The Air Raid Girls At Christmas by Jenny Holmes is a delightful historical novel set during the weeks leading up to Christmas 1941. It is the second book in the Air Raid Girls series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The action takes place in a small Yorkshire town on the coast. We witness residents pulling together in their fight against Hitler. On the whole there is a solidarity and a sense of community.
All is not a bed of roses as there are those with racial prejudice, believing every German is an enemy alien. They do not take in the facts of those who are German but Jewish who fled persecution in Germany, only to be treated unfairly in England. Fortunately, kind hearts outweigh those who are black-hearted.
There is the theme of unmarried mothers. The act of how a pregnancy occurred is not taken into account. The father is not blamed but guilt and shame heaped upon the innocent. In contrast we see those with kind hearts who are determined to love and support and help heal those with broken spirits. It is shameful the way unmarried pregnant girls are treated by those who should know better as they are hidden away in homes run by the church.
Christmas Stories 32 Classic Stories And Poems For The Young And Old by Various is a delightful collection, mainly of stories and a few poems, all of which will warm the reader’s heart. Some stories are familiar although many are not, despite being written a century ago.
This is a book that can be dipped into or read cover to cover. I chose the latter, for the first reading.
A Gingerbread Café Christmas by Rebecca Raisin is a delightful contemporary festive offering of three stories.
Christmas At The Gingerbread Caféby Rebecca Raisin is the first book in the Gingerbread Café series and is absolutely delightful. It is a gentle novella about friendship and love during the festive season. We see that we achieve more when we work in partnership rather than viewing others as competition or rivals. All the characters are warm and welcoming. This is Christmas wrapped up in a tale.
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is the most delightful contemporary festive offering that will fill your heart with joy.
The reader follows Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) in the run up to hosting Christmas. She is determined to produce the perfect day and her efforts are phenomenal but exhausting. She has a heart of gold and is responsive to the needs she sees in others. She is also a shopaholic. She is a charming, likable character who draws the reader into her head and heart as the novel is written in the first person from her point of view.
Many of the characters are charming and likable but occasionally Becky Brandon meets those out to cause mischief.