Donita K Paul
"We have a copy of How to Choose Gifts for Ungrateful Relatives."
Cora Crowder is not overly into the Christmas season. She buys gifts for her family but tries not to see them, or really to talk to them. Having been thrown out of the house for deciding to attend college and convert to Christianity, she unfortunately had very little Christian love for them. When she stumbles into a bookshop she is surprised by an unexpected ticket to a mysterious Christmas Ball. She thinks little of it until she encounters a co-worker, Simon Derrick, who is interested in getting a second ticket for his sister. As the two get closer in helping prepare for the ball, perhaps they will find that they were meant to go to the ball together after all.
My Opinion: Let me start off by saying two things: I love romance and I am a very strong Christian. However, I did not enjoy this book. Whatever romance was there was stretched out by a slow-moving plot that you tend to forget it before anything new can happen. I found that at least half of the book was focused more on the sister than the two who were supposed to be falling in love. There was little in the way of discovering their feelings, though they did seem to get to know each other over time spent together. As to the Christian aspect of this book I felt like it was being shoved down my throat and was very out of place. Perhaps, this is how Christian romance is - this is my first of this genre - but I was not impressed. Much of the emotional part of the book was them struggling to be more Christian and judging each other based on how Christian they acted. Not my kind of book.
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are my own.