Friday, June 21

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Christmas & Other Short Stories by Alice Valdal

The Man Who Loved ChristmasAuthor: Alice Valdal 
Title: The Man Who Loved Christmas & Other Short Stories
Genre: Anthology, Short stories, Fiction
Pages: ebook
Published:  November 21st 2013
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon freebie)

The Man Who Loved Christmas, the title of the first story in this collection of mystical tales, is an almost fairy-tale about family and life and Christmas and love that never dies. Protagonists in the other stories range from a teenage girl to an old woman with the theme of family and love and unseen possibilities in the Christmas season.
This collection contains six stories of mysticism, hope and charm, a Christmas gift to readers.

Oooo I needed some Xmas joy and I've had my wee eye on this one. 

This is a collection of short stories all around Xmas. Fun!

The Man Who Loved Christmas

I loved this one soooo much. It hit me right in the heart. I even had a small tear. It was happy and sad, but all full of xmas hope. That is why this one deserved to be the featured short story. 

5 stars

Attic Treasures

This one was okay. I was a touch confused when reading it. I had to re-read this again to really understand what had happened...or not happened? Still, a touch confused. I guess it is all up to the reader I guess. 

2 stars

The Still Small Voice

I really liked this one for 99% of it. The last bit got super, duper Christian-y. Normally I can handle a touch of religion...but it got too preachy for my liking. But it does have a good message overall and it did make me cheer at the end!

3 stars

Three Friendly Beasts

The beginning was slow, but it did get okay at the end. I didn't really get that xmas joy feeling at the end like I wanted. Oh well. 

2 stars

A Cup of Tea

My 2nd favorite of the collection! I simply adored this one. It seemed depressing for 99% of it but that ending SO good. I am so happy and it makes one believe in fate/xmas miracles/etc. Super good. 

5 stars

A Christmas Tale

This was for sure the most unique of the tales here. I liked it a lot. It was sweet and fun. I want a hat like that! LOL Super charming!

4 stars

I really liked this collection overall. A couple meh ones, but the rest made up for it. I wanna read these during xmas time. If you are looking for a little joy during this summer/spring, I say grab this. It is quick and will give you a taste of the xmas joy. Overall, I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 


Melliane said...

well a bit of everything there

Sophia Rose said...

Mid-year winter or Christmas reads can be fun. A mixed bag, but glad you had some real winners in the batch.

Blodeuedd said...

Xmas in summer!

Carole Rae said...

melliane, certainly a mixed bag!

Sophia, yess maybe my expectations were super high since the first one was soooo good.

B, <3 yayy!