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 Christmas.
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 Pierces’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 Anna Brentwood 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.