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I love Christmas; it is the best time of year! So to get me in the Christmas mood, I have begun reading Christmas books, listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies. Today. I will be reviewing one of my latest reads.
Falling For Christmas is a Christmas chick-lit book by American author Debbie McComber. The book was released in the United Kingdom in 2010 and so it is quite recent. Amazon are currently selling the book for as little as 1p which I think is excellent value for money. The book consists of two Christmas stories;
* ~ A Cedar Grove Christmas (story one) * ~
Mary-Jo is heavily pregnant. When she travels to Cedar Grove to meet the baby's abandoned father, she is disappointed to discover that he lied to her and because it is Christmas Eve and snowing heavily, she has no-where to go. That is until she meets a kind stranger in the library. How will this Christmas change Mary-Jo's life? Read A Cedar Grove Christmas to find out.
~ * Mrs Miracle * ~
Emily Merkle (Mrs Miracle) is the new recruit at a famous department store. Jake Finley, the owner's son has made a big mistake and has ordered far too many robot-toys. With Mrs Miracle's help, he is hoping that she can help him sell all of the toys in time for Christmas. Not only does she help him professionally, but she helps him personally too. What exactly doe she do? Read Mrs Miracle to find out.
It wasn't until I had reached the end of the first story that I realised that there was another story. At first, I was a bit disappointed that the first story had ended, as I didn't know and so was expecting to see what happened to Mary-Jo and Mack after Christmas. However, once I had finished the whole book, I was actually quite pleased that there were two stories as I really enjoyed them. Also, because both the stories ended on Christmas day it kept the stories 'Christmassy' rather than had they gone on to after Christmas etc.
One thing which I liked about the stories were how fast they moved. There is nothing worse than a book that 'lingers'; this book was great because once the reader got all the information they needed and wanted to know, the story would move on which I thought was good as it keeps the reader interested and eager to learn more.
I love all things Christmassy and so I really enjoyed this book. It is the kind of book which you can bring out and read year after year. The book is very easy to read and so makes perfect reading whilst curled up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter's evening. It is certainly a heart-warming read; great for reading whilst chilling out.
I liked the characters in both the stories. Every character was necessary and there weren't so many characters that you got confused which was good. I liked that every single one of the characters in the two stories were very kind, thoughtful and just really nice in general. They were very 'homely' and 'welcoming' that they came across as being really likeable, and you felt as though you knew them.
I liked how the first story was related to the traditional Christmas story; it was very cleverly laid out and I like how it was a modern version of the story. I would describe the book as being quite 'light' and 'fluffy'. It is very romantic and very Christmassy which I like.
I like how the two stories brought home what the real meaning of Christmas is, and how you should be kind and help others. I liked that the book focused on helping others and being kind. The two stories really are sweet and send out a brilliant message. At least one character in each story had experienced the death of a relative, and so it was nice that they both felt that their Christmases ended up being perfect and allowed them to move on. I thought that was really nice.It certainly makes you think about what is important.
The second story 'Mrs Miracle' was so magical; the perfect Christmas story. I thought that it had a fantastic storyline and thought that it would make a great Christmas film. Even though the story was fictional, it was extremely believeable which I liked, as I am not really a fan of 'make believe' story, however, this was great.
I had never heard of Debbie McComber before; perhaps because she is an American author. I think she must be pretty 'big' in America though as her books are big sellers. I really enjoyed this book; I think that she has a fantastic way of writing; she has a great use of decriptive writing and certainly knows how to keep the reader's attention. I like how she made this book seem magical; like seeing Christmas through a child's eyes, but in an adult way. A really magical read.
If you like Christmas chick-lit, I would definetely recommend this book to you.
Thanks for reading!
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