The Christmas Layover

The Christmas Layover

by Robert Tate Miller

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The weather forecasters said the snowstorm would miss the eastern seaboard. They were wrong. When Ally Henderson’s flight from Southern California to New York City for Christmas gets diverted to the tiny Midwestern town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get back in the air and back to the Big Apple. But with all the airports closed, she’s forced to rely on Midwestern hospitality to wait out the storm. And she soon learns that she has a storm of her own to weather. One that could shatter her life.

Living with a kind stranger is one way to spend a snowed-in Christmas, but when she meets the local diner owner, Jake, sparks fly. Only, Ally’s a big-city girl with big-city dreams, and Jake will always be a Bethlehem boy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640636835
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 5,292
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Tate Miller was raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina where he started writing at a young age.

Rob has written many screenplays and has had six movies produced for the small screen. His TV movie credits include Three Days, Secret Santa, Hidden Places, Farewell Mr. Kringle, Christmas Cookies, and Love Struck Cafe. Rob wrote the novels Secret Santa (Atria), Forever Christmas (Thomas Nelson), and The Christmas Star (Waterfall Press). Rob graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Journalism/Mass Communications. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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The Christmas Layover 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Even though my to-read pile was overflowing, and I had more books to read and reviews to write before December closed, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read this book by Robert Tate Miller. I’ve read several of his Christmas books in the past and love the way he crafts his stories. The Christmas Layover is a fun, touching, warm story for the holidays. Ally Henderson is a great main character—she quickly gained my sympathies and was easy to connect with. And Jake Nelson is just as likeable. Maybe even more so. They both have pasts to overcome, but thankfully, they aren’t overly dramatic about it. I love how their relationship grows organically and doesn’t feel rushed or contrived. Their conversations are believable and keep the story moving along at a great pace. And the town of Bethlehem is a character in itself, with a special charm and townsfolk who provide warmth and nostalgia. I enjoyed this wonderful holiday tale. It has great pacing, a unique storyline, and is incredibly visual, (although I didn’t picture the main characters as depicted on the front cover.) The Christmas Layover provides all the warmth you need for the winter!
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful Christmas romance that should be read while you’re snuggled up in a blanket with a cup of tea and some Christmas cookies because it will definitely put you in the mood to suspend real life for a while. When Ally Henderson’s flight to New York is diverted to Bethlehem, Colorado because of bad weather she misses her wedding and she’s lost track of her fiancé too. When the little town of Bethlehem takes in the stranded travelers and Ally dreams of going back to the big city, she meets a small town guy named Jake who’s perfectly content to stay right where he is which leaves her questioning everything she thought she wanted for her future. I loved this book! I read a complimentary copy of this book provided by Entangled Publishing through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful festive romance set mainly in Bethlehem, Colorado. It begins with Ally Henderson flying to New York where she is to marry her business partner fiancé in a few days time. Inclement weather forces the plane to land in the small airport near Bethlehem. The people of the equally small town rally round to provide accommodation for their unexpected guests. Ally ends up going with her fellow passenger, the very pregnant Noel, to stay with Peggy. Peggy's son, Jake Nelson, takes the two from the airport to his mother's home. There's instant attraction between Ally and Jake but both know it can lead no where ..... or does fate have other plans for this pair? You'll just have to read it yourself to find out! This story has great characters, a variety of interwoven plots, a betrayal, two romances and a heartwarming story for the festive season. Nothing is straightforward but all works out well in the end. It is a fun read with plenty of twists and turns, surprises and festive cheer along the way. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys festive romances. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. This is my honest review after reading and enjoying this story.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! When a blizzard strands the passengers of an airplane, an entire town opens their homes to the passengers. Great story!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
when ally henderson ends up stranded in bethlehem, colorado in the christmas layover. she is pretty sure her christmas wedding plans are falling apart. this is made even more certain when she learns her fiancé has left her a letter breaking things off and cleaned out their bank accounts. trapped by the snowstorm she has to put all her meditation techniques to work and find her balance. when she stumbles upon charlie's the local diner run by her host's son, jake nelson, she decides to help him out due to the extra stranded passenger traffic. soon, she's helping him not only in the restaurant but also with helping him recapture his holiday spirit. jake has let his grief for his father and for his fiancée take away his christmas joy. but having ally around changes all of that. this is a sweet, small-town romance, with lovely supporting characters and that made-for-tv holiday movie feel to it. **the christmas layover will publish on november 12, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (bliss) in exchange for my honest review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
