Item description for Winter Of Candy Cane (Sweet Seasons) by Debbie Viguie...
Overview Candace gets a job at The Zone amusement park over Christmas break, while also teaching a Bible studies class, nursing a hurt knee, trying to do something for a grieving friend, and suffering doubts about her boyfriend Kurt.
They re fun They re quirky They re Sweet Seasons unlike any other girls books you ve ever read. You could call them alternative, God-honoring chick lit. Join Candace Thompson on a sweet, lighthearted, and honest romp through the friendships, romances, family, school, faith, and values that make a girl s life as full as it can be. Seasons change and so will life for at least one park employee. Christmas is coming And an elf outfit and the minty scent of what seem like a gatrillion candy canes aren t the only adjustments for Candace. Her biggest worry what to get her boyfriend for Christmas turns into a much larger project after Candace is reminded that real needs can be hiding right around the corner. Can this elf capture the true meaning of Christmas in time to make a difference?"
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Sweet Seasons Novel
Series Number 3
ISBN 0310717523 ISBN13 9780310717522 UPC 025986717520
Availability 0 units.
More About Debbie Viguie
DEBBIE VIGUIE is the New York Times Bestselling author of three dozen novels including the Wicked series, the Crusade series and the Wolf Springs Chronicles series co-authored with Nancy Holder. Debbie writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries, the Kiss trilogy, and the Witch Hunt trilogy. When Debbie isn't busy writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Schrodinger."
Debbie Viguie currently resides in Anaheim, in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Winter Of Candy Cane (Sweet Seasons)?
Mother-approved Jun 11, 2009
This is the third book in the Sweet Seasons series and it's written for the teen audience (but you don't have to be a teen to enjoy it!).
I haven't read the first two books in the series but I really felt like this could be read as a stand alone and I didn't feel weird jumping in without reading the other two first.
Candace gets hired to work at The Zone once again as a seasonal employee. This time she is given the dangerous job of being Santa's elf. What's so dangerous about that? Plenty.
But in the midst of the usual teen concerns of earning extra spending money and what to get her boyfriend (and other friends) for Christmas, Candace learns how to look beyond herself and what she sees is quite eye-opening.
Working at The Zone has broadened her friendships and in looking for just the right gifts for them she finds out what life is really like for one friend in particular. Candace has a big heart and she's more than willing to do what it takes to make a difference for her friend.
Also, Candace is the leader for a bible study group and is extremely nervous about it, especially when Joy, the holier-than-thou girl, tests her limits.
Candace will probably remember this Christmas season for a long time.
I enjoyed The Winter of Candy Canes and will gladly let my daughter read it and the rest of the series. It was a light, fun read full of action, age-appropriate romance, and spiritual growth. I like that Candace was her own person and didn't form herself around her boyfriend. She's a down-to-earth kind of girl, not a drama queen (although her best friend is one...they make a great pair!).
I also appreciated the various roles Candace played. From home life, to student, to bible study leader, to employee, to friend, to girlfriend. She handled them all very well and showed that teens don't have to have 'tudes. She didn't come across as some perfect, unattainable character. She's the kind of girl you want your daughter to be...and to be friends with.
http://kindredthought.blogspot.com Feb 9, 2009
When I first started reading The Winter of Candy Canes, this being my first Sweet Seasons book, I thought it would be a super quick read and something I could speed-read my way through. I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would! Candace is a fun, interesting character, and someone I would definitely have identified with as a teen. Well, except that I didn't start dating until I was in my 20's and wasn't near as independent as she is. I think she's someone I would have liked to be more like, though. ;-) She has the coolest job ever - she works at a theme park! In this book, the park has a Christmas theme and Candace is one of Santa's elves. Sounds fun, doesn't it? She thinks so, too, and can't understand why there are so many ominous looks or why she gets hazard pay. But she'll soon find out why the job is considered hazardous...
