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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Gift of Christmas

A book review by Collette Cameron

An eclectic assortment of twelve holiday stories, I spent two pleasant evenings reading The Gift of
Collette Cameron

Rather like a box of chocolates or an assortment of Christmas cookies, each story offered a tantalizing taste of holiday spirit.

From Susie Slanina’s, Metro’s Mountain Cabin, a simple tale of childhood chums seeking the perfect camping cabin, to Susan Lute’s, A Marine’s Christmas Proposal, a delightful sexy twist on an office romance,  the book kept me turning the pages.
I couldn’t wait to read the next story!

Melissa Yuan’s, The Cancer Christmas, brought tears to my eyes as she shared her personal experience as her father battled cancer. I cheered as the miracle needed to save the family farm came from a wholly unexpected source in Pamela Cowan’s, Christmas Miracles, and Courtney Pierce’s, The Nest, had me grinning at the antics of a ‘special’ guest who arrived for the holidays. 

Readers will sit on the edge of their seats trying to unravel the mystery in Paty Jager’s, Isabella’s Christmas Box, and they’ll shiver in suspense at the paranormal twist AnnaBrentwood weaves into The Mermaid’s Treasure.  I fell in love with the characters in Christy Carlyle’s tender love story, Don’t Forget the Mistletoe, and I sighed with satisfaction when I finished reading Judith Ashley’s, First Love.

Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly read anything new and unexpected about the Christmas season, Jane Killick had me reeling with a fabulous twist in Christmas With You, as did Jamie Brazil in Career Conundrum Christmas.

Lastly, Maggie Jaimeson takes the reader all the way to Scotland in The Hogmanay Stranger, for yet, another inspiring tale of selflessness.

The Gift of Christmas contains everything a holiday anthology ought to.  A bit of romance, compassion,  mystery, devotion to family, love surpassing time and physical restraints,  these authors’ talents should be enjoyed with your favorite hot beverage, maybe a tasty treat or two, and tucked beneath a favorite blanket before a blazing fire.

The Gift of Christmas is sure to have something for everyone seeking the Christmas spirit. 
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Meet the authors at An Event on December 14th between 5 and 8 p.m. at Jan's Paperbacks, 18095 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Aloha, OR. In addition to meeting the authors, The Blenders will perform and light refreshments will be provided.

The Gift of Christmas is available through Windtree Press and other major e-retailers.


Sarah Raplee said...

I loved The Gift of Christmas! It's nice to read short stories during the Holidays when we are all so busy! And I enjoyed reading authors I hadn't read before.

Collette Cameron said...

It was a lovely mix of stories, Sarah!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this nice review. I read every story in this book as well and loved all the lovely examples of ways we help each other and, even when the path is difficult, are rewarded with experiences that can be life changing.

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Susie Slanina said...

I spread the stories out, reading one or two each morning with coffee. I bought the paperback because I prefer the tactile feel of a book rather than a device. And, the book itself is so pretty that a friend is using it as part of her Christmas decorations!

Sarah Raplee said...

Thank you for Guesting here at RTG, Collette!

Collette Cameron said...

You're welcome, Sarah!

Susie, I'm with you, I prefer a book in my hand, though I do read a lot of books on my ereaders anymore.

Maggie, you are so welcome for the review!

Judith Ashley said...

Thank you for joining us at RTG, Collette, and special thanks for reviewing "The Gift of Christmas" for us. I've two more stories to read before I'm finished. Each story is a jewel and showcases the author's creativity. I've enjoyed everyone - and Christy Caughie's Gilded Heart Design's cover is amazing!!!