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Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  731 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?
In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise d
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by WaterBrook (first published September 29th 2010)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I was expecting this to be a cute light read. I mean it has its cute moments, in the aww category. But there's moments where you're like, huh, didn't expect it to go in that direction but okay. Kind of surprised me a little bit so that was nice.

Anyway the book had me at booksellers matchmaking and masquerade ball. Oh and that cozy looking cover.

Yeah, reading this had me smiling. Cora and Simon are adorable and awkward together. And of course a mysterious bookstore, which I'm okay with thank you.
Deanne Patterson
Nov 30, 2016 Deanne Patterson rated it liked it
Shelves: library-copy
Struck out again with a Christmas book ;(
What I didn't like about this book I am sure some others would love. This book was about magic,fantasy and mystical. I know these are hugely popular genres but just not what I like to read! One thing I really did like about this book is a young woman aged 25 who has downs syndrome. Her older brother treats her superbly well never making her feel less or small. This was a wonderful thing to see. In fact he may have indulged her too much. But really you ca
Margaret Chind
Mar 23, 2010 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
It seems that from the very first page, this book has been slightly magical and delightful with the Christmas spirit. I know that publishers and marketing get the Christmas season started at the beginning of October and at first it was difficult for me, but now I’m starting to hear sleigh bells and smell the snow through the pages of the book.

I have fallen in love with the writing of Donita K. Paul through her DragonKeeper Chronicles and when I found that she was writing a Christmas contemporary
Dec 08, 2016 Noriko rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-read
3.5 stars, quite close to 4 stars.

This is such a delightful, light-hearted read which is perfect to get ourselves in a holiday mood.

The story begins with the heroine, Cora wondering into a quirky old bookshop on Sage Street where she runs into her supervisor Simon Derrick and I LOVE this bookshop! Everything about this bookshop gives off somewhat a magical vibe and I really enjoyed that part.

I think this book is categorized into Christian Fiction, the precept of which I'm not familiar with, but
Nov 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I really wanted to like this book. A Christmas story with an unlikely couple and a magical ball sounded great. But...the fantasy aspects were timid - like the author was almost afraid to suggest them and the Christian overtones came across like mini sermons throughout the book. Finally the characters were so socially awkward you were surprised they could form a relationship at all.
Dec 26, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
Sweet and charming Christmas romance with a touch of fantasy. Meant for Christians.
Nora St Laurent
Nov 02, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to receive a review copy of such a fun and enchanting book. The preparations and events leading up to the ball reminded me of the movie Ever After with Drew Barrymore. There was so much excitement, mystery and fun just thinking about the Christmas ball. I loved every minute of this book.

Cora Crowder is in search of just the right Christmas gifts this year. She thought it would help her get into the Christmas spirit. “Cora had been trying to catch the spirit for four years. Somewh
Dec 13, 2010 Blue rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Christian fiction and Christmas stories, romance
Random House Authors

This novella is full of Christmas magic. It is the perfect book for any person who is not feeling the excitement of Christmas. Donita K. Paul turns on all the Christmas lights and decks all the halls with romance in Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball. There is also a bookstore, an old fashioned bookstore on a street named Sage street. I loved the name of the street. The name of the bookstore is delightful too. I tried over and over to say the third name, "Wizbotterdad." I neve
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Meet Cora Crowden, NOT so full of the Christmas spirit, who lives with her cat Skippy. She's worked at Sorenby's for the past five years, and is in search of a suitable present for her uncle. She walks into the Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad bookstore, where the gentleman behind the counter seems to mysteriously know exactly which book will fit the bill; he has it in his hands when she walks in. At the bookstore, she also runs into Simon Derrick "Serious Simon", her boss's boss. also there to ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a charming, whimsical holiday read to get you in the Christmas spirit, look no further than Donita K. Paul’s delightful contemporary novella, Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball. When long-time co-workers Cora and Simon meet unexpectedly at the delightfully named Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s bookshop, they never expected to receive invitations to a ball that could change the course of their lives forever. But in order for the master matchmaking plan of the Wizards of S ...more
Jacque Stengel
Dec 04, 2010 Jacque Stengel rated it really liked it
Cora and Simon had worked together for five years, yet it takes a bit of magic to bring them together. They both have tickets to attend the Christmas Ball, but families and trust always seem to stand in the way. Can Christmas be saved for both of them and their families?

