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I love Christmas and I love reading, so during the Christmas countdown, I always try to read as many Christmassy books as possible (as well as watching as many Christmas movies as I can). One of my latest Christmas reads is one called 'That Christmas Feeling'.
I initially bought this book after reading another Christmas book by Debbie Macomber called 'Falling For Christmas' (check out my review). I enjoyed it so much that I decided to look for some more Christmassy books by the same author. It wasn't until I received this book that I realised that it consisted of three different stories, by three different authors, one of which is Debbie Macomber. The other authors are
The book consists of three Christmas stories:
~ * Silver Bells - By Debbie Mac Comber * ~
Plot: Phillip Lark's daughter is trying to find her father a wife; Carrie is perfect for him, but her dad just can't see it. Will he see it in time for Christmas?
I really enjoyed this story - it reminded me of 'Mrs Miracle'; another Christmas story by the same author from one of her other Christmas book. The story was quite simple and it was quite obvious what was going to happen from the beginning, yet I still enjoyed the story.
~ * The Perfect Holiday - By Sheryl Woods * ~
Plot: Savannah's Aunt Mae has left her her holiday home. Trace is a bachelor. How will Aunt Mae's passing bring them together? Read The Perfect Holiday to find out!
I have to say I didn't really like this story; I only read it because I didn't want to not finish reading it once I had started. I don't know what it was buy I just wasn't convinced by the story; it just wasn't that Christmassy, no matter how hard it tried to be.
I didn't really like the characters either; there were only three main characters; Savannah, Trace and Savannah's daughter. I couldn't connect with the characters as I found them to be 'boring' and seemed 'old'.
~ * Under The Christmas Tree * ~
Plot: Annie finds a box of abandoned under the village Christmas tree; who would have thought that a meeting with the local vet and a box of puppies would change Annie's life so much.
Awwww! I really enjoyed this story; it is so cute! I am huge animal lover and so this story was perfect for me. The plot was quite simple yet really effective; it made great light reading. It was quite predictable but it was the 'little in-between bits' that made the story interesting. This was definitely my favourite story in the book.
~ * What Did I Think ? * ~
I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the stories were well put together and very imaginative. However, I have to say I didn't find them that Christmassy; each story tried with it's mention of putting the tree up and carol singing etc, but I just wasn't feeling the 'Christmas' feeling. However, I still really enjoyed the stories and would therefore say that they are suitable for reading at anytime of the year as they aren't that Christmassy.
If you love romance then you will enjoy this stories as each one is full of romance. All three of the stories are heart-warming and make enjoyable reads.
Normally I would consider 'chick lit' to be for young-ish women (say 35 and under), however I do think that this book is suitable for all ages (especially 'The Perfect Holiday' as the characters seem quite mature-ish).
I was impressed with the writing in this book; All authors write really well; the language is simple and easy to follow; great for light-reading as it doesn't require much thinking and so you can relax by the fire with this book. I thought that the descriptive writing in each of the stories was fabulous; it really made the stories come alive.
Each story is quite short which means that they are fast paced - great as I dislike 'hanging around', so I was happy that the stories moved on quickly. Being short, it also meant that you could 'have a go' at reading each story in 'one go' without having to put the book down to go to work etc.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Thanks for reading!
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