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

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The Ghost of Christmas Past By Angie Fox

I got this free on Kindle.

Book Description From Goodreads:

From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series

She needs a Christmas miracle…

Verity Long is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid she’ll hit them over the head with it.

But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt, Verity finds herself with a big decision to make. And if that’s not enough, there’s an unexpected guest at her door. It’s the ghost of the woman who helped rescue Verity’s pet skunk three years ago that very night. And now she’s there to change Verity’s life as well.

*A “between the books” holiday story you don’t want to miss!

I saw this book on Amazon and thought that I should give it a go. I wasn’t sure how much it would relate to A Christmas Carol especially from the look of the front cover, but it was Christmassy looking enough to draw me in!

All I can say is that I loved this book! Every year I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and this is an excellent take on it (despite my initial thoughts!). It has the bare bones of A Christmas Carol which is then built upon in a unique and modern twist. The main character is actually likable yet her journey is similar to that of Mr Scrooge! Whilst it was only a short story a lot seemed to happen.

All in all I will definitely be rereading this next Christmas!

Rated 5/5

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Ruth’s First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths

I got this free on Kindle

Book Description From Goodreads:

“It is three days before Christmas and a bitter wind is blowing across Norfolk.

Until her daughter was born, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway didn’t do Christmas, but now that Kate is a year old, she wants it to be special.

She must get a tree, shop for food, clean the house, buy presents, including one for her new boyfriend—who she isn’t even sure is her boyfriend—and remember to get the turkey out of the freezer.

But time is rushing by and the best-laid plans don’t always work out … “

I found this on Amazon when searching for Christmas books to read. It looked like it would be a good “one sitting” sort of story. Whilst it was part of a series I didn’t feel like I needed to read the series in order to understand what was going on. Whilst it was a nice story to read, there was nothing outstanding about it and I wouldn’t rush to read it again.

Rated 3/5

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Decker and Joy by Elle Rush

Book Description From Goodreads:

He was looking for a missing elf, not a date with the kitten foster-mom who may have helped it disappear.

Somebody messed up and let a prototype escape from North Pole Unlimited’s top secret Toys-and-Research division. Now P.I. Decker Harkness has the contract to track it down. He’s not exactly sure what E.L.V.I.S does, but he’s hot on the trail.

Joy McCall has her hands full of foster animals and pet treats at Kitten Caboodle, but she’s not too busy to notice strange goings-on at the pet shelter where she works.

When their paths cross during a triple kitten-napping, Decker and Joy will have to work together to close their cases. Will everyone make it home to celebrate a merry Christmas together? Only Santa knows.”

I found this free on Kindle and was taken in by the Christmassy cover! Whilst it wasn’t what I was expecting (I was expecting more of a Christmas story with elves and Father Christmas involved!) it was still a lovely short story with a mystery twist. I liked the characters and the way that they interacted with each other.

Overall not an overly Christmassy setting, but enjoyable to read all the same. I would describe it as a Winter read rather than a Christmas read.

Rated 4/5

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