Author: Cathy Kelly
Genre: Short Stories/Chick Lit
A festive collection of short stories Cathy Kelly. The perfect stocking filler! Lose yourself in a warm and wonderful collection of short stories from bestselling Irish storyteller Cathy Kelly. From Dolores and Genevieve, two spinster sisters who must finally break free from their mother’s powerful personality, to Alice, who is facing having to open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn’t want this Christmas; from a captivating family story triggered by a letter to Lily’s disastrous arrival at her best friend’s wedding, these are stories to make you laugh, cry and nod in recognition. Relax and unwind this holiday season and indulge yourself in these warm and uplifting tales. Remember that Christmas comes but once a year, so curl up by a roaring fire and let the magic reel you in…
My Thoughts: This book of short stories was perfect December bedtime reading, with nineteen stories there was almost one for each night up until Christmas. As with all collections there were a couple that I didn’t enjoy as much, but as a whole the stories were all very good. I was expecting them all to be fluffy and light hearted, but was pleasantly surprised to find that there are some tough issues dealt with – financial ruin, depression, infertility and relationship break-ups. The topics are handled very sensitively and new hope given at the end of each story – but not always the happy ever after I expected. A point of contention for me was the title – because very few of the stories were actually set around Christmas, some mentioned Christmas in passing but the rest were just short stories. So is really a push to title the book as ‘Christmas’ magic, other than that the book is well worth getting your hands on if you are a Cathy Kelly fan – and if you’re not then will be a very good introduction of what she is about.
Rating: C – Above Average – very readable and enjoyable.
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