"A Robertson Family Christmas" by Kay Robertson is the first fictional work done in the Robertson clan books. This novel features Hunter, a Chicago teen, who wins a contest to spend Christmas in Louisiana with the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. Hunter comes from a divorced family and has been estranged from his father and brother. His mother works most of the time leaving Hunter alone a lot. He goes to West Monroe and learns that family is not just silence and ignoring, but of love, laughter, and faith.
As usual, with books based on famous people, I will review this book on its own merit and not that of the show, the family, or whatever "scandal" is going on at the time. Miss Kay has some help with writing from Travis Thrasher. I am unsure on what level and how much help she received, but the writing is good. The story starts off a little like a commercial for the family, but if I were writing on my own family, I would probably gloss over a few parts too. After she gets into the novel, the family becomes a lot more real. The only thing I didn't like was that she went back and forth between telling the story through Korie's (the woman of the house that Hunter stayed at) point of view and Hunter's. I would have rather she stuck with one or the other, preferably Hunter since the story was primarily about him. I would recommend this book, whether a fan of the show or not, as a good Christmas read. To get in the spirit of Christmas I will have a giveaway! I have two hard cover books to giveaway from Tyndale Publishers to two people who either comment or message me (firstname.lastname@example.org) about their wackiest, most Robertson Christmas they have ever had. The final day will be November 15. I will announce the winners on November 17th.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through www.bloggingforbooks.com and www.netgalley.com.