Amazon tricked me into buying this one with its pretty cover and all. I wish I'd checked this one out on GR before one-click-buying it. It's a littleAmazon tricked me into buying this one with its pretty cover and all. I wish I'd checked this one out on GR before one-click-buying it. It's a little too sweet for my tastes, it's making my teeth hurt with all the candy cane sweetness and a little too on the Jesus and God side of things for me. A little in the spirit of Christmas is fine, but this? Too. Much. Overall rating: 3/5 stars.
Hope For Christmas by Mary Connealy This is a rather cute story very apt for the season. On the run from a horrible mother in law Kelsey is rescued by a rugged cowboy who basically saves her life. The rugged cowboy, Tanner, comes with a huge family that circles their wagons around her and it all ends up neatly wrapped with a bow on top. A little too on the “yeah, right” side of things, but it fits the mood of the season, so I’m putting this one in the “I liked this story” camp. 4/5 stars
Her Christmas Cowboy by Audra Harders Too heavy on the Bible quotes, Jesus and God. I liked the characters all right, and the premise was good. But I just could not get on board with all the Bible thumpin’ going on. It just kept reminding me of how holier than thou some people are, and I just could not get into the story. Ease up on the Bible stuff, and this would have been an half decent story. 2/5 stars
Longing For A Miracle by Ruth Logan Herne I’m all for Christmas Miracles and people beating the odds. What I’m not all for, is reading about kids dying. Not even to set the mood of the story. I read to escape reality, I do not need a dose of reality in my books. You kill kids in the story, and then you go on with an holier than thou attitude and have your characters pray and whatnot. This is what I call a double standard. This is why I have such issues with people who shove their religion down your throat, thinking they’re better than you just cause they go to church. This is why I give this story only one star. 1/5 stars
A Heart Full Of Hope by Sandra Leesmith This one is kind of formal and very impersonal. The characters are very polite to each other and you really can’t feel their love or passion. More like strangers than two people in love, when that proposal happens, it just doesn’t fit the story. It’s well written, but there is no connection between the characters, and there is no connection between the characters and the reader. 2/5 stars
I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Tina Radcliffe Finally a story in this anthology done right! Given that it is a short novella, things have to progress a little fast. The ending feels a little rushed, but I loved the characters and I loved how they grew closer and closer against their own wills. Just like the first story in this anthology, there was enough action to keep me reading without putting the book down. 5/5 stars
One Perfect Gift by Missy Tippens This isn’t something an author likes to hear, but I had completely forgotten what this story was about. I had to go back and re-read the blurb to remember what I’d read. It was a cute story, though with my love for rock stars (or country stars as in this one) this one doesn’t really stand out from the others I’ve read. It’s fitting for this time of year and a nice way to round out this anthology. 3/5 stars...more