The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown

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.

The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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“You are so unimaginative!… You judge the tale finished while the best has yet to be told.”

Those are two of my favorite lines from the classic, Christmas-Carol-esque tale The Christmas Angel by author Abbie Farwell Brown. Here we find a bitter, lonely old woman occupying herself on Christmas Eve with earnest tasks: burning toys in her fireplace and conducting covert little experiments on the public to prove to herself that the Christmas spirit is a humbug.

Oh, I didn’t eat it up quite like the Dickens classic this fantastical work resembles in different ways, but I still found it worth the time. I got a little nervous at the appearance of two Jewish boys in the story, wondering how the author would handle them in this tale from 1910—and a Christmas tale at that. But I breathed easier after while. What’s more, my heart nodded in agreement with one character’s sentiments about people who supposedly know so much better than others and wind up miserable.

This old-fashioned read is a fairy tale, but its messages ring true, and not just for Christmas.

 

“Take Me” by Darrick V. Keels

While my bibliophilic, writerly self mostly talks books, I’ve gotta share this song for anyone else who loves love. ❤
“Take Me” ~an original from my songwriter brother,
Darrick V. Keels

And, yeah, because I love love, I write stories about it. ❤

Contemporary Romances

Historical Fantasy Romances

 

The Grandmother with Enormous Eyes by A.G. Marshall

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.

The Grandmother with Enormous Eyes by A.G. Marshall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”

When young Red makes that statement to her grandmother Matilda, we all know where the story is going—or do we?—in The Grandmother with Enormous Eyes by author A.G. Marshall.

Having already enjoyed a different story in this series, I didn’t feel the need to check the blurb for this one. The title let me know which fairy tale would be retold here.

This short read took me into an area of fantasy I’ve never entered on purpose before, and I likely never will, but the twist turns out to be a great one for this reimagined story.

Granted, the way Red keeps addressing her grandmother as “Granny” over and over again is pretty tiresome, but the story is well-written overall, and wow, it’s a rather poignant one.

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Once Upon a Short Story Series

 

Enthroned by K.M. Shea

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.

Enthroned by K.M. Shea

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The young man who would have been King Arthur runs off with a shepherdess before Britt Arthurs is yanked from the 21st century and lands back in medieval times, where she easily pulls a sword from a stone and is informed by the wizard Merlin that she will be crowned the new King of Britain in Enthroned by author K.M. Shea.

Though I didn’t read the book blurb thoroughly beforehand, I was intrigued by this YA fantasy series the minute I realized it’s called King Arthur and Her Knights. A nice twist from the get-go! There’s some comedy and also some medieval violence woven into this magical adventure, and I was interested enough to read the novella through.

However, I would have needed more character development to truly care about the story’s people, and I didn’t find a compelling “why” behind it all to make the plot impactful. I didn’t feel that much after finishing the book, and although it is in no way unreadable, it could have used another round of editing, particularly to catch the recurring errors in dialogue and punctuation.

While I may not continue this series, I do think I’ll try something newer by this author sometime.

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King Arthur and Her Knights Series