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Summary

A holiday novella. The Shoemakers and Ferraros plan to spend Christmas in Texas with Larry and Jane Ann's brother and then take a camping trip through the Southwest. But those plans are stopped cold when they hit a rogue ice storm in Missouri and they end up snowbound in a campground. And that's just the beginning.

©2015 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman

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Loved it

This one is my go to sleep comfort story at night.....love everything about it ,though I am probably biased as I love mysteries set in and around Christmas especially it it's snowing heavily.

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Excellent Short story

A short fun audiobook. Trapped during a blizzard at Christmas there is stranger found unconscious in the snow. Well written characters weave a believable tale. narration is perfect.

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Disappointed

I've been loving this series of books until this one. It really didn't go anywhere interesting. I'm not going to let it put me off the rest of the series though, because the previous books have been much better.

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Michelle Babb made this short book a joy.

This is a short but a fun story, Trapped on a winter campground by a blizzard the fun starts, we have stray and injured animals and a mysterious stranger found unconscious in the snow,

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A nice Christmasy mystery

I enjoyed this sweet Christmasy Novella had a very feel good feeling about it narration was brilliant

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Blue Christmas

A Campy Christmas by Karen Musser Nortman pulled me in from the very beginning. I love the characters in the Frannie Shoemaker Campground adventure series. Being an empty-nester I could relate to the blue feeling around the holidays. Michelle Babb was wonderful bringing the characters to life with her voice. She conveys the emotions so well. I really enjoyed this short listen.

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I kept waiting for the dead body!

The biggest mystery in this novella is why anyone would want to go camping 2 days before Christmas in a massive Missouri blizzard. LOL! Another great Karen Musser Nortman Franny Shoemaker mystery expertly narrated by the lovely Michelle Babb. A very enjoyable read all in all, highly recommended.

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A fun story

This is a fun story, these books get better each time, this is shorter than the last few but that does not detract, Trapped on a winter campground by a blizzard the usual characters encounter various difficulties with weather, stray and injured animals and a mysterious stranger found unconscious in the snow, A heart-warming seasonal tale with an excellent ending. Narration is perfect for the story as always,

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Blue Christmas

I have enjoyed the other books in this series but somehow this book didn't work for me, I kept waiting for something to happen and then it ended. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy it because I know he characters so well but if you are waiting for the mystery (which it is billed as, yes I did check) then you are going to be disappointed. It is a fun and very short story looking at what it is like going camping at Christmas, a nice fun cozy feel good book with old friends and new ones.
Frannie is facing a Christmas without her children or grandchildren for the first time and is struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. That is until Sue Anne and Mickey invite them to join them on there holiday plans. With the camper vans dusted off they head off to a empty camp site and settle down for the night before taking off in the morning . These plans quickly change when a snow storm hits and then it becomes a case of surviving. With no electricity or hot water its back to basics and as it was a last minute decision to go they have very little food. The roads blocked and even more snow falling they have to dig deep to find the joy of Christmas and use nature to help make it happen. Can the Shoesmakers pull off a miracle and actually enjoy Christmas? Somebody needs that miracle.
With Michelle Babb as the narrator a three star overall story jumps up to a four star. What more can I say? She is very talented and I enjoy listening to her.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Look at the size of those flakes.

Another camping trip with Frannie and Larry Shoemaker and friends, but this time it's a seasonal short. For the first time in 44years of marriage, the couple are preparing to spend a Christmas alone and Frannie is sad. So when a trip to Missouri to stay with in laws is suggested, they dust of the camper van and off they go.
Unfortunately, they are also pursued by a blizzard which strands the two families travelling together on a deserted campsite, for much of the time without power and little food, whilst snow piles up around them.
As always with these delightful stories, the characters are so well drawn, they could be the people next door. With some bickering and moaning, but also friendship and warmth, they face up to a Christmas Eve that they will never forget.

Perhaps this reader was slightly influenced by the blizzard blowing outside of her own window, but listening to this book was a thoroughly delicious hour and a half spent snuggled in front of the fire. As always, narrator Michelle Babb perfectly captures the conversational conflicts, the closeness of family and the general interest of all of the protagonists in their enjoyment of camping together. A good performance and, overall, a nice seasonal addition to the Frannie Shoemaker series.

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  • Lori
  • 01-12-16

A Cozy Christmas Adventure

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A good, clean, fun campground adventure. A cozy Christmas adventure. This is my first Frannie Shoemaker campground adventure. But it was just as enjoyable as her Time Travel Trailer series. It's a cute, light, entertaining and fun, spirit of Christmas story. I say spirit of Christmas but really it's about caring and helping someone in need no matter what time of year it is.

Setting off on a Holiday adventure they're plans suddenly change due to severe weather. Their adventurous holiday misfortune from weather turns into another mans miracle.

Michelle Babb did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy to listen to. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace to her narration. Good character voices. She made the characters and the story come to life. Very enjoyable.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook by the narrator, author or publisher.

