Reviews for A country Christmas
CrazyCowgirl101 chapter 8 . 11/14/2011
I am in love! It's great to find another author who gets the horse stuff right! It bugs me to know end when I read a story and nothing is dine correctly!

Do you ride? I'm guessing you do, you're really good at researching...haha. I've been riding for five years, not long, but I feel like I've been doing it my entire life! I live it! Barrels especially. And team penning and steer daubing :) anyway...

Great story :) can't wait to get back to reading!
Lillypilly chapter 16 . 11/10/2011
I love this story. It's so sweet and cute. I read it through ADOR which gave it such a good review I had to check it out for myself. I only wish Shawn and Halley had more interaction but I'm greedy that way. Otherwise it was a great read.

Also I was in the library (can't remember the last time I've been ) and remembered your published book. Unfortunately for me someone else had checked it out already so will have to visit the bookstore. Congratulations by the way although I am a tad late. Good luck with future

publishings!
rdkelly chapter 17 . 10/30/2011
cool read this

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Amy chapter 1 . 9/11/2011
Hiyas! It's Amy from A Drop of Romeo. I'm pleased to tell you that A Country Christmas has been added to the site under the Love Triangle category. Here's your well deserved review:

If you enjoyed watching Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, you should definitely read Mandy Hubbard's A Country Christmas. There is a somewhat similar plot line between the movie and the story, but they also have their differences. Like Reese's character, Halley left behind her small town life and made a successful business in the city, thus transforming herself into a stylish and sophisticated young woman. And to top off her new life in Seattle, Halley's engaged to the most eligible bachelor (he's rich and handsome, too!). But when Halley returns to her small town home of Prescott, Washington after six years, her picture perfect life in the city starts to lose it's appeal. All because of one certain cowboy she never truly got over and the former fairytale ending dangles infront of her. A Country Christmas is a shorter lengthed story, easily finished in one or two sittings (depending on your free time). But despite the shortness of the story, you can't help but fall in love with Shawn, Halley's hometown Prince Charming. It's faster paced concerning the changes you see in the characters, but it fits with the time frame in which everything happens. Mandy Hubbard's way of making it difficult, yet not so difficult at the same time, of choosing a side is almost as if you're making it yourself. Do you choose the safety net, even though you realize you may not be able to open yourself as much as you think and always wonder what if? Or do you swallow your pride and risk another broken heart for the one that got away? Sure, there are some typos here and there but overall the story was a joy to read. And if this was any indication to how her published (yep, I said PUBLISHED) pieces are, you'll be making a trip to the nearest bookstore and supporting a fellow Fictionpressee's success.

Xoxo,

Amy
AJS chapter 17 . 1/19/2011
Ah. You changed your penname so I didn't realize I had already read this story until the very end when I got a whole deja vu I've totally read this before when she was walking into the diner and saw Shawn hugging his cousin, and I knew it was his cousin before Halley even showed up to his house looking for him.

Cute cute. I probably said this before but I'm really glad that you decided to make Mark turn out to be a good person. I think it's better that she chose Shawn over Mark more because of Shawn than because Mark turned out to be an a-shole in disguise or something. Those stories never really show the depth of it. A person doesn't have to be an a-shole for you to leave them.

However, I'm still wondering if that sort of fairytale romance that exists between Halley & Shawn exists. I mean... is it really possible to have a life where nothing matters more than you and your significant other? I don't really know... I mean what about family and kids and how can you give up your career (or how could she expect Mark to give up his career? Make sacrifices, yes, but not give up) if that's ultimately what's going to support you and your family in the future?

Well anyway cute story. I still really like it a lot. :) Best of luck with your book!

- Alyssa
Fat Passion Fish Poet chapter 16 . 8/7/2009
Yay!

I'm really new to this site, but I was just nosing around people's favourites (as you do), and I came accross this little gem! I absolutely adore this story! It's got just the right amount of cute, sad, and love! I particularly enjoyed Mark's reaction to Halley moving out - very sweet, bless him! And the [very] cliche 'oh it's your cousin' moment at the end! Plus, I found the story [in particular the first few chapters!] very amusing and humorous!

