I’m happy to have author Candee Fick visit today to talk about her newest book, A Picture Perfect Christmas. My review is already and is scheduled to post here tomorrow so be sure to come back then to hear my thoughts. (Spoiler – it was another great book by Candee!)
The Truth in Fiction
as Seen in A Picture Perfect Christmas
by Candee Fick
It’s Happy Release Day for A Picture Perfect Christmas and I’m a bit giddy at the prospect of sharing this story with the world. First, because readers asked for this continuation of Liz and Ryan’s story and I’m eager to find out if I hit all the “feels” while delivering that true happily-ever-after they craved. But second, because I had so much fun writing bits of my personal story into the plot events.
The most obvious comparison for those who know me personally is that I got married on December 22nd in a church that was already decorated with reds, greens, and white twinkle lights. While Liz and Ryan have scheduled their wedding for a few days after Christmas, it was so easy for me to picture all of the wedding planning scenes by simply taking a trip down memory lane.
Of course, my wedding had a giant Christmas tree set up in the reception hall for guests to leave their gifts under. And had gingerbread house decorations as part of the centerpieces on the tables. And every year I still pull out leftover strands of fake pearl ropes and lacy gold ribbon to decorate our family’s tree.
Speaking of decorating the Christmas tree, I was pretty strategic about how I had Liz and Ryan choose to decorate their first tree together. While I won’t give away the overall theme and ornament choice, I will say that there was a bit of popcorn stringing involved. And for that scene, I drew on a college memory.
In a dorm decorating contest my freshman year, our floor decided to create a red paper “ribbon” horizontally down the hallway and hung draping strings of popcorn and construction paper ornaments along it. Can I just say that by the time we had enough kernels on the line, my pin-cushioned fingers were numb from gripping the needle? I’ve never strung popcorn since… But I thought Ryan deserved the experience firsthand as an act of love.
However, the Christmas season isn’t the same without cookies so of course there’s a scene where Liz and Ryan are doing a little baking. Honestly, their selection of recipes includes my family’s favorites and I may or may not have emphasized the status of the pecan shortbread snowball that my mother-in-law brings out every year.
Christmas cookies aren’t the same without a mug of hot chocolate to go with them. But it has to be from scratch using the “secret” recipe printed on the side of the can of Hershey’s cocoa. My youngest son has turned me into a hot chocolate snob and we take turns making a batch before watching reruns of old Survivor seasons together.
Okay, that last part isn’t Christmas. Not to mention that Liz and Ryan are usually coffee addicts. But including hot chocolate in A Picture Perfect Christmas was my personal nod to my son and helped me get into the holiday mood while writing this story in the middle of the summer.
Lastly, like my previous books, I aim to include elements of God’s truth into the storyline and A Picture Perfect Christmas is no different with an emphasis on the fact that Christmas is for family. Because my favorite part of the holiday season is spending unhurried time with my family, especially when we’re able to worship together. That candle-raising bit from the Christmas Eve service scene in Focus On Love? Yes. That’s based on our local church’s tradition…and just might get repeated in this book too.
What about you? What are your favorite Christmas traditions and/or top three Christmas cookie favorites? Would seeing those elements in a book draw you further into the story or cause a distraction?
A Picture Perfect Christmas
by Candee Fick
Series: The Wardrobe Dinner Theater #4
Publication Date November 12, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-24
Written for: Adults
From disowned to daughter to “I do?"
Freelance photographers Liz Foster and Ryan Callahan are finally making plans for their future. And what better time to get married than during the festive holiday season that brought them together? If only Liz’s parents weren’t standing in the way of a picture-perfect wedding.
Spurred on by the ghosts of Christmases past, Dan Foster has already written Liz out of his will, so even attending the wedding—let alone walking his daughter down the aisle—is out of the question. However, this is the season for miracles and Ryan will do anything to make his bride smile.
What will it take to bring this family back together in time for the wedding?
If you like Christmas weddings, family reunions, and happily-ever-afters, then you’ll love this next chapter in The Wardrobe series by Candee Fick. Pick up Picture Perfect Christmas and start celebrating the season today.
(NOTE: This book is a follow-up to Focus On Love and is best understood if read in that order.)
I would like to thank Candee Fick for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: Focus On Love