I recently took a gander at my to-read shelf and found it loaded down with quite a few Holiday related novels. Generally, I don’t start my holiday reading until after Thanksgiving, but this year I think I’ll start a little earlier. To see how far through my list I can get, I decided to post all the titles here and then a short review once I’ve finish each one.
Don’t you just LOVE the covers of Holiday novels? I do. Can’t wait to get started!!
First Book Review: Richard Paul Evens, The Mistletoe Promise
I’m going to start this review with what I didn’t like. This is a personal opinion, of course, but I’m a little annoyed with authors from Utah who have their characters addicted to eating at Cafe Rio. People in that area are obsessed with that place and honestly, its not that good. Plus, it’s super stressful to eat there because you have to go through this line and the workers just start throwing toppings onto your dish before you have a chance to say whether or not you want it, like they already assume to know what you want because that’s what everyone wants, because people can’t think for themselves, or be original, or something like that. And who would order anything from a Mexican restaurant without the pico? Whew! Rant over. What I did like. This wasn’t my favorite novel by Evens but the story was good. My heart broke in places and soared in others. I wasn’t surprised by what Nicolas was up to but I was surprised as to why. Speaking of Nicolas, he is every woman’s fantasy which kept me, at least, turing pages. This is a nice little seasonal story of self-forgiveness, redemption and love that is well worth reading. Enjoy!
Second Book Review: Susan Mallery, Marry Me at Christmas
This novel is nothing more than your average holiday romance. It’s sweet and predictable and gets its readers into the holiday mood. Jonny is a little too good to believe but still, it was fun to watch as the famous action star falls in love with plain-Jane Madeline. It would have been more fun for me to see both Jonny and Maddie have a few more flaws and thus hurtles to overcome. Raven the dog was my favorite character and hers were the only parts of the story that really pulled at my heart strings. The end too was a bit rushed and the proposal a mite disappointing. Having said all that, I would definitely recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a light holiday romance this time of year.
Third Book Review: Sandra Dallas, A Quilt for Christmas
To be honest, I didn’t get very far into this story before I realized that the book just wasn’t for me. The very first paragraph was beautifully written and I actually read it more than once. But after that, the author sort of lapsed into long paragraphs filled to the brim with too much detail and a lot of telling when what I really wanted was to be back in the action and just see the mc’s life rather than being told about it. Having said that, I think this is probably a well-thought out book with some interesting history and I would say to other readers, give it whirl.
Forth Book Review: Janet K. Halling, An Unexpected Angel
Unfortunately, this one didn’t draw me in either but after re-reading some of the reviews, I’m thinking it might just be me. So I’m posting a review from another reader on Goodreads. She really loved this story.
How amazing is it when a short book, only 120 pages long,can make you sit and cry and cry? An Unexpected Angel is truly an unexpected read.Main character Ella is an unlikable,lonely and straight forward lawyer. The story begins on Christmas Eve. With nuances of Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol, Ella is taken on a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness. Each experience that Ella has, draws her closer to her real self. Ella has hard a sad life, losing her mother and sisters at the age of nine. She has never recovered from this loss or fully healed her relationship with her father. With the help of her guardian angel Cohen, she learns many things in one night. There are many tender moments in this story that will leave you reaching for the tissues. Will I share this story with my kids and other family members? 100% yes! I loved this book so much, I plan on buying several copies to give to family members. The messages found in this book are so important I HAVE to share it with my loved ones. This is a 5 star book that you will want to own and share this Christmas.
Fifth Book Review: Elin Hilderbrand, Winter Street
This story drew me in a little better than some of the others but by the time I got to the end I was feeling very unimpressed and not really all that excited about reading the next one in the series. I really can’t put my finger on what exactly but just wasn’t getting any kind of warm, Christmas feeling, nor did I care much for what became of the characters. However, many, many people on Goodreads loved this story so don’t take my word for it.