that Teddy may be left an orphan left to live in a place where he is treated poorly. Teddy, on the other hand, is totally focused on his determination to purchase the beautiful Victorian, hand-painted clock that reminds Lottie of her childhood and which, even when she doesn't remember, brings her such peace to just gaze at. So he begs Joe, the local mechanic, to let him work in his garage station. Little by little, Joe develops an affection for Teddy that turns to worry and care about his future. But Joe's got a problem background, the result of some reactions after a tremendous loss that sent him to prison for several years. Now when he thinks about those years, he knows he has turned around his life but still bears tremendous bitterness toward one individual. Can he overcome this combination enough to help Teddy the way he wants? Sylvia Winters, meanwhile, has returned to the small town of Dreyerville, Michigan after years in a big city. Why did she initially leave when it seemed her future was destined to be spent with someone she so deeply loved? That's the secret that almost no one knows but one which haunts her as she returns to find a job and renew her hometown connections. And what will she do when her secret eventually is discovered? How can she also help Teddy, whom she meets in the doctor's office when he comes with Lottie for her regular physical examinations? The Christmas Clock is a special story about the spirit behind this holiday, a promise of possibilities full of life, love, forgiveness and peace so often associated with the Yuletide season but so often missed because hearts are closed to its magic. The Christmas clock is a beautiful metaphor for the new love and life about to inspire and transform everyone in this poignant story! Beautifully written, Ms. Martin! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on September 3, 2009