Kind: a Christmas short story of post-WWII Munich
How can he have anything but a rotten Christmas when he's stuck in war-torn Germany away from his family, friends, and all hope of a decent turkey dinner?
That's when the Slades come into his life. ...more
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A charming, quick story, Kind touched my heart with its thoughtfulness and depth. I love a great WWII tale, and this little shorty fit the bill nicely. The characters were realistic and the compassion, tangible. I adored the German setting and felt the Christmas spirit throughout. My emotions were swiftly drawn in with the witty banter and then swept up ...more
Neil Hudson is the protagonist of the tale, and I instantly bonded with a lonely military man feeling growly about Christmas away from home. When he accidentally stumbles on a family in need, though, my heart went head over heels for him, and for what he did when he started reaching out to them. So many books automatically portray all Germans as bad, but this view is fresh and engaging; the German people were all too often the first victims of Hitler's regime. Here is a warm and Godly fa ...more
This short, heart-warming tale by indie author Kellyn Roth did not disappoint. The teasing banter between Neil, Kell, and Clive was so fun and guy-typical. And the Slade family—ahh, they were darling!
A sweet story, full of Christmas spirit.
Four crush caps out of five!
**I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.**
Basically, the whole story reminds me of one word: sweetness. :D
Highly recommended to anyone who loves a nice and sweet short story. ❤ ...more
I received a complimentary copy from the author and the opinions are my own.
What a sweet little story! I love WWII-era fiction and Christmas stories, so this being a combination of both made me extra happy. The writing was excellent, and I love how it revolved around how an American soldier and German family were able to put their differences aside and bring some love and kindness into each other’s lives. I 100% recommend it as a perfect read for the holiday season.
- These three are really sweet...
- Love is the best therapy...
I loved the message of this story - that helping somebody can change your life in ways that you never imagined. In this case, love really was the best therapy. It was taking the time to care about somebody other than himself that started to pull Neil out of his grey mood, and that is a very important message - especially at Christmas, when it can be very easy to get self-absorbed and think only of ...more
There was one euphemism in this story.
This young man, an American soldier, who would rather be at home with his family soon finds himself with another family in war-torn Germany. But only because he chooses to be kind and helpful.
This story has a strong message about family and how helping others can change lives.
Such a great story Kellyn. You should be proud of yourself!
**I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
You must read it!!
Not cliche, not cheesy, and just awesome Christmasyness!! (Yes, that's supposed to be a word but it isn't. :() ...more
Kell has a lovely writing style and for this story, it was no different! :) Reading Kind made me feel at home and comfortable!
The talk and bickering between Neil, Kelly, and Clive was hilarious... I loved reading that part! ;)
The last part of the story was really meaningful as well.
I highly recommend this short story!
5 stars. :D
*I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I highly recommend this short story. It was really good!! :D
For such a short story, these characters were very well developed, and stuck with me long after the story ended.
For such a short story it was really good. I want more, of course, but what it does have I like!
Very good! Short stories aren't always really my thing, I prefer long complex books, but this was good! ...more
Overall, it's nice and sweet! I love the message: showing kindness to people who are considered “enemies”. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend this to a friend. It reminded me of the "families" I have overseas, and the times when I tried to communicate with them and the language barrier in place.
Although I think those interactions in the story could be tweaked a bit more to be slightly more realistic, I think the author did a good job with it. (e.g. instead of air-drawing a house, he could ...more
Kind is largely character-driven, and with such delicious characters! I would love to see them reappear in a later work.
A Favourite Quote: “Neil sighed. So many lives lost on both sides—and should he be less sad for a German l ...more
I love that Neil befriended a German family. So sweet!
*I received an ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.* ...more
A heartwarming and fluffy short story that's absolutely perfect for a Christmas read!
What I liked:
-The characters were amazing. Neil and the Slades were so sweet.
-The German. All the German. I loved how Neil and the Slades were able to get over their language barrier and help each other out.
-The dialogue felt so realistic! I could almost hear the characters talk.
What I didn't like:
-I felt a certain cha ...more
Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women's fiction and romance author. Sound boring? Well, she includes lots of adorable children and mischievous animals—as well as a generous dose of BBC-style drama.
Kell lives on a ranch in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, crazy border collies, conceited fluffy cat, and assorted cows and chickens.
Other than authoring, she blogs, teaches young writers to...more