Short Story Spotlight: Christmas 2014 part 1

1 Dec

Christmas short stories are a brilliant way to add a little festive flavour to your day and there are loads of fab quick Christmas reads out this year. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my mini reviews of as many stories as possible to help you make the most of those breaks between parties and preparations – happy reading!

Christmas-at-the-Cove-by-Victoria-Connelly-300Christmas at the Cove by Victoria Connelly (Out now in ebook formats)

When Millie Venning escapes to her aunt’s cottage on the windswept Devon coast for Christmas, she isn’t looking for romance. So, when she finds a handsome stranger already at the cottage, she’s baffled. Has her aunt double-booked the cottage by mistake or is she up to her match-making tricks once again?

I can’t resist a story set by the sea whatever the time of year and this lovely story set at a cottage on the Devon coast is a heartwarming read. As Millie finds herself thrown together with handsome doctor Niall Eastwood for Christmas she isn’t sure if her aunt is trying to play fairy godmother or if she’s just made a genuine mistake. It was fun to find out the answer along with Millie and if you haven’t read any of Victoria’s books yet, this story will give you a great introduction to her lovely romantic reads.

Find out more about Victoria and her writing at: http://victoriaconnelly.com/

The Reluctant Elf by Michelle Gorman (out now in ebook formats)Reluctant Elf Kindle single, The - Michele Gorman

Meet Britain’s Worst Innkeeper Single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie, has five days to become the ultimate B&B hostess to save her beloved Aunt Kate’s livelihood. When Aunt Kate ends up in the hospital, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter are called to rural Wales to stand in at the B&B. Without the faintest idea how to run a hotel (she can barely run her own life), Lottie must impress the picky hotel reviewer and his dysfunctional family who are coming to stay over Christmas. Without the rating only he can bestow, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood. But will Danny, the local taxi driver who she hires to help her, really be Santa’s little helper, or the Grinch who stole Christmas?

This novella (slightly longer than a short story but still a quick read!) made me smile a lot. Despite the sad circumstances that bring Lottie and her daughter Mabel to Wales this is a fun and lighthearted Christmas read and Michele Gorman has dreamed up a fab cast of characters from reluctant hero and taxi driver, Danny to the mysterious review and his eccentric and demanding family.

As Lottie tries to make the B&B pass muster she has a mammoth task on her hands and I thought this was a really original read with lots of comic moments that wouldn’t have been amiss in a Christmas episode of Fawlty Towers but also plenty of  warmth and cheer.

Find out more about Michele and her writing at: http://www.michelegorman.co.uk/

With thanks to Notting Hill Press for providing a review copy of this novella.

inlaws wrecked christmasHow the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas by Fiona Gibson (out now in ebook formats)

Christmas in the country. What could be better? All you need is one country house, one gorgeous boyfriend and a liberal dusting of snow. Right?

That’s what Anna thinks and she can’t wait for the festivities to start. But then she meets her gorgeous boyfriend’s awful parents. And their drunk friends. And she starts to hear all about a certain ex-wife. Suddenly this doesn’t look like a very merry Christmas after all…

Short stories are a great way to discover new authors and this sixty page story has definitely made me want to read more from Fiona Gibson. As we meet Anna and her boyfriend and travel with them to his parents’ stately home in the country, the scene is set for a romantic Christmas escape but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth and Anna’s potential in-laws really aren’t very welcoming.

This is a bittersweet Christmas story all about what really matters at Christmas time with a surprising but fitting ending that will probably make you think that your own in-laws aren’t so bad after all  ;-)

Find out more about Fiona and her writing at: http://fionagibson.com/

 

Check out my Christmas Reads page for more ideas for festive books!

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