Genre : Romance, Holiday
Format : eBook
Rating : 4/5 stars
Thank you NetGalley and publisher Carina UK for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
Just in time for winter holidays — which I always dreamed of having one — now’s the time to pick up some Christmas reads. This book is a collection of 3 romantic stories related to the season with British backdrop and writing, a fresh read indeed.
Synopsis: All I Want for Christmas by Gina Rochelle
Ditching her faithless fiancé, schoolteacher Isabella plans to spend the holidays alone. But when she unintentionally inspires a young pupil to make an impossible wish, she joins forces with his – totally gorgeous – uncle to put things right! Could two wishes come true this Christmas?
My rating for this story is 4/5 stars.
The image that came to my mind when reading this story was the endless white covered ground and snow storm. It was described vividly by the author and the weather was what propelled both of the characters into a romantic adventure.
Attraction between Isabella and her student’s uncle was instant. A little predictable although I would prefer a slow brewing romance.
The underlying emotions that troubled Isabella’s student was the bond that held them together. The motif and weaving of details were well thought of. The author is doing a great job in the expanse of this novella.
There’s something missing in Isabella that could make me fall totally for her, couldn’t really pinpoint it but I guess it was development into a believable character.
Nevertheless I really like this story and I think it’s a great start to the book.
Synopsis: Dreaming of a White Wedding by Misty Shaw
When Scarlet discovered her husband-to-be in a passionate clinch with her bridesmaid, she called off her Valentine’s wedding and ran away to London. But when her sister asks for her help, she can’t refuse…even if it means coming face-to-face with her ex – the man she never stopped loving!
My rating for this story is 3/5 stars.
Scarlet actually has a twin sister, Cressida, and they did what twins did in stories — they switched places.
I read on with anticipation wanting to find out what Scarlet’s ex did with the bridesmaid but to my disappointment, it was not something that could break a marriage off. I guess the author wanted to create a conflict but not a severe one that couldn’t be rescued. 😛
Although the POV between the twins could be confusing at times but I like to read Scarlet’s feelings after losing the love of her life, constant doubts and hesitation. I love the gradual development of the love relationship if it weren’t for some repeated emphasizing on the characters thoughts.
Some of the parts were a little prolonged thus I think this story would fare better if it were a short story rather than a novella.
Synopsis: Christmas Every Day by Jaimie Admans
Emma loves bumping into Gorgeous Dog Walker, Nick, every evening. But when he ends up in a coma (partly her fault), she ends up taking care of ‘his job’…and his dog! Emma stopped believing in Santa years ago, but this Christmas her world is about to be turned upside down!
My rating for this story is 5/5 stars.
Magic + Romance + Humour and you have the perfect ingredients for Christmas holiday stories.
I love the fairy tale dreamy settings that the author painted. Stealing glances at a gorgeous guy in the park and a life changing accident was definitely a good romance. The writing is funny and contained loads of British colloquial that adds more happiness to this story.
Emma is also a die hard fan of all things Christmas especially the holiday movies. There’s this little fine cottage in the story which is truly adorable.
I shall not spoil more because the twist came as a surprise but overall this is a lighthearted read, a perfect tale for the season.