I was expecting this one to be an anthology since so often holiday reads are short. However, once I got to the end I learned it was written round-robiI was expecting this one to be an anthology since so often holiday reads are short. However, once I got to the end I learned it was written round-robin style. Surprisingly I did not find it choppy or cumbersome. I'm sure it helped the each chapter focused on one pair of people.
The book had everything one expects of a holiday romance - reluctant love interests thrown into romantic situations where tension is even higher due to the holiday spirit and people giving of themselves to brighten the lives of those less fortunate. I enjoyed it and found it served its purpose to get me into the holiday spirit a bit more.
I enjoyed it enough to jump right into a two story holiday anthology by the first listed author. I'll likely look into the works of the other authors as well, especially the non-holiday offerings....more
Overall, a pretty fun contemporary romance. As is not so unusual for this genre, it was relatively predictable and some clues were a bit heavier handeOverall, a pretty fun contemporary romance. As is not so unusual for this genre, it was relatively predictable and some clues were a bit heavier handed than warranted. But I enjoyed the diversion....more
3.5 stars - I chose this book after reading the round-robin written book, 'Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes and Trish Jensen. I'm a sucker f3.5 stars - I chose this book after reading the round-robin written book, 'Twas the Night by Sandra Hill, Kate Holmes and Trish Jensen. I'm a sucker for the colorful characters of Southern fiction and enjoy indulging in mushy holiday fiction to help get me in the mood for the season. I was excited to see the two combined and was not disappointed.
Each of the two stories featured very differently colored characters, but they were all charming. As is common of holiday romances, some personal growth sparked by the season made the love connections possible in the end. The endings were relatively predictable, but other endings would have been strongly disappointing....more
3.5 stars - I am not frequently a fan of Christian fiction. When it comes to holiday reads I don't mind a bit of it, as long as it isn't too heavy han3.5 stars - I am not frequently a fan of Christian fiction. When it comes to holiday reads I don't mind a bit of it, as long as it isn't too heavy handed. It can be good to be pulled out of all the commercialism of the holiday.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was nice to believe in modern day miracles for a little bit and to witness three people in very different stages of life and grappling with the troubles those entail really transform and hold each other up. Some of the "lessons" were a tad heavy handed, but suitable to the situation and not unexpected. I enjoyed a break from the formulaic holiday romances I have read recently. That isn't to say that the ending of this story is surprising, it was pretty clear as soon as the "The Christmas Dog" made the scene.
Those sensitive to frequent mentions of praying may wish to choose a different title, but that was the only recurring reference to Christianity in the book. There was also a good chunk of a church sermon, which was rather heavy handed, but served as catalyst for the plot so did not bother me, nor was it really unexpected.
The Kindle formatting of the title was fairly good. There were a few spots with extra line breaks and a few areas where parts of a word would be in subscript or superscript, but I did not find it terribly bothersome....more
A heart warming Christmas read with a strong message. If your only interest in Christmas is secular you will want to look elsewhere for your ChristmasA heart warming Christmas read with a strong message. If your only interest in Christmas is secular you will want to look elsewhere for your Christmas reading.
This was not, however, your typical holiday read. The main character, Lena, is released on early parole at the beginning of the Christmas season where she embarks upon a fresh start in a small town in northern Minnesota. The plans do not go as her release package stated, but with the help of an older woman she meets on the bus on her way to the new town and the generosity of her spirit she touches the lives of many in the small town despite her own difficult circumstances. It is a good reminder of it being the season of giving.
A found a few passages a bit heavy handed on the preaching which I think could have been toned down a tad and still been clear. In general I expect there to be messages in holiday reads, but I don't necessarily need to be hit over the head with them....more