Saturday, 12 December 2015

Mini Reviews

All I Want For Christmas

Author: Claudia Carroll
Genre: Chick-lit, Contemporary Fiction
Page Length: 21 Pages
Format: Kindle
Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
Publishers: Avon
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Dreams come true on Christmas day … don’t they?

It’s three days until Lucy and Andrew’s perfect winter wedding. Over Christmas dinner the two families will meet for the first time.
What could possibly go wrong?!

Jo has planned her first Christmas as a married woman with military precision. But it seems her new husband Dave has gone missing …

Strict vegans Dawn and Kirk slave away over a unique Christmas feast, but Dawn’s mum doesn’t like mung beans. And she certainly doesn’t like Kirk …

Will these couples survive the Christmas madness and get the day they dreamed of?

Treat yourself with this GORGEOUS FESTIVE SHORT STORY by the BRILLIANTLY FUNNY Sunday Times top ten BESTSELLING author Claudia Carroll!
Deceived by the cover! *Insert an ANGRY FACE* I was on a hunt for festive reads, browsing through Chicklit Club's 'Tis the Season' list for Christmas book titles and spending hours on Amazon to find them. I was pleased to find All I Want For Christmas on freebie collection, downloaded immediately without going through reviews. This is NOT A FESTIVE SHORT STORY, just a prequel to her another book 'Love Me or Hate Me'. Didn't realize it till I reached the last page. It says the story of four couples going through an unhappy marriage and about a Divorce Hotel, where you check in as 'married' and check out as 'single'. Duh! Who wants to read it in Christmas Season? It's the season of love. This prequel didn't whet my appetite for Love Me or Hate Me. Not Recommended!

Tales From Christmas Wood

Author: Suzy Senior, James Newman
Genre: Children's fiction
Format: PDF
Source: Netgalley
Page Length: 17 Pages
Publication Date: September 18th, 2015
Publishers: Lion Hudson Plc
Christmas wood is full of animals: Badger, Fidgety Fox, Owl (not Wise Old Owl, just Owl), the Rabbit family, Tiny Mouse, and Robin. All the animals are getting ready to celebrate—Badger is looking for new friends, Tiny is making (and eating) gingerbread, and Rosie Rabbit just wants peace and quiet! Five festive stories from the animals in the wood all come together in a sixth story, a fantastic Christmas finale in a barn with some rather special guests.
I love picture books, always fascinated by the captivating pictures in it. Tales from Christmas Wood was not different. The pages are covered with gorgeous arts by the illustrator, James Newman. The stories are excellent and perfect for Christmas reading, BUT the pictures are the real winners. Those arts are truly enchanting, the wintry landscapes and images will make you feel all-Christmassy, it will definitely be loved by the kids. It's a collection of interwoven Christmas Tales from Christmas Wood, more like fables they are. I was a wee bit confused with the order first, thought that some pages were missing and took some time to understand the flow of the story. It may confuse the children as well. I might buy the book, for the sake of those amazing pictures in it. Story? hmm.. I don't think so.

How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas
Author: Fiona Gibson
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle
Source: Personal Copy
Page Length: 60 Pages
Publication Date: November 13th, 2014
Publishers: Avon
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A funny, festive short story from bestseller Fiona Gibson. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold winter night.

Christmas in the country. What could be better? All you need is one country house, one gorgeous boyfriend and a liberal dusting of snow. Right?

That’s what Anna thinks and she can’t wait for the festivities to start. But then she meets her gorgeous boyfriend’s awful parents. And their drunk friends. And she starts to hear all about a certain ex-wife. Suddenly this doesn’t look like a very merry Christmas after all…

Christmas doesn’t always go to plan, and Fiona tells it like it is. The perfect festive read for fans of ‘Outnumbered’ and Fern Britton.
How the in-laws wrecked Christmas. Aww, the title sounded so funny to me and I was anxious to find how the in-laws did it ;) It's a beautifully written short story, perfect for a light festive season story. I was grabbed by the story immediately, when the author gave hints of a luxurious country Christmas. Felt like something out of Downton Abbey, I liked the story, especially the twist at the end. It would have been really nice if it was a novel, not a short story. Isn't that cover also a Christmassy one? I really can't wait to read more books by Fiona Gibson. 

An Endless Christmas
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Publishers: Worthy Publishing
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Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties; Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, “no.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.
An Endless Christmas is a delightful family-centered Christian fiction. Katie is spending Christmas at Micha's Grandparents's cottage, where the whole Binder Family is coming together to celebrate the remembrance of the birth of Jesus. Katie's troubled mind stops her from accepting Micah's proposal, and she is struggling to fit in with his Family. The following story tells how Micha's whole family changed Katie's beliefs and hope. 

I really liked the book. This novel will lift the Christmas spirit in us, and reminds us the importance of family, belief in God and Christmas. Binders family is a bunch of positive thinking and acting people. They do good and expect good and trust in the Lord always to tackle the hurdles. There were moments, which made me feel that Binders were gonna have a very sad Christmas. But a Christmas miracle, returns the merriness to the Binders and some unexpected guests doubles up the joy. Perfect!

This beautifully written novel will take you through a roller coaster of emotions. If you like Christian novels, then I recommend this book for this festive season. An inspirational Christian novel with a sweet romance.

The Christmas Getaway
Author: Jill Barry
Genre: Chick-lit
Format: Kindle
Page Length: 109 Pages
Publication Date: 8th, October 2015
Publishers: Endeavour Press
Christmas is not Lulu’s favourite time of year.And he can’t yet face the idea of her gorgeous boyfriend Ravi meeting her family. So this year she wants to plan an alternative Christmas. When Ravi suggests they invite Lulu’s best friends - Susannah and Jo - to join them she is unsure at first. But when Lulu suggests that they all spend the Christmas break in a secluded coastal cottage together, with their partners in tow, they both jump at the chance. 
Susannah is back in a relationship with her teenage sweetheart, Grant. And Jo is living with Troy Cooper AKA TC, the soap opera star. And, as of yet, none of the girls have met their best friend’s partners.
With the cottage booked, Lulu can’t wait for their festive getaway. But then disaster strikes. Ravi is mugged on his morning run and ends in hospital the day before their holiday.
Will Lulu still manage to get her perfect Christmas holiday? Will all the couples get along? Or will everything come to a head during The Christmas Getaway?
AHH, I'm discovering many authors in this season, I liked some and some were just okay. Jill Barry just made it to the 'it was okay?!?!' level. A group of friends spends their Christmas Holidays at a seaside cottage. They were entangled with different problems, but the stay at cottage helps them to clear the mind and focus on what's really important in life. The story was fast-paced; everything happened so soon. And more descriptions and details were needed in many places; felt it lacked the info to understand the situations properly. There was no element, which could make me feel Christmassy as well. The plot was really good, but it isn't developed well. In short, it's a NO from me.
Were/Are you reading any short stories related to Christmas? Suggest me the books you liked/loved.

Happy Reading!