This author usually writes in the Christian Fantasy genre but had previously written romance novels until she learned the dark side had cookies. This book is a combination of romance and a bit of fantasy, but loaded with a whole
Well, this story was strange, but what else would I expect from an author who writes fantasy, right? The way the story was written made me think of the movie Ella Enchanted, and I could almost see a comedy of errors running through my head as I read the story. I didn't really get the extreme emotion of the characters (like Cora crying because her cat got pregnant) unless that was supposed to be part of the charm of the novel. I didn't sense any sparks flying between Cora and Simon...ever. I felt ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Laree rated it really liked it
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Oct 20, 2010 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
I found this to be a delightful little story. It was sweet: a sweet premise, a sweet shop, sweet characters and a sweet, charming bookstore. Love it! I will admit to not loving the sentence fragment style of writing, but the story itself was a bit enchanting. I liked Cora and Simon and I loved Sandy. What a sweetheart. Cora grew up in a very dysfunctional, non-Christian home and she struggles with integrating the worldly Christmas traditions with her Christian beliefs. I think this is something ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul is a beautiful, romantic Christmas story. Cora Crowder, “trying to catch Christmas” enters the bookshop of Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a rather unusual bookshop on an rather unusual street) searching for a gift for a relative. While there she runs into her boss’s boss, Simon Derrick. Later after leaving the store, both Cora and Simon are surprised to discover they have been given a ticket The Wizard’s Christmas Ball. The shop owners on ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Desi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-books-read
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't very long, only 226 pages with relatively large print. The main plot was your basic love story. Cora and Simon had worked together in the same office for several years but had never really noticed each other. Then, they unexpectedly run into each other at an out of the way bookstore and circumstances seem to keep throwing them together.

I found the little magical touches that the author added really made the story more enjoyable. She doesn't
Dec 17, 2010 Abbie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, blog-reviewed
Cora Crowder is a hard working young woman who needs order in her life. She grew up in an abusive family. While she was at college she became a Christian and got a job far away from her family. She tries to like Christmas but seems to miss its true meaning.

Simon Derrick is Cora’s bosses boss. He is a hard worker and love his family. He is the bread winner and lives with his Granddad, Grandma, Mom and younger sister. He has always felt like a loser when it came to dating and also worried someone
Chris Curtis
Dec 31, 2010 Chris Curtis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball was a sweet romantic story that I enjoyed very much. Donita K. Paul combines romance, magic, Christmas, family and Christianity into a quick read that is perfect for the holidays.

Cora is a young Christian woman who is estranged from her family and lives alone with her cat. She works at the same company as Simon who is a single Christian man who lives with his family and is very committed to them. They meet unexpectedly while looking for Christmas presents at the
Amber Stokes
Nov 15, 2010 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
What a quirky, sweet read! Part contemporary romance, part fantasy, part Christmas story, and part family drama, this book fits a lot into a novella. It's such a curious read that I got caught up in its enchantment and read it all in one day!

The main characters are well-developed, with real struggles and dilemmas. And the secondary characters are delightful. I just love the matchmakers on Sage Street, and Simon's family is so fun, especially his sister, Sandy! The characters are all so vastly di
Dec 12, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
An absolutely adorable story, Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball is perfect Christmastime reading. While some of the plot points toward the end of the tale are somewhat predictable (for example, Zee's antics), it doesn't take away from the magic of the story. Is Sage Street real? Is there magic in this bookstore, costume shop, and quaint section of the city? Is there magic weaving the lives of these two characters together? I don't know, but it's clear that whatever it is has God's blessing. Cora ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Donita K. Paul
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-307-45899-5
Genre: Inspirational/fantasy/romance/Christmas

Mischievous matchmakers,
Two special tickets,
One unlikely couple,
An evening for romance at the annual Christmas Ball

