Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Christmas Books! – Short Stories, Mini Reviews

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A Cornish Christmas Reunion by Laura Briggs

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

Spend the holidays in a cosy Cornish village with this heartwarming reunion story to the best-selling series ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’!

Event planner Julianne Rose has her hands full as Cliffs House prepares for the manor’s first Christmas open house in decades. But with her husband Matt temporarily teaching on the other side of the Pond and their baby to care for, it’s all Julianne can do to focus on the festivities–and she’s not the only one. Her friend and former assistant Kitty has a quandary of her own to solve, Pippa has an unruly child demanding sweets, and even visiting Dinah’s gingerbread biscuits can’t fully cheer them as the holiday grows near. And as the weather threatens to cancel overseas flights, Julianne can’t help but worry that her much-anticipated Christmas plans with Matt are in jeopardy.

Will it be a Christmas to remember at Cliffs House? Will dangerous winter weather keep Matt from returning home in time for the holidays? And is Julianne and Matt’s baby as adorable as everyone imagined? These answers and more await readers new and old in one more visit to Julie’s beloved Rosemoor Cottage and seaside manor of Cliffs House.”

This was a nice gentle read. There was nothing wow about it, but there was nothing against it either. The characters were good and the setting was lovely. I liked the relationships between the characters and the overall sense of good feeling.

An average read therefore an average rating.

Rated 3/5

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A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“It’s Julianne Morgen’s first Christmas in the Cornish village of Ceffylgwyn, and life seems perfect. Her job as an event planner couldn’t be better, she’s beginning to feel at home despite being an American in a tiny English village, and her relationship with handsome English horticulturist Matthew Rose continues to slowly blossom from friendship to love.

But when an old flame of Julianne’s appears on the spot, she finds herself tangled up in her own past. A grand charitable ball planned at Cliffs House for Christmas brings its own challenges to Julianne’s world, along with a last-minute wedding in London. And when she learns that Matthew’s former career in America has invited him back, she worries about what it means for their future together if he says ‘yes.’ “

I read this book after the one above as I didn’t realise that they were a set! It did spoil it a little bit for me as with this book I was meeting the characters at an earlier stage in their life and so because I had already read the one above, I knew a bit about what was going to happen to them.

I did still enjoy this story for what it was though. As with the book above, it was a nice read which, whilst it kept my interest, there was nothing particularly special about it that would make me want to read it again. For this reason I have given it an average rating.

Rated 3/5

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The Witch of the North Pole by Snow Eden

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“A heart-warming tale of Christmas, elves, Santa Claus…and a really mad witch.

There are many things Cinnamon Mercy Claus is struggling with this holiday season: the memories of long forgotten holidays when the Christmas season was about family; that she’s just found out her grandfather is Santa Claus; and that her grandmother is a witch—who is hell-bent on destroying Christmas for them all.”

At Christmas I like to read books that actually involve Santa Clause/Father Christmas, so I was quite excited when I saw this book.

I enjoyed reading it and was transported to the North Pole, which is always exciting, however there was nothing really wow about it. It was an interesting take with the witch angle and the elves were amusing, but it was just missing something. I don’t regret reading it (it was about the North Pole after all!), but I am not sure whether I would make the time to read it again.

Rated 3.5/5

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