I was reading this book on my kindle while my kids were listening to some Christmas music. What a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit!
When I first started reading this book I was expecting some fluffy feel-good stories all based around people learning to embrace Christmas. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find some very well written short stories that address real challenges that people face around the holidays; teenagers, travel, death, and work. All packaged together nicely into some great stories.
Music & Mistletoe: This short story was very well developed. I was easily able to get into the mind of Gentry, a girl sent to a rehab center by her mother to gain some perspective during the holiday season. Not only was it engaging, it also addressed some very real issues as we follow Gentry through her Christmas vacation.
A Simple Gift: On a recent trip to Mexico, my wife and I ended up stuck in the Chicago due to some bad weather. As I read through this story I just kept thinking, "WOW! They sure had a better hotel than I did." What a great place to set up a story for discovering the spirit of Christmas and learning all they did about the importance of relationships!
Brother Christmas: So this story takes the 'Spirit' of Christmas to a whole new level! I can't say too much more than the cover blurb without spoiling the story. Very enjoyable read.
The Best Gift Ever: A great short story about suffering with death through the holidays. I was very moved by the characters and how Jessica is able to bring them to life. I was also pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns in the plot. Very well done.
Flirting with the Photo Girl: Hidden in a short romance piece is a fantastic story of selfless giving and the way that service to others can bring out the true spirit of Christmas. I really like Tami. Note of caution: This last story is definitely written with a YA audience in mind, some of Cash's internal dialogue is what a nineteen-year-old boy would be thinking.
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