Cora Crowder is busy trying to prepare for a holiday season. She is sending gifts to her estranged family, but doesn’t want to be with them. As she searches for a gift for her uncle she visits Warner, Werner, and Wi
Dec 15, 2010 Jodie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball is a cute whimsical Christmas story by Donita K. Paul. Cora Crowder is looking for Christmas gifts and when she returns home to open the book she purchased, a ticket to the Christmas ball falls out. A co-worker, Simon, also receives a ticket. The ball is not well known and research on the internet gives them no more information. The matchmakers at the bookstore have their hands full trying to get these two together. Will they succeed this year or will family and ...more
Dec 07, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
This book was a perfect holiday read with a light-hearted plot filled with family, romance and a little bit of magic. Once I started this book, I was immediately transported into the magical setting and before I knew it, I had finished the book with a warm heart and a smile of my face.

The plot of this book is a mix of a Hallmark movie, Harry Potter and a Christian romance. I loved the "magical" elements that kept happening through the story, such as the street appearing/disappearing, the ticket
Dec 13, 2010 April rated it really liked it
TWO TICKETS TO THE CHRISTMAS BALL by Donita K. Paul is a inspirational contemporary Christmas fiction set in present day America. It is well written with depth,fast paced and detail. It has magic, love, faith, family, drama, redemption, forgiveness, intrigue, a special sister with Downs syndrome, and the mystery of new love. The characters are charming, intriguing, full of life,hope, love and will capture your heart from the beginning. Will Cora and Simon's attraction grow into romance?They are ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
Dec 28, 2010 Susan (The Book Bag) rated it really liked it
This is a magical book full of wonderful people that will get you into the holiday spirit. I read this book right before Christmas and it was a perfect escape to wonderland. I don't typically read Christian fiction but this book caught my eye and looked very interesting and entertaining - hmmm - maybe some magic at work here?

The characters in the book start out living in their own little worlds. Simon and Cora have worked together for several years but really hadn't 'seen' the other person until
Dec 11, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
First a little about the characters in this book, Donita K. Paul did a very nice job of defining this unlikely group of people. You get to know each one individually before getting to know how they might work together. For sure this is a book that includes a little bit of "MAGIC". While I don't typically enjoy Christmas love stories that are unbelievable or would never happen, I enjoyed this book. Not because of the "magic" but because of the true life story behind the magic. I enjoyed exploring ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Carly rated it really liked it
One of the things I have enjoyed about Donita Paul's dragon novels is her ability to create beautifully, colorful fantasy worlds. I didn't think it was possible to create such a world in a story that takes place in an average city in an average time. But, she did. Now, there were no dragons in this story, but there was plenty of magic and plenty of the fun and imagination that I really enjoy in Donita's stories.

I was pulled into this story very quickly because I liked Cora right from the start.
Dec 18, 2010 Sheree rated it it was amazing
From the very first sentences, this book caught my attention! It's a really fun, magical, Christmas-y book! The whole time I was reading it, the word sparkly came to mind. I had never heard of Donita K. Paul prior to receiving this book to review. She has a new fan!

I knew there was a mystical, magical element to this novella prior to reading the book. I don't typically read books with that element. But it was totally believable even though I know the things that occurred in the book would never
Oct 24, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing
I loved this charming novella. From the cover to the characters to the setting to the plot, it is a heartwarming tale that I plan to enjoy time and time again.

I didn’t read this story. I became this story. From the first page to the last it was like being wrapped in a warm embrace. I don’t read fantasy, so to pick up a book by a well known fantasy author left me curious to know just what I would come away with. I loved it. A great deal more than ever I planned. It has a contemporary taste, but i
Oct 05, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
Cora is working on her holiday shopping and admits that she isn't in the spirit of the season. She goes in search of a bookstore not far from her office to purchase one of her gifts. Her boss' boss comes to the store while she is there. He is a very handsome man who no one knows much about. After purchasing her book, Cora discovers a ticket to a costume Christmas Ball. She has never heard of it and it has no time or place on the ticket. She googles it and gets some more information about the bal ...more
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