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  • Brandy Blackerby
  • 24-11-16

What stopped me from giving.....

What stopped me from giving this a 5vstar review is the length! If this is Book #6(That's what it said in the beginning & this so far is the only 1 I've listened to)I bet you could put all the books together & make 1 Regular size book! Don't get me wrong, what was there was good but you BARELY got time to know the characters & it was over! I also felt like I was missing some stuff! However all the info I am missing VERY WELL COULD BE IN BOOKS 1-5!!

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  • Christina
  • 05-11-16

A short & sweet Christmas adventure

I love all of the Frannie Shoemaker mysteries, but this might just be my favorite! It's short and sweet, but has all the elements to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. There is compassion, humor, camaraderie, a bit of adventure (and misadventures), a furry pup, and lots of holiday cheer.

Even though it's not quite the holidays here just yet, the imagery in this book made me feel like I was there in that time & place. Michelle Babb narrated this so well (as usual), and all the visual narration of the cold and snow helps you transport. It's a feel good from start to finish with a bit of innocent mystery tied in. I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review

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  • in1ear (John Row)
  • 02-11-16

A Christmas Classic in the making.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! I predict that this will be a Christmas Classic around my house. I've enjoyed several of the Frannie Shoemaker Camper stories in the series. This is a story of what Christmas means. Caught in a blizzard at a campground on Christmas Eve, Frannie, her husband and their close friends / in laws, start with "making do". The story evolves into a heartwarming "adventure" - different, and delightfully so!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The whole group but I liked Dasher. I'm a sucker for brown eyes, lol.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole story worked so well, but the Christmas Dinner with the Shoemakers, Ferraros, J.C., Dasher was heartwarming.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both actually. Karen Muser Nortman's character interactions are funny, and I relate to the relationship between the men bickering. And I was very much touched by the family and Spirit of the story.

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Michelle Babb was a perfect choice for the story. She adds so much to the overall "feel" of it. Pleasant voices, subtle differences in characters, truly enjoyable.

Thanks for the opportunity to review "A Campy Christmas" and the entire Frannie Shoemaker series!

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

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  • Melstamps
  • 26-10-16

Love this Book, Love this Series

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I have to admit that I truly enjoy The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mystery series by Karen Musser Nortman and “A Campy Christmas” is no exception. Unlike previous entries in the series,  “A Campy Christmas” is not really a mystery; instead this is a lovely little tale that deftly weaves the spirit of Christmas into the story of a camping trip gone wrong without being overbearing.

Frannie Shoemaker is feeling a bit bereft as neither of her children will be home for Christmas. She and her husband Larry decide to pull their camper out of storage and join Larry’s sister, Jane Ann, and her husband Mickey on their trip to Texas to visit Larry and Jane Ann’s brother. Unfortunately, the four encounter a huge winter storm and are forced to take refuge in an isolated campground. How they deal with the consequences of the storm as Christmas approaches, make for a lighthearted but ultimately heartwarming story. I have always loved the interaction between the realistically drawn characters in this series and still do, as this book adds a little more depth to a couple of them. The relationships and banter between the four ring true, which is probably why I enjoy this series so much. It is rare to read a book where the characters really sound and act like real people.

Michelle Babb does a fine job with the narration.  There is consistency from previous books to this one, and each voice is clearly distinctive. She does an excellent job with the pacing, as well. 

I highly recommend this book. There is something about this series that truly resonates with me.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own. 

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  • momof6
  • 05-09-21

A memorable Christmas

This was such a sweet story with a mystery to still solve. I have come to really love these crazy characters and all their antics. A heart warming novella to fill a few hours of the season.
As always, the narrator completely keeps your attention as she weaves these stories to life with her talents.

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  • Kristina R.
  • 15-07-21

Not a murder mystery but mysterious & wholesome

So... this is not quite a murder mystery, but rather a short, wholesome mystery adventure. Expect a lot of caring and happy, fuzzy feelings! :)

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  • Deborah
  • 15-07-21

quick listen

A nice short Christmas listen with excellent narration.
I was given this free audiobook copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Gary Thomson
  • 03-07-21

Great Mystery Series

The main characters are likeable and well-written. The plot kept me and kept me guessing the whole time. It is fast-paced. Great books to listen to while driving.

I listened to the audio version. The narrator, Michelle Babb, always draws me into the stories she narrates. Her voice is perfect for story telling. She Always does a great job. I really enjoy listening to her.

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  • Janet Henderson
  • 04-03-21

Let's Go Camping!

Careful... each one of these books in this series will make you want to go camping! I wish this one had Ben longer!

Michelle Babb has a way of bringing the characters to life in her relaxed way that always allows the story to just flow. I always hate when the story comes to an end.

This book was a pleasure to listen to and I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review & I look forward to listening to more books by both the narrator & the author.