All That Is Good
Christmas In Winter
Hill by Melody
Carlson is a delightful Christmas book that will leave you smiling. Every year
Melody Carlson releases a Christmas book and I look forward to reading it, and
this year’s offering does not disappoint.
Christmas is a time for love and family but if
you have never had one, it can be hard. One may feel isolated and lonely as it
looks like the whole world is having fun.
Winter Hill is a place of community. A warm
welcome awaits as strangers are taken under its wings. New beginnings are made
easier with a greeting from smiling faces.
God Bless Us Every One
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a classic tale
that I have never read until now – and it did not disappoint. Charles Dickens
draws Scrooge perfectly as a bad tempered mean old miser. “No warmth could
warm, no wintry weather chill him.” There seems nothing to recommend him.
As the book progresses, a gradual change in
tone occurs as Scrooge realises his life really is at stake. The cold and gloom
of the start contrasts with the brightness and light of the end of the novel.
The reader gets caught up in the gaiety.
As a fan of various films of A Christmas Carol the story was
familiar. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased at how closely the Alastair
Sim version is to the book. Whole sections of the narrative were familiar to
There’s No Place Like Home
I’ll Be Home For
Christmas by Abbey
Clancy is a fun-filled contemporary novel that will delight the reader from the
The story concerns the world of show biz. It
all looks very glamourous but underneath it is hard work and difficult being
apart from loved ones. Temptations lie all around. Characters need to keep
focused on what is really important and not live for the moment.
Long distance relationships are stretched to
breaking point. Will they bounce back? Or is it the end of the road?
True love awaits a character. True love is
found in surprizing places and beautiful to watch it bud and blossom.
There are themes of hurt and forgiveness as a
character wakes up to realise what is worth fighting for.
Perfect For Bronte Fans
The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis is a cleverly thought
out historical mystery and the first book in The Bronte Mysteries series. As
the name suggests the action revolves around the Bronte sisters. As fact meets
fiction, the reader is in for a real treat.
I am a huge Bronte fan and adore Haworth and
the surrounding area. Therefore the locations were familiar to me and helped
the book to come alive as I ‘lived’ through the action.
Within the novel, the Bronte sisters take on
amateur sleuthing. They are three well educated, highly intelligent young women,
trying to exert their presence at a time when women were seen as inferior to
men. It is ironic that they need the help of Branwell Bronte to gain access to
certain places. He is clearly inferior to them with his drug and alcohol
dependence and yet he is accepted just because he is a male. His weak character
is in contrast to his far stronger sisters.