I really enjoyed the pace of this story, and your style of writing! Plus I have to say I really loved the big comparisons between big city life, and life in the country. Oh, and the relationship between Halley and her father was really interesting, and well done! I found the way Halley suddenly moves away and stays angry with Shawn for six years to be really believable, and humane, and it was really lovely to see them get together in the end!

I also found the descriptions of the little village, and all of the 'country life' to be really, pretty cool, since personally I've never actually lived or worked on a farm...so I don't know overly much about them!

The final thing I think I have to say is that I really loved the epilogue, because it was lovely to see her support for Mark, and to see that she wasn't jealous of his new girl! Oh, and, of course, I loved the bit about the receipt for the ring just falling out! That was a pretty perfect bit!

So yeah, over all, this was a really awesome piece of work! And I look foward to reading more of your works when I have some time!

Wishing she had her own gorgeous farmer-boy,

Rolled-Over-Beethoven
pandorka42 chapter 17 . 6/10/2009
Congrats! I never did get to read the copy you'd posted onto fictionpress, so I'll be keeping my eye out to snatch your book off the shelves! Good luck with your future endeavors and all that jazz. ;)

-Mags
I Murder on Impulse chapter 16 . 3/13/2009
Aw...great story!

xx
xo.music.xo chapter 16 . 10/19/2008
so i loved this story.

it kinda reminded of Sweet home alabama. its good movie to.

loved the story though

your a really good writer.

i think i'll read one of you other stories too...
xo.music.xo chapter 3 . 10/18/2008
so...i've ran into some really boring stories...and after 3 chapters...i'm still interested in this story.

i can't wait to see what happens...
Mercury Fields chapter 16 . 8/27/2008
Aww how wonderful. Im glad you didnt doll it up and make everything absolouly perfect and i like the way mark reacted to everything. Great story!
mage chapter 1 . 7/28/2008
congrats. you have successfully copied the plot of sweet home alabama. im sure it must have taken a lot of work to come up with new names for the characters. and oh! you moved them from new york to seattle. solid work. it was a nice touch making this mark guy the son of a senator.
AJS chapter 16 . 2/20/2008
I love this story a lot :) I don't mean to sound not like me (not that you would know or anything) but I kind of think this story is precious. It's stories like these that make a suburban/city girl like me wish that I had grown up in the countryside. Guys like Shawn and the relationships that girls like Halley has with him make me really envious. Even though this story was short, and the interactions between them were limited, you could really tell that they're really well suited for one another. You can really see the comfort and chemistry that is between them, and the way they fit so perfectly together. I can't really explain it, but you obviously did in a different way, because that's kind of the feeling that you conveyed. I don't know. It was in the way that after she went to him, he just slid right into her life at ease. The way he laughed at her and teased her when she would say, "Maybe I'll buy that car next year." The way he walked down the porch when Halley was greeting her parents at the end. I don't really know. Small gestures that just kind of add up and paint the blaringly obvious picture that they're meant to be together.

Anyways, I don't know what I'm doing, trying to convince you that your characters are supposed to be together, lol, especially when they already are :) I just like this a lot. You're a really good author. Actually, I remember your Broken Road fic from a while ago :) Not sure if you remember me... my pen name used to be iadoreyooh. OH well. Anyways, I really hope you continue writing more stories like this and your other fic :) I noticed that some of your more recent stories are still incompleted, so yeah.

I love Shawn & Halley a lot. Shawn's such a sweet heart, especially to wait so long like that. It just makes me wonder though why he didn't call even after he got back and found out that she had gone to Seattle. And why did Halley have a falling out with her father at the beginning?

Please continue writing! I want to read more :)

- Alyssa
Mysticol chapter 16 . 11/8/2007
This sorta sounds like a sequel but I could be wrong...nonetheless it was a fantastic story :)
krystalle101 chapter 1 . 9/24/2007
so yeah okay chapter one is kinda how can i say this boring sorry to be so mean but it was i know i come off sounding mean
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