An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief by Daphne Tarango

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief by Daphne Tarango

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

The circumstances don’t have to be perfect in order for Christmas to be just right. Daphne Tarango and a bundle of co-authors share stories of Christmases that came together in ways they didn’t anticipate in An Unexpected Christmas: Stories of Holidays Wrapped in Miracles, Mishaps, and Mischief.

I found this book listed as fiction, but I wouldn’t call it that. Instead of fictional short stories, this is actually a collection of true, inspirational memoirs with some of the people’s real identities disguised. While that isn’t exactly what I was looking for, I enjoyed this fairly quick read anyway.

Some of these accounts delightfully surprised me, particularly a few of the deft, poignant moments and excellent endings, and “A Christmas Racket” is one of my favorites of the bunch. I also got a kick out of the flair of Latin American heritage included. The book does have some punctuation and letter case errors, but they’re not excessive.

Here’s a good read for anyone who’d like a collection of short holiday accounts with faith woven in.

 

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