Book Review for: A Christmas Collection, Sensual Anthology
Victory Tales Press
Avail in ebook and print
Authors Cheryl Pierson, Diane Craver, Charlotte Raby, and Celia Yeary come together for a sensual collection of Christmas stories that will leave the reader believing in the heartwarming message of Christmas.
Scarlet Ribbons by Cheryl Pierson opens the anthology. A historical western, Miguel Rivera is a famous gunman known at El Diablo. He returns during the Christmas season and is reunited with a former lover, Catalina. She has a five-year-old daughter with a handicap. Moved, Miguel searches high and low for the scarlet ribbons Maria so desperately desires. Can Miguel and Catalina find love again?
Pierson tugs on the reader’s heartstrings and gently reminds us the meaning behind Christmas is full of love and kindness. Watching Miguel grow into a man is rewarding. Scarlet Ribbons keeps readers turning the page.
The Proposal is by Diane Craver and is a contemporary romance. Tyler Jordan is in love with his best friend, Jackie Anderson. The problem? Jackie’s been seeing Brad for over a year. When Tyler finally admits his feelings to himself and confides in Jackie how he feels, Jackie’s heart is thrown for a loop. Choosing between Tyler and Brad is one of the toughest decisions she’s ever faced.
Craver’s story is deliciously honest and goes to show that what you wish for just might not be best thing for you. Sometimes the best thing for us is right in front of us and we just have to open our eyes to see it. Watching Brad, Jackie, and Tyler be honest with themselves and each other was refreshing.
The Proposal shows the magic of Christmas is in our hearts.
My Life and Times with Nickolopolus Christog Cringelenstien Clausener by Charlotte Raby is a sweet little fantasy escape to the North Pole. Mrs. Claus recalls how she fell in love with Mr. Claus. Life has never been easy for the Claus’ but it sure has given them a chuckle.
Raby’s story tickles the reader’s funny bone. Miranda Jane is a humble milk bar waitress who learns the power of magic and love can make one’s heart rich in happiness.
Angel and the Cowboy by Celia Yeary is another historical western. Max Garrison comes to town and meets Miss Danielle Sommer. He wants to court her, but she’s hesitant. While raised by a white couple, she is Mexican and doesn’t quite fit in. That doesn’t matter to Max. Does he have the patience to win Dani’s heart?
Yeary’s writing draws the reader completely into Dani’s world. It’s easy to understand her loneliness and that she doesn’t fit in. It’s also delightful to learn Max wants to be with her because of the person she is. The story’s message is subtle, yet clear: God loves us for who we are. Angel and the Cowboy speaks to the true meaning of Christmas.
The anthology’s stories are sensual in nature with the couples going no further than a kiss or a tender caress. If you love Christmas stories that speak to the power of love and the message of the season, this anthology will warm your heart.
Reviewed by: S. Burkhart
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