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review 2018-03-20 00:00
Christmas in Fair Bend
Christmas in Fair Bend - Angie Ellington Christmas in Fair Bend - Angie Ellington Angie Ellington is a summer breeze on a cloudy day. Christmas in Fair Bend hides a dose of reality in a heartwarming story. For Lacey it's all business. Maybe later, has become her favorite mantra. Is living for her job more important than finding pleasure in life? Ms. Ellington and Amanda Stribling are a match made in heaven. They sync perfectly. With a spoonful of sugar and a whole lot of heart Christmas in Fair Bend will delightfully enchant readers and listeners.
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review 2018-03-20 00:00
Christmas Flirt (Jingle Belles Book 1)
Christmas Flirt (Jingle Belles Book 1) -... Christmas Flirt (Jingle Belles Book 1) - Rachelle Ayala Ayala takes a walk on the wild side with Christmas Flirt. The characters felt like an extension of the narrators. They blended well together. As for Rachelle Ayala - it's like the characters walk out of her head and march straight to our hearts. Lacey and Brandon give us a bit of spice without stepping over the boundaries of nice. Thom and Ongel help her bring the naughty to life without losing the heart we all know and love. The essence of an Ayala romance.
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review 2018-03-18 00:11
A Christmas Tartan
A Christmas Tartan - Paige Shelton

Magical! I can't imagine how hard it would be to write a whole book and it must be even more difficult to squeeze a whole book into fewer than 100 pages! I loved the hint of magic and wonder injected into the story, making the story both surreal and real. A perfect short and sweet read for the holidays, I just might make this one a tradition.

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review 2018-03-15 18:42
God Gave Us Christmas,Lisa Tawn Bergren
God Gave Us Christmas - Lisa Tawn Bergren,David Hohn

I enjoyed this Christian Children's book on Christmas. I received this as part of a gift and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. I liked how this author showed gifts of God to children. I must say, I'm a fan of this author in how she answers many children's questions.These can build a foundation that parents can build on.

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review 2018-03-12 09:17
Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story - Anne Meredith

The Gray family have gathered for Christmas but it is not the season of goodwill to all men. Adrian Gray, the patriarch is not liked by his children, tolerated by some, hated by others. There is more than one person who wants something from Adrian Gray that Christmas Eve. All will be disappointed and one will commit murder.


Adrian Gray isn’t a particularly likeable man. Although he only appears on a few pages the reader learns about his character, his lack of affection towards his children, his temper and his taciturn nature. The family members are also examined and most left wanting. There are secrets that most of the children are keeping, their own struggles that cloud judgement and result in rash decisions. The writing is such that the reader almost immediately makes judgement on the characters, there are characters that you don’t want to be the murderer because you like them, others you hope will be the one to commit the crime because the reverse is true.


This book is very much about the murderer as opposed to the victim. The reader is finds out quite early in the story who the culprit is. The title of the novel is particularly clever for this book is indeed a portrait of a murderer. We see the reasoning behind the crime, the steps the perpetrator takes to evade justice and the ramifications for both the killer and the family as a result of the demise of Gray.


This is a short novel but the reader does not feel cheated of a story. The writing style is such that through a few short pages the reader is given a full picture of a character or situation. The switch in narrative from third person to first person is very effective, in using this technique Ann Meredith draws the reader in, giving them a more personal relationship with the murderer, making it more emotive and real as a result. There is very much a closed room feel to the novel. The list of suspects is short, the murder takes place on a cold, snowy Christmas eve, with the house shut off from others. It is not a whodunit, nor really a whydunit. It is a character study and a study in what makes a murderer and what happens after the fatal incident.


Portrait of a Murderer is an engaging, entertaining read, easily conjuring vivid images of a bygone time. A perfect way to spend a dark evening, curled up and transported to another age.


A great addition to the British Library Crime Classics, I can’t wait to discover more Golden Age crime from the collection.

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