Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Whimsy


Mischievous matchmakers,
Two special tickets,
One unlikely couple

An evening for romance at the annual Christmas Ball

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A NovellaIn a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?


My review: 

Every year I try to read a little Christmas book, making it a tradition of sorts. Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball was the book that filled this year's bill. Actually, I usually read a book by Donna VanLiere (I think I did Fannie Flagg one year), but I didn't get her latest because I didn't want to do a fictional take on the birth of Jesus. That's a whole other story though.

It is a Christmas fairy tale of sorts, yet at the same time, could actually happen. Technically, nothing happened in the story that couldn't have happened in real life. :)

What I really liked about the story is that the romance aspect was actually cute and charming rather than unlikely and rushed. You know how I get about rushed, unrealistic love stories. Cora and Simon actually have real life struggles and doubts and you were able to witness and identify with. No over dramatic, catastrophic events. There's no fairy tale perfection, but they have a believable happily ever after.

Everyone needs a little Christmas magic this time of the year and Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball provides that touch of whimsy.
 
I'm just sorry that I didn't get it read and posted about before now. I just finished it earlier today.
 
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

Donita K. Paul said...

Thank you, Audra, for the review. I'm glad you liked the story. It enchanted me and poured out into my computer like a good song.