Imagine me sitting here singing Madonna’s “Holiday” while writing this post… *grin*
Here’s a funny thing (other than the cats howling at my singing), for the most part I don’t read holiday-themed romances. So when pressed for a review of my favorite holiday-themed read, my heart sunk. I do not even write holiday-themed romances! Was I really that cloistered in the overall romance genre, to have never thought of writing a romantic holiday story? Perhaps. But before you say I’m a Scrooge and muttering “bah, humbug!” repeatedly here, I really do like the holidays.
So I got to work, looking through my books, and thinking about the various holiday-themed stories I’d read over the years, and realized the ones I have read are by either Linda Howard (my favorite author) or Jude Devereaux. Huh. I must buy them because I like the authors, not because I like holiday-themed romances. Both authors have penned several holiday-themed romances, all of which are excellent.
Anyhow… my favorite holiday-themed read is by Linda Howard, a novella titled "Bluebird Winter". There are many reasons I gravitate to this story, other than it being Ms. Howard: it is a novella around 100 pages (quick to read) that references characters from several earlier full-length books, the most notable being "Sarah’s Child" (provides excellent tidbit epilogues to those other books). We see a younger Derek in the earlier books and it was nice to finally see his story.
Here is the back cover blurb:
“Kathleen Fields had to reach the clinic, but a Christmas blizzard left her stranded without hope for her life – or her unborn baby’s. Then Derek Taliferro arrived with his doctor’s skill, his caring heart. Together they brought Kathleen’s child into the world and discovered love, the greatest gift of all.”
The story is sweet, gentle, and heart-warming. Even though it was published in 1987, this is still one of my all-time favorite reads, holiday or not. The only wish I have is that I wish the story were full-length. However, it does span about two months of time and has a very nice happily-ever-after ending. While some people may say it is too sweet, too trite, I do not. I enjoy a sweet story that warms my heart, and this one does.
This is one book that has remained on my bookshelf, and will continue to stay, for we can only wish that our lives have such an outcome, can’t we? And maybe, just maybe, I’ll write that holiday-themed romance this year.
Now back to that serenade…
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