Blog Tour Review: Candy Canes and Christmastime by Linda Hoffman Kimball

Candy Canes Christmastime blog tour

Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real WorldCandy Canes and Christmastime:
Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World
by Linda Hoffman Kimball
Nonfiction, Christmas
Paperback178 Pages
October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media


If you long for a “humbug free” holiday, this is the book for you! Linda Hoffman Kimball presents a compilation of heartfelt and humorous experiences and ideas from women across the broad spectrum of LDS experience and location. Their words help families of any Christian background refocus on the sacredness of the season. Discover unique traditions, fresh ideas, practical tips, and spiritual insights so that your family can get back on track. There are even some recipes! This is a great gift to give your friends, neighbors and relatives.


My Review

Christmastime can always be so hectic and it's so easy to lose focus on what is most important. Sometimes we may just feel bogged down with a huge to-do list and need something to inspire us, give us an idea of something we can change, or something to do to liven Christmas back up and to more fully warm our hearts. Candy Canes and Christmastime is a fabulous resource to help us do all of those things. There were many sweet experiences shared along with fun ideas and some yummy recipes. 

I absolutely loved all the different stories shared from other women about Christmastime. I loved the scripture advent calendar, all the different recipes, the ideas for Christmas cards and gifts, and the "12 Days of Christmas Tower" that would be so much fun. I also loved the "12 Days After Christmas" that had ideas of things to do after Christmas and before the kids go back to school. This book will be fun to revisit during December to ground me and remind me of the more spiritual side of the holiday. It will also provide a few new traditions to start or things to add to the season. I also think it would make a great gift.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Cedar Fort, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author
Linda Hoffman Kimball is an author and illustrator based in Illinois and Utah. Candy Canes & Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World is the 5th compilation for Cedar Fort in the “In the Real World” series. This series on topics compelling to Mormon women, features the voices and experiences of a wide array of women “in the trenches” who candidly share what they have learned from the highlights – and even the lowlights – in their efforts to build Zion. She is a blogger with and writes a column for the quarterly journal Exponent II with which she has been affiliated since 1975. Her other books include humorous novels for LDS adults Home to Roost (Hatrack River Press) and The Marketing of Sister B. (Signature Books), an essay compilation Saints Well-Seasoned: Musings on how food nourishes us – body, heart and soul (Deseret Book) and the children’s picture book Come with Me on Halloween (Albert Whitman Co.).

Linda Hoffman Kimball earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Boston University. She and her husband Christian have three grown children with marvelous spouses and three delightful grandchildren. She loves to travel, make creative messes, and consume dark chocolate.


  1. These all look good :)
    I have nominated you for the cake book tag. Check it out here:

  2. Glad you read 'Painting Kisses.' It looks and sounds really sweet and I gather from your GR status, it was just that. :)

  3. Thanks, Sofia! I actually don't normally take nominations. I just don't have the extra time, but I'll take a look.

  4. It was. I loved it! I think you'd like that one, Rissi. :)

  5. I would definitely at least read the third book, which will enhance how you view the characters in this one, if you can. I did love it!

  6. I love her books! Have you read any of hers before?

  7. Yes, indeed I have; two I believe. To be honest, they're not my favorites. Her writing is excellent and I liked 'Gatehouse' better than 'Dancing Master,' but I think its just not my kind of genre, maybe!? Anyone, I am definitely curious about this one, so am excited to give the book a chance. :)

  8. You should try The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. That is my favorite of hers. Dancing Master was meh for me. I did like Gatehouse. I have high expectations for this one. I'm hoping I'll like it as much as Fairbourne. Have you read Julianne Donaldson's books? She's historical romance (clean) and they're really, really good. If you've given up on the genre, I would still try those.


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