When a winter storm grounds a plane full of people heading to NY for the holidays it's forced to land in the middle of nowhere, a town called Bethlehem. Yep! It's Christmas. Seat mates Noel, who is very pregnant and next to her Ally, who is flying to NY to get married. Ally's concerned she hasn't heard from her fiancé, now stranded adds to the stress. This little town comes through by housing the entire plane full of people, each home taking as many as they can to make them feel at home. There's no hotel or accommodations to handle that many people. The airport consists of one building. Noel and Ally end up staying with the same family, Ally now used to Noel's incessant talking, they are warmly welcomed by Jake's family. Jake not so much. Jake runs the diner in town. The holidays are not happy times for him, he's lost a love and frankly self absorbed. Totally. Made him hard to like for me. Ally goes through the ringer while there with her now ex fiancé and the hits for her just keep coming. Jake and Ally dance around each other constantly throughout the story. Meanwhile Noel ever the optimist is doing her best now anxious to get home to her hubby. She's cute as a bug, she grows on you through the story. Good laughs there. Jake's family is great and the people of the town are amazing. They made the book. Totally. While I felt the book ran a little long and Jake wasn't a relatable character, the thrust of the book which brings the meaning of the holidays forward was spectacular. Applause for that. The authors note in the back of the book explains the premise which made it even better and a timely reminder for the upcoming holidays. arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review.
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet Christmas romance. From the moment I picked it up I was totally enchanted with the small town and all the people in it. A plane headed for New York full of passengers gets diverted to small town called Bethlehem because of a winter storm. I love how the passengers start to become involved with the towns people. The author has done such a great job creating characters that interact so well together. I loved Jake and Ally together. He is there for her a lot during the story and they grow close. This is a really great read that will keep you reading well into the night. If you are looking for a book that will make you all warm and fuzzy then this is the book for you. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Layover marks my first time reading Robert Tate Miller. In another writing life, Robert was a screenwriter for several Hallmark movies. Thus, I had really high expectations for The Christmas Layover. Sadly, the book didn’t meet those expectations. That isn’t to say the story wasn’t enjoyable and good, because it was. It just didn’t wow and move me like I wanted. It’s December 20th and Ally Henderson is flying from LA to New York for her Christmas wedding. Everything is going according to plan and she’s looking forward to marrying her fiance Tim, and continuing to run their yoga studio together. Things hit a bump when a winter storm takes a turn, becomes a blizzard, and closes down air travel across the Eastern Seaboard. Blizzard Blast as it’s called, forces Flight 1225 and its 285 passengers and crew to be diverted to small town Bethlehem, Colorado. With so many visitors in town all at once and the only hotel in town closed for renovations, it’s up to the residents of Bethlehem to make the new visitors welcomed for the night. Jake Nelson is still reeling from Christmases of the past. Christmas use to be his favorite time of year. But four years ago, things changed for him. Just when he was finding happiness again, fate stepped in to turn his world upside down yet again. Since then, Jake has just existed and not truly embraced life. Ally and very pregnant fellow passenger, Noel are housed with Jake’s mom Peggy. One night becomes four as the storm continues and the community embraces their new friends. In the midst of having a mini-crisis about the weather and her diverted flight, Ally’s world actually turns on its axis. While 1,000 miles away, with no way of getting back to LA, Ally learns Tim doesn’t plan on marrying her. In fact, he has stopped paying any and all bills related to their business and wiped out all of their joint accounts. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” In The Christmas Layover, Ally and Jake learn that while life can be cruel, miracles at Christmas do happen. “Love is the greatest Christmas gift of all.”, and this Christmas Ally and Jake will find that all their past hurts have lead them to where they are meant to be. The Christmas Layover is a sweet romance, full of wonderful and likeable characters. I will admit that there were times when Ally was slightly unlikeable as she was being ungrateful and rude. But I did understand where she was coming from. My heart broke when I learned of Jake’s story. But I swear that he is such a nice, likeable guy. There is this secondary love story that is sweet and amazing. I will definitely read more from Robert Tate Miller in the future. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read that is full of holiday charm as we learn about new friends, new life, new love and most of all new hope. When a plane full of people is diverted to a small town by inclement weather, the entire population of Bethlehem, Co opens their hearts and homes to them. Ally Henderson is one of the passengers and she has no idea how much her life is about to change. This book has a wonderful unique storyline with characters that are entertaining and fun. The writing is exceptional and you help but finish this book with a smile on your face. I highly recommend this one.