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The Perfect Christmas Book Review

I’m glad I had time to read a few Christmas books in December. I enjoy the Debbie Macomber movies I’ve seen and now for my book review of her Perfect Christmas!

What would make your Christmas perfect?For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What other options are there? Well…she could hire a professional matchmaker. Simon Dodson has quite a reputation, but he’s very choosy about the clients he takes on—and very expensive. Cassie considers him a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she’s astonished when he accepts her as a client.

Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets this paragon. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell-ringer, dressing up as Santa’s elf at a mall and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (most of whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all—and then she’s finally ready to meet her match.

But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise! {Amazon}

I had an idea the end from the description, but Christmas stories is the one place I don’t mind. It was interesting to see the journey from point A to point B. I laughed as Cassie completed her tasks and faced unexpected trials. Even though I laughed throughout the book, there were plenty of tender and heart warming moments. I’d give it 4 slices!

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Lost December Book Review

There are so many books lining my shelves that I want to read, but this month I’ve been in the mood for Christmas books. I left the books on my shelves a little longer and borrowed a few from the library. My first book review is Lost Lost December Book ReviewDecember by Richard Paul Evans.

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

Lost December is Richard Paul Evans’s modernday holiday version of the biblical story of the prodigal son, a powerful tale of redemption, hope, and the true meaning of love. {Amazon}

This Christmas romance is sweet and I loved the twist on the prodigal son. (It only took me three days to read – which is fast for me!) Even though Luke made mistake after mistake, he was consistently likeable. During this season of miracles, this is a perfect second chance story!

Have you read any good Christmas stories this month?

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The Battle for Skandia Book Review

Continuing my Ranger’s Apprentice journey, I’m excited to share my book review of the fourth book The Battle for Skandia. Battle for Skandia book review

Still far from home after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, young Will and Evanlyn’s plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive. Though still weak, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend but soon finds himself fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring last-minute rescue. But their reunion is cut short by the horrifying discovery that Skandia’s borders have been breached by the Temujai army – and Araluen is next in their sights. Only an unlikely union can save the two kingdoms, but can it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? {Amazon}

This is my favorite book so far in John Flanagan’s series. It is action packed and I love the interesting alliance between the Rangers and the Skandians. Will, Horace and Evanlyn continue to mature and work out their places in the kingdom. It still makes me smile to think how far Will and Horace have come since the first book. Even the rugged Halt evolves. I am also glad Erak’s character continues in this book. If you haven’t started reading this young adult series, you are missing out! I give The Battle for Skandia 5 slices!

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection Book Review

Romances and short stories are somewhat hit and miss with me. Apparently Winter Collection book ReviewI’m finding more that I like, including my latest book review, A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection.

Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed brand new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Winter Collection. A collection unlike any other, readers will love this compilation of six sweet historical romance novellas, set in varying eras, yet all with one thing in common: Romance.

The Road to Cavan Town by Sarah M. Eden, set in 1864 Ireland, combines Eden’s sense of humor with her signature sweet romance. Alice Wheatley walks each weekend into town, accompanied by Isaac Dancy. And while Alice finds herself falling in love with the gentleman, unfortunately he has his eyes set on the belle of the town, Miss Sophia Kilchrest. Alice must find a way to turn Isaac’s eyes toward her.

Regency author Heidi Ashworth’s delightful story, It Happened Twelfth Night, set in England 1812, follows Luisa Darlington who discovers the man of her dreams, Percy Brooksby, isn’t in love with her as much as she thought he was. When Percy’s friend, the mysterious foreigner, Mr. Flynn, visits for the twelfth night holiday, he promptly sweeps Luisa off her feet, quite literally. Luisa is left catching her breath in more ways than one.

An Unexpected Proposal by Annette Lyon is a captivating romantic novella, set in remote Wood Camp, the snowy canyon of Logan, Utah, 1880. When Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, she discovers that her long-time friend, James, has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the feelings he’s awakened in her, and it takes almost losing James to admit her true feelings for him.

In Joyce DiPastena’s charming medieval story, Caroles on the Green, we enter England of 1151, in which Lady Isabel has a dilemma. She promises herself that she’ll marry the man who sent a ring hidden in her pastry since the man she truly loves, Sir Lucian de Warrene, has proved to be impossible and exasperating. To forget him, Isabel sets her eyes on other eligible men, only to face another confrontation with Lucian—who isn’t about to back off and leave her to her newest plot.

Donna Hatch’s enchanting novella, A Winter’s Knight, begins when Clarissa Fairchild’s coach just happens to break down in front of the most forbidding estate in the county, that of Wyckburg Castle, a place where young brides have been murdered for generations by their husbands. Clarissa is horrified yet curious all in the same breath. When she meets widower Christopher de Champs, Earl of Wyckburg, she must decide if she should flee or uncover the greatest secret in the county about her handsome rescuer.

In Heather B. Moore’s exciting turn-of-the-century story, A Fortunate Exile, Lila Townsend finds herself the victim of a broken heart—broken by the most notorious bachelor in 1901 New York City. If that isn’t bad enough, her father sends her to Aunt Eugenia’s remote farm where Lila must wait for her father’s anger to subside and the gossip columns to find new fodder. When Lila meets her aunt’s boarder, Peter Weathers, she discovers a man who isn’t afraid to stand up to her formidable family and take a chance on a woman with a sullied reputation. {Amazon}

Overall this was a good collection of stories that got better with each addition, culminating in my favorites by Donna Hatch and Heather Moore. It is refreshing to read romantic tales that are clean and often centered on the Christmas season. A few of the stories were slightly predictable in the romance book kind of way. I give it 4 slices!

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