The author has worked at both Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland, so she totally knows her stuff when it comes to amusement parks! This made Candace's adventures at the theme park completely engrossing to me - it made me wish I had had such a cool job when I was a teenager!
The Winter of Candy Canes is a light, enjoyable read, and one I would definitely recommend for young teen girls. Although it takes place during Christmastime, it's a book that can be enjoyed anytime. The fact that this series is seasonal just adds to the fun. I'm interested enough to want to read the first two books in this series and see what I missed! :-)
Third in Sweet Seasons series another teen treat Dec 23, 2008
The Winter of Candy Canes by Debbie Vigiue is the third book in the Sweet Seasons series starring teenager Candace Thompson. Candy is back working in The Zone, the local amusement park, as one of Santa's elf, a job so terrifying, she'll receive hazard pay. Candy has become a legend at the part after being chased by a crazed killer in The Summer of Cotton Candy and then saving the park from saboteurs in The Fall of Candy Corn. As usual, Candy quickly ends up in the Hospital Zone after a death-defying encounter with vicious children. All of Candy's crew has also returned: Tamara, her obscenely wealthy best friend; Kurt, her not-so-perfect boyfriend, and Josh, her best guy friend who everyone else (including the reader) realizes is Candy's true perfect match, plus the rest of the quirky Zone workers. I really like this Christian YA series. Candy feels so true to life. She's trying to be faithful, and even though she sometimes fails, her huge heart touches everyone around her. A lot of other YA books on the market are a bit dark in their interpretation of teens. I like that Vigiue keeps this fairly light. Even though some of the characters face some serious issues, Candy's biggest worry is having to wear her leg brace to the winter dance. This book doesn't have the hilarious Scooby-Doo-esque mystery the previous book did, and it's obvious Vigiue is gearing up for a more serious final book to end the series. Candy is maturing and growing throughout the series, and she's truly discovering her talents and what that means for her future. I am definitely looking forward to The Spring of Candy Apples!
Fun Teen Read Dec 23, 2008
Reading this yummy book is an enjoyably sweet treat. It's book three of the Sweet Seasons Novel series, but it can be easily read and appreciated on its own. The story grabs the heart of teens as two high school teenagers, Candice and Tamara--best friends solve problems as only teens can. The characters are slightly flawed and therefore, quite believable. The protagonist is the leader of a Bible study at her church. There's school, parents, part-time jobs, and shopping that fill their busy schedules. Boys play a prominent part in their lives, but it's clean--no sex is even hinted. The author has teen dialogue down pat.
Parents, teachers, and employers are respected; how refreshing! There's a bit of romance, a time of tension between two opposing viewpoints, a sad scene that causes the need for a tissue, and a delightful ending. The real meaning of Christmas is covered. If you have a teenager or know one, this teen fiction is a good idea for them! I'm passing my copy along to my granddaughter.
Seasonally Sweet Dec 18, 2008
The Winter of the Candy Canes by Debbie Viguie is a teen novel about a girl named Candace who gets a seasonal job as one of Santa's elves at a local amusement park. It is part of a series called "Sweet Season", all about Candace and her adventures as an employee of that park. It is also the story of her friendships with schoolmates and fellow employees. I have to say it didn't end the way I thought it would, but yes, the ending was happy.
The main character is some sort of Protestant Christian. She leads a girls' Bible study and prayer is mentioned a couple of times in the book, and her Christianity definitely has an effect, in a positive way, on her life, and she's not afraid to talk about it, but the beliefs expressed are pretty generic and pretty limited.
I liked the story but I didn't like the book. I don't know what it is about teen fiction, but I've seen this in several books. One the cover and title page, the name of the story is not capitalized, nor is the author's name. The typeface in the book is Arial or something similar, which for some reason I don't like in a book. The grammar and punctuation in the book is fine (but I didn't go over it with a fine-toothed comb), it doesn't have that choppy language I've found in some other books, but I do wish they'd capitalize on the cover and